Boris Johnson, on his first journey to EU capitals as UK prime minister, met for talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and French president Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

Mr Johnson was hopeful {that a} revised Brexit deal might be struck, however insisted that the backstop, an insurance coverage provision within the withdrawal settlement to keep away from a tough border on the island of Eire, needed to be eliminated to forestall a no-deal Brexit. He added “Wir schaffen das” (“we are able to do it”), a phrase utilized by Ms Merkel through the migrant disaster of 2015.

Ms Merkel hoped the UK and EU may provide you with an answer to the Irish border inside the subsequent 30 days, which might make the backstop pointless. All earlier options introduced by the UK have been rejected as unworkable, however Mr Johnson nonetheless thought “that technical options are available”.

Mr Macron was extra sceptical, saying that if an answer couldn’t be discovered “it means the issue is deeper, it’s political, it’s a British political drawback and at that time it’s not a negotiation that may remedy it — it’s a political selection that the prime minister [Mr Johnson] must make. It’s less than us.”