Boris Johnson booed by demonstrators during visit with Scottish First Minister

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Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at oanda, said: "The weakness in the pound is a reflection of the fact that Boris Johnson's plan is working".

"She is right to think that we should be going for a deal, not no deal", Johnson said.

"The problem with them (China) waiting", Trump tweeted "is that if & when I win (2020 election), the deal that they get will be much tougher than what we are negotiating now. or no deal at all".

Helen Roberts of the National Sheep Association accused Johnson of playing "Russian roulette with the agriculture industry". However, trade with the European Union accounts for nearly half of all British exports, and any new trade deals are years away.

Although his main plan is to leave the European Union with a deal, the government will also be preparing the country to leave the bloc in case he fails.

The land border between British Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland will become part of the bloc's external frontier once Britain leaves the European Union, and how it is managed is hugely controversial.

Mr Johnson will today visit a farm in south Wales and will also meet Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford to update him on Brexit negotiations.

The backstop is a key piece of the Brexit deal dictating what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The status of that now invisible frontier with the Republic of Ireland has become the main stumbling block to a Brexit deal. The currency fell early Tuesday to $1.2120, its lowest value since March 2017.

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She added that the government "must assume" that a no-deal Brexit was on the cards.

Under new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the government has toughened its stance on a no-deal Brexit, which it has said is "now a very real prospect".

However, EU leaders have said they will not renegotiate the deal they struck with Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May - even though it has been rejected by the British parliament three times.

Sterling was 0.5% lower against the United States dollar at 1.216, having fallen as low as 1.212 at one stage, with markets concerned that the new Prime Minister's tough talking will put the UK on course for a cliff-edge Brexit.

"It's up to the EU".

"I remain confident that the Prime Minister and his team are going to be successful in getting the Europeans to understand that we are serious about this, that the Withdrawal Agreement that was negotiated by the previous administration can not survive in its present form and needs to be reopened, needs to be renegotiated".

A hard Irish border would disrupt people and businesses on both sides, and could undermine one of the foundations of Northern Ireland's peace process. Johnson added he did not want to leave the bloc without a deal but had to prepare for that outcome just in case.

In his first phone call with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar since taking office last week, Johnson said he emphasised that "the United Kingdom under no circumstances will have checks at the border in Northern Ireland".

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