From Boris: a Final Brexit Offer, a Line on Kangaroo Testicles

PM gives conference speech to Conservative Party members
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 2, 2019 10:09 AM CDT
Updated Oct 2, 2019 10:15 AM CDT
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, England, on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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(Newser) – The UK will offer the EU a proposed Brexit deal on Wednesday that represents a compromise for both sides, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a speech to Conservative Party members at their annual conference that had been billed by his office as a take-it-or-leave-it "final offer" to the EU. Yet as delivered, it was more like a plea to the bloc, and to Britons, to end more than three years of acrimonious wrangling over the terms of the UK's exit from the EU. With Britain's delayed departure from the bloc due to take place on Oct. 31, Johnson said the government would send "constructive and reasonable proposals" to the EU later Wednesday. He said the plan was "a compromise by the UK. And I hope very much that our friends understand that and compromise in their turn." The AP gives context:

  • The plans are likely to face deep skepticism from EU leaders, who doubt the UK has a workable proposal to avoid checks on goods or people crossing the border between EU member Ireland and the UK's Northern Ireland after Brexit—the key sticking point to a deal. Johnson insisted that "we will under no circumstances have checks at or near the border in Northern Ireland."

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