Johnson’s backstop alternative is not realistic – Donald Tusk

epa07690321 European Council President Donald Tusk gives a press conference at the end of a Special European Council in Brussels, Belgium, 02 July 2019. Heads of states or governments from EU member states agreed on Charles Michel as the new President of the European Council and nominated German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission president, Christine Lagarde as president of the European Central Bank and Josep Borrell as EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET

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Donald Tusk responded to Boris Johnson’s call to drop the Irish backstop from any Brexit deal, saying that anyone “not proposing realistic alternatives” to the backstop does “in fact support reestablishing a border. Even if they do not admit it.”

In a tweet he wrote “The backstop is an insurance to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland unless and until an alternative is found. Those against the backstop and not proposing realistic alternatives in fact support reestablishing a border. Even if they do not admit it.”

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