Boris Johnson Drops Hard Line İn Last-Ditch Brexit Ploy - Independent.İe

Boris Johnson Drops Hard Line İn Last-Ditch Brexit Ploy - Independent.İe

Boris Johnson drops hard line in last-ditch Brexit ploy -

Johnson drops hard line in last-ditch Brexit ploy


Johnson drops hard line in last-ditch Brexit ploy

Hopes are rising that embattled British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will try to reach a deal with the EU rather than be forced into delaying Brexit.

His private meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar failed to provide any breakthrough. However, at a time when Anglo-Irish relations are in a difficult state, Government sources said there is now the basis for positive engagement.

The House of Commons was then suspended by the government until October 14 - three days before a crucial EU summit where the future direction of Brexit will be decided.

On the steps of Government Buildings, Mr Johnson said he would “overwhelmingly prefer” to do a deal.

There is growing speculation that Mr Johnson is moving towards a version of the backstop that was originally tabled by his predecessor.

The Conservative Party has now lost its working majority, meaning the support of the DUP is less relevant.

She said Mr Johnson had “already ruled out a Northern Ireland-only backstop”.

Mr Johnson said he understood the “conundrum” Brexit has caused for Ireland, and the “fantastic political importance and sensitivities of the Border”.

In an attempt to outline how a no-deal Brexit will only result in a need for further talks between the UK and EU after huge economic damage has been inflicted, Mr Varadkar said “the story of Brexit will not end if the United Kingdom leaves on October 31 or even January 31”.

“We are open to alternatives, but they must be realistic ones, legally binding and workable and we haven’t received such proposals to date,” the Taoiseach said.

When asked whether the EU would even grant another delay, Mr Varadkar cautioned that “the vast majority of countries around the table would prefer there not be an extension”.

Read more:

Leo Varadkar's Athena comment was 'not jibe at Boris Johnson' - Independent.ieA source close to Leo Varadkar has insisted an offer to be 'your Athena' was not intended as a veiled jibe at Boris Johnson over Brexit.

Boris Johnson 'rolls his eyes' at Irish journalist's Brexit questionAppearing alongside Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Mr Johnson laughed off a series of tricky questions about his lack of progress on a deal

Leo Varadkar says 'stakes are high' ahead of Brexit talks with Boris JohnsonLeo Varadkar says 'stakes are high' ahead of today's Brexit talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

As Leo meets Boris: No-deal Brexit to spark rural recession as cities prosper - Independent.ieParts of rural Ireland will be plunged into recession by a no-deal Brexit, but urban areas will continue to grow.

Leo's Diary: I've got major feels as Boris Johnson is coming to visit todaySUMMER is over, politics is back and reassuringly, I’m still the Teesh and Simon Harris still looks like a man printed out while the colour ink cartridge was low. The holidays began with a scandal …

UK PM Boris Johnson arrives in Dublin to meet Taoiseach Leo VaradkarUK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has arrived in Dublin for a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Varadkar said the pair had “much to discuss” as they addressed the media before their me…

Write Comment

Thank you for your comment.
Please try again later.

Latest News


10 September 2019, Tuesday News

Previous news

Belfast anti no-deal case to conclude on Tuesday

Next news

Bus Connects: Elderly, blind and wheelchair users worried over safety of 'island' stops in radical plan -
Previous news Next news