Defiant Boris plans to ‘snub’ EU leaders until they promise to re-open Brexit talks to scrap hated Northern Irish border


BORIS Johnson has no plans to meet EU leaders for a charm offensive this summer – unless they say they will be willing to re-open Brexit talks.

Instead he will give them the cold shoulder for up to a month as he dramatically ramps up preparations to leave the EU without a deal in October.

Boris hasn’t got any plans to meet EU leaders for the next month
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France’s Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Angela Merkel have issues invitations for the PM to visit them and talk Brexit, but nothing is in the diary as of yet.

And a senior Government source said Boris had no plans to visit Brussels, Paris or Berlin in the hope of re-opening discussions.

They told the Daily Mail: “I wouldn’t expect to see the Prime Minister doing the ritual tour of European capitals this summer for the sake of it.

“If they want to take the backstop out, then great, let’s get round the table.

“If they don’t – and at the moment it seems they don’t – then OK, we will crack on and prepare for No Deal.
“We won’t be going to them.”

Theresa May repeatedly spent hours jetting around Europe for various summits and showdown talks with EU leaders.

When asked this morning whether Boris has any plans to visit EU capitals over the coming weeks, Dominic Raab would only say a meeting was on the cards in a month.

Boris is scheduled to attend his first G7 summit of world leaders at the end of August, and the next Brussels summit is scheduled for October 17.

And he said that unless something changed there would be no reason to resume talks.

Speaking to Radio 4 he said: “I don’t think you can just airbrush the fact that the last deal was defeated by the biggest margin in parliamentary history and has led to the resignation of a prime minister.

“It is not just going to revert to where we left off the last negotiations.”

No10 has said repeatedly that “change” is needed from the EU, and Boris wants them to throw out the hated Northern Ireland backstop all together.

Boris will focus on getting us ready for No Deal instead
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Today Boris and his team announced they would significantly ramp up preparations for us to leave without a deal, in a huge shift in Government policy.

They will chair daily and weekly war-Cabinet style meetings until the end of October to get as ready as possible.

Up to £1billion of new cash is set to be injected into planning, and a Brexit Budget is also on the cards for the first week of October too.

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