The news comes after Irish deputy taoiseach, Simon Coveney, said on Friday that the British PM has not proposed a credible replacement for the backstop, which London opposes as it would keep Northern Ireland in the EU customs union.
UK prime minister Boris Johnson has said that opposition to a no-deal Brexit would make the scenario more likely, according to his interview with Sky News.
Mr Johnson said that most people in the UK wanted his government to “get on and try and get an agreement,” adding that if London could not get one, Brits should “get ready to come out anyway.”
He added that doing so helps the UK to strengthen its negotiating stance with Brussels and that protesters were ‘getting in the way’.
The PM said as quoted by Sky News: “I’m afraid that the more our friends and partners think, at the back of their mind, that Brexit could be stopped, that the UK could be kept in by Parliament, the less likely they are to give us the deal that we need.
According to the interview, No 10 had insisted that MPs would have “a lot of time” to debate Brexit before the 31 October deadline, who he said had “spent three years debating Brexit without actually getting it over the line”.
The Prime Minister said: “We’re coming up to the last period before we leave on 31 October and, in that period, parliament is going to have a lot of time, still – they’ve spent three years debating Brexit without actually getting it over the line – they’re going to have a lot of time for further consideration.
Brexit Opponents Trying to Hamper Striking a New Deal With Brussels
The comments come after Deputy Political Editor for Sky News, Sam Coates, tweeted on Friday before publishing the interview that Mr Johnson had said his opponents were harming his chances of striking a good deal with the European Union.
“He’s upping pressure on political opponents – suggesting they’re harming his chances of a getting good deal with Brussels. He warned this generation of politicians won’t be forgiven if they stop Brexit,” Coates tweeted.He left the interview with a message to protestors, stating: “To tell the people that they’re going to be ignored, after all the promises that have been made. Because everybody can see what the risk is now. If we frustrate that mandate, if we stop the UK from leaving on 31 October, if that’s what parliamentarians end up doing, it will do lasting damage to people’s trust in politics.
Opposition from Irish Deputy Taoiseach Simon Coveney Over Backstop
The PM made the comments as Mr Coveney met with European officials in Helsinki from 29 to 30 August to discuss challenges to EU foreign policy issues, including “Hybrid Threats, the Middle East and the Arctic as well as regional cooperation with Western Balkan partner countries”.
Coveney, who is also the Irish foreign minister, told reporters in Helsinki: “At the moment nothing credible has come from the British government in the context of an alternative to the backstop. If that changes, great, we will look at it in Dublin, but more importantly it can be the basis of a discussion in Brussels.
Source: News Agencies