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Boris Johnson calls on Merkel and Macron to compromise on Brexit Withdrawal Agreement

Monday, 19 August, 2019 - 15:29

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has urged the leaders of France and Germany to “compromise” on Brexit and agree to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement that signed by his predecessor Theresa May.

“We will be ready to leave on October 31, with or without an agreement ,” Johnson stressed on Monday in a statement to the press in which he insisted that he is willing to meet the current deadline for Brexit at any cost. 

“Now of course our friends and partners on the other side of the Channel are showing a little bit of reluctance at the moment to change their position,” added Johnson, who will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and with the French president, Emmanuel Macron at the G7 meeting in Biarritz on Saturday.

“We have already seen that the United Kingdom Parliament has rejected on three occasions the Withdrawal Agreement, the ‘backstop’ (for the Irish border) simply does not work, it is not democratic,” said the Johnson.

The Prime Minister’s statements today follow the leak of official documents over the weekend that revealed that in the event of a no-deal Brexit the government expects to be confronted with shortages of food, medicines and petrol possibly lasting up to three months.

The document, published by the Times, also said that the return of a hard border to Ireland would be inevitable and could result in paramilitary attacks against any customs infrastructure that would need to be put in place.

The Sunday Times points out that these British government forecasts do not present the worst-case scenario, but the most likely repercussions of a Brexit without agreement.

This was denied by Brexit Minister Michael Gove, who said on Twitter, that it was an old document that described a worst possible outcome, adding that “very significant measures have been taken over the last three weeks to speed up Brexit’s preparation”.

 


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