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EU Again Rejects Boris Johnson's Backstop Demands

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

1:48 PM - 20 Aug 2019



The European Council President says a letter he received from Boris Johnson offers no "realistic alternatives" to the backstop.

Donald Tusk today again rejected the British Prime Minister's demands for major changes to the 'insurance policy' to avoid a hard border in Ireland after Brexit.

The response has been welcomed by the Irish Government, with Tánaiste Simon Coveney saying: "This has been the clear and consistent EU position, it remains so."

It comes after Mr Johnson wrote to the European Council again insisting the Irish backstop has to be dropped in any Brexit deal.

In his letter yesterday, the British prime minister said he's willing to explore "creative solutions" as an alternative.

However, Natasha Bertaud - spokesperson for the EU Commission - said the letter doesn't provide a legal operational solution to prevent a hard border on Ireland.

She argued: "It does not set out what any alternative arrangements could be.

"In fact, it recognises that there is no guarantee that such arrangements will be in place by the end of the transition period."

Boris Johnson, meanwhile, has reiterated his pledge that the UK will leave the EU on October 31st - with or without a deal.

Main image: Donald Tusk. Picture by: SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA Images


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