Boris Johnson calls for PM May to ditch Brexit border backstop

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives for a cabinet meeting in Downing Street, London, January 17, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

BELFAST (Reuters) – Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson, a former foreign minister, called on Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday to rebuff the European Union’s demand for a special “backstop” deal to avoid a hard border in Ireland after Brexit.

“The only way to put things back on the right track is to ditch the backstop and then to chuck Chequers,” Johnson wrote in an article for the Belfast News Letter, referring to a set of proposals formulated in July at May’s Chequers country retreat.

Johnson resigned over the Chequers plan, which envisages maintaining close ties with the EU on trade in goods after Brexit.

Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Gareth Jones