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Brussels braced for Boris Johnson walk-out at Brexit summit

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Boris Johnson has vowed he will not ask for a extension to the Halloween Brexit deadline
Boris Johnson has vowed he will not ask for a extension to the Halloween Brexit deadline Credit: PA

Brussels is braced for Boris Johnson to storm out of next week’s EU summit on Brexit after the expected failure to secure agreement on a replacement for the Irish backstop.

Speculation is rife that the Prime Minister will walk out of the European Council in Brussels as part of a British strategy to “fabricate a crisis”. EU diplomatic sources warned that the tactic would fail in forcing the bloc to shift its red lines. 

“You can hit your fists on the table but in the end only the fist will hurt,” one EU diplomat said.  

“If they want to walk out, they can walk out but if they want a deal they will have to come back to the table,” the diplomat said. 

 "A walkout? Is this part of the Cummings strategy?...

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