8/20/2019, 1:01 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Johnson failed to provide viable backstop alternative - EU

The European Commission said on Tuesday that United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to offer a viable alternative to the Irish backstop for which he asked to be removed from the existing Brexit deal.

"The letter does not provide a legal operational solution to prevent the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland. It does not set out what any alternative arrangements could be and in fact it recognizes that there is no guarantee that such arrangements will be in place by the end of the transitional period," the Commission's spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud stated and added the European Union is willing to "work constructively with the UK" to secure Britain's "orderly" exit from the bloc.

On Monday, Johnson asked the EU to replace the "anti-democratic" backstop with a "commitment to put in place such arrangements as far as possible before the end of the transition period, as part of the future relationship." However, European Council President Donald Tusk insisted the backstop must remain a part of the withdrawal agreement unless a "realistic" alternative is found and accused the UK of actually calling for a hard border on the island of Ireland.

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