‘Ample scope’ for new deal, says Boris Johnson BBC
- There is “ample scope” to reach a new Brexit deal, Boris Johnson has said, but he accepted the “onus” was on the UK to come up with a workable alternative to the Irish backstop.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she believed one could potentially be found “in the next 30 days”.
- The PM said he was “more than happy” with that “blistering timetable”.
- The pair are meeting in Berlin after he told the EU the backstop must be ditched if no deal was to be avoided.
- It is part of the withdrawal agreement negotiated between Brussels and former Prime Minister Theresa May, which has been rejected by Parliament three times.
France says no-deal Brexit is the most likely outcome The FT
- France has said it is completely in line with Germany and other EU members over Brexit and thinks the most likely outcome now is that the UK will leave at the end of October without a deal.
- A senior French official at the Elysée Palace said on Wednesday that the withdrawal agreement and the Irish “backstop” rejected by UK prime minister Boris Johnson were fundamental to Irish peace and stability and to the integrity of the EU’s single market.
- “The central scenario now, as [German] chancellor Angela Merkel has said, is ‘no deal’,” the official said. As for France and Germany, “the unity of the two countries will be total”.
Exporters face auto-enrolment for no-deal customs checks The FT
- The British government plans to automatically enrol companies for extra customs documentation in a bid to address a huge gap in the number of exporters with the correct paperwork in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
- HM Revenue & Customs, along with the Treasury, will begin automatically allocating Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) numbers to over 88,000 VAT-registered companies over the next two weeks.
- These unique identifiers are needed to track companies trading with the EU and collect the duties.
- So far 72,000 companies have already registered for EORI numbers, but the government is speeding up the rollout following concerns that businesses were not taking the necessary actions to prepare for no deal. Non-VAT registered businesses will still have to apply manually.