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6/24, 11:53 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Johnson does not believe no-deal Brexit will happen

Candidate for United Kingdom's Conservative Party leadership Boris Johnson said the UK must "prepare confidently and seriously" for a no-deal Brexit, although he added that "it is not where I believe for a moment we will end up." He asserted that "a huge amount of work had been done and we had made great progress" before the March 29 deadline for Brexit was postponed.

In a BBC interview, Johnson explained why he thinks the European Union will agree to a new deal he would propose. He stated that the EU "got the Brexit MEPs they don't particularly want" and that its negotiators are also motivated by the £39 billion the UK is supposed to pay as part of the divorce agreement. Finally, he said the UK showed it is committed to finding a solution for the Irish border and avoiding a hard border. However, he also noted that the sum of £39 billion "is at the upper end of the EU's expectations" and that "there should be creative ambiguity about when and how that gets paid over."

Johnson expressed confidence in being able to get his deal through Parliament by October 31 because "MPs on both sides of the House also understand that they will face mortal retribution from the electorate unless we get on and do it."

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