Tory MP hints at 11th hour Brexit deal as Boris Johnson dials up pressure on Brussels

The Solicitor General suggested Brexit negotiations may conclude with a last-minute agreement if the chance of Britain leaving without a deal is left on the table. Ms Frazer insisted the European Union “like” Britain and will want to make sure a “satisfactory agreement” is struck to maintain close UK-EU relations. Speaking to Channel 4 News, the Conservative MP said: “Negotiations take time but we’ve taken a few years, so far, to come to where we are.

“We also know – and I know as a lawyer, and many other people who do deals up and down the country – is that often deals are done at the 11th hour when parties see there is no other alternative.

“What we do know is that the EU like us, they do not want us to leave without a deal.”

The British Government has struggled to have Brussels agree to changes to the controversial withdrawal agreement despite MPs rejecting the plan three times in the Commons since the beginning of the year. 

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier have repeatedly rebuked calls to reopen discussion on the divorce deal.

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Ms Frazer continued: “It is in both sides’ interests that we secure a deal so I really hope that as time closes in on us, the EU will recognise that and that we will leave the EU with a satisfactory deal for both sides.

“I would like there to be a deal and I think the best way to securing a deal is to ensure you keep no deal on the table.

“To prepare for no deal so that the EU knows you are serious about no deal but negotiate very hard to ensure you never have to go down that road and you do indeed get a deal at the end of the day.”

Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson has pledged to convince Brussels to reopen the withdrawal agreement to completely change the terms Theresa May signed up to in November 2018.

Throughout the process to select the next Prime Minister Mr Johnson has remained committed to take Britain out of the EU no later than the October 31 deadline. 

On Tuesday the former Foreign Secretary confirmed once again the UK will be out of the European Union “do or die.”

Speaking to talkRADIO, he said: “We are getting ready to come out on 31 October. Come what may,

“Do or die. Come what may.”

He added: “It’s got to be, we need a new withdrawal agreement – if we’re going to go out on the basis of a withdrawal agreement.”

Mr Johnson has come under fire for his apparent unwillingness to face off against other candidates and make more public appearances.

He said: “I think that question is beyond satire.

“I have not noticed the criticism. What I’m concentrating on is making sure we come out on October 31, uniting our party and our country and getting ready to defeat Jeremy Corbyn.”

The frontrunner, who visited Oxshott with Dominic Raab, added: “We’re out campaigning and we’re getting a fantastic response.”

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