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The European Union has refused to entertain a call by Boris Johnson for a Brexit deal without the so-called Northern Irish border “backstop”.

In so doing, one may conclude that the EU has also rejected Mr Johnson’s call for Brexit negotiations to be carried out in secret.

And quite right too.

The man This Site calls BoJob has been trying to hoodwink the British people left, right and centre since he was hired as Tory leader (and PM by default) back in July.

His latest gambit was for negotiations on a new Brexit deal to be held in secret. We may expect that he was hoping to foist the details on us at the last minute, so our Parliamentary representatives would have little choice but to accept their terms, in order to meet the October 31 deadline to which he is determined to hold us.

I’m not sure how that idea is supposed to work, as a rejection by Parliament means it’s back to the drawing-board; “no deal” is now forbidden.

At least we may take it that all cards are on the table, for the time being. Or am I mistaken?

The European Union has rejected a request from the British government for a Brexit deal without an Irish backstop.

A leaked diplomatic note drawn up by EU officials and given to member state diplomats and MEPs [stated:]

“In addition to not providing legally operational solutions, such concepts [presented by the UK] fall short of satisfying all the objectives of the backstop: avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland, protecting the all-island economy and North-South cooperation, and preserving the integrity of the single market and Ireland’s place in it,” the note says.

“It is the United Kingdom’s responsibility to come forward with legally operational solutions that are compatible with the withdrawal agreement. The union remains available to examine and discuss any such proposals.”

Source: EU rejects Boris Johnson request for Brexit deal without Irish backstop | The Independent

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