Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt raise Brexit stakes with views on Irish backstop – The World and Mail

Conservative management competitors Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt take part in a debate in Manchester.

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The two contenders to become Britain’s next prime minister raised the Brexit stakes by saying they will dispose of a contentious part of the European Union divorce deal agreed by outbound leader Theresa May.

The British pound fell to a 27- month low of US$ 1.24 Tuesday after Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt appeared to make it more most likely that the United Kingdom will leave the EU without an agreement on the terms to smooth the way.

Britain’s Parliament has consistently declined Ms. Might’s handle the bloc, in large part since of a measure developed to keep products and people flowing freely throughout the border in between the U.K.’s Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland.

Brexit supporters think the so-called backstop keeps Britain too closely bound to EU trade guidelines. Some have actually argued for an exit provision or time limitation to ensure that Britain isn’t trapped in the backstop indefinitely.

However during a leadership debate Monday, front-runner Boris Johnson turned down “time frame or unilateral escape hatches or all these sophisticated devices” and stated “the problem is really basic.”

His rival, Jeremy Hunt, agreed that “the backstop, as it is, is dead.”

Britain is set to leave the EU on Oct. 31, and the prospects’ stance appeared to heighten the opportunity of a disruptive “no-deal” Brexit, because EU leaders insist there can be no withdrawal arrangement without the backstop.

An invisible border is important to the local economy, and also underpins the peace process that ended years of violence in Northern Ireland.

Conservative legislator Simon Hoare, who heads Parliament’s Northern Ireland Committee, stated “this is a really, very unsafe step that both men appear to have actually taken yesterday.”

He told Sky News that the repercussions of a tough border were “beyond contemplation.”

The majority of economists state that leaving the EU without a contract would interrupt trade and plunge Britain into economic crisis. Surveys recommend a bulk of Britons oppose a no-deal Brexit. But the 160,000 members of the Conservative Celebration who are picking Britain’s next leader are strongly in favour of a tough Brexit.

Pro-EU Conservative lawmaker Dominic Grieve, an essential player in continuing efforts by Parliament to rule out a no-deal exit from the EU, accused the 2 leadership prospects of offering in to “growing extremism” about Brexit.

” The consequence of that is to make the options starker and starker,” he said.

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