EU Rejects British PM’s Call to Renegotiate Brexit Terms

By Anna Breuer on 20 August 2019
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County Clare, Ireland

County Clare, Ireland

The European Union Tuesday rejected British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proposal to rework the terms of the United Kingdom’s exit from the bloc. The move came as Johnson was preparing to meet German Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel for the first time since he took office last month.

Johnson has said that Britain will leave the European Union in a hard Brexit, that is a Brexit without a deal, if EU leadership does not renegotiate the deal.

In a four-page document, the prime minister called for a border between Ireland, which is in the European Union, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom.

In a letter drafted as a response to Mr. Johnson’s demand that the European Union drop the Irish backstop from the withdrawal agreement negotiated by former Prime Minister Theresa May, EU Council President Donald Tusk said that Johnson had offered “no realistic alternatives” to avoiding a hard border in Ireland.

Tusk defended the Irish backstop as a peace-keeping measure that would maintain harmony in Éire.

“The backstop is an insurance to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland unless and until an alternative is found,” Tusk said in a tweet. “Those against the backstop and not proposing realistic alternatives in fact support reestablishing a border. Even if they do not admit it.”

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