UK PM BREXIT EU being a bit negative but we will get there


The European Union rebuffed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s demand that it reopen the Brexit Withdrawal deal as British MPs delivered a letter demanding the PM recall Parliament from its summer recess.

In his opening bid to the EU ahead of meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Johnson wrote a four-page letter to European Council President Donald Tusk asking to axe the Irish border “backstop.”

Johnson proposed that the backstop – part of the Withdrawal Agreement that then-prime minister Theresa May agreed last year – be replaced with a “commitment” to implement alternative arrangements as part of a deal on the post-Brexit relationship.

But in a Twitter post on Tuesday, Tusk said Britain had failed to propose any realistic alternative to an agreed insurance policy for the Irish border.