Brexit deadline extended as Boris pulls back from brink
Boris Johnson: no deal.. yet
Brexit talks will continue for at least another week after Boris Johnson stepped back from the brink of crashing out of the EU with No Deal.
Following a call between the Prime Minister and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, a joint statement was issued saying that it was “responsible at this point to go the extra mile”.
Mr Johnson had insisted that today was a hard deadline for both sides to either finally on Britain’s departure or there would be no deal.
But the talks could continue right up to the 31 December deadline, with MPs set to work over Christmas and business leaders more optimistic that a deal was now more possible.
Should a deal be reached, MPs are confident it can sail through Parliament within 24 hours.
The joint statement said: “We had a useful phone call this morning. We discussed the major unresolved topics.
“Our negotiating teams have been working day and night over recent days.
“And despite the exhaustion after almost a year of negotiations, despite the fact that deadlines have been missed over and over we think it is responsible at this point to go the extra mile.
“We have accordingly mandated our negotiators to continue the talks and to see whether an agreement can even at this late stage be reached.”
The statement followed warnings yesterday of freight transport disruption at Britain’s ports and airports and as UK supermarkets were told to start stockpiling supplies of vital foods and other necessities.
British Chambers of Commerce director general Adam Marshall said: “If a few more hours or days makes the difference, keep going – and get an agreement that delivers clarity and certainty to businesses and trade on both sides.
“Businesses will need time and support to adjust in a New Year like no other – whatever the eventual outcome.”