PM Johnson: We need a new trade deal with EU

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit a military base in Scotland as part of a tour of the United Kingdom to announce extra funding for local communities

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit a military base in Scotland as part of a tour of the United Kingdom to announce extra funding for local communities

Gordon Brown, a Scot and a former prime minister, said this month that Johnson could be the United Kingdom's last prime minister as he could be on a collision course with Scottish nationalists. "We are a global brand and together we are safer, stronger and more prosperous", Mr Johnson said in a statement ahead of the visit.

Johnson also said that the Irish border backstop - created to prevent the return of a hard border between Ireland and the United Kingdom's province of Northern Ireland - was "no good, it's dead, it's got to go".

"That makes me think that whatever Boris Johnson might be saying publicly about his preference being to strike a deal, in reality he is really pursuing a no-deal Brexit because that is the logic of the hardline position that he has taken", Sturgeon said. "That way, whether the rate goes up or down, they can benefit from a higher exchange rate on at least half the amount".

"The people of Scotland did not vote for this Tory Government, they didn't vote for this new Prime Minister", she said. The pound fell more than 1%.

"We are going to go ahead and come out of the European Union on October 31". "It's responsible for any government to prepare for a no deal if we absolutely have to. But there is scope to do a new deal", Johnson said during a visit to a naval base in Scotland.

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Johnson's bet is that the threat of a no-deal Brexit will persuade the EU's biggest powers - Germany and France - to agree to revise the Withdrawal Agreement that Theresa May agreed but failed three times to push through the British parliament. "I will be getting on a plane to the USA in the next few weeks to move this forward", adding that the United Kingdom will also be looking at free trade agreements with the Commonwealth nations which includes India, Canada, and countries in Africa and the Antipodes.

Johnson's office said he is expected to continue speaking on the phone to European Union leaders over the coming days. He added: "The confidence of the public in politicians would be undermined even further if we were to go back on that". He's been telling them that he won't meet them only to be told that "they can not possibly reopen the withdrawal agreement", Donnelly said.

Boris Johnson has received a boisterous booing during his first visit to Scotland as prime minister. According to an Irish government spokesman, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney spoke to his United Kingdom counterpart Dominic Raab on Friday, reiterating that the withdrawal agreement is closed. Johnson has pledged not to do this. It will be comprised of Johnson, Michael Gove, who as the Chancellor to the Duchy of Lancaster is charged with overseeing Brexit preparations, Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid, and Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay.

Earlier on Monday he kicked off a Brexit row with Remainer Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today by defiantly telling her it was happening on October 31 whether she likes it or not.

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