LONDON, Oct. 13 (Reuters / EP) –
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is still in time to reach an agreed exit with the European Union despite the fact that a “large amount of work to be resolved” is still pending, a spokeswoman said in a statement.
“The prime minister has updated the ministers on the moment of current progress, and has reiterated that the road to the agreement is in sight, despite the large amount of work that remains to be done,” according to the statement.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom will speak Monday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, to urge leaders to support their agreement on Brexit, as reported by the newspaper 'Sunday Times'.
Johnson will offer the three leaders the option of helping him deliver a new deal this week or agree on a friendly version of a Brexit without an agreement before October 31, according to the newspaper, citing a source familiar with the talks.
“He will talk to Merkel, Macron and Juncker late this Monday to see if there is an agreement on Northern Ireland and customs,” the source said. “The alternative is to agree on a friendly version without agreement and finish it that way,” he added.
Security chiefs have convinced Johnson that a Brexit without agreement will increase the risk of extremist attacks in Northern Ireland and on the mainland, alongside sectarian violence in cities like Glasgow, according to the Sunday Times.
The newspaper has claimed that as a result, the British prime minister desperately seeks an agreement on Brexit.
Johnson refused on Friday to say whether Northern Ireland will remain in the customs union of the European Union after the block's exit.
Johnson's office sources explained to the British BBC on Saturday that the Government understands that “there is still a lot” to reach a final agreement on Brexit and believes that the next few days will be of “critical” importance to settle all the necessary fringes. with the EU.
These statements have taken place at the end of the first full day of “intensive negotiations” between the United Kingdom and the European Union to try to reach an agreement in the next few days to avoid a chaotic Brexit on October 31.