Published: Mon, September 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Boris Johnson holds first face-to-face Brexit talks with EU

Boris Johnson holds first face-to-face Brexit talks with EU

"So we won't leave on the 31st of October and then we are really into uncharted waters - whether parliament imposes a second referendum or we have a general election, I really don't know", Farage, 55, said. Britain's parliament three times rejected a deal negotiated by his predecessor, Theresa May, which included the so-called backstop mechanism to keep the seamless Irish border open.

The Prime Minister repeated his vow to take the United Kingdom out of the bloc on October 31 - suggesting he could ignore legislation created to prevent a no-deal in order to fulfil his promise.

Cameron revealed he had tried to stop Johnson from joining the Brexit campaign by offering him the post of defence secretary.

Mr. Johnson has shrugged off the political discord and on Sunday he compared himself to the Incredible Hulk.

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, the prime minister said Hulk "always escaped, no matter how tightly bound in he seemed to be".

"The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets", he told the widely read tabloid, invoking the comic book and film character known for formidable but destructive strength.

This, according to a source from Downing Street, will be announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a working lunch with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, to be held in Luxembourg today.

His comparison with Hulk drew derision from Guy Verhofstadt, Brexit coordinator for the European Parliament. "Is the European Union supposed to be scared by this?"

He was close to tears speaking about his deceased son Ivan and slammed Boris and Gove
He was close to tears speaking about his deceased son Ivan and slammed Boris and Gove Credit ITV

Johnson told the Mail there was a "very good conversation" going on about the key sticking point in the Brexit deal, the issue of the Irish border.

Cameron's critics say the British public was never really clamouring for the 2016 referendum and that Cameron called it only to quell internal squabbles in his fractious Conservative Party and to quiet the rabid Tory tabloids.

The men are expected to discuss possible changes to the contentious Irish backstop provision, which is created to keep the Irish border open after Brexit.

Johnson has said he wants to negotiate a new deal that does not involve a "backstop", which would potentially tie Britain against its will to European Union rules after it leaves in order to avoid checks on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Brexit minister Steve Barclay insisted "the backstop needs to go", but fuelled speculation that an alternative might be taking shape.

Meanwhile two senior Cabinet ministers said progress was being made on securing a deal with Brussels, but cautioned that "significant work" remained to be done. "The conclusion I am left with is that he risked an outcome he didn't believe in because it would help his political career", Mr. Cameron wrote.

Cameron dismissed to both Johnson and Gove as "ambassadors for the expert-trashing, truth-twisting age of populism", admitting that he was hugely depressed with the referendum result.

Cameron made the charge to The Times in a story published Sunday as he seeks publicity for his upcoming memoir.

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