Egypt's Trade, Public Enterprise Ministers discuss providing textile factories with raw materials    Egypt, Russia demand Israel end bloodshed in Occupied Palestinian Territories    Remittances to Egypt increase 11% to high of $30bn in 2020: World Bank    Egyptian, US navies hold joint exercises in Red Sea    Egypt sets up extensive contacts to halt Israeli attacks on Palestinian territories    Sudan pledges to investigate killing of 2 protestors during peaceful sit-in    Grand Egyptian Museum finishes installing Tutankhamun's 3rd shrine    Egypt discovers several ancient tombs in Sohag's Al-Hamdiya necropolis    BSH International reviews expansion strategy in Egyptian market    Egypt scales up readiness of hospitals nationwide for Eid Al-Fitr holidays    Egyptian hospitals in Sinai on alert amid Israeli aggression on Gaza    Egypt announces Thursday 1st day of Eid Al-Fitr    Nuweiba: Egypt's paradise of serenity    Global economic recovery to improve debt service coverage ratios: Moody's    Egypt's current account deficit jumps to $7.6 bln in 1H of FY2020/21: CBE    Egypt's trade deficit down 1.2% to $3.34bn in February 2021: CAPMAS    Egypt raises readiness at university hospitals for Eid Al-Fitr holidays    Egypt's Parliament discusses abolishing imprisonment for female debtors    India signs an agreement to buy 300,000 doses of Remdesivir from Eva Pharma    Egypt will locally manufacture first 2m Sinovac vaccine doses by June-end    2021 South East European Film Festival celebrates cinematic diversity of 18 countries    Turkey seeks to restore 'historic unity' with Egyptian people: Erdogan    Elneny's Arsenal targets 'remontada' in Europa League semi-finals    Zamalek eye return to victories at expense of Smouha in Egyptian Premier League    Al Ahly face injuries as they take on Al Ittihad Alexandria    Egypt buys 30 Rafale fighter jets from France    Direct flights between Russia and Egypt will resume in June, Ambassador    Egypt's Ahly is establishing a new stadium, expected to be 'sports complex'    Blinken presses Ethiopia's Abiy to ensure full withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Tigray    Forces opposed to Somali president control parts of Mogadishu    Nine people executed in Egypt over Kerdasa police killings in 2013    UEFA investigating Ibrahimovic's alleged ties to betting company    61 doctors died from coronavirus since start of April: Egypt's medical syndicate    Egypt targets 5.6% inflation rate in FY2020/21, 6% in FY2021/22    Egypt allocates EGP 132 bln to modernise railway system: Transport minister    Real Madrid not thinking about any Super League sanctions: Zidane    Total declares force majeure on Mozambique LNG after attacks    All the winners at the 93rd Academy Awards    Egypt's Ahly granted approval to build new stadium on Cairo outskirts    Aswan Int'l Women's Film Festival dedicates 5th edition to Kawthar Heikal    BREAKING: Egypt's information minister Osama Heikal resigns amid parliamentary criticism    'War was not Egypt's aim, but peace was the ultimate goal,' Sisi says on Sinai Liberation Day anniversary    Factbox: Key nominations for the 2021 Academy Awards    Old Cairo's Al-Fustat will be revamped on Egyptian President's directives    Veteran Egyptian journalist Makram Mohamed Ahmed passes away at 86    Allianz Egypt partners with IGNITE to equip brand ambassadors for 2021 Olympics    Hassan Allam consortium wins contract to manage, operate Grand Egyptian Museum    Seasoned Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed dies at 76    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

UK's Johnson defends leaked Brexit plan after EU criticism
Published in Amwal Al Ghad on 01 - 10 - 2019

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has defended his government's proposals for an amended Brexit deal after extracts of the plan were reported by media outlets and criticized by the Republic of Ireland.
Media reports on Monday and early Tuesday suggested the U.K. government had suggested to the EU that there could be customs posts on either side of the border — but not on the actual border — between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as a way to get round the contentious Irish "backstop" issue (to avoid a physical hard border on the island of Ireland).
The plans have been criticized by ministers in Dublin. Irish broadcaster RTE, which first published a report on the proposals, said EU officials felt the U.K. was seemingly retreating from commitments to avoid a hard border and any physical infrastructure.
But Johnson defended the British government on Tuesday morning, saying the comments from Brussels and Dublin were not related to the final Brexit proposals that are due to be tabled later this week.
"As far as I can make out from what I've seen from the response from Brussels and I think Dublin, they're not talking about the proposals that we're actually going to be taking, they're talking about some stuff that went in previously," Johnson told the BBC.
The government will reportedly publish the legal text of the updated proposals in the next few days.
Citing unnamed government sources, the BBC said the plans will suggest creating "customs clearance zones" in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic in a bid to get round the backstop issue which is seen as the main sticking point to a Brexit deal being approved by a majority of the U.K. Parliament.
The reports came as the ruling Conservative Party is meeting in Manchester for its annual party conference this week, and as Brexit continues to be a major challenge for the government.
When asked about progress in last-ditch negotiations with the EU, Johnson told CNBC's Steve Sedgwick on Monday that "we're working very hard." Also speaking to CNBC at the party conference, Kwasi Kwarteng, a Conservative Party lawmaker and minister of state for business, energy and clean growth, also suggested that negotiations between Westminster and Brussels have progressed.
"I was told by newspaper people, media, that there was no way they were going to reopen the withdrawal agreement. Now it looks as if we are talking about the withdrawal agreement. We are talking about the backstop so that's a huge amount of progress in two months," he told CNBC's Steve Sedgwick on Monday.
A majority of Members of Parliament (MPs) have defeated the government over a series of Brexit-related actions that would have enabled the government to take the U.K out of the EU on October 31 under whatever circumstances.
Johnson has repeatedly said the U.K. is leaving the EU on that deadline, however, repeating a mantra that will appeal to hardline Brexiteers in his party and those among the public that supported the leave vote in 2016.
It is widely expected that a general election could take place if a delay to Brexit is granted hence the U.K.'s political parties have broadly appeared to be election-mode in their annual party conference season.
Nonetheless, there is pressure on the government to look like it is working on an alternative, amended Brexit deal.

Clic here to read the story from its source.