Boris Johnson the British Prime Minister made a final Brexit offer to the European Union on Wednesday and said that unless the bloc compromised, Britain would leave without a deal at the end of this month. In what supporters cast as a moment of truth after more than three years of crisis, Johnson stuck to his line on Brexit, giving some of the first, albeit vague, details of what he described as “constructive and reasonable proposals”. With the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline coming nearer, Johnson’s aides cast the proposals to be brought to Brussels as London’s very last gambit to strive to break the deadlock – principally over preparations for the Irish border – and take a path to a clean departure from the EU.
“We are coming out of the EU on October 31, come what may ,” Johnson informed party contributors, after expressing “love” for Europe in a speech which targeted mostly on domestic issues consisting of health, the financial system and crime.
“We are tabling what I trust are positive and reasonable proposals which provide a compromise for each sides,” Johnson stated. “Let us be in no doubt that the alternative is no deal.”
The seven-page explanatory note calls for the introduction of an all-island regulatory zone at the island of Ireland overlaying all items, therefore removing checks for trade in goods between Northern Ireland and Ireland. The regulatory region could be dependent on the consent of the institutions of northern Ireland, which would continue to be completely a part of the United Kingdom’s customs territory, the document said. Many diplomats fear the United Kingdom is heading toward a no-deal or any other delay as they say the British proposals aren’t enough to get an settlement by means of Oct. 31. Johnson stated further postpone become “pointless and expensive”. The initial reaction from European capitals was cool. Berlin and Paris stated they had been waiting for details. EU diplomats and officials in Brussels were less polite with one calling the reported proposals “fundamentally flawed”.
“If it’s take it or leave it, we better close the book and start talking about the modalities of an extension,” a senior EU official told Reuters.
“Essentially it is a non-runner,” said another EU diplomat.