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Pop-eyed: Is this Boris Johnson’s reaction to the EU’s latest rejection?

The European Union has rebuffed Boris Johnson again, refusing his request for them to take the Northern Ireland border backstop out of any Brexit agreement.

BoJob had called the backstop “undemocratic”, and the EU’s representatives are to be lauded for their restraint in not mentioning the most obvious inconsistency in his argument.

It is best-elaborated in this tweet, responding to James Cleverly’s repetition of Mr Johnson’s comment:

That’s right.

Mr Johnson is in no position to call anything “undemocratic” while he owes his job to a tiny minority of the voting public – and insists on denying the rest of us an opportunity to vote on his leadership.

The European Union has rebuffed Boris Johnson’s attempts to tear up the Irish backstop, in a coordinated response that appeared to close the door on further meaningful Brexit negotiations.

Officials had already strongly rejected Johnson’s claim that the backstop was anti-democratic, pointing to the fact Northern Ireland had voted to remain in the EU and non-unionist parties were in favour of the backstop.

Johnson’s claim that it would be possible for two separate legal and economic jurisdictions to exist on the island of Ireland with an open border was judged “misleading” as EU law provided “the common framework needed to enable frictionless trade between member states today”.

While the EU has said it was ready to examine alternative arrangements to the backstop, officials have stressed that no such options exist today anywhere in the world.

Source: EU rejects Boris Johnson request to remove backstop | Politics | The Guardian

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