New Brexit plan comes under attack

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Added On October 5, 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged politicians in the House of Commons to back the new proposals he has submitted to Brussels to pave the way for Britain to leave the European Union (EU) at the end of this month.
 
Johnson proposed that British-controlled Northern Ireland and EU member state Ireland should remain in an all-Ireland regulatory trade zone to avoid any need for checks. 
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): BORIS JOHNSON, UK Prime Minister
 
"Under the proposals in this new protocol, Northern Ireland will be fully part of the UK customs territory, not the EU customs union. But there will be no need for checks or any infrastructure, at or near the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Indeed, I've already given the guarantee that the UK government will never conduct checks at the boarder, and we believe that the EU should do the same."
 
Johnson's deal came under attack from the leader of the main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, as well as the Westminster leader of the Scottish National Party Ian Blackford.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): JEREMY CORBYN, Leader of Labour Party
"What we have before us is a rehashed version, of previously rejected proposals, that put the Good Friday agreement at the risk. That will trigger a race to the bottom on rights and protections for workers, consumers, and our precious environment."
 
Corbyn called for an extension to Britain's membership of the EU, and then allows the population to decide whether to accept sensible proposals or to stay in the bloc.
 
President of the European Council Donald Tusk said he had telephone calls Thursday with Dublin, and then with London.
 
He said, quote "My message to Leo Varadkar, Irish Prime Minister, was: We stand fully behind Ireland, my message to Boris Johnson was 'We remain open, but still unconvinced.'"
 
Irish Prime Minister also said that the latest Brexit proposals do not fully meet the agreed objectives of the backstop. 
 
The European Council is due to meet on Oct. 17 in Brussels when leaders of the 27 member states of the bloc are expected to make a final decision on a deal.