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18th August 2019, 20:48

Boris Johnson will meet EU leaders this week and insist on a new Brexit deal

Boris Johnson is preparing to meet with the German Chancellor and French President this week, when he’s expected to tell them a new Brexit deal must replace the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with Theresa May, or the UK will leave the EU without a deal.

In what will be his first foreign trip since becoming Prime Minister, Mr Johnson will tell Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, that Parliament cannot and will not change the outcome of the 2016 referendum.

However, Downing Street has said there will be very little discussion of Brexit during these meetings, which will take place a few days ahead of the G7 summit. Instead, the focus will be mainly on foreign policy, security, trade and the environment.

The trip comes as the Government has accused Remain-supporting former ministers of deliberately leaking the details of no-deal planning to sabotage his Brexit negotiations with European Leaders this week.

Meanwhile, former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcom Rifkind has said the ‘numbers are there’ to defeat Boris Johnson in a no-confidence vote.