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Boris Johnson and EU chief Donald Tusk clash over no-deal Brexit

Boris Johnson and EU chief Donald Tusk traded Brexit barbs yesterday over who would be responsible for Britain quitting the bloc without a deal.

The pair clashed ahead of a meeting this morning at the G7 summit in Biarritz.

Speaking as he flew to the French resort, the Prime Minister said yesterday: "I have made it absolutely clear I don't want a no-deal Brexit .

"But I say to our friends in the EU, if they don't want a no-deal Brexit then we have got to get rid of the backstop from the treaty.

"If Donald Tusk doesn't want to be known as Mr no-deal Brexit, then I hope that point will be borne in mind by him too."

Mr Tusk earlier outlined the EU's position ahead of his talks with Mr Johnson.

Drawing on his experience negotiating with previous British PMs, he said: "He will be the third British Conservative Prime Minister with whom I will discuss Brexit.

"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.

"One thing I will not co-operate on is no-deal.

"I still hope that Prime Minster Johnson will not like to go down in history as 'Mr no-deal'.


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