Published On: Wed, Aug 28th, 2019

Brexit News: Brussels insider suggests that EU are about to cave to Boris Johnson demands | World | News

Boris Johnson’s hardline tactics on Brexit appears to have paid off – after several senior figures in Brussels voiced panic about the looming prospect of a no deal. According to a Brussels insider, leading EU officials are growing concerned that Boris Johnson is serious about taking the UK out without a deal. Michael Peel, the diplomatic correspondent for the Financial Times, said the European Union could decide to meet the demands of Boris Johnson after today’s announcement to suspend parliament.

Peel told the BBC’s Simon McCoy: “I think there are a lot of uncertainties in this.

“It is, as one official says, a chess game or high-stake poker game.

“It is certainly a possibility here and people are trying to work on what this means for that crucial meeting of EU leaders in mid-October.”

He suggested that the EU could be interested to making it seem as if Boris Johnson “had claimed a victory” over Brussels if that ensured a Brexit deal.

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He claimed that figures in Brussels are increasingly concerned about the disruption of a no deal Brexit.

One EU diplomat told Peel that Boris Johnson’s prorogation move would raise the stakes even further for the summit of European leaders that follows the Queen’s Speech planned for 14th October.

The official said: “It’s definitely a domestic move first and foremost. But he’s playing two chess games simultaneously.”

The diplomat said the announcement was part of a risky approach by Mr Johnson that might increase prospects for a deal – and would also spread the blame around in the case of a no deal.

The European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt attacked Mr Johnson’s decision today, tweeting: “‘Taking back control’ never looked so sinister.”

The French European minister turned MEP Nathalie Loiseau talked of a British “disease” which appeared to stop it having a debate about a momentous decision.

Earlier today, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay upped the pressure on France by claiming they were leaving British people who lived in the country behind after Brexit.

He said they would have fewer rights than the 300,000 French nationals in the UK in the event of no deal.

Mr Barclay said: “EU leaders repeatedly tell me how important citizens’ rights are to them but not only has the commission refused to agree a specific deal on citizens’ rights – as requested by all political parties in the UK parliament – the offer here in France falls short of what we have set out in the UK in several respects.”

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