BIARRITZ, France (Reuters) – British High Minister Boris Johnson and European Council head Donald Tusk sparred on Saturday over who might per chance well per chance be to blame should Britain plod away the EU on Oct. 31 with out a divorce deal in contrivance.

Britain’s High Minister Boris Johnson arrives in Biarritz for the G7 summit, France, August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/Pool

Tusk instructed journalists in Biarritz he might per chance well per chance be engaging to hear strategies from Johnson on strategies to retain some distance flung from a no-deal Brexit when the 2 men meet on Sunday on the sidelines of a G7 summit in the French seaside resort.

Nonetheless he added he would no longer work with Britain on an exit from the EU with out a withdrawal agreement. “I calm hope that PM Johnson isn’t any longer going to must plod down in history as Mr No Deal,” acknowledged Tusk, who leads the political route of the 28-nation European Union.

Johnson later retorted that it can well per chance be Tusk himself who would raise the mantle if Britain might per chance well no longer salvage a peaceable withdrawal agreement.

“I would articulate to our mates in the EU in the occasion that they don’t desire a no deal Brexit then we’ve got to acquire rid of the backstop from the treaty. If Donald Tusk doesn’t desire to plod down as Mr No Deal then I hope that level will be borne in mind by him too,” Johnson instructed journalists on his flight to France.

Three years after the United Kingdom voted to plod away the EU, the tip end result of the tortuous Brexit disaster stays unclear, with choices starting from an acrimonious shatter on Oct. 31 to a peaceable, amicable exit and even one other referendum.

The bloc and its leaders possess repeatedly refused to reopen a Withdrawal Settlement, which choices a protocol on an Irish border insurance plans that then-high minister Theresa Can also unbiased agreed in November.

Johnson is hoping that the specter of a disorderly ‘no-deal’ exit will convince the EU to grant him the divorce deal he wants. Nevertheless, on his first distant places day out as high minister closing week, the response from EU heavyweights Germany and France used to be agency: the Withdrawal Settlement is presumably no longer changed worthy.

Brexit is anticipated to arrive back up at a gathering of the leaders of the European G7 nations – France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom – and Tusk in a while Saturday.

Johnson’s key inquire of of is that the EU recall away the Irish border backstop, which would protect the United Kingdom in a customs union with the EU except a better resolution is learned to retain open Eire’s 500-km (300-mile) land border with the British province of Northern Eire.

He has vowed to lead the United Kingdom out of the EU on Oct. 31 with or with out a deal.

Reporting by John Chalmers, William James and Richard Lough; Writing by John Chalmers; Enhancing by Richard Lough and Andrew Heavens