LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday to suggest changing the Irish backstop with a dedication to place in place different preparations by the top of a post-Brexit transition interval.
FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech exterior Downing Avenue in London, Britain July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Image
Within the letter, printed by his workplace, Johnson repeated his requires the backstop – an insurance coverage coverage to keep away from the return of a tough border on the island of Eire – to be faraway from the deal the EU reached together with his predecessor Theresa Might.
Johnson, who has promised to take Britain out of the EU on Oct. 31 with or and not using a deal, mentioned that he believed it was attainable to succeed in an settlement and that doing so was his authorities’s “highest precedence”.
“The UK and the EU have already agreed that ‘different preparations’ might be a part of the answer. Accordingly: I suggest that the backstop ought to be changed with a dedication to place in place such preparations so far as attainable earlier than the top of the transition interval, as a part of the longer term relationship,” he wrote.
Johnson added that Britain was able to look “constructively and flexibly” at what commitments might assist present confidence about what would occur if such preparations weren’t absolutely in place on the finish of that interval.
The backstop would power Britain to obey some EU guidelines if no different method may very well be discovered to maintain the land border open between British-ruled Northern Eire and EU member Eire. Dublin says that is essential to sustaining peace on the island.
In his letter, Johnson mentioned the backstop was “merely unviable” as a result of it’s “anti-democractic and inconsistent with the sovereignty of the UK as a state” however that he was dedicated to making sure there was no return to a tough border.
“The federal government is not going to put in place infrastructure, checks, or controls on the border between Northern Eire and Eire. We might be pleased to just accept a legally binding dedication to this impact and hope that the EU would do likeswise,” Johnson wrote.
The EU has thus far mentioned the withdrawal deal can’t be renegotiated. Johnson is because of perform his first overseas journey as prime minister this week to fulfill with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.
“Time is brief. However the UK is able to transfer shortly, and, given the diploma of widespread floor already, I hope that the EU will probably be able to do likewise,” he wrote to Tusk.
Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Modifying by Hugh Lawson