Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has said that the backstop must be removed. In a letter to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, Johnson said that the EU position was “anti-democratic and inconsistent with the sovereignty of the UK as a state”.
Tusk posted on Twitter:
“The backstop is an insurance to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland unless and until an alternative is found. Those against the backstop and not proposing realistic alternatives in fact support reestablishing a border. Even if they do not admit it.”