Boris Johnson sent his top Europe adviser to Brussels yesterday (Image: GETTY)
David Frost, a former Foreign Office official, was sent over by the new Prime Minister to hold meetings with EU officials. The move comes as Mr Johnson has demanded the EU remove the Irish backstop from the Withdrawal Agreement. But the EU are currently resisting opening up key elements of the Brexit deal to be renegotiated.
A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “In his role as the Prime Minister’s Europe adviser, David Frost is visiting Brussels to have introductory meetings with key officials and to pass on the prime minister’s message in person.
“The UK is leaving the EU on 31 October whatever the circumstances. We will work energetically for a deal but the backstop must be abolished.
“If we are not able to reach an agreement then we will of course have to leave the EU without a deal.”
Mr Frost will be delivering the message that the UK will leave the EU on Halloween “whatever the circumstances”.
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