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US NewsPM: EU clearly still thinks UK parliament might block Brexit

20:05  20 august  2019
20:05  20 august  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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PM: EU clearly still thinks UK parliament might block Brexit © Other Mr Johnson was speaking after Donald Tusk dismissed his suggestion over scrapping the backstop

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the European Union "clearly still thinks that there is a possibility parliament will block Brexit".

Mr Johnson said: "At the moment it is absolutely true that our friends and partners are a bit negative ... but I think we'll get there.

"I think there is a real sense now that something needs to be done with this backstop.

"We think there's a big opportunity now for everybody to come together, take out that backstop and then... in the course of the negotiations on the free trade deal... which we're going to do after 31 October, we will be bringing forward all the ways in which we can maintain frictionless trade at the Northern Irish border."

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His words are the latest in a tit-for-tat exchange with European Council President Donald Tusk over the backstop, which is intended to avoid the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland if a UK-EU trade deal is not reached.

Mr Tusk had said those opposed to the backstop were "not proposing realistic alternatives".

He had been responding to Mr Johnson's insistence that the backstop is "anti-democratic" and that he is willing to give the bloc the "commitments" it needs for alternatives to be put into effect.

Mr Johnson had said that he could not support any agreement that "locks the UK, potentially indefinitely, into an international treaty which will bind us into a customs union and which applies large areas of single market legislation in Northern Ireland".

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