The Prime Minister’s willingness to walk away from Brussels without a deal will see their “obstinance crumble” in the days running up to Brexit Day on October 31. Mr Johnson is also “playing the right political cards”, unlike his predecessor Theresa May, to ensure he wins the Brexit battle both domestically with Remainers and the EU. Tory backbencher Andrew Bridgen said that negotiations with Brussels will reach a “compression point” in October.
He added: “We have never got to the compression point when the pressure has come that we are actually going to leave without a deal because the EU never believed that Theresa May would do it.
“But they will come to believe that Boris Johnson will leave without a deal if necessary which will force them to the negotiating table.
“They are going to offer us concessions in the last two-and-a-half weeks before we are due to leave.
“In Boris we have a Prime Minister who knows the political cards to play both at home and with the EU and he has got the guts to play them.”
The confidence in Mr Johnson’s tough negotiating ability comes as a new poll showed that the Prime Minister has the support of the public to deliver Brexit by any means, including suspending Parliament. The ComRes survey found that 54 per cent of British adults, when you take out the Don’t knows, think Parliament should be prorogued to prevent MPs stopping a no-deal Brexit.
It suggested Mr Johnson is more in tune with the public’s views on Brexit than MPs, after his promise to deliver Brexit by October 31 “do or die”.
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Boris Johnson has forced the EU to get to 'compression point'
Brussels has so far refused to give any ground, but Government sources said that the EU had not reopened negotiations because it was waiting to see if Remainer rebels would act to try to prevent No Deal.
Conservative MP Peter Bone said: “Parliament cannot now block a No-Deal Brexit unless the accepted conventions are completely undermined.
“If they were to be, then the Government would be entirely justified in proroguing Parliament as Parliament delegated the decision to the British people, and they decided in 2016 that we should leave the EU. There was no requirement to leave with a deal. If Remainers in Parliament don’t like the Government policy, they should try to bring the Government down in a vote of no confidence. If they succeeded in doing so – which I don’t think they would – then they would be punished at the inevitable general election.
“It is noticeable that Labour have so far been too scared to bring forward a vote. In my view, if there isn’t a deal, then we leave on 31st October on a No-Deal basis.”
It was also revealed yesterday that a member of Mr Johnson’s Cabinet has said the EU will back down because Ireland would be badly effected by a No-Deal Brexit.
Mr Johnson and the EU are locked in a state of Brexit stalemate over the Irish border backstop with the Prime Minister adamant he will not agree to a deal which includes the controversial protocol.
But with the EU equally immovable in its insistence that the current divorce deal cannot be renegotiated and that inclusion of the backstop is non-negotiable a No-Deal split appears a growing possibility.
However, many in the Government are increasingly confident that Mr Johnson’s “do or die” pledge has hit home hard in Brussels.
They now believe the EU, faced with the prospect of a chaotic split on Halloween which could do significant damage to the Irish economy, will ultimately buckle.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said he expected US trade negotiations to be a “tough old haggle”.
Speaking about US national security adviser John Bolton’s warm words and that the US would not give the UK something for nothing, Mr Johnson said: “In my experience the Americans are very tough negotiators indeed.
“We will do a great deal with them and it will open up opportunities for UK business, particularly service companies in the US, but it will be a tough old haggle.
“But we will get there.”
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Next boss: No chaos if we do crash out
BRITAIN is ready for a no-deal Brexit thanks to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s planning, the boss of Next said yesterday.
Lord Wolfson, chief of the fashion chain, said that the worst outcome of No Deal would be “mild disruption” because the new Government has simplified customs and border procedures.
The Eurosceptic has previously warned No Deal would bring “chaos and disorder” and higher prices.
However, he said yesterday while he would still prefer a deal he was “much less frightened if the Government is prepared and there is every indication it’s taking it more seriously”.
He added: “The encouraging thing is that we are rapidly moving from the disorder and chaos camp to the well-prepared camp… the fact that HMRC has introduced these transition methods will make an enormous difference.”
The Government has pledged £2billion for ports and an extra 500 Border Force staff.
Next will redirect its goods from Calais to other ports and already has its Economic Operator Registration and Identification number to allow imports and exports.
Lord Wolfson was critical of earlier negotiations: “They were so scared of No Deal.
“That’s changing and I think that means in the worst case you get mild disruption.”