British Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to convince EU leaders on Monday he has a serious plan for a Brexit deal, then ducked out of a planned news conference under a chorus of abuse from protesters.
Johnson insisted he had made progress in agreeing to further talks with EU leader Jean-Claude Juncker and negotiator Michel Barnier.
The president of the European Commission said that once again the UK had failed to come up with a viable alternative to the so-called Irish “backstop” border arrangement.
“President Juncker recalled that it is the UK’s responsibility to come forward with legally operational solutions that are compatible with the Withdrawal Agreement,” a commission statement said.
Johnson has vowed to take Britain out of the bloc by the scheduled date of October 31, though parliament has ordered him not to do so without striking a deal with Brussels first.
Johnson says Britain will not agree to a divorce deal that includes the backstop, a provision that would temporarily keep the UK in the EU customs union to keep the Irish border open.