Does UK's Johnson want to be 'Mr — EU's Tusk asks

French President Emmanuel Macron left talks to Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson during their meeting at the Elysee Palace Thursday Aug. 22 2019 in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron left talks to Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson during their meeting at the Elysee Palace Thursday Aug. 22 2019 in Paris

Boris Johnson and European Council President Donald Tusk have clashed at the start of the G7 summit over who will be to blame if there is a failure to reach a Brexit deal.

Speaking to journalists upon arriving for the summit, Mr. Johnson voiced concerns with the current state of global trade and said that he intends to discuss the issue with fellow world leaders during this weekend's G-7 meeting.

The pastries "are now unable to enter the U.S. market because of, I don't know, some sort of Food and Drug Administration restriction", he said, without specifying further.

During a press conference in Biarritz, Mr. Tusk had warned: "One thing I will not cooperate on is a "no deal", and I still hope that Prime Minister Johnson will not like to go down in history as Mr".

Johnson later retorted that it would be Tusk himself who would carry the mantle if Britain could not secure a new withdrawal agreement.

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"I want to see an opening up of global trade, I want to see a dialing down of tensions and I want to see tariffs come off".

Mr Tusk has opened the door to reopening Brexit negotiations and said: "The EU was always open to cooperation; when David Cameron wanted to avoid Brexit; when Theresa May wanted to avoid a no deal Brexit".

The "Irish backstop" is created to prevent the return of customs checks on the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK.

But his frosty exchange with Tusk seems to indicate there is still a mountain to climb if they hope to reconcile their positions in just over two months.

Trade disputes appear set to dominate the agenda of this year's G7 summit, with Tusk and Macron warning that an ambitious deal between the European Union and Latin America's Mercosur bloc was at risk over Brazil's response to wildfires in the Amazon.

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