Boris Johnson will reportedly travel to Brussels for a face-to-face summit with European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, in an effort to spur on Brexit talks. This comes after the Prime Minister and Ms von der Leyen spoke over the phone to assess the status of negotiations, agreeing that the conditions for finalising a post-Brexit agreement are “not there”. However, Conservative MP Peter Bone explained why he was still optimistic to Channel 4 News.
He said: “I have great confidence in Boris and I haven’t heard of supposed jitters being talked about.
“My colleagues from the Brexit side are 100 percent behind Boris.
“He will not come back with a deal that doesn’t comply with the principles of Brexit, and I would bet my house on that.
“You couldn’t have anyone better to go and talk to someone in negotiations than Boris.”
Mr Bone continued: “And the fact that he’s going to Brussels is very encouraging.
“I think it’s quite likely that we will now get a deal this week.
“Goodness me. He led the Brexit campaign, he became Prime Minister, he won the general election with a huge majority on the basis of getting Brexit done, and he took us out of the European Union earlier this year.
“We’re no longer part of the European Union – he’s delivered.”
It has now been confirmed that an “agreement in principle” has been reached on the withdrawal agreement.
The UK Government has also agreed to withdraw aspects of the Internal Market Bill that had caused strife with the EU.
The legislation proved to be controversial as clauses sought to override parts of the international treaty.
Michael Gove tweeted: “Delighted to announce agreement in principle on all issues in the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee.
“Thank you to Maros Sefcovic and his team for their constructive and pragmatic approach. I will be updating Parliament tomorrow.”