Article taken from: www.chinadailyhk.com
British ministers will only attend big summits and those covering essential interests like security. The rest will be ignored, sending a clear message that Britain is serious about leaving the regional group at the end of October. They will use the «incredible amount of time» saved to focus on future relationship with the EU and other countries, including trade deals. In a letter to the EU on Monday night, Johnson made a request to strip the backstop out of the Brexit deal, saying that it was «anti-democratic and inconsistent with the sovereignty of the UK».
The EU response underlines the stalemate over the backstop.
The Monday phone call ended with neither side agreeing a way forward.
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