BORIS Johnson has said he is working “flat out” to clinch an EU deal – and is ready to “get this thing done”.
The PM’s vow comes as he prepares for crunch talks with Brussels chief Jean-Claude Juncker in Luxembourg today.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he promised to reject any offer to delay Britain’s departure.
He said: “If we can make enough progress in the next few days, I intend to go to that crucial summit on October 17 and finalise an agreement that will protect the interests of business and citizens on both sides of the Channel, and on both sides of the border in Ireland.
“I believe passionately that we can do it, and I believe that such an agreement is in the interests not just of the UK but also of our European friends.
“We have all spent too long on this question. And if we can get that deal, then of course there will be time for Parliament to scrutinise and approve it before the end of October.
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“But be in no doubt that if we cannot get a deal – the right deal for both sides – then the UK will come out anyway.”
Yesterday Johnson vowed that Britain will break free of its EU ‘manacles’ like the Incredible Hulk.
He promised ignore a Commons vote ordering him to delay Brexit if negotiations break down – adding: “The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets.”
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A Number 10 source added: “The Prime Minister could not be clearer that he will not countenance any more delays. We will be leaving on October 31 – no ifs, no buts.
“Any further extension would be a huge mistake. It is not just a question of the extra dither and delay – it is also the additional long months of rancour and division, and all at huge expense. We must finally deliver on the 2016 referendum result.
“This is why the PM will stress to Mr Juncker that, while he wants to secure a deal, if no deal can be agreed by October 18 his policy is to leave without a deal on October 31 – and reject any delay offered by the EU.”
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