Germany asks UK to give alternative for backstop

Friday, 23. August 2019 13:25

The ball is in the United Kingdom's court, Germany said on Friday, referring to the refusal of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to accept the so-called Irish border backstop as part of the arrangement to leave the European Union. The cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel asked the other side to suggest an alternative and solve the impasse. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert claimed the European Commission is prepared to listen to any solutions Johnson comes up with.

The official expressed cautious optimism that cooperation is possible if representatives of the EU and UK show "good will."

Merkel yesterday clarified her statement that a no-deal Brexit could be prevented in thirty days with a breakthrough by explaining she gave the period as "an example" of the "short time" remaining before the October 31 deadline. What one can achieve in three years can also be done in thirty days, she added. The chancellor has also urged her counterpart to lay out a feasible plan.

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