The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said Boris Johnson’s demands are ‘unacceptable’

  • Boris Johnson’s Brexit demands are “unacceptable,” according to the EU’s chief negotiator.
  • The new UK prime minister has demanded the complete removal of the backstop from the Brexit deal.
  • If not, the UK would be prepared to walk away without a deal in October, Johnson said Thursday.
  • However, chief negotiator Michel Barnier wrote to EU leaders describing the demand as “unacceptable” and urging them to stay united in response to Johnson’s “combative” rhetoric.
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The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator has described Boris Johnson’s Brexit demands as “unacceptable” and urged EU leaders to remain united in response to the new prime minister’s “combative” approach.

In a letter to European leaders leaked to Politico, Michel Barnier flatly rejected Johnson’s demand for the contentious backstop for Northern Ireland to be removed from the Brexit deal altogether.

“PM Johnson has stated that if an agreement is to be reached it goes by way of eliminating the backstop,” Barnier said.

“This is of course unacceptable and not within the mandate of the European Council.”

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