Brussels rejects Boris Johnson’s call for Irish backstop to be scrapped

EU reiterates necessity of backstop in Brexit withdrawal agreement

EU reiterates necessity of backstop in Brexit withdrawal agreement

In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, the PM said the backstop must be scrapped which led to the pound falling 0.31% against the dollar to $1.2090.

Those plans have been dropped by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in favour of a new approach to be set out at a later stage. However, the letter doesn't provide a legal, operational solution to prevent the return of a hard border on island of Ireland.

Mr Tusk said: "The backstop is an insurance to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland unless and until an alternative is found".

In his call with Mr Vardakar, Mr Johnson said free movement between the United Kingdom and Ireland will not end in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

In the letter, Mr Johnson said while he wants the United Kingdom to leave the EU with a deal, he could not support any withdrawal agreement that "locks the United Kingdom, potentially indefinitely, into an worldwide treaty which will bind us into a customs union and which applies large areas of single market legislation in Northern Ireland". "As stated on many occasions, we stand ready to work constructively within our mandate".

The backstop should be replaced with a commitment to put in place "alternative arrangements", as far as possible before the end of the transition period, as part of the future relationship between the United Kingdom and EU.

The Prime Minister also spoke to Irish premier Leo Varadkar for an hour and agreed to meet in Dublin in early September, and also discussed other Brexit-related issues, including the Withdrawal Agreement.

It comes ahead of Johnson meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel tomorrow and France's President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday before world leaders gather at the G7 summit in Biarritz at the weekend.

Mr Schumer called for the Trump administration to stop "over-promising an unconditional and unrealistic" post-Brexit trade agreement with the UK.

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