Ursula von der Leyen has briefed EU leaders that a no-deal Brexit is the most likely outcome of negotiations, with reports suggesting the European Commission president said there was a “higher probability for no deal than [a] deal” following an all-night summit in Brussels.
It comes after Boris Johnson admitted on Thursday night there was a “strong possibility” the UK would leave the EU without a deal, despite months-long, still ongoing talks. “What I’ve said to our negotiators is that we’ve got to keep going … And I will go to Brussels, I will go to Paris, I will go to Berlin, I will go to wherever to try and get this home and get a deal,” he told reporters, adding: “But looking at where we are I do think it’s vital that everyone now gets ready for a no deal.”
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson’s insistence that the UK can “prosper mightily” if it crashes out of the EU “on Australian terms” – a reference to the fact Australia trades with the EU largely on WTO terms – has prompted a warning from Australia’s previous prime minister to “be careful”.
“Be careful what you wish for,” Malcolm Turnbull warned Mr Johnson on Friday. “Australia’s relationship with the EU is not one, from a trade point, that Britain would want, frankly.”
Source: The Independent