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Boris Johnson has been PM for less than a month and much of what has been in the headlines has been stepping up preparedness for leaving the EU without a deal.

The PM has been clear during the leadership campaign and since that the best way to get a good deal with the EU is to be clear that we are prepared to leave the EU without a deal. He has also been clear that preserving the UK is extremely important.

The PM has set out his desire in the letter to the EU Council President (link below) to secure a deal but without the backstop and some other aspects of the previous agreement, which was ultimately never agreed by Parliament.

In particular, the backstop has long been a bone of contention and though the previous PM said we never actually wanted to invoke it, it has always found opposition - from the leader of the Labour Party and from 10 of the 11 NI MPs in the House of Commons.

I hope that progress can be made on securing a future agreement with the EU for a smooth exit but as I have long argued and voted for, being clear that we will leave without a deal if necessary, we must respect the 2016 referendum result.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pm-letter-to-donald-tusk-19-august-2019?fbclid=IwAR2BFtrkiK_7ZuHEVf8TgxZckpEPCE-B78-5RyE6yu7TdbDKGV2qary5VF4