Boris Johnson tells Donald Tusk Britain can ‘easily cope’ with No Deal as EU accuse him of lacking a plan

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BORIS Johnson last night insisted Britain can “easily cope” with a No Deal as EU officials accused him of lacking a plan to break the deadlock.

Speaking at the G7 summit in France, the PM admitted it was now “touch and go” whether a Brexit agreement could be struck by October 31.

The G7 leaders look up as they sit down for fresh talks in Biarritz, France
The G7 leaders look up as they sit down for fresh talks in Biarritz, France
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Donald Tusk and Boris Johnson held crunch talks on Brexit
Donald Tusk and Boris Johnson held crunch talks on Brexit
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Our Prime Minister is looking relaxed as he is meeting with other world leaders
Boris Johnson looked relaxed as he met with world leaders including Trump, Merkel and Macron
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He previously put the odds of a cliff-edge exit at a “million to one”.

But he again said the EU and Donald Tusk would be to blame for a No Deal.

Mr Johnson, who earlier met US President Donald Trump, insisted Brits’ daily lives would barely change. He said: “I think it’s highly unlikely that there will be food shortages.

“We can get through this. This is a great, great country. . . we can easily cope with a No Deal scenario.”

The PM added that Britain would withhold up to £30billion of the £39billion EU divorce bill agreed with Brussels by Theresa May.

It comes a week after leaked Government documents claimed Britain faced chaos at ports and crippling shortages in the shops without a Brexit deal.


Mr Johnson met with EU council chief Donald Tusk on Sunday after accepting a 30-day deadline last week from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to come up with a new plan for the Irish border ‘backstop’.

EU diplomats were scathing about the lack of detail offered by the UK. One said: “They have been telling the Press they have new ideas. They didn’t come up today.”

The diplomat said Brussels doubted Britain could devise any “alternative arrangements” that remove the need for the Irish backstop. He added: “There’s nothing.”

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes PM Boris Johnson at the G7 summit
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes PM Boris Johnson at the G7 summit
PM Boris and Donald Trump arrive for a bilateral meeting
PM Boris and Donald Trump arrive for a bilateral meeting
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Boris and the EU's Tusk look like they have a disagreement during Brexit talks
Boris Johnson and Donald Tusk looked like they had a disagreement during talks
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Leaders of the G7 and other world leaders pose for a group picture in Biarritz
Leaders of the G7 and other world leaders pose for a group picture in Biarritz
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