PressTV-UK’s top anti-EU MP softens stance on Brexit deal

The top anti-EU lawmaker in the British parliament has softened his position on a controversial clause in the country’s European Union withdrawal agreement as the opposition pushes for a second referendum that could reverse Britain’s decision to leave the bloc.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, a prominent member of the ruling Conservative Party, said Wednesday that he would be satisfied if the government returns to the parliament with a Brexit deal next month that could ensure the so-called Irish backstop would be temporary if it is implemented at the end of 2020.

“I can live with the de facto removal of the backstop … I mean that if there is a clear date that says the backstop ends, and that is in the text of the treaty or equivalent of the text of the treaty,” Rees-Mogg said in an interview with the BBC radio.

The backstop is a mechanism to avoid a return of hard borer between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland if the UK and EU…

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