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Boris to face off against Macron and Merkel as he refuses to back down on backstop

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)The Prime Minister will hold talks with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron to make clear that Parliament will not and cannot cancel the outcome of the referendum. It comes after Mr Johnson privately accused Philip Hammond of undermining UK negotiations with Brussels.

Ahead of the visits on Wednesday and Thursday, the premier told the former chancellor and Remain MPs that they were “gravely damaging the chances of our securing a deal”. Related articles
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Former Labour MP attacks prospect Corbyn as PM during Brexit crisis “The EU can see the public debate among parliamentarians and they have been told privately by some British politicians that Parliament will frustrate our exit on October 31,” the letter seen by a Sunday newspaper said.

“Some of you have said publicly that you are determined to try to stop us leaving the EU on that date if we cannot secure a deal. “It is as plain as a pikestaff that Brussels – or the EU 27 – will simply not compromise as long as they believe there is the faintest possibility that Parliament can block Brexit on 31 October.

” Mr Johnson will tell the German chancellor and French president that they would not sign up their nations to the withdrawal agreement. He is expected to point out how the backstop measures to prevent a hard Irish border are more difficult to get out of than EU membership.
German chancellor Angela Merkel (Image: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)
French president Emmanuel Macron (Image: Yann Coatsaliou/Pool via Reuters)But No 10 said it expects “little discussion” of Brexit during the visits, predicting they would just state their positions.

Instead, it is thought the discussions will revolve around next weekend’s G7 agenda – with topics including foreign policy, security, trade and the environment likely to dominate. Mr Johnson will meet world leaders at the summit in Biarritz, France, where he will seek to spread the message of the UK’s “renewed global reach”.

. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, who was due to attend the gathering, has had to cut short his summer holiday for an emergency gallbladder operation. ..

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