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7/25, 5:05 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Johnson's Brexit stance 'unacceptable' - Barnier

European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (pictured) condemned on Thursday British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's calls for the removal of the Irish backstop, calling them "unacceptable."

"PM Johnson has stated that if an agreement is to be reached it goes by way of eliminating the backstop. This is of course unacceptable and not within the mandate of the European Council," Barnier wrote in an email sent to EU officials, warning representatives to prepare for a situation where Johnson "gives priority to the planning for 'no deal' partly to heap pressure on the EU."

Johnson, who officially became the new PM of the United Kingdom yesterday, stated today preparations for a withdrawal without a deal were a "top priority," expressing discontent with the previously agreed upon deal and stating Britain was readier for a no-deal exit "than many believe."

Breaking the News / MD