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British PM Boris Johnson hedges on ‘no-deal’ Brexit

2019-08-25

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. (LUDOVIC MARIN/AP)

Let the hedging begin.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the odds his country will exit the European Union without a deal are “touch and go.”

Johnson, who helped launch the “Brexit” movement, previously said the chances of the U.K. leaving the E.U. without a deal were “a million to one.”

“I think it’s going to be touch and go,” he told the BBC during this weekend’s Group of Seven summit in France. “But the important thing is to get ready to come out without a deal.”

The terms of the U.K.’s exit from the E.U. have riven British politics, with elected officials there unable to come to a consensus on how to make an orderly transition. The E.U. recently extended the Brexit deadline to Oct. 31.

Johnson became PM this summer amid promises to get out even without an agreement on issues like trade and immigration, though observers fear economic chaos in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit.

Johnson sat down with President Trump on the sidelines of the G-7 confab in Biarritz.

The Associated Press reported that Johnson “glowed” as Trump gave him a vote of confidence.

But snags may be on the horizon in the U.S.-U.K. “special relationship” too.

Johnson said the two countries would reach a “fantastic deal once we clear up some of the obstacles in our path.”

Trump interrupted, promising “lots of fantastic mini-deals.”

With News Wire Services