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Tusk and Johnson stage their differences over Brexit and only agree to meet again within a month

August 25, 2019


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, have held a bilateral meeting on Sunday in Biarritz, France, home of the G7 summit where both have limited themselves to reaffirming the distance between their positions on Brexit and have only agreed to meet in September taking advantage of the annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Despite the optimism about the possibility of renegotiating the Withdrawal Agreement that Johnson has sold in recent days, Tusk has stressed that “the ball is still on the roof of the United Kingdom”, a position that represents a jug of cold water for London , which hoped to start concessions to Brussels.

Johnson, on the other hand, has reiterated to Tusk that there will be no further extensions of Brexit and that the United Kingdom will leave the EU on October 31 “whatever the circumstances” and has reiterated that the safeguard mechanism or 'backstop' is “undemocratic “. In any case, he reiterated that he would prefer an exit with agreement and stressed that it will not prevent Parliament from debating Brexit.

In addition, Johnson has warned that if there is no agreement for Brexit, London will not pay the 30,000 million pounds – some 33,000 million euros – that the previous government agreed to pay for Brexit expenses.

Despite the disagreements, the tone of this Sunday has been much friendlier than that of Saturday, when both leaders warned each other that they would become the 'Lord Without Agreement' if they remained in their current positions.