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Boris Johnson dismisses Northern Ireland-only backstop deal, DUP Arlene Foster says

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London, Sep 11: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said on Tuesday “there is a way” of reaching a fresh Brexit deal, as he attempted to defend his decision to suspend UK parliament for five weeks.

Johnson said “loads of people” seeks an agreement, but he was ready to withdraw the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) without any Brexit deal if “absolutely necessary”, according to BBC.

Parliament is slated to not resume until 14 October, at least three days ahead of a crucial Brexit conference of bloc leaders.

In the midst of exceptional scenes in the Commons at an early Tuesday, a few MPs challenged the suspension with signs saying “silenced” while yelling: “Shame on you.”

But, Johnson dismisses claims this was an attack against democracy, saying the opposition groups were given the opportunity of a poll before the Brexit due date on 31 October, however, had spurned it.

Opposition MPs stated a law obstructing a no-deal Brexit must be actualized before there could be any general election.

The prime minister held an hour of talks with Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster and her deputy Nigel Dodds in Downing Street. Foster said Johnson confirmed the dismissal of Northern Ireland-only backstop deal.

Foster issued an announcement later demonstrating it would not back any amended form of ex-Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit arrangements which isolated Northern Ireland from the remainder of Britain.

She said restored talks of an alleged Northern Ireland-only backstop, which would see it stay in the customs union and be bound by EU rules for merchandise and animal items while the remainder of the UK was not, would be “unacceptable”.

“A sensible deal, between the United Kingdom and European Union which respects the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom, is the best way forward for everyone,” she said.

“During today’s meeting, the prime minister confirmed his rejection of the Northern Ireland only backstop and his commitment to securing a deal which works for the entire United Kingdom as well as our neighbours in the Republic of Ireland.”

Foster said that the DUP needed Britain to leave the EU with an arrangement yet that any answer for the Border must order the help of the two networks in the North.

The legislature has demonstrated it could back harmonized standards for the horticulture and food division to counteract the requirement for any sterile and other wellbeing checks on the outskirt between Northern Ireland and the Republic.


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