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Johnson the Brexit 'Hulk' finally meets EU's Juncker

On Monday (16 September), after comparing himself to berserk comic book super-smasher Hulk, the British leader will enjoy a genteel working lunch with the EU Commission president.
Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier, who will join the leaders for their talks in Juncker's native Grand Duchy, has said he has "no reason to be optimistic". And the European Parliament will this week vote on a resolution rejecting Johnson's demand that the so-called "Irish backstop" clause be stripped from the deal.

Johnson [like T. May] insists this measure, which temporarily keeps the UK [specifically NI] in the EU customs union, has to go if he is to bring the agreement back to the House of Commons.

Recognition of and prohibition of UK modification to the GFA "all Ireland" were adopted by UK 1998 statutes and affirmed in EU Withdrawal Agreement 2018: There is actually no disputed border. There ares actually disputed customs collection methods between "High Parties" to BREXIT.
"A huge amount of progress is being made," he said, referring to "technical talks" on border procedures between his Brexit adviser David Frost and Barnier's team.
UK refuses to commit to customs duty collections on goods originating in NI ("alternative arrangements"). Develops this obstinate position against tariffs into a story about negotiations to modify non-negotiable WA, threats to install border barriers prohibited by several UK statutes. Crowd roars, gnashes teeth, consults psychiatric manuals. Lords Spirituall.
"I can't objectively tell you whether the contacts we have undertaken with Mr. Johnson's government will lead to an agreement between now and mid-October," [Barnier] said. After that meeting, the speaker of the parliament [President] David Sassoli unveiled the Brexit resolution, which would insist that the backstop remain in the deal.

"The resolution says that if there is a no-deal departure, then that is entirely the responsibility of the United Kingdom," he said.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Sep 16th, 2019 at 05:33:46 PM EST
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