Boris Johnson to 'step up tempo' of Brexit talksChristian Fernsby ▼ | August 30, 2019
Boris Johnson has said it is time to "step up the tempo" of Brexit talks.
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Despite this, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier insisted that there would be no room for manoeuvre on the issue of the Northern Ireland backstop.
He tweeted: "Boris Johnson has said that the UK will leave the EU on 31 Oct. In all circumstances, the EU will continue to protect the interests of its citizens and companies, as well as the conditions for peace and stability on the island of Ireland. It is our duty and responsibility."
Mr Johnson's pledge to move forward with negotiations come after he announced he would be suspending Parliament until October 14, with the approval of the Queen.
Mr Johnson said Parliament had to be prorogued so he could set out his government's new legislative agenda in a Queen's speech, and bring to an end to a Parliamentary session which has lasted more than two years. ■