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Johnson defends that his government “has moved” to “cross the chasm” and get a Brexit agreement

October 3, 2019


The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, said that the plan presented on Tuesday to try to reach an agreement with the EU on Brexit is “a genuine attempt to cross the chasm” and shows that the British Government “has moved “, waiting for the formal response of the other party.

Johnson has described his initiative as a “concession”, which proposes allowing four years to trade goods with Northern Ireland but to break the customs union. Brussels values ​​the willingness to break the current stalemate, but does not hide that the alternative to 'backstop' presents “trouble spots.”

“I think it is our opportunity and theirs to reach an agreement,” Johnson warned, during a parliamentary appearance in which he reiterated his willingness to remove the United Kingdom from the EU on October 31, with or without a pact of means, medium.

However, the leader of the Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has considered Johnson's proposals “unreal and harmful”, both economically and for the continuity of the 1998 Good Friday Agreements that allowed the Ulster to be pacified.

The leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Jo Swinson, has expressed her “fear” for the plan, which includes “the worst of both worlds.” “Will the prime minister go to Northern Ireland to listen to citizens and communities or is he not worried?” Swinson said.

Meanwhile, the head of the Scottish National Party (SNP) parliamentary group, Ian Blackford, has warned that the idea “was dead before even (Johnson) left the stage of the 'tory' congress,” where he delivered on Tuesday his speech. In this regard, he stressed that “he will never have the consent of Scotland.”

Johnson plans to speak Thursday with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, with whom he will continue a round of contacts that has also included talks with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, the Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, and the chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel.