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.
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.
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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.”
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