Boris Johnson Unveils New Brexit Deal Calling for Backstop to be Abolished or UK Leaves With No Deal

Boris Johnson’s proposed solution to the Irish Backstop has been revealed.

The proposal removes the so-called backstop but with measures it said would avoid the need for checks or physical infrastructure. The proposals would provide for the potential creation of an all-island regulatory zone on the island of Ireland covering all goods, would ensure the integrity of the European Union Single Market and would be in keeping with the 1998 Good Friday peace deal.

The Prime Minster: “I hope that these proposals can now provide the basis for rapid negotiations towards a solution.”

Under the plan, Northern Ireland would essentially stay in the European single market for agricultural and industrial goods through the creation of an “all-island regulatory zone”.

Unlike Mrs May’s plans for a UK-EU relationship with a closely integrated customs arrangement, Mr Johnson favoured a looser free trade deal and “in these circumstances, the proposed ‘backstop’ is a bridge to nowhere”.

Unlike Mrs May’s plans for a UK-EU relationship with a closely integrated customs arrangement, Mr Johnson favoured a looser free trade deal and “in these circumstances, the proposed ‘backstop’ is a bridge to nowhere”.

Mr Johnson said the plan had five elements:

– A commitment to a solution compatible with the Good Friday Agreement

– Confirmation of support for long-standing areas of UK-Ireland collaboration including the Common Travel Area and north-south co-operation

– The potential creation of an all-Ireland regulatory zone covering all goods including agri-food

– The consent of those affected by that all-Ireland zone with the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly given the chance to endorse the plan before it comes into effect and then every four years

– Northern Ireland will be fully part of the UK customs territory and outside the EU’s customs union.

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