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Terms of draft Brexit deal ‘unacceptable’: PM Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson said his new government would set as a “top priority” preparations for exiting without an agreement if there is no deal with the EU by the October 31 deadline.

world Updated: Jul 25, 2019 17:34 IST
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the terms of the current draft Brexit deal as “unacceptable”.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the terms of the current draft Brexit deal as “unacceptable”.(Bloomberg Photo)
         

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday described the terms of the current draft Brexit deal as “unacceptable” and called on Brussels to rethink its refusal to renegotiate.

Johnson also said his new government would set as a “top priority” preparations for exiting without an agreement if there is no deal with the EU by the October 31 deadline.

“I would prefer us to leave the EU with a deal -- I would much prefer it,” he told parliament a day after taking over as prime minister from Theresa May following a leadership contest in the governing Conservative Party.

“I believe that it is possible even at this late stage and I will work flat out to make it happen,” he said.

But he added: “The Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by my predecessor has been three times rejected by this house. Its terms are unacceptable to this parliament and to this country.”

Johnson also confirmed that Britain would not nominate anyone to the European Commission which takes office on November 1.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

First Published: Jul 25, 2019 17:33 IST