Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he was more optimistic than European officials that a post-Brexit trading deal could be struck but said Britain could leave the bloc without a comprehensive agreement if needed. Johnson said he was a bit more optimistic than EU negotiator Michel Barnier, who said this week that serious divergences remained and Britain needed to respect the EU's position. Britain left the world's largest trading bloc on Jan. 31 but remains a member in all but name until year end.
The most striking thing about Baron Grade of Yarmouth is his gravelly nasal voice. It’s classic Estuary English and he sounds a little bit like Michael Caine.“Not a lot of people say that. I can sound posher if you want,” he quips when I put it to him.