- Thai exiles in fear after murders and disappearances
- Japan PM Abe considering visit to Iran as early as mid-June: NHK
- Japan PM Abe says ‘basically’ not thinking of snap election if sales tax hike delayed: Kyodo
- Modi's definitive win may mean a more assertive India
- China is driving growth in Asia's real estate market despite trade war headwinds, report finds
FILE PHOTO: Boris Johnson speaks at the Conservative Home fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Britain, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
October 13, 2018
BELFAST (Reuters) – Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson, a former British foreign minister, called on Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday to rebuff the European Union’s demand for a special “backstop” deal to avoid a hard border in Ireland after Brexit.
“The only way to put things back on the right track is to ditch the backstop and then to chuck Chequers,” Johnson wrote in an article for the Belfast News Letter, referring to a set of proposals formulated in July at May’s Chequers country retreat.
Johnson resigned over the Chequers plan, which envisages maintaining close ties with the EU on trade in goods after Brexit.
(Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Gareth Jones)