Q&A: Britain and Brexit, and The Crucial Next Three Days
The next three days are crucial as Boris Johnson hopes that he can oversee Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Since the historic referendum in Britain, more than 1,200 days have passed. Mr Johnson will travel to Brussels to continue negotiations with his October 31 deadline.
The PA news agency examines what’s being reported about the deal and how it could play out in the coming days.
What was the status of play Wednesday evening?
During a speech to the 1922 Committee Mr Johnson compared the push for a Brexit agreement to climbing Everest.
After the meeting, Mark Francois, a leading Brexiteer, said that he said, “We are not quite at summit, but we are at Hillary Step.”
“The summit is not far, but at the moment there’s still cloud around it.”
Positive comments are also made by the Eurosceptic European Research Group, with Steve Baker telling reporters that “We have made great advances in our discussions with No 10.
Emmanuel Macron, the French president, stated that he believed that a deal was being made on the European side.
What will happen Thursday?
The October meeting of the European Council will see Brexit and – somewhat paradoxically, – enlargement on the agenda.
The 28 leaders will meet in Brussels while there will be a vote in the Commons sitting in Westminster on Saturday.
What about Friday?
Talks between the European leaders may continue into Friday if there is no agreement on Thursday.
The Benn Act states that Mr Johnson must delay Brexit beyond October 31 unless there is an agreement. A deal could then be presented to the MPs on Saturday.
What could happen Saturday?
If the Commons agrees that they will meet, then the MPs will be able to discuss the terms.