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US NewsJohnson starts first international summit by arguing with Tusk

09:20  25 august  2019
09:20  25 august  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

PM: EU clearly still thinks UK parliament might block Brexit

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Boris Johnson is heading to his first international summit as prime minister - and meetings with Donald Trump, the EU and other world leaders The summit will also see Mr Johnson 's first meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk . Downing Street has been playing down any chance of

Boris Johnson has begun his first summit as Prime Minister by clashing with European Council president Donald Tusk over who would be to blame for a failure to reach a Brexit deal. Mr Tusk said he hoped the Prime Minister would not go down in history as “Mr no deal” ahead of their face-to-face

Johnson starts first international summit by arguing with Tusk © PA Boris Johnson and other European leaders at the EU meeting during the G7 summit in Biarritz

Boris Johnson has sought to place the blame for a potential no-deal Brexit at the feet of the Europeans as he touched down in Biarritz for his first global summit as UK prime minister.

The newly appointed Mr Johnson told reporters he didn't want a no-deal but said the Irish backstop had to be removed from the withdrawal agreement in order to avoid that outcome.

"As I made absolutely clear, I don't want a no-deal Brexit but I say to our EU friends if they don't want no-deal they have got to get rid of the backstop from the treaty," he said in a briefing to journalists on his prime ministerial aeroplane.

Johnson: Brexit talks going down to wire

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DONALD Tusk kicked off the G7 summit this morning with a dig at Prime Minister Boris Johnson - claiming he won't want to "go down in history as Mr No Deal". The jibe came in a press conference hours before seven world leaders land in Biarritz, France, for the annual meeting.

current edition: International edition. Johnson will arrive in Biarritz on Saturday afternoon having visited Berlin and Paris, in search of a way out of the impasse between his government and European leaders on Overall, Tusk cast the G7 summit in Biarritz as a last chance for unity in sombre times.

He also hit back at European Council President Donald Tusk's remarks that the new British PM should try to avoid a legacy of being "Mr No Deal Brexit".

Johnson starts first international summit by arguing with Tusk © Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte greet Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the G7 summit in Biarritz

"If Donald Tusk doesn't want to go down in history as Mr No Deal Brexit then I hope this point will be borne in mind by him too."

The spat came after Mr Tusk warned Mr Johnson that the EU would not cooperate on a managed no-deal exit from the EU.

"The one thing I will not cooperate on is no-deal," said Mr Tusk. "And I still hope that PM Johnson will not like to go down in history as Mr No Deal. We are willing to listen to ideas that are operational, realistic and acceptable to all member states including Ireland, if and when the UK government is ready to put them on the table."

Boris Johnson will tell Donald Trump that the NHS is off the table in post-Brexit US-UK trade deal as he makes his debut on the world stage at the G7 summit in France

Boris Johnson will tell Donald Trump that the NHS is off the table in post-Brexit US-UK trade deal as he makes his debut on the world stage at the G7 summit in France Boris Johnson will tell the US President they need to strike the 'right deal' as they have breakfast on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.

Boris Johnson warned Brexit critics they are “gravely mistaken” about the UK losing its place on the world stage as he prepared for his first international In his first face-to-face meeting with European Council president Mr Tusk , the Prime Minister will spell out his absolute commitment to getting the UK

International . Johnson later responded: “If Donald Tusk does not want to go down as ‘Mr No Deal’ Brexit then that point should be borne in mind too,” Johnson said. Speaking at a press conference this morning, Tusk cautioned that US President Donald Trump’s escalating trade skirmishes with

Mr Tusk's remarks echo those of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, who both told Mr Johnson this week that they were prepared to talk further on trying to agree a Brexit deal while reaffirming their commitment to the backstop, with the French president insisting that it was "indefensible" to any Brexit deal.

Mrs Merkel was a little more emollient, saying she was prepared to see whether the UK could find a workable solution in the next 30 days that would satisfy Brussels, London and Dublin.

Mr Johnson is demanding an overhaul of the withdrawal agreement finalised between the EU and Theresa May aimed at removing the backstop, designed to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.

Tusk and Johnson clash over who will be to blame in case of no-deal Brexit

Tusk and Johnson clash over who will be to blame in case of no-deal Brexit The pair are due to hold face-to-face talks at the G7 summit in Biarritz on Sunday. © Dylan Martinez Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives in Biarritz, France, for the annual G7 summit. But speaking on the plane to Biarritz, the Prime Minister shot back by suggesting that failure to reach a Brexit agreement would also reflect badly on Mr Tusk. Tomorrow I meet PM @BorisJohnson. I hope that he will not like to go down in history as “Mr. No Deal”.

Boris Johnson warned Brexit critics they are “gravely mistaken” about the UK losing its place on the world stage as he prepared for his first The meeting of leaders from major economies will also see Mr Johnson set out his plans for Brexit in talks with European Council Donald Tusk , building on visits

The prime minister said he was "powerfully encouraged" by his meeting with German chancellor but added that it would take a lot of "hard work" to get any agreement across the line ahead of exit day on 31 October.

But the EU27's willingness to re-open talks does at least give Mr Johnson some breathing space back home with those opposed to no-deal.

He can powerfully argue that he needs time to negotiate a new deal with the EU as parliament eyes whether to bring forward legislation to demand another Brexit extension or even force a vote of no confidence in his government.

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Boris Johnson will meet Leo Varadkar for talks on Monday.
The British Prime Minister confirmed the meeting in the House of Commons today. © Getty Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar arrives for the third straight day of a European Union leaders summit in Brussels on July 2, 2019, for talks aimed at defusing fresh power struggles in a bid to fill the bloc's top jobs.

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