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US NewsJohnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks

04:41  30 august  2019
04:41  30 august  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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he wants to “ step up the tempo ” of Brexit talks in Brussels. While I have been encouraged with my discussions with EU leaders over recent weeks that there is a willingness to talk about alternatives to the anti-democratic backstop, it is now time for both sides to step up the tempo ,” Johnson said.

Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks © Getty The UK's negotiation team will now sit down with their EU counterparts twice a week

Boris Johnson has said Brexit talks with the European Union will be stepped up in the coming weeks in a bid to secure a new deal.

The prime minister's lead negotiator, David Frost, met EU officials this week and agreed to "intensify talks".

Downing Street said the initial discussions showed the two sides remain some distance apart on key issues.

However, Mr Johnson said he was "encouraged" by the reaction from EU leaders in recent weeks and said it was "now time for both sides to step up the tempo".

The UK's negotiation team will now sit down with their EU counterparts twice a week, with the possibility of additional meetings.

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Boris Johnson has said Brexit talks with the European Union will be stepped up in the coming weeks in a bid to secure a new deal. However, Mr Johnson said he was "encouraged" by the reaction from EU leaders in recent weeks and said it was "now time for both sides to step up the tempo ".

Significant differences remain in talks over a trade deal between Britain and the European Union, both sides said on Saturday, as they promised to step up efforts to find an After a call between British prime minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, both said

The talks will look at a range of issues, including the disagreement around the Irish backstop.

The backstop is designed as an insurance policy to make sure the Irish border stays open after Brexit.

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Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks

Mr Johnson has said there will be no new deal unless it is removed from the withdrawal agreement.

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However, the EU has insisted it must stay, with the French President Emmanuel Macron saying last week that it was "indispensable".

The ramping up of talks will be seen as in part an effort to quell concern among some in the party that a no-deal Brexit is now inevitable.

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Conservative MPs are expected to vote alongside opposition parties next week to try and stop the government pursuing a no-deal.

It comes as most parties in the Commons joined forces to call for the prime minister to reverse his decision to suspend Parliament next month.

The joint statement signed by Labour, the SNP, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru, The Independent Group for Change and the Green Party also called for MPs to be given a vote on the prorogation plan.

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Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks
Johnson vows to 'step up the tempo' of Brexit talks

"Voters are being deprived of the opportunity to have their representatives hold the government to account, make any key decisions, and ensure there is a lawful basis for any action that is taken," said the statement.

In a sign of the concern within the Conservative Party, former cabinet minister Ken Clarke told Sky News that he "probably would" vote for Jeremy Corbyn to become a caretaker prime minister in order to stop a no-deal Brexit.

Mr Clarke said he would only back the Labour leader if he could be kept "under control" and "wouldn't have the slightest chance of implementing any bits of his Labour manifesto".

He also acknowledged it was a highly unlikely outcome because Mr Corbyn was so divisive among MPs and "like a red rag to a bull for all sides".

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