UK given 12 days to set out new Brexit deal plan
Addis Ababa, September 19, 2019 (FBC) – Boris Johnson has 12 days to set out his Brexit plans to the EU, according to Finland’s prime minister.
Antti Rinne said he and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed the UK needed to produce the proposals in writing by the end of September, adding if not, “then it’s over”.
Finland currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency.
A Downing Street source said: “We will continue negotiating and put forward proposals at the appropriate time.”
Mr Johnson has said a deal is possible at a crucial summit of EU leaders on 17 October, but he has insisted Brexit will happen by the 31 October deadline, even if a deal is not agreed.
The UK government said talks with the EU have been making progress since Mr Johnson came into No 10 in July.
It said it had put forward “a number of proposals” as alternatives to the Irish border backstop – the policy aimed at preventing the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland and a key sticking point in former PM Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
But Mr Johnson has repeatedly refused to reveal details of the proposals in interviews, saying he did not want to negotiate in public.
The EU has continued to criticise the UK for not putting any plans in writing.