September 18, 2019 / 9:12 AM / 3 months ago

JPMorgan says UK unlikely to get a Brexit deal at October summit

FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves after a meeting with Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel in Luxembourg, September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. investment bank JPMorgan said on Wednesday it was negative about the prospects of Prime Minister Boris Johnson striking a Brexit deal at the Oct. 17-18 EU summit.

“Our reading of the situation is much more negative than positive as far as the prospects of a revised Withdrawal Agreement being agreed at the October summit are concerned,” it said in a note to clients.

“The UK’s negotiating approach appears to be to present the details of its proposals late in the process, and to use the brute force of a no-deal threat to force the EU to accept them,” JPMorgan said. “The very limited credibility of that threat adds to reasons why such a brute-force approach is not going to work.”

Johnson has said he can get a deal at the summit though he has cautioned that if he does not, the United Kingdom will leave on Oct. 31 without a deal.

JPMorgan’s Malcolm Barr said reports of a shift in the position of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party - which props up Johnson’s government - were misplaced.

“Time is increasingly short,” the note said. “Any deal that had ‘alternative arrangements’ at its heart would be a complex one, given the EU’s demand that a well-defined and legally operative ‘solution’ for Ireland be included in the Withdrawal Agreement.”

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison

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