The European Union is reportedly preparing to offer Boris Johnson, the favourite to be Britain's next prime minister, a no-deal Brexit extension beyond October 31.
'It will be described as a technical delay to save Boris from political embarrassment but then we will have time to find an agreement,' a senior EU diplomat told the Guardian newspaper on Friday.
Mr Johnson could maintain the stance of
being on course to leave the EU without an agreement
while keeping open the option of coming to a deal with the bloc, according to the proposal cited by the Guardian.
EU leaders are discussing steps to be taken in the event Mr Johnson presses ahead with exiting the European Union without a transition deal on October 31, the newspaper said.
A declaration expressing the EU's offer to re-engage if Britain were to accept its financial commitments in any divorce from the EU has been proposed, the report added.
Britain is currently due to leave EU on October 31, more than three years after the United Kingdom voted by 52 percent to 48 percent in a referendum to leave the bloc.
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