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UK: Enthusiasm For Johnson’s Brexit Plan Cools As PM Faces Off With Parliament

After greeting Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan with what Reuters described as “cautious optimism”, it appears several key players in the EU27 coalition have turned against the agreement, according to a leaked report published Thursday morning.

According to Reuters, “a European Parliament Brexit group believes that Johnson’s proposals ‘do not represent a basis for an agreement,’ according to the draft of a statement…ahead of release later in the day.”

The aspect of Johnson’s deal that appears to most rankle Europe is, ironically, a provision that gives Northern Ireland a vote on whether to remain a part of a post-Brexit regulatory zone that would also involve ‘devolved’ customs checks without requiring a hard border. This is Johnson’s proposal to replace the hated Irish Backstop, which Johnson and many of his fellow Tories say they can’t accept.

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