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Johnson highlights “progress” in talks with the EU on Brexit

September 19, 2019

MADRID, Sep. 19 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, stressed Thursday that “progress” is being made in talks with the European Union (EU) on Brexit, although he stressed that London must be “prepared” for a departure without agreement on October 31.

“I do not want to exaggerate the progress we are making, but we are making progress,” he said, before adding that the British authorities “believe the problem can be resolved” as a result of the agreement on backstop on the border with Ireland.

“We have to find a way in which the United Kingdom can leave the EU and really be able to do things differently, not remain under EU control in terms of laws and trade policy. This is the problem with the current agreement, “he said.

Thus, Johnson has stated that the British Government “wants to leave (the block) in a way that protects Ireland, ensures that there is no hard border of any kind in Northern Ireland and protects the Good Friday Agreement.”

“We think we can do it and we think we can find a way forward,” said the British 'premier', who also stressed that the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said Wednesday that he does not have an “attachment emotional “to the 'backstop'.

In this sense, he has defended that “this is a progress”, since “that is not something that (the EU) said a month ago”. “We will see where we arrived,” he argued, while reiterating that the United Kingdom “must prepare” for an exit without agreement.

“We will be prepared for a situation without agreement on October 31. We must do both at the same time,” said the British Prime Minister, according to the British television network BBC.

The European and British negotiators for Brexit, Michel Barnier and Stephen Barclay, respectively, will meet again on Friday to try to move towards a solution that saves the agreement for an orderly divorce before the end of October, after London has sent Brussels in writing “ideas”.