Britain will “more than survive” if it leaves the EU without a deal after Brexit, Boris Johnson has said.
The Foreign Secretary said that he believes the UK can secure a “win-win” deal and that he does not want to be “unduly pessimistic”.
Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, last week repeatedly refused to endorse suggestions that the UK would be “perfectly OK” without a deal.
Mr Johnson said: “It is possible to do a deal that is win-win. I don't want to be unduly pessimistic. I think we can get a deal," he said.
"But if you ask me 'If we don't get a deal would the UK survive?' I think we would more than survive."
During a trip to India yesterday Mr Hammond said that some people in the UK are entirely opposed to getting a deal.
He said: “There are definitely some people on both sides who do not want a deal, they do not want to see Britain continuing to collaborate in what the prime minister described in a letter as a deep and special partnership with the European Union.
“I can tell you with a high degree of confidence that we will come up against tensions in this process.”