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London - 20 August 2019
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister
"Well don't forget why we're doing all of this. The existing agreement just doesn't work for the UK. And Parliament has thrown it out three times. We can't have this backstop. So I'm going to go to see our friends and partners - I'm going off to Germany and then to France, and then to see the G7 at Biarritz, and I'm going to make the point that the backstop is going to come out."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister
"And what I've also said is that under no circumstances will the UK be putting in any kind of checks at the border in Northern Ireland. We simply don't think that that is necessary. And it's a bit of a paradox because it is the other side, a bit odd, the other side of the argument, the EU, who seem to think it might be necessary to have checks for them to preserve the integrity of the single market, the EU single market. We don't think that's true."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister
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"In the course of the negotiations on the free trade deal which we're going to do after October 31st. We will be looking at all the ways in which we can maintain frictionless trade at the Northern Irish border - whether it's trusted trader schemes, or electronic pre-clearing, or whatever it happens to be, all that kind of thing, checks away from the border, points of sale or whatever if you have to crack down on smuggling, all that kind of thing - but we will come up with those solutions, or agree those solutions I should say, in the context of the free-trade agreement. That's the way we are going to approach it."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister
"At the moment it is absolutely true that our friends and partners are a bit negative and then I saw what Donald Tusk had to say and it wasn't redolent of a sense of optimism. I think actually we'll get there. There is a real sense now that something needs to be done with this backstop, we can't get it through parliament as it is, so I'm going to go out at it with a lot of oomph as you'd expect and I will be making some progress in the course of the next few weeks."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister
"Clearly one thing that slightly, I think, complicates the picture is that our EU friends still clearly think that there is a possibility that parliament will block Brexit and as long as they think there's a possibility that parliament will block Brexit, they're unlikely to be minded to make the concessions that we need so it's going to take a bit of patience. Thank you"
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday accused the European Union of being "a bit negative" about the Brexit negotiations, adding it was going "to take a little patience" to break the deadlock.
Speaking on the eve of his visit to Berlin for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Johnson also reiterated his calls for the Northern Irish backstop to be removed from the Withdrawal Agreement.
The former Foreign Secretary, who took over as Prime Minister of Great Britain in July, is a staunch Brexiteer and has repeatedly asserted he will take the UK out of the EU in October 31 with or without a divorce deal.
Referring to former Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal which failed to pass through parliament three times, Johnson said it "simply didn't work for the UK."
"We can't have this backstop," he added, saying that under no "circumstances will the UK be putting in any kind of checks at the border in Northern Ireland."
The British government has said that as of Sept. 1 it would stop attending all EU meetings where its vital interests were not at stake.
The EU, which is not known for its speedy diplomacy, took only half a day to rebuff a four-page proposal by Johnson on breaking a deadlock over ensuring a transparent border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The bloc said one key part of the proposal was "incorrect" and another "misleading."
In the diplomatic note from the EU Commission and Council to the EU's remaining 27 nations, which was obtained by The Associated Press, the member states were strongly urged not to give in to Johnson's demand that the legal withdrawal agreement the EU negotiated with his predecessor, Theresa May, be changed at this late stage.
Johnson demanded late Monday that the EU re-open Brexit negotiations, scrapping "anti-democratic" provisions for the Irish border that he said would threaten the peace process in Northern Ireland.