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Boris Johnson: Free movement between UK and Ireland will continue even in event of no-deal Brexit

Christian Fernsby |
Boris Johnson has told EU president Donald Tusk he is proposing “flexible and creative solutions” to prevent a hard Irish border.

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He said leaving with a deal remains his “highest priority”, but this could not happen if the backstop remained part of the Withdrawal Agreement.

The Prime Minister said the backstop was “anti-democratic and inconsistent with the sovereignty of the UK as a state.”

“The backstop locks the UK, potentially indefinitely, into an international treaty which will bind us into a customs union and which applies large areas of single market legislation in Northern Ireland,” he wrote.

“I propose that the backstop should be replaced with a commitment to put in place such arrangements as far as possible before the end of the transition period, as part of the future relationship.”

The Prime Minister has also spoken with Irish premier Leo Varadakar and pledged free movement between the UK and Ireland will continue, even in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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