PUBLISHED: 10:39, Tue, Oct 1, 2019 | UPDATED: 10:40, Tue, Oct 1, 2019
The Prime Minister has insisted he is striving to get a good deal from the EU while vowing to leave on October 31. Nick Watt explained Boris Johnson’s latest proposals to the EU suggest he’s planning a no deal exit. His comments come as Mr Johnson faces being forced to request an extension from the EU if he doesn’t get a deal by October 19.
Speaking on BBC Newsnight, Mr Watt said: “The UK and it’s so-called non-papers to Brussels has proposed is a string of what is described as customs clearance centres and they would be a few miles away from Irish border on Ireland’s side.
“The view in Brussels is these ideas are not a runner and talking to sources in Brussels they’re saying these are not the sort of ideas you have when you have a deal.
“These are the sort of ideas you have when you have no deal.
“It’s important that UK ministers are saying, look a deal is in play.
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Boris Johnson's plans suggest a no deal, says Nick Watt (Image: BBC/GETTY)
The Prime Minister has insisted he is striving to get a good deal (Image: BBC)
“They say it is going to be very difficult and in the next few days they will be sending legally operable text to Brussels.
“We may well know by the weekend or next week if it’s realistic we’re going to get a deal.”