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Johnson accuses his EU partners of being “a little negative” about the future of Brexit

August 20, 2019

LONDON, Aug 20 (Reuters / EP) –

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, has said that the rest of EU leaders are being “a little negative” about the prospects of reaching an agreement to achieve an orderly divorce between the two sides, after Brussels has returned to make it clear that the current pact will not renegotiate.

“Right now, it is completely true that our friends and partners are a bit negative … but I think we will get it. I think there is a real feeling that something must be done with this backstop,” he said. before journalists, in reference to the emergency plan contemplated for the Irish border.

Johnson hopes to “remove the backstop” and achieve “friction-free trade” on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, in the framework of broader negotiations for a free trade agreement between the United Kingdom and the remaining 27 members of the community block.

Johnson has repeatedly insisted that the United Kingdom will leave the EU on October 31 with or without a compromise. The hypothesis of a 'hard Brexit', however, has already generated movements among the deputies, who are already studying the feasibility of a motion of censure that will stop an abrupt exit.

“While (in the EU) they believe that there is a possibility that Parliament will block Brexit, it is unlikely that they will consider making the concessions we need, so you have to be patient,” warned the British 'premier'.

The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the European Commission on Tuesday warned Johnson that the emergency plan for the island of Ireland is the only way to avoid a 'hard' border between Ireland and Northern Ireland once The United Kingdom has left the EU.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also stressed that this safeguard is only one last option in case there is no concrete agreement to preserve the Good Friday Agreements that pacified the Ulster and establish a clear definition of the “market borders” European internal. Solved both doubts, “we would not need the 'backstop”, he explained.

“This means that we have to think about practical solutions. He has always said that when someone has the will to find those solutions, he can do it in a short period of time,” added the chancellor, who sees it possible to introduce changes in this regard by only modifying the statement. policy on future relationships and not the Withdrawal Agreement.