LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that a Brexit resolution was some way off but that the Irish backstop had to go and that European Union had reacted constructively to his proposals for a new deal.
“While as I stand here today we are some way from a resolution, it is to the credit of our European friends that they have accepted the need to address these issues,” Johnson told parliament.
He welcomed the constructive calls he had with Germany’s Angela Merkel, Ireland’s Leo Varadkar and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
Johnson said that if a deal was not possible then the United Kingdom would leave without a deal on Oct. 31.
Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; writing by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Andrew MacAskill