— RT UK (@RTUKnews) August 21, 2019
Boris Johnson says he is "glad" to hear that conversations about the Irish backstop can now begin, as he thanks Angela Merkel for a "blistering timetable of 30 days" for negotiationshttps://t.co/6WFJ7C5ISE pic.twitter.com/gL2TpWFcMY
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) August 21, 2019
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Tanaiste Simon Coveney in 2017
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin around about NOW where he is expected to reiterate his call for the backstop to be scrapped.
Mr Johnson has said the arrangement to avoid a hard border after Brexit is “anti-democratic” and must be removed to secure a deal.
But the EU has rejected the possibility of any changes to the backstop.
Mr Coveney said the government will not abandon its approach for “some kind of promise on the basis of trust”.
“We are not in the business of being steam-rolled at the end of this because a British prime minister has rolled out new red lines,” he said.
Speaking this morning at @Darcymcgee2019 Summer School #Brexit debate. Key message: we cannot gamble with the peace and stability which the Good Friday Agreement has built on the island of Ireland. The #backstop was agreed by both sides and UK must honour its commitment. pic.twitter.com/NC56PVazVR
— Phil Hogan (@PhilHoganEU) August 21, 2019
“The UK government needs to take responsibility for its choices before it is too late. Prime Minister Johnson’s hero is Winston Churchill and he seems to view himself as a modern day Churchill.
“However, in the event of a no deal Brexit, the UK government’s only Churchilian legacy will be –‘never have so few done so much damage to so many’.”
Phil Hogan this morning.