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Prepare for a possible “Brexit crisis” but do not worry, Johnson’s warning from the UK: Buzzfeed

LONDON (Reuters) – British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson warned that Brexit may collapse, but that "it will be fine at the end" and that US President Trump will take a tougher stance if he leads the talks, according to BuzzFeed.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives at a meeting on the International Association against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons, in Paris, France, May 18, 2018. Chrisotphe Petit-Tesson / Pool via Reuters

] Johnson's comments were secretly taped at a dinner on Wednesday night and published on Thursday by the news website hours after the ministers found a compromise on a Brexit plan of support for the Irish border.

Johnson said that Prime Minister Theresa May was beginning to take a harder line, but that there would be a need for moderation as the talks became more difficult in the coming months.

"I think Theresa is going to enter a phase where we are much more combative with Brussels," Johnson said.

"You have to face the fact that now there can be a collapse, OKAY, I do not want anyone to panic during the crisis, without panic, public pro bono, without bloody panic, everything will be fine in the end" .

Johnson said that the US president, Trump, who is engaged in a battle over steel tariffs with European allies, including Britain, would take a stronger approach if he were in charge of the negotiations.

"Imagine Trump doing Brexit," Johnson said.

"He would go in with all the blood … There would be all kinds of crises, all kinds of chaos, everybody would think he had gone crazy, but you can actually get somewhere, it's a very, very good idea."

A spokeswoman for May's office in Downing Street did not offer an immediate comment when she contacted Reuters.

Reports of Costas Pitas; edition of Guy Faulconbridge


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