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UK PM Demands EU Reopen Negotiations   08/20 06:05

   British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has demanded that the European Union 
reopen Brexit negotiations, scrapping "anti-democratic" provisions for the 
Irish border that he says would threaten the peace process in Northern Ireland.

   LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has demanded that the 
European Union reopen Brexit negotiations, scrapping "anti-democratic" 
provisions for the Irish border that he says would threaten the peace process 
in Northern Ireland.

   Johnson, who has made similar statements in the past, formally delivered his 
demands to the EU late Monday in a letter to Donald Tusk, president of the 
European Council.

   Johnson is calling for an end to the so-called backstop, which would keep 
Britain closely aligned with the European customs union if the two sides can't 
agree on other ways to prevent the reintroduction of border checks on people 
and goods moving between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

   Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, after a one-hour call with Johnson on 
Monday, said the Brexit deal wouldn't be renegotiated.


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