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British PM Johnson meets with EU Commission President as Brexit date nears

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with the European Commission’s President Jean Juncker, its first face-to-face meeting between the two, in Luxembourg.

Both men discussed the current agenda facing Britain’s exit from the EU which is scheduled for October 31; however, PM Johnson has his hands slightly tied as in the last weeks his Westminster peers have managed to vote against a snap election in October and also taken legal measures to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

The Irish backstop, a sensitive part of the exit deal, still has not been solved and following the meeting between Johnson and Juncker there does not seem to be much progress on the same.

A statement from the EU Commission stated that Juncker expects the British Government to “come forward with legally operational solutions that are compatible with the Withdrawal Agreement.”

“President Juncker underlined the Commission’s continued willingness and openness to examine whether such proposals meet the objectives of the backstop. Such proposals have not yet been made.”

On the other hand, Downing Street released a statement of their own in which it made it clear that PM Johnson “would not request an extension and would take the U.K. out of the EU on the 31st October,” with or without a deal.

 

 

Source: Smart Trend Team