British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that some progress was being made in Brexit talks but that Britain should still prepare to leave the European Union on Oct. 31 without a deal.
“I think we are making some progress,” Johnson said in a broadcast clip, adding that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s saying on Wednesday that he was not “emotionally attached” to the Irish backstop was encouraging.
Britain wants the backstop – designed to protect the open border between Northern Ireland and Ireland after Brexit – removed from the withdrawal agreement with the EU.
“That is progress, because they weren’t saying that a month ago,” Johnson said. “But let’s see where we get. It’s vital, whatever happens, that we prepare for no-deal.”