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Boris Johnson urges Germany and France to “give in” in their rejection of the renegotiation of Brexit

August 19, 2019

“We will do everything necessary to stop a disastrous departure without agreement,” Corbyn promises

LONDON, Aug 19 (Reuters / EP) –

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, has urged the leaders of France and Germany to “give in” their current positions on Brexit, which would happen by opening the door to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement that is now on the table and that was already rejected by the British Parliament.

“We will be ready to leave on October 31, with or without an agreement,” Johnson stressed this Monday, during a statement to the press in which he insisted that he is willing to meet the current deadline for Brexit at any cost. .

“Of course, our friends and allies on the other side of the Canal are showing a bit reluctant to change positions. It's fine, but I hope they will end up doing it,” added Johnson, who this week will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and with the French president, Emmanuel Macron.

He expects them to “give in.” “We have already seen that the United Kingdom Parliament has rejected on three occasions the Withdrawal Agreement, the 'backstop' (for the Irish border) simply does not work, it is not democratic,” said the British 'premier'.

This would happen by renegotiating an agreement that in Brussels is already closed. European leaders have only been willing to reopen the political statement that outlines future relations between the two sides, a position that has not changed since Johnson's arrival in Downing Street.

“I want an agreement. We are ready to work with our partners to get it, but if you want a good agreement for the United Kingdom at the same time you have to be ready to leave without any,” Johnson explained to reporters.

On the other side is the leader of the Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, who last week launched an order to the Government and raised the possibility of promoting a motion of censure – with him as a potential prime minister – in order to block a divorce from The messy EU.

“We will do everything necessary to stop a disastrous departure without agreement, for which the Government has no mandate,” said the opposition leader during a speech in the English town of Corby. In that sense, he has urged the rest of the deputies to be “serious” about their intentions to block Johnson's plans.

The Labor Party has proposed that the House of Commons immediately resume its activity – the summer recess does not end until September 3 – “to prevent the Prime Minister from having any room to remove (United Kingdom from the EU ) on October 31 without a discussion in Parliament, “according to Corbyn.