Boris Johnson Expects Germany and France to Make a Compromise on Brexit

Boris Johnson Expects Germany and France to Make a Compromise on Brexit

Those against the backstop and not proposing realistic alternatives in fact support reestablishing a border. "Even if they do not admit it", he said.

Shadow Northern Ireland secretary Tony Lloyd said Mr Johnson "seems to have forgotten" he voted for Theresa May's Brexit deal that included the backstop.

During the call on Monday the two stuck to their existing positions, with Johnson saying the current Brexit deal on offer would not be approved by parliament and that the so-called Irish backstop needed to be removed and Varadkar reiterating the EU's line that the deal can not be reopened.

The note also said the European Union regretted that London had not provided "any concrete proposals" for alternatives to the backstop, and that parts of Johnson's letter were "misleading". It was repeatedly rejected by Parliament, primarily because of concerns about the Irish border. There would be no means of unilaterally exiting from the arrangement and no say for the people of Northern Ireland over the rules that apply there.

Similarly, it said that "the letter's suggestion that two separate legal, political, economic and monetary jurisdictions already exist on the island and can be managed with an open border is misleading".

But the European Commission rejected the proposals and backed Mr Tusk's assessment of the letter.

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She said: "We welcome the United Kingdom government's engagement and continued commitment to an orderly withdrawal".

Under the current text of the Withdrawal Agreement, the backstop would be invoked at the end of the transition period in 2020, creating a single EU-UK customs territory, including "level playing field" rules ensuring fair competition in areas such as environment, state aid and labour standards. "As stated on many occasions, we stand ready to work constructively within our mandate".

Best for Britain supporter Virendra Sharma MP has reacted by saying that it was clear the only way to protect Ireland is to remain in the European Union.

- What has the Prime Minister said? In a phone call with Mr Johnson on Monday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar "reiterated the EU27 position that the Withdrawal Agreement can not be reopened" and stressed the importance of the "legally operable guarantee" to prevent a hard border.

Those plans have been dropped by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in favour of a new approach to be set out at a later stage.

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