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8/24, 3:39 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Johnson: EU must get rid of backstop to avoid no-deal

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said ahead of the G7 summit on Saturday that the European Union must remove the Irish backstop from the Brexit deal in order to avoid a no-deal scenario.

"I would say to our friends in the EU if they don’t want a no-deal Brexit then we’ve got to get rid of the backstop from the treaty," Johnson stated despite Brussels already rejecting such requests. Responding to European Council President Donald Tusk's remarks that Johnson should try not to be remembered as "Mr No Deal," the UK prime minister claimed that Tusk will be known by that name if the EU refuses to give up on the backstop.

Earlier, Tusk reiterated the EU's stance that the bloc is willing to alternative solutions to the Irish border issue, as long as they are "operational, realistic and acceptable to all EU member states, including Ireland." He added that the only thing he is not willing to "cooperate on is no deal."

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