Brexit. Johnson writes to Tusk: yes to agreement, no backstop
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written to European Council President Donald Tusk: yes to an EU exit agreement but without the 'backstop', he is disrespectful of 'British sovereignty'.
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Share20 August 2019The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, wrote to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, to ask for a new EU exit agreement and at the same time to reiterate his opposition to the so-called 'backstop'. It is a rule - negotiated with Theresa May's previous government - that in order to avoid having border controls re-established between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, for a transitional period of 2 years, Northern Ireland will remain in the customs union, effectively moving the customs border of Europe between Ireland and Great Britain. In the letter to Tusk, released in the evening by Downing Street, the premier argues that the backstop rule would be "undemocratic" and disrespectful of the "sovereignty of the British state".
Boris Johnson, who succeeded May last July after the British parliament had rejected the Brexit agreement she negotiated with the EU three times, said she wanted to leave the European Union by October 31, with or without agreement . Although the British Parliament rejected the Brexit agreement, it also voted against an exit without agreement. The preference for a tough Brexit is not unanimous even in Johnson's Conservative Party and the Labor Party has already announced that it will try to bring down the government when parliamentary work resumes, scheduled for September 3rd.
Johnson will be in Berlin tomorrow and the next day in Paris to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron hoping to convince them before the G7 summit to be held in Biarritz next weekend. Brussels has repeatedly recalled that it does not want to renegotiate the Brexit agreement already reached with Theresa May.
According to some government documents anticipated by the Times Sunday, the United Kingdom will have to face nightmarish scenarios if it comes out of the European Union without an agreement: from the lack of drugs and fuel to chaos to customs as written by the Rai correspondent from London, Marco Varvello .