Brexit: Boris Johnson blames MPs trying to block no-deal for EU's refusal to compromise on backstop – live news

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Brexit: Boris Johnson blames MPs trying to block no-deal for EU's refusal to compromise on backstop – live news

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Boris Johnson has recorded a clip for broadcasters, and in it he has effectively blamed those MPs trying to stop a no-deal Brexit for the fact that the EU is refusing to compromise on the backstop. Here is an extract from the clip broadcast by Sky News. Johnson said:

One thing that slightly, I think, complicates the picture is that our EU friends still clearly think that there is a possibility that parliament will block Brexit. And as long as they think there’s a possibility that parliament will block Brexit they are unlikely to be minded to make the concessions that we need. So it is going to take a bit of patience.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, has told an audience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe that there is “no place in Scotland” for anti-English sentiment, insisting that the “civic nationalism” of the SNP was “on another spectrum altogether” from “far right, racist, insular movements” seen in other parts of the world.

Asked by comedian Matt Forde about Scottish nationalism, Sturgeon said:

A lot of the regimes called nationalist today are not countries striving to be independent, because often they already are, but are based on some kind of racial exceptionalism or superiority - often very illiberal and oppressive of minorities. And Scottish independence is not just at the other end of the spectrum of that, but on another spectrum altogether.

The person with that banner does not speak for the SNP. That kind of sentiment has no place in Scotland. You can’t get to a situation in any party where you say we’ll never attract the wrong kind of person but you can be absolutely vehement and resolute about calling it out. The people who put up that banner, I don’t want them in the SNP.

At the heart of what she was saying was that for all the progress we have made, Scotland still has a lot of work to do on tackling racism and equality. She got a lot of criticism online from people who would not accept that there’s anything wrong with Scotland and frankly we should never be complacent about racism or bigotry.

I’m not responsible for everything people say on Twitter, thank God! It cuts both ways. Some, which I try not to look at, of the abuse I get would literally make your hair curl, it’s horrible, misogynist, filthy, disgusting and women across all parties get that. There’s a much bigger debate, not confined to Scotland, about how social media is distorting our political debate.

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