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Boris Johnson travelled to Germany on Wednesday afternoon to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel, to discuss the Brexit deadlock. Mr Johnson has repeatedly warned the UK will leave the EU at the end of October this year, with or without a deal, but has said he would prefer a deal. Speaking on talkRADIO, Brexit Party MEP and businessman, Lance Forman, has claimed the European Union are “desperately hoping that Brexit doesn’t happen”.
He said: “I don’t think Parliament can stop a no deal Brexit. Yes we can have a vote of no confidence, yes an election can be called, but all of that would happen after October 31, by which time, we would have already left with a no deal.
“Maybe they don’t fully understand how Parliament works or maybe they are still hoping something will happen in Parliament which will prevent it.
“They are desperately hoping that Brexit doesn’t happen. They are trying to make us sweat at the moment.”
He added: “If I was Boris I wouldn’t actually be going over there at all.
“I would be saying ‘we are leaving with no deal, but we would be very happy to do a free trade deal. If you want to do one, come and see us, you know where we are, 10 Downing Street, my door is always open,’ that’s what I would be saying. I wouldn’t be going in trying to negotiate.”
The Prime Minister, who travelled to Berlin on Wednesday afternoon, has repeatedly demanded changes to withdrawal agreement, with the ejection of the controversial backstop mechanism, before the UK returns to discussions with the Brussels bloc.
But, so far the EU has refused to budge and said the withdrawal agreement is not up for renegotiation, pushing the UK towards a no deal exit from the bloc at the end of October this year.
Speaking at a joint press conference after greeting Mrs Merkel, the Prime Minister said: “I just want to be absolutely clear. With all our German friends and with the German Government. We, in the UK, want a deal. We seek a deal. I believe we can get one, we can do it. Wir schaffen das, I think is the phrase.”
He continued: “Clearly, we cannot accept the current withdrawal agreement. Arrangements that either divide the UK, or lock us into the regulatory and trading arrangements or the EU the legal order of the EU without the UK having any say on those matters.
“We do need that backstop removed. But, if we can do that, I am absolutely certain we can move forward together.”
During the press conference, Mrs Merkel said the backstop has always been a “fallback position” and would only come into effect if no other solution could be agreed that would protect the “integrity of the single market”.
She added: “If one is able to solve this conundrum, if one finds this solution, we said we would probably find it in the next two years to come but we can also maybe find it in the next 30 days to come.
“Then we are one step further in the right direction and we have to obviously put our all into this.”
Ahead of the talks, Mrs Merkel said she would use their time to discuss how to achieve “the most friction-free British exit from the European Union possible” in order to protect economic growth.
Mr Gove, speaking during a visit to Holyhead Port in Anglesey, North Wales, said: “We’re going to do everything we can to try to get a deal and Boris is seeing Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron in order to try to see if there’s movement on the European side, but so far we haven’t seen much movement from the EU and its leaders so we have to plan prudently in case we don’t get a deal.”
European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said: “The EU27 have had from the outset – and continue to have now – one single, united position on Brexit matters.”
Earlier this week, the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn warned the Prime Minister he will do everything in his power to try to block a no deal Brexit.
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Boris Johnson travelled to Germany on Wednesday afternoon to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel, to discuss the Brexit deadlock. Mr Johnson has repeatedly warned the UK will leave the EU at the end of October this year, with or without a deal, but has said he would prefer a deal.
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