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Shortly after winning the keys to Downing Street, Mr Johnson insisted the European Union must “abolish the undemocratic backstop” before there is any chance of a Brexit deal being signed. The Prime Minister’s hardline stance has left him at loggerheads with Brussels, who insist the backstop is going nowhere. With all roads pointing to a no-deal Brexit on October 31, some in the Belgian capital are left perplexed why Brexiteers have turned down a deal that provides favourable trade conditions for Britain.
EU capitals believe Michel Barnier handed too many concessions to Britain in creating the insurance policy to avoid a hard border on Ireland after Brexit.
The backstop, which is designed to ensure a frictionless border on the island of Ireland after Brexit, effectively keeps the UK inside the EU’s customs union with Northern Ireland also conforming to some single market rules.
Under the UK-wide backstop, which is a key part of Theresa May’s Brexit deal, Britain regains control of its borders, territorial fishing waters and is guaranteed free access to the EU’s single market.
In return, Britain simply obliged to maintain the bloc’s current rules of goods, agriculture in Northern Ireland, state aid and competition.
Mr Macron perhaps hates the backstop more than most Brexiteers, according to one EU diplomat familiar with the negotiations.
The French President was “up in arms” because Britain was offered free access to the EU’s market without having to offer European fisherman reciprocal access to its territorial waters in return.
But the biggest victory for Britain is seen as the ability to unshackle itself from the EU’s services industry rules.
The services sector accounts for around 80 percent of Britain’s domestic wealth and under the backstop Westminster will be able to resist any damaging new rules implemented by Brussels.
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Shortly after winning the keys to Downing Street, Mr Johnson insisted the European Union must “abolish the undemocratic backstop” before there is any chance of a Brexit deal being signed. The Prime Minister’s hardline stance has left him at loggerheads with Brussels, who insist the backstop is going nowhere.
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