UK PM says he’s got ‘rough’ Brexit deal, EU not so op­ti­mistic

Coppola un­happy that John­son is a fan of ‘God­fa­ther’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

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.

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