LONDON, Aug 24 (Reuters / EP) –
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has responded President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and has warned that the label of 'Mr. No Deal '(' Don Without Agreement ') will not be left alone for the British president, but will also apply to Tusk himself if the United Kingdom finally leaves the EU without any agreement.
“I would say to our friends in the EU that if they don't want a Brexit without an agreement, then we should get rid of the backstop and get it out of the treaty. If Donald Tusk doesn't want to stay as a Don Without Agreement, he will have to keep that in mind, too,” Johnson has stated in press statements from Biarritz, France, where the G7 summit is held.
Tusk, also present in Biarritz, has warned that “it will not facilitate” the United Kingdom to leave the European Union without prior agreement. “I hope he doesn't want to go down in history as 'Don Without Agreement',” he said in reference to Johnson.
The EU and Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May, agreed to a Withdrawal Agreement that has not been ratified by the British Parliament mainly because of the 'backstop' or emergency plan that forces London to comply with part of the EU regulations until it is reach a stable agreement on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
For Johnson, the emergency plan is “simply unfeasible” because it is “undemocratic and incompatible with the sovereignty of the United Kingdom as a State”, but Brussels refuses to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement already agreed, so the deadline of 31 October for the consummation of Brexit could cause significant damage to both parties, including the restoration of a “hard” border in Ireland.