Canada’s Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne suggested that Brussels will give into Boris Johnson’s Brexit demands “in the last few hours” of their talks.
The incredible remarks from the top diplomat came during an interview with BBC Newsnight. Mr Champagne explained that the EU compromised in the last minute during its discussions with Canada over its free trade deal.
He told the BBC he wouldn’t be surprised to observe the identical thing happen over the upcoming few months in the Brexit trade discussions.
Mr Champagne spoke to the BBC before meeting with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Friday, in which they discussed fostering Canada-UK commerce ties.
BBC host Mark Urban said: “It took Canada eight years to strike a deal with the EU.”
“What chance does the UK have to strike one in the next six to seven months to reaching an agreement on this upcoming connection?”
The Foreign Secretary responded: “Any transaction negotiator would tell you that it’s the last two or three items for a lot of time to negotiate.”
“I’m not in the talks, but I would think a large part of the negotiation has been underway already.”
“From what I know, the spouses will continue to negotiate, and the issues appear to be clearer and clearer every day.”
“I think it’s possible. I really don’t believe the time is the main impediment.”
“When we awakened the Canada-EU deal, some of the most difficult problems were solved in the very last hours before the deadline.”
“You look at the alternative to an arrangement, and then you think of your best interests, and you also find common ground in the very last hours.”
BBC’s Urban asked about the Odds of a deal between Canada and the United Kingdom.
Mr Champagne said: “When it comes to the relationship between the UK and Canada, the UK is the fifth-biggest trading partner. You are talking about £40bn of trade a year.”
“In the meantime, I would like to be sure that there is absolute stability for companies and investments on both sides.”
“We shall then spend the time that it needs to receive a deal between the united kingdom and Canada.”