July 25, 2019 / 5:45 PM / 4 months ago

Johnson tells EU's Juncker that Brexit backstop must go

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain July 25, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson, told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday that the so-called Northern Irish backstop must be abolished to avoid a no-deal Brexit, a spokesman for Johnson said.

In a telephone call, Johnson also told Juncker that the withdrawal agreement reached between former British prime minister Theresa May and the EU would not pass parliament in its current form, the spokesman said.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Writing by William Schomberg; Editing by Andrew MacAskill

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