DUBLIN, Sep. 9 (Reuters / EP) –
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, has reiterated that he is still willing to negotiate to “get an agreement” with the European Union and has recognized that a chaotic Brexit, an option that remains on the table for October 31, would be a “failure” for the entire ruling class.
Johnson has traveled to Dublin on Monday, where he has been received by his Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar. “I have a message that I want to present with you today, Leo, and I want an agreement, I want to reach an agreement,” said the British 'premier'.
Johnson has assured that he has studied “carefully” the “consequences” that a Brexit could have without agreement and, although for the British prime minister it is still an option, he has clarified that “there is no doubt that it would be a failure” of the whole class politics.
“The future of companies, agricultural producers and millions of ordinary citizens who trust us to use imagination and creativity to achieve it is at stake. I want you to know that I overwhelmingly prefer to reach an agreement,” he added.
The head of the British Government has raised the possibility of reopening the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by his predecessor, Theresa May, although he has been repeatedly warned from the EU that they will not yield in this regard. He has also called for the withdrawal of the emergency plan proposed for the Irish border in case no specific agreement is reached on this area at the end of the transition phase.
“In the absence of alternative agreements, that there is no 'backstop' implies that there is no agreement,” said Varadkar, who used the term used in community jargon to refer to the safeguard raised for the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
“What we cannot do and will not do, and I know you understand it, is to agree to replace a legal guarantee with a premise,” Varadkar added in his appearance.
The Irish Prime Minister also said that postponing the debate “another 14 months” is not an “attractive” option for anyone, as it also implies prolonging the “uncertainty” about a divorce that should have been settled at the end of March of this year.