UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The European Union must abandon its insistence on the Irish safety net to avoid Brexit without an agreement, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday.
“I don’t want Brexit without an agreement. I tell our friends in the EU if they don’t want Brexit without an agreement, we have to get rid of the safety net of the treaty,” Johnson told reporters as he headed to the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz.
He also responded to European Council President Donald Tusk, who had urged Johnson not to be remembered by history as “the master of disagreement.”
“If Donald Tusk does not want history to define him as Mr Brexit without agreement, that point must also be taken into account,” Johnson said.
“One issue I will not cooperate on is ‘no agreement’ and I still hope that Prime Minister Johnson does not want history to remember him as the master of no agreement,” Tusk said at a press conference in Biarritz.
“We are ready to listen to pragmatic, realistic and acceptable views from all member states, including Ireland.
The safety net is a clause that ensures that the border points between the EU member Ireland and the British Northern Territory do not return.
Johnson called the clause “undemocratic” because it asks London to keep its laws in line with EU laws during a transitional phase when Britain leaves the bloc.
The EU says the safety net is necessary to avoid a return of borders that could lead to sectarian fighting on the island.
Johnson promised to leave the European Union on October 31 “whatever the cost.”
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