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Merkel: Backstop Alternative ‘Possible Within 30 Days’

Boris Johnson: “We do need that backstop removed”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suggested an alternative to the Irish border backstop – a key Brexit sticking point – could be found within 30 days.

Speaking at a news conference alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Berlin, she stressed it would be up to the UK to offer a workable plan.

The PM said he was “more than happy” with that “blistering timetable”.

He accepted the “onus” was on the UK, but said he believed there was “ample scope” for a new deal to be reached.

In his first overseas visit to a fellow leader, Mr Johnson is meeting Mrs Merkel after he told the EU the backstop – which aims to prevent a hard Irish border after Brexit – must be ditched if a no-deal exit was to be avoided.

He will meet French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, before attending the G7 summit on Saturday alongside other leaders including US President Donald Trump.

The EU has repeatedly said the withdrawal deal negotiated by former PM Theresa May, which includes the backstop, cannot be renegotiated.

And – despite Mrs Merkel’s comments – that message was echoed by Mr Macron on Wednesday evening.

“Renegotiation of the terms currently proposed by the British is not an option that exists, and that has always been made clear by [EU] President Tusk,” he told reporters in Paris.

At the news conference, the German chancellor said a realistic alternative to the plan would require “absolute clarity” on the post-Brexit future relationship between the UK and the EU.

“The backstop has always been a fall-back option until this issue is solved,” she said.

“It was said we will probably find a solution in two years. But we could also find one in the next 30 days, why not?”

Mr Johnson replied: “You rightly say the onus is on us to produce those solutions, those ideas […] and that is what we want to do.

“You have set a very blistering timetable of 30 days – if I understood you correctly, I am more than happy with that,” he added.

He added that alternatives to the backstop had not been “actively proposed” under his predecessor Theresa May – but he was pressed by Mrs Merkel to spell out what such alternatives might look like.

The prime minister has insisted he wants the UK to leave the EU with a renegotiated withdrawal deal, but the UK must leave on 31 October “do or die”.


If implemented, the backstop would see Northern Ireland staying aligned to some rules of the EU single market, should the UK and the EU not agree a trade deal after Brexit.

It would also see the UK stay in a single customs territory with the EU, and align with current and future EU rules on competition and state aid.

These arrangements would apply until both the EU and UK agreed they were no longer necessary. Brexit supporters fear this could leave the UK tied to the EU indefinitely.

Mr Johnson called the backstop “anti-democratic” and “unviable”.

Presentational grey line

Should we be optimistic about the scope for a Brexit breakthrough after Angela Merkel suggested a solution to remove the need for the backstop could be found – possibly even within just 30 days?

Boris Johnson will certainly be pleased the German chancellor has left a door open.

But don’t get carried away. There’s a reason Europe is so adamant the backstop has to stay in the Brexit deal – it just doesn’t believe there is a workable alternative available right now.

Boris Johnson says it’s his job to find a solution and accepted a deadline of 30 days to come up with one.

The pressure is firmly on the UK to find that solution – and it’s going to be a huge challenge to put it mildly.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn has cancelled a trip to Ghana later this week, urging opposition MPs to meet urgently to discuss ways to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has confirmed he would attend the meeting next Tuesday, but warned the Labour leader that “all options must be on the table”.

Mr Corbyn has proposed that in order to prevent a no-deal exit, opposition MPs should help him defeat the government in a no-confidence motion and install him as a caretaker PM.

If he wins the vote, he plans to delay Brexit, call a snap election and campaign for another referendum.

But the Liberal Democrats, and some potential Tory allies opposed to a no-deal exit, have indicated they won’t back a plan that leads to Mr Corbyn in No 10.

Nicki Minaj Reveals She And Boyfriend Kenneth Petty Will Be Married in ‘About 80 Days’

Nicki Minaj reveals she and boyfriend Kenneth Petty will be married in

Nicki Minaj and her boyfriend, Kenneth Petty are set to get married

On Monday, August 12, the 36-year-old rapper revealed on the new episode of her Queen Radio Show that she and boyfriend Kenneth Petty will be married in “about 80 days.”


She explained that she and Petty filed for the marriage license and they still had to pick it up and she was traveling, by the time she came back, they had to renew it again.


“From that time, you have 90 days to get married. That was about a week ago, so now I have about 80 days,” Minaj shared.


Nicki also said that she and Petty will celebrate their union with a small, intimate ceremony and will plan a big wedding later.


“I have to work on my album and I have a lot to focus on that I don’t want to do the big wedding now. We’ll do the big wedding later,” Minaj said.


“I’ll be married before my album comes out, but will have my wedding after the album comes out. Before the 90 days is over, yes, I will be married.”


“I’m very happy about that because my baby makes me so happy,” she added


Back in June, Nicki who started dating Petty in December 2018 confirmed they had gotten a marriage license.


“We did get our marriage license,” Minaj said on Queen Radio at the time. “I think I have what I was striving for, just happiness. It was so hard to get to a happy place. Now that I’m there, I don’t want to compromise that for anyone or anything.”


The couple met when Nicki was a 17-year-old living in Queens, and they rekindled their romance last year.

Court Grants DSS Permission To Detain Omoyele Sowore For 45 Days

Court grants DSS permission to detain Omoyele Sowore for 45 days

A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the DSS permission to detain the convener of RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, for 45 days.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, ruling on an ex parte application by the State Security Service, whose operatives arrested Sowore last Saturday, held that the detention order would be renewable after the expiration of first 45 days on September 21.


The SSS had on Tuesday applied for permission to keep Sowore for 90 days to investigate him over his call for revolution ahead of the RevolutionNow protests which held in some parts of the country on Monday July 5. The security agency anchored its application on the provision of section 27(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act.


Ruling on ex parte application, a one-sided request by the SSS without counter-argument by Sowore’s legal team, Justice Taiwo, said he had to grant the application, “only to the extent” of allowing the security agency to keep the respondent in custody for only 45 days for the applicant to conclude its investigation.


He said, although the hearing of the application was one-sided as provided by 27(1) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act, the use of the word,  “may”, in the provision “is directory” and not “discretionary”.


He said he would therefore, be failing in his duty not to grant the request for a detention order. He also said should the applicant require more time to conclude its investigation after the expiration of the first 45 days, it had the liberty to apply for its renewal.

Patoranking Makes Twitter User’s Dream Come True Just Two Days After She Spoke it Into Existence

Patoranking makes Twitter user

A Twitter user’s dream to travel to Dubai came true faster than she anticipated after Patoranking stepped in, without prompt, to be the answer to her prayer.

@endiepeach took to Twitter two days ago to write: “I’ll travel to Dubai next year. Speaking it into existence.”


Patoranking makes Twitter user


She didn’t have to wait till next year for the Dubai trip because Patoranking replied today and told her she could travel anytime she wants if she has a valid passport, and it will be all on him.


He wrote: “You don’t have to wait till next year…if you have a valid passport let me know you can travel anytime…all expenses paid.”


Patoranking makes Twitter user

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