Boris Johnson, picked to become Britain’s new prime minister, stated on Sunday the country could agree on a free trade deal to depart the European Union that might take away the need for one of the extra problematic components of an earlier settlement.
In his weekly column in The Telegraph newspaper, Johnson mentioned technology might avoid having to stay to the so-called Northern Irish backstop, part of an agreement with the EU that many lawmakers in Britain’s parliament rejected.
The backstop – an insurance policy to make sure there can be no return to a hard border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland, has become one of many biggest obstacles within the prolonged Brexit talks.
Johnson and his rival to become prime minister, Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, have stated the backstop must be removed from an agreement Prime Minister Theresa May secured with the EU – one thing, so far, neither side has agreed on the way to do.
Evoking what he referred to as the “can-do” spirit of the 1960s when the United States put a man on the moon, Johnson criticized these he called “technological pessimists” for doubting there were solutions to have checks on goods away from the border.
Earlier on Sunday, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney repeated that the EU wouldn’t change the divorce deal, or Withdrawal Agreement, which comprises the backstop, saying if Britain tore it up, “we would each be in trouble.”
However, he recommended a new UK prime minister may safe some changes to the political declaration on the future relationship between Britain and the EU, which may avoid the need for the backstop.