By Gregory Viscusi
September 8, 2018, 3:36 PM GMT+3
David Lidington, the U.K.’s de facto deputy prime minister, reiterated that the Brexit agreement is 85 percent complete with the Northern Ireland border the main outstanding issue.
In an interview at the Ambrosetti Forum in Cernobbio, Italy, Lidington said he’s confident that a deal can be reached by November to allow for parliamentary approvals by March. “It will need a lot of work, but we can’t make the mistake of thinking there is unlimited time,” he added.
Lidington said he hopes Northern Ireland backstop is never used. “The real answer is a long-term agreement,” he said.