October 4, 2018 / 5:17 PM / a year ago

Britain's Johnson welcomes Tusk's talk of a Canada-type deal

Conservative MP Boris Johnson walks through his garden at his home near Oxford, Britain, October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s former foreign minister Boris Johnson, who has led calls for Theresa May to ditch her Brexit plan, on Thursday welcomed a proposal from Brussels for the two sides to agree a Canada-style deal.

Johnson is May’s most powerful critic in her governing party and he has called for the prime minister to drop her so-called Chequers plan in favour of a Canada-type deal which drops the need for the UK to apply EU regulations on trade.

Johnson tweeted of the proposal from European Council President Donald Tusk: “Tusk’s Canada +++ offer shows there is a superb way forward that can solve the Irish border problem and deliver a free trade based partnership that works well for both sides of the channel - as I set out last week in my plan for a better Brexit.”

Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Stephen Addison

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