British PM Johnson warns EU he will not delay Brexit

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'The surrender act and its authors are undermining negotiations, but if European Union leaders are betting that it will prevent no-deal, that would be a historic misunderstanding'.

The Guardian has reported that Michel Barnier said Boris Johnson's government will have to bear full responsibility for a no-deal Brexit, as more than three years of talks between the United Kingdom and Brussels appeared on the brink of collapse last night.

Britain's Boris Johnson urged French President Emanuel Macron on Sunday to "push forward" to secure a Brexit deal and told him the European Union should not be lured into the mistaken belief that the United Kingdom would stay in the European Union after Oct.31, the prime minister's office said.

Johnson discussed his Brexit proposal, which has been widely rebuffed in Brussels, with Macron and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Sunday.

In an attempt to obtain a new Brexit deal before the European summit on 17-18 October, Johnson presented a "compromise" this week in Brussels in which he focused on maintaining an open border between the UK's Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland - a key sticking point in resolving the stalemate.

From a United Kingdom perspective, it was a blow that Irish PM Leo Varadkar said that the proposal "falls short in a number of aspects".

Barnier told an event in France Saturday that while an agreement was still possible it "will be very hard to reach".

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Parliament passing the Benn act, which requires a Brexit delay unless a divorce deal is agreed, looks to have scuppered those plans, but if forced to hang around for longer Johnson seemingly plans to be a thorn in Brussels' side.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte tweeted that he had told Mr Johnson "important questions remain about the British proposals" and "there is a lot of work to be done ahead" of the summit. The British say these could be largely automated, and take place away from the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

Mr Corbyn has repeatedly demanded a poll since losing in 2017, but he has ordered his MPs not to back votes on a fresh election three times in the last month.

The EU is concerned that the United Kingdom wants to leave too many details about customs and regulatory checks to be agreed during the transition period after Brexit.

The EU's top negotiator Michel Barnier said at an event organised by French newspaper Le Monde last Saturday that while an agreement was still possible, it "will be very hard to reach".

The Prime Minister insisted Britain will pack its bags and walk out on October 31, but said it remains to be seen whether Europe will "cheerily wave us off" with a deal.

Ireland's leader Leo Varadkar said Saturday there is "plenty of time" to put forward alternatives and he was trying to arrange a meeting with Johnson next week, Irish broadcaster RTE reported.

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