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Johnson asks Macron to ‘push forward’ on Brexit

LONDON: Boris Johnson urged French President Emanuel Macron to “push forward” to secure a Brexit deal and told him the EU should not be lured into the mistaken belief that the UK would stay in the bloc after October 31, the British prime minister’s office said.
Johnson discussed his Brexit proposal, which has received a cool reception in Brussels, with Macron and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Sunday.
“This is the chance to get a deal done, a deal that is backed by parliamentarians and a deal which involves compromise on all sides,” a senior British government source said. “The UK has made a big, important offer but it’s time for the Commission to show willingness to compromise too. If not the UK will leave with no deal.”
With the October 31 deadline approaching, Johnson has consistently said he will not ask for another delay to Brexit, but also when asked about legislation that forces him to request one if no withdrawal deal has been agreed by October 19, he has said he will not break the law.
He has not explained the apparent contradiction in his comments.

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