BBC’s Newsnight’s Mr Watt claimed a senior No10 official revealed Boris Johnson and the Government may look to aggressively resolve the Brexit issue. Mr Watt noted that text messages were sent to a Spectator journalist claiming the Government may push for a no deal Brexit in the event Boris Johnson’s deal is not accepted – and punish those EU nations that push for an extension. Mr Watt said: “There is a feeling in Downing Street that Boris Johnson is heading towards a no deal with the EU.
“This will become clear by the end of the weekend.
“There has been a stark assessment of how things lie by a senior source within Number 10.
“They are absolutely in the heart of Boris Johnson’s negotiation plans with the EU.
“This is a series of text messages sent by this source to journalist James Forsyth.”
Mr Watt continued: “The conversation was on the view Britain might take towards countries that are helpful towards the UK and those that are not so helpful.”
The source wrote in a text: “We will make clear privately and publicly that countries which oppose delay will go to the front of the queue for future cooperation.
“Supporting delay will be seen by this Government as hostile interference in domestic politics.”
Mr Watt added: “Evidently this source is saying that the cooperation that they are talking about is defence and security cooperation.
“There is another really interesting text where this source is acknowledging the backbench act the so-called Benn act would require an extension if there is no deal by the 19th of October that may work.
“But then this source addresses the Benn act in a text.”
The No10 official said: “Any delay will in effect be negotiated between you, Parliament and the courts.
“Everything to do with ‘duty of sincere cooperation’ will be in the toilet.
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“We will focus on winning the election on a manifesto of immediately revoking the entire EU legal order without further talks and then we will leave.”
Emmanuel Macron has demanded a full revision of Boris Johnson’s new Brexit plan, with the French President insisting the UK has one week to forward a revised version of the new deal that “respects” the EU.
The EU will decide at the end of next week whether a Brexit deal is going to be possible assuming the UK make “fundamental changes”, the French President has told Boris Johnson.
Mr Macron said talks should proceed swiftly in coming days to see if anything can be agreed that is in line with EU principles.
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