‘Ditch Brexit bor­der back­stop’:

Arab Times - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

Brexit hard­liner Boris John­son, a former Bri­tish for­eign min­is­ter, called on Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May on Satur­day to re­buff the Euro­pean Union’s de­mand for a spe­cial “back­stop” deal to avoid a hard bor­der in Ire­land af­ter Brexit.

“The only way to put things back on the right track is to ditch the back­stop and then to chuck Che­quers,” John­son wrote in an ar­ti­cle for the Belfast News Let­ter, re­fer­ring to a set of pro­pos­als for­mu­lated in July at May’s Che­quers coun­try re­treat.

John­son re­signed over the Che­quers plan, which en­vis­ages main­tain­ing close ties with the EU on trade in goods af­ter Brexit.

Mean­while, May will not “trap” Bri­tain in an end­less cus­toms union with the Euro­pean Union af­ter Brexit, her of­fice in­sisted Fri­day amid grow­ing un­ease in her cab­i­net and party that this might be the price of a di­vorce deal.

May briefed se­lected mem­bers of her cab­i­net late Thurs­day on the talks, at which sev­eral min­is­ters re­port­edly ex­pressed deep un­ease at a plan to avoid fron­tier checks with EU mem­ber Ire­land.

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