EU's Tusk asks: does UK's Johnson want to be 'Mr

Settling the future status of the Irish border is at the heart of the EU negotiations

Settling the future status of the Irish border is at the heart of the EU negotiations

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.

He said: "He will be the third British Conservative prime minister with whom I will discuss Brexit".

Speaking at the start of the G7 summit in France, Tusk said that Brussels is ready to work with Britain's new prime minister - within limits.

Wary of Britain being seen as what French President Emmanuel Macron called a "junior partner of the United States", the government has also in recent days sought to dampen down the idea of a swift bilateral agreement, stressing that they would not rush into a one-sided deal.

Informed of Tusk's comments while flying over France's Atlantic coast into Biarritz, Johnson responded that a no-deal Brexit would not be his responsibility.

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

Britain has so far failed to agree a deal with the European Union to mitigate the disruption caused by its unprecedented departure from the European Union, increasing the chances of an unmanaged exit that would shock the global economy. The EU was always open to co-operation when David Cameron wanted to avoid Brexit, when Theresa May wanted to avoid a no-deal Brexit, and we will also be ready now to hold serious talks with Prime Minister Johnson.

Eschatology, a word of ancient Greek origin meaning literally the "study of what is last", concerns death and the afterlife.

He added that he is open to ideas from Johnson that are "operational, realistic and acceptable to all member states - including Ireland - if and when the United Kingdom government is ready to put them on the table".

European officials argue the backstop is necessary to avoid the re-emergence of a border which could lead to a return of sectarian fighting on the island.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Council head Donald Tusk sparred on Saturday over who would be to blame should Britain leave the EU on Oct 31 without a divorce deal in place.

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