UK PM contenders say EU will drop Irish backstop for Brexit deal

UK PM contenders say EU will drop Irish backstop for Brexit deal

The two candidates vying to become Britain’s next prime minister both said Friday they believe the EU will agree a Brexit deal this year without the controversial “backstop” provision for the Irish border. Ex-London mayor Boris Johnson, the favourite over foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt to replace outgoing premier Theresa May, predicted the European Union would instead negotiate the issue during post-Brexit free trade talks. “We will get a deal by October 31st,” Johnson told the BBC during highly-anticipated separate interviews with the leadership rivals, referring to the latest delayed deadline for Britain’s departure from the bloc.

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