Britain’s exit from the European Union is highly speculated to be a no-deal departure as both the entities remain rigid on their stand. Combatting swiftly with the blame game, none of the two want to officially take the responsibility of the no-deal exit. A senior UK government official told Reuters that the new government is ‘ready and willing’ to negotiate but there has to be a new Brexit deal to win the approval of the British parliament. While EU reiterated that the exit deal it presented to the previous government was the best it could offer.
Boris Johnson, who took over the nation two-weeks ago as its Prime Minister, was one of leading figures of Vote Leave EU campaign during 2016 referendum. Even during Johnson’s recent election campaign and post-win, his resolution remained the same, that deal or no-deal UK would exit EU on October 31. Johnson and his cabinet said that they would not accept the Withdrawal Agreement presented to the previous government in November, since it has been rejected by the UK Parliament three times already. It increases the chances of no-deal becoming a reality.
The ‘no-deal’ stand of the Johnson government drew criticism from various business lobby groups and lawmakers, for it broke the backbone of British economy, drawing recession forces, pulling the pound to almost all-time low, plummeting the automotive sales and dipping the manufacturing output to seven years low.
Hence, the government cleverly put across the proposal of being ‘ready and willing’ for negotiations with EU if a new deal comes on the table. Though EU has repeatedly ruled out the possibility of renegotiating the Withdrawal Agreement.
A senior EU diplomat told the Guardian that Britain ‘does not have another plan’, nor does it hold any ‘intention to negotiate, which would require a plan’. The diplomat, who revealed information on the condition of anonymity, told the newspaper, after meeting with David Frost, the British government’s new chief Europe adviser. “A no-deal now appears to be the UK government’s central scenario.”
An open attitude towards Brexit new deal is seen as a well-crafted nexus on the part of British’s government to dodge the blame of ‘no-deal’ exit.