European Council President Donald Tusk has said the EU is “willing to listen” to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ideas for Brexit if they are “realistic”. But speaking at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, Mr Tusk said he would “not co-operate on a no-deal”.
Mr Johnson said that if Mr Tusk, who he will meet on Sunday, did not want to be remembered as “Mr No-Deal Brexit”, then UK demands must be met. Since becoming Prime Minister, Mr Johnson has said the UK will leave the EU on the thirty-first of October.
Mr Johnson has repeatedly stated he would prefer to leave the EU with a deal, but insists the backstop, the insurance policy designed to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, must be removed from the withdrawal agreement.
When Boris Johnson met President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel this week, he got a relatively positive response. Both leaders indicated they were willing to listen to any ideas the prime minister may have to avoid a no-deal Brexit.