British PM Johnson: I want a Brexit deal but parliament doesn’t daunt me

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar for talks on Brexit in his first visit to Ireland since taking the top post. (File/AFP)
Updated 09 September 2019
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British PM Johnson: I want a Brexit deal but parliament doesn’t daunt me

  • Johnson said he was bringing ideas on ways to resolve the Irish border backstop

DUBLIN: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday he wanted a Brexit deal on Oct. 18 and that he was undaunted by attempts by parliament to block a no-deal exit.

Speaking in Ireland alongside Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, Johnson said he was bringing ideas on ways to resolve the Irish border backstop but that a breakthrough was unlikely on Monday.

"I have one message that I want to land with you today, Leo, that is I want to find a deal, I want to get a deal," Johnson said. "Like you I've looked carefully at no-deal, I've assessed its consequences both for our country and yours."

"And yes, of course, we could do it, the UK could certainly get through it but be in no doubt that outcome would be a failure of statecraft for which we would all be responsible," Johnson said.

"So for the sake of business, for farmers, and millions of ordinary people who are counting on us to use our imagination and creativity to get this done. I want you to know I would overwhelmingly prefer to find an agreement."


Soccer player gunned down in latest Amsterdam violence

Updated 4 min 30 sec ago

Soccer player gunned down in latest Amsterdam violence

AMSTERDAM: A former Dutch professional footballer who played for clubs in Portugal, Hungary and England has been shot dead in the latest violence to afflict Amsterdam, police said.
Defender Kelvin Maynard, 32, died when two assailants on a motorbike opened fire on his car on Wednesday night in a south-east district of the Dutch capital, a police statement said.
Police appealed for any witnesses to the shooting to come forward to assist in the investigation.
“The motive is still totally unknown, as is what led up to it and who might have been involved,” a police spokeswoman said.
She said that Maynard had had previous run-ins with the police, but would not give any details. “His name is registered in our systems,” she told Reuters.
Maynard was playing this season for Dutch amateur club “Alphense Boys.” Previously, he had been with Dutch side Volendam, Portugal’s Sporting Clube Olhanense, Hungary’s Kecskemeti TE, Belgium’s Antwerp FC and England’s Burton Albion.
Tributes flooded in from shocked soccer players and coaches who expressed support for his wife and children.
“Kelvin was a big, tough guy, but inside he was a teddy bear,” former coach Joop Gall told broadcaster RTV Drente. “We had regular contact, especially about his sick mother.”
Maynard’s murder came on the same day a prominent Dutch lawyer, involved in a case against a gang accused of drug-related killings, was gunned down in front of his Amsterdam home.
Alarm has been growing over crime in Amsterdam, a city of 800,000 people where recreational drug use has long been tolerated by law enforcement, creating an underworld of dealers and suppliers which sometimes fuels violence.