Boris Johnson set to meet European Council President Donald Tusk
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  • 18:47 21 August 2019

Boris Johnson set to meet European Council President Donald Tusk

Donald Tusk will meet Boris Johnson in France on Sunday, ONA reports citing Evening Standard. 

The European Council President will hold a face-to-face meeting with the British Prime Minister at 10:30am on the sidelines of a G7 summit in France, Mr Tusk's schedule showed on Wednesday. 

It comes after Mr Johnson wrote a letter to Mr Tusk earlier this week, calling for the backstop to be scrapped.

Mr Johnson reiterated his opposition to the so-called insurance policy, saying he will not support any withdrawal agreement that includes it.

Responding, Mr Tusk suggested Downing Street secretly wanted to bring back a hard border with Ireland. He also said Britain was offering no “realistic” solution. 

"The backstop is an insurance to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland unless and until an alternative is found," Tusk said in a Tweet, responding to the letter on Monday.

"Those against the backstop and not proposing realistic alternatives in fact support re-establishing a border. Even if they do not admit it." 

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