Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2019

Brexit news: Peter Bone lashes out at divorce bill – ‘Don’t owe a penny’ | UK | News

Boris Johnson will warn Angela Merkel today that rebels in Parliament will not be able to halt a no deal Brexit, if a resolution cannot be reached on the Irish backstop. On whether he would accept the withdrawal agreement without the backstop, Tory MP Peter Bone said it would “depend on what the rest of the agreement says”. The Leave means Leave member told Sky News: “If the backstop is gone, it depends what the rest of the agreement says.

“I’m very unhappy about giving away £39billion of taxpayers’ money when we don’t owe the EU a penny. I’m very worried about the EU court still having jurisdiction over us.

“So there are a number of things that are wrong with the withdrawal agreement, not just the backstop.

“I think the backstop makes it impossible, but if of course, you’re going to reopen the withdrawal agreement then you can reopen everything and see if we can get a proper deal.”

The Tory MP for Wellingborough added: “But why not just go straight for a free trade agreement?

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“It seems to me the transition period now is unnecessary, it’s been three years since the referendum, businesses have been preparing for trading without an agreement.”

The Prime Minister will make his first appearance on the world stage when he meets with Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday.

But he will warn the German Chancellor that there will be no Brexit agreement unless the EU agrees to scrap the Irish backstop.

Ms Merkel said the EU would try to find “practical solutions” to the Brexit backstop – but has insisted it would not be removed from the withdrawal agreement.

On Monday, the Prime Minister wrote a letter asking for Brexit negotiations to resume. But European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted: “The backstop is insurance to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland unless and until an alternative is found.

“Those against the backstop and not proposing realistic alternatives in fact support re-establishing a border. Even if they do not admit it.”

On Tuesday, Mr Johnson said the European Union was “a bit negative” about the prospects of reaching a Brexit deal.

The bloc earlier rejected Mr Johnson’s demand that it reopen the Brexit divorce deal, saying Britain had failed to propose policy for the Irish border.

The Prime Minister told reporters: “At the moment it is absolutely true that our friends and partners are a bit negative… but I think we’ll get there.

“I think there is a real sense now that something needs to be done with this backstop.”

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