Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Britain to table ‘final’ Brexit proposals today

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MANCHESTER: Prime Minister Boris Johnson will submit “final” proposals for a new Brexit agreement, officials said, warning that if the European Union did not engage with them, Britain would leave the bloc this month with no divorce deal.

Johnson will provide details of the “fair and reasonable compromise” during his closing speech to his Conservative party s annual conference, Downing Street said.

But a statement issued late Tuesday stressed this was a “final offer” and Johnson would be keeping his pledge to leave the EU on October 31, with or without a deal.

“If Brussels does not engage with the offer made tomorrow, then this government will not negotiate further until we have left the EU,” the statement said.

Johnson would “in no circumstances” seek to delay Brexit at the upcoming Brussels summit on October 17 and 18, it said.

The prime minister is expected to tell delegates in Manchester, northwest England: “Let s get Brexit done — we can, we must and we will.”

Johnson, a leading campaigner in the 2016 EU referendum, took office in July vowing to deliver Brexit at the end of this month in all circumstances.

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