BRITAIN: Johnson Sees Backlash Over Irish Border Plan

The Guardian reports:

Boris Johnson has signalled to the EU that he would make a major U-turn on his plans for the Irish border to successfully secure a 48-hour window of intensive negotiations over a potential Brexit deal.

EU diplomats gave the green light to a weekend of talks after being told by the bloc’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, that Johnson seemed to better understand the importance of not having a customs border on the island of Ireland.

“Barnier said that the UK seemed to now accept that a deal involving a customs border on the island of Ireland was not possible,” according to an EU source. In a pooled television clip released on Friday afternoon, the prime minister appeared to echo that briefing by refusing to say whether Northern Ireland would definitely leave the customs union.