Britain will NOT leave the EU this year even with No Deal, Brussels warns amid claims Boris Johnson will U-turn on his promise to leave on October 31
- Eurocrats say they are convinced Boris Johnson will be the next prime minister
- But they think he’ll U-turn on his promise to leave on October 31 come what may
- They believe EU leaders would sign off short extension for ‘controlled No Deal’
Britain is unlikely to leave the European Union this year – even in the event of No Deal, Brussels said last night.
Eurocrats say they are convinced Boris Johnson will be the next prime minister, but that he will U-turn on his promise to leave on October 31 come what may.
Even in the event of a cliff-edge exit, they believe EU leaders would sign off on a short extension for a ‘controlled No Deal’ which would last into the beginning of 2020.
Eurocrats say they are convinced Boris Johnson (pictured in London yesterday) will be the next prime minister
However, EU officials are working on the assumption that Mr Johnson will not insist on forcing through No Deal because this would trigger a no confidence vote by MPs and end his premiership.
Instead, they expect him to use his ‘charm and charisma’ to sell an amended version of the current deal which Theresa May was not capable of delivering.
A senior EU source said: ‘A lot of people are scared about Boris, but I don’t think he is the worst of all.
‘I think Boris can sell things back home that Theresa May probably couldn’t…
One senior EU source said they think ‘Boris can sell things back home that Theresa May probably couldn’t’
‘If people really brief Boris and talk him through the implications of No Deal, I think he will really think twice.’
Another senior source added: ‘Whatever happens, you’ll probably end up with a short-term extension of two or three months.
‘It will either be a short extension for a controlled No Deal, or to allow for getting a deal to pass through the [UK] parliament.’