Thursday, 7 July 2022 – 11:56

Brexit: EU dismisses call to scrap the backstop

European Council President Donald Tusk has dismissed Boris Johnson’s call to scrap the backstop.

On Monday, the UK Prime Minister wrote to Mr Tusk, saying the backstop is “anti-democratic and inconsistent with the sovereignty of the UK”.

In a tweet, Mr Tusk has said ;

“The backstop is an insurance to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland unless and until an alternative is found. Those against the backstop and not proposing realistic alternatives in fact support reestablishing a border. Even if they do not admit it.”

The backstop issue has long been a sticking point in Brexit negotiations. Brussels has consistently rejected calls to scrap the backstop and this position has been maintained in Mr Tusk’s latest tweet above.

 

Photo Credit: European People’s Party on Flickr under licence (CC BY 2.0)

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