UK PM says he’s got ‘rough’ Brexit deal, EU not so optimistic
Coppola unhappy that Johnson is a fan of ‘Godfather’
Garryvoe/London: British PM Boris Johnson said on Friday there was “the rough shape of a deal to be done” over Brexit, as he prepared to meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a renewed push to reach an agreement.
But Irish PM Leo Varadkar played down the prospects, saying the gap between Britain and the EU remained “very wide” and he doubted Johnson could make the compromises needed to get a deal and have it ratified by UK lawmakers. AGerman radio station also reported Juncker saying he wasn’t optimistic about finding alternatives to the Irish border provision that has become a main sticking point.
With just seven weeks until Britain is due to leave the EU, Johnson will travel to Luxembourg on Monday for his first meeting with Juncker as he seeks to reneogitate the exit deal Theresa May reached with the bloc.
Johnson says Britain will leave the EU on October 31 whether or not he reaches a deal. But parliament passed alaw ordering him to seek an extension if he fails to reach an agreement. Filmmaking
legend Francis Ford Coppola is not impressed with Boris Johnson’s love for his bloody 1972 gangster classic “The Godfather”. The Brexit-backing UK PM told the Daily Mail newspaper in July that his favourite piece of filmmaking was the “multiple retribution scene in ‘The Godfather’”. Coppola, who wants Britain to stay in the EU, told London’s Financial News that Brexit looked like it was heading for a disaster more reminiscent of the 1979 war film “Apocalypse Now”. “The Godfather seems to be the favourite film of modern history’s most brutal figures, including Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi and others,” he told the news site by email.