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Boris Johnson urges May to change Brexit tack at 'important moment'

Europe
10.10.2018
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
London (dpa) - Britain‘s outspoken former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Theresa May to change her Brexit plan at an "important moment," claiming her "Chequers" proposals would make the country "a permanent EU colony."

"Clearly No.10 [Downing Street] are negotiating a ‘backstop‘ that makes the UK a permanent EU colony," popular eurosceptic Johnson said via Twitter.

"That‘s not what the biggest majority in our history voted for," Johnson wrote, adding the hashtag #NoColonyStatus.

He was referring to Britain‘s vote to leave the European Union, by a majority of 52 per cent, in a 2016 referendum.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab suggested on Tuesday that the two sides were "closing in" on an agreement ahead of a crucial summit of EU leaders next week.

May has proposed a compromise with the EU for a temporary, last-resort "backstop" to maintain free movement of goods and people across the Irish border once Britain leaves the EU next March.

If no other solution can be found, the backstop would apply following a 21-month transitional period.

The two sides want to ensure frictionless movement of people and goods continues between the Republic of Ireland, which will remain an EU member, and Northern Ireland, which will leave the bloc with the rest of the United Kingdom.

Johnson said the backstop would keep the whole United Kingdom in the EU Customs Union and Northern Ireland in the single market, requiring customs checks between Northern Ireland and Britain.

It "closes off" options for Britain‘s future relationship with the EU, leaving Chequers as "the only possible deal," he said.

 

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