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Brexit deal can get through if 'backstop' clarified: Hunt

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-12-29 10:23

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May sits with members of her cabinet, including Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for the Home Department Sajid Javid and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark during the UK-Poland Inter-Governmental Consultations at Lancaster House in central London, Britain, December 20, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

LONDON - British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Friday that the Brexit deal can get passed by the parliament on condition that the European Union (EU) could make it clear that the backstop will be time-limited.

"If it (the backstop) is temporary, then parliament can live with that," Hunt told local media in an interview. "We can get this (the Brexit deal) through, absolutely can."

"Backstop" is designed to avoid border checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It is considered by some British especially Brexiteers to be a trap to retain Britain in a customs union with the EU and pragmatically delay their "divorce".

According to Hunt, the destiny of Britain's deal for Brexit is in the hands of the EU. But the EU has formerly made clear that the deal is the "best one" and there is no renegotiation on it.

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