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Boris Johnson given [30 September] EU deadline for ["]Irish backstop["] plan
France's president, Emmanuel Macron, and Finland's prime minister, Antti Rinne, told reporters in Paris that they were both "concerned about what is happening in Britain".
Rinne said: "We both agreed that it is now time for Boris Johnson to produce his own proposals in writing - if they exist. If no proposals are received by the end of September, then it's over."

A deadline of 30 September would be highly problematic for the prime minister as it falls on the eve of the Conservative party conference [BWAH!], and it remains to be seen whether the EU will stick to the threat.

pennies from heaven
During talks with Juncker and the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, the prime minister was shown in detail how allowing Northern Ireland to stick to common EU rules on food and livestock, known as sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS), would still fail to avoid checks on the vast majority of goods that cross the Irish border. ... senior EU sources confirmed that Johnson had expressed surprise during the lunch at the complexity of the situation, and that it appeared to have been a "bit of a reality check to hear it from EU officials".

"the responsibility of the United Kingdom"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Sep 19th, 2019 at 05:10:26 AM EST
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