British, Irish leaders clash over Brexit border backstop – Independent Observers

British, Irish leaders clash over Brexit border backstop

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By Kunle Adedoyin

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar, have aired their disagreement over the backstop provision to guarantee an open Irish border after Brexit.

On Wednesday, , the Irish government disclosed that Varadkar told Johnson on phone that the backstop clause in Britain’s EU withdrawal agreement was necessary and the agreement could not be reopened.

He said London and Brussels can negotiate alternative arrangements to replace the backstop if Britain leaves EU under the withdrawal agreement, which was forged by Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May.

However, Downing Street announced that Johnson has made it clear to Ireland that the UK will be leaving the EU on October 31, no matter what.

“He told Varadkar that his clear preference is to leave the EU with a deal, but it must be one that abolishes the backstop,’’ it says.

(Dpa/NAN)

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