Boris Johnson insists that he is prepared for the Brexit negotiations to run until the eleventh hour

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Boris Johnson vowed today that he was ready for the Brexit negotiations with the European Union, as he proposed not to end the talks before October 31.

He insisted that Brussels was just as interested in making a deal as Britain – and hoped MEPs would not try to thwart the UK if it left the EU on time.

"I think it is everyone's job in Parliament to get this done," he said.

"I think that's what people want. By the way, I think that's what our friends and partners on the other side of the channel want – they want it behind them.

& # 39; You are very excited about the future. They now consider Brexit a burden, an old argument. You want to talk about the new partnership that we will build. & # 39;

When asked how likely he thought a Brexit deal would be, the prime minister said, “I'm a little more optimistic.

It came when the Prime Minister, a former Brussels correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, said that, in his experience, Brussels usually left striking deals to the last minute when he signaled his willingness to engage in the high-stakes game with the block.

Mr Johnson suggested that Britain would be able to leave things too late as "absolutely colossal and extensive" no deal preparations would be made until the Halloween date.

His comments came at the end of the third and final day of the G7 summit in Biarritz and after Donald Trump seemed to have expressed doubts about the likelihood of a new Brexit agreement between Brussels and the UK.

Mr Trump said it was "very difficult" to negotiate with the EU when he again praised Mr. Johnson, who had been waiting six years to become prime minister.

A dispute over the payment of the £ 39 billion divorce law for Brexit broke out and continued to rumble.

Mr Johnson has stated that if Britain leaves the EU without agreement, he will keep most of the money.

However, the EU has announced that it will refuse to hold trade talks with the UK if it does not deliver the full amount.

Boris Johnson, pictured in Biarritz when the G7 ended this afternoon, signaled that he was ready to talk to Brussels about Brexit to the core

Mr Johnson suggested that the UK would not leave the talks before the October 31 deadline

Mr Johnson suggested that the UK would not leave the talks before the October 31 deadline

Mr. Johnson has vowed to deliver Brexit by October 31, with or without an agreement.

Today he made it clear that he is ready to wait to see whether Brussels will bow to its demands to remove the Irish setback from the existing divorce agreement.

When asked if he was ready to talk to the EU by the current date, Mr. Johnson said: "Well, I think the EU will come to an agreement in the end.

"For us, the exit would come on October 31st, so to speak, if we took steps to come out on the terms for which we had made absolutely colossal, extensive, and fantastic preparations."

Mr Johnson contacted the media immediately after the US President suggested that the road to a new EU-UK deal would be difficult.

Mr Trump said: "It is very difficult to do business with the European Union. Just ask Theresa May. & # 39;

The Prime Minister said he agreed with Mr. Trump that the EU was "tough," but added, "It doesn't mean we won't make a deal.

& # 39; It will be difficult. There are significant differences of opinion, but my job is to represent our case. & # 39;

Mr Johnson said his plan remained to persuade the EU to end the controversial setback, but he did not provide specific details about what the UK would propose in place of the border protocol.

He said this afternoon: "We're going to have a few talks with our friends, but as we've made clear in many, many weeks, the backstop must come out."

Mr Johnson said whether an agreement will be left in the hands of the EU – a characterization of the current Brexit dynamic, which was rejected yesterday by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.

The Prime Minister also reiterated his claim that whether Britain leaves the EU with or without an agreement is in the hands of European leaders

The Prime Minister also reiterated his claim that whether Britain leaves the EU with or without an agreement is in the hands of European leaders

Mr Johnson's comments came after Donald Trump, pictured this afternoon, said the EU was "very tough" when he expressed doubts that a Brexit deal could be carried out

Mr Johnson's comments came after Donald Trump, pictured this afternoon, said the EU was "very tough" when he expressed doubts that a Brexit deal could be carried out

The Prime Minister said today: "I think our German friends and our French friends certainly listened very carefully to what we had to say.

"It all depends on how seriously you want to get a deal."

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel have given the UK 30 days to propose alternatives to the backstop, but the EU remains deeply skeptical. Britain will find all the best to justify the cancellation of the border insurance policy.

Mr. Johnson will be flying back to the UK tonight as Jeremy Corbyn's anti-no-deal MPs are preparing to meet in Westminster tomorrow to work out a plan to prevent the Prime Minister from reaching Britain without agreement from the EU.

Boris Johnson lights the pork pie line

Downing Street defended Boris Johnson after getting involved in a bizarre row of pork pies.

The prime minister claimed that the meat products made in the UK were sold in Thailand and Iceland, but experts said this morning that this was simply not the case.

British officials then jumped to Mr. Johnson's defense and insisted that they knew of at least one company that had exported the product to these two countries.

But the company, Walker and Son, then allegedly said it was "fully focused on the UK market".

The Prime Minister had used Melton Mowbray Pork Pies as an example of how the United States needed to cut red tape if there was to be a far-reaching transatlantic trade deal after Brexit.

He said the products could not currently enter the US market due to food restrictions, but that they would be "sold in Thailand and Iceland".

However, Matthew O & # 39; Callaghan, chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, said this morning, "We're not really exporting to Thailand or Iceland."

“But keep in mind that any statistical estimates I give about a business’s opportunities – whether expressed in millions of one or closer to winning, or hotter or colder, or whatever – all depend entirely on our willingness to friends and partners to compromise on this crucial point and get rid of the backstop and current withdrawal agreement. & # 39;

Mr. Trump told the media that he had waited a long time for Mr. Johnson to rise to 10th place.

He said: "I waited for about six years for him to become prime minister. I said to him, "What did you take so long?"

"I think he will be a great prime minister, and especially after spending a lot of time with him in the past few days, he is very smart, he is very strong and he is very enthusiastic."

When asked whether he intended to get over Britain under a trade agreement after Brexit, Mr. Trump replied: "No, no, no. I love the UK. I have a great property in the UK. I love the UK. & # 39;

He added: “I think this is the right time for Boris. It is the right time for Boris. & # 39;

The summit came to an end when Britain and Brussels disagreed over the payment of the Brexit Divorce Act.

Mr Johnson yesterday suggested that if Britain broke out of the block without agreement, he would keep most of the money.

Today he re-committed to this position when he said that "of the £ 39 billion that will be spent on our priorities, very substantial amounts will be available".

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit coordinator, struck back today, saying: "If Britain doesn't pay what is due, the EU will not negotiate a trade deal."

Government lawyers have suggested that Britain would at best hand over £ 7 billion in a no-deal situation, while Britain would hand over the entire amount at worst.

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