UK PM JOHNSON Ditch the backstop or there will be no-deal Brexit


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cautioned the European Union that the Irish backstop, which he said was undemocratic, needed to be ditched if they were to strike a Brexit Deal.

Johnson, since taking office, has repeatedly warned that if the EU continues to refuse to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement agreed by his predecessor, Theresa May, then he will take Britain out on Oct. 31 without a deal.

His biggest demand is that the most hotly contested element of the Brexit divorce agreement – the Irish border backstop – be struck out of the Withdrawal Agreement, a demand that has angered Ireland and perturbed other EU capitals.

Johnson said he did not want a no-deal Brexit, which investors fear will send shock waves through global markets and hurt the world’s economy, but that the United Kingdom had to prepare for a no-deal.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said the question of the unification of Ireland and Northern Ireland will inevitably arise if Britain leaves the EU without a deal on Oct. 31.