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10/1/2019, 9:47 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Johnson claims he hasn't asked EU to block Brexit delay

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that he has not yet asked the European Union to prevent any further Brexit delay. "We haven't made any such request," he told BBC Radio 4's Today program, commenting on reports he is set to request from the EU to force the UK to leave on October 31.

Johnson also denied media reports that the government is proposing to set up customs posts away from the Irish border in order to get the backstop removed from the Brexit agreement, saying he is "absolutely not" proposing such a solution. However, the UK prime minister claimed there would have to be customs checks somewhere after Britain leaves the European Union. "In the end, a sovereign, united country must have a single customs territory. When the UK withdraws from the EU that must be the state of affairs that we have," he stressed.

Earlier, UK Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said the customs proposal reported by Irish media was a "preliminary" suggestion and could still be changed.

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