EU gives Boris Johnson ultimatum: Show us Brexit plan in 11 days or ‘it’s over’

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne, following talks in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron, said Britain must outline its Brexit plans to the EU by the end of September, adding if not, "then it's over".

The rotating presidency of the Council of the EU is currently held by Finland.

"If the UK wants to discuss alternatives to the existing Brexit agreement then these must be presented before the end of the month," Mr Rinne told reporters after the meeting in which the deadline was agreed.

"We are both concerned about what is happening in Britain right now and the confusion that is going on from there to Europe.

"If no proposals are forthcoming, I believe that quite a few European leaders agree with the position. Then it's over. Now is the time to come up with clear presentations and make them verifiable."

The new deadline gives Mr Johnson just 11 days to produce proposals to replace the Irish backstop, which he has said he wants to scrap and replace with something else.

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg expressed his confidence in the Prime Minister achieving such an outcome while stressing the need for the DUP to be consulted.

Speaking at a Telegraph event, Mr Rees-Mogg said of Mr Johnson's Brexit efforts: "I'm very, very confident the Prime Minister will deliver a deal that is fundamentally different if he can deliver before October 31."

Mr Rees-Mogg also said the Government has to "listen very carefully to what the DUP say".

Earlier, Mr Rees-Mogg labelled Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage a "very distinguished political figure and an important contributor" to what has happened in the UK.

He added Mr Farage is a "significant British statesman" but would not be drawn on whether he should receive a knighthood or a peerage.

In an appeal to Brexit Party backers to support the Conservatives at the next general election, Mr Rees-Mogg said: "If you vote for the Brexit Party at the next general election, it's a vote effectively for Jeremy Corbyn.

"Think very hard, is that what you want?

"Or do you want a Prime Minister who has completely committed to delivering Brexit and with a majority would be able to do great things for this country?"

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The father of a young girl, who is being treated in the Acorn childrens' ward, expresses his anger over hospital waiting times to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Chief Executive of Whipps Cross University Hospital Alan Gurney (centre) during his visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 18, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Johnson. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
The father of a young girl, who is being treated in the Acorn childrens' ward, expresses his anger over hospital waiting times to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Chief Executive of Whipps Cross University Hospital Alan Gurney (centre) during his visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 18, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Johnson. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
The father of a young girl, who is being treated in the Acorn childrens' ward, expresses his anger over hospital waiting times to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Chief Executive of Whipps Cross University Hospital Alan Gurney (centre) during his visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 18, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Johnson. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
The father of a young girl, who is being treated in the Acorn childrens' ward, expresses his anger over hospital waiting times to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Chief Executive of Whipps Cross University Hospital Alan Gurney (centre) during his visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 18, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Johnson. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
The father of a young girl, who is being treated in the Acorn childrens' ward, expresses his anger over hospital waiting times to Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London.
The father of a young girl, who is being treated in the Acorn childrens' ward, expresses his anger over hospital waiting times to Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London.
The father of a young girl, who is being treated in the Acorn childrens' ward, expresses his anger over hospital waiting times to Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London.
The father of a young girl, who is being treated in the Acorn childrens' ward, expresses his anger over hospital waiting times to Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London.
RETRANSMITTING WITH ADDITIONAL PATIENT INFORMATION Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with Conor, 14, a leukemia patient during a visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets members of staff during a visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 18, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Johnson. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets members of staff during a visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets members of staff during a visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets members of staff during a visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets members of staff during a visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson uses the hand hygiene point during a visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London.
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Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan also signalled her intention to stay in her post even if a no-deal Brexit looks the most likely outcome by the end of next month.

Ms Morgan, asked if she was prepared to stay in the Cabinet if it is clear Mr Johnson is taking the UK out of the EU with no deal on October 31, told ITV's Peston: "Correct."

She added: "At the end of the day I've been working with all my Cabinet colleagues across the summer on no-deal preparations.

"We are more prepared than people think we are, but there was always going to be more to do.

"But I'd much prefer, and the Prime Minister would much prefer, to have a deal."

Elsewhere, the DUP confirmed party leader Arlene Foster and Irish premier Leo Varadkar met in Government Buildings after she addressed the Dublin Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

A party spokesman said: "They discussed Brexit and the need for the restoration of devolution."

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LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG - SEPTEMBER 16: Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel speaks to the media following talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on September 16, 2019 in Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Johnson met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for a working lunch earlier today. Johnson is pressing forward for a possible hard Brexit, though he has also been meeting with European leaders recently in an apparent effort to still strike a Brexit deal. (Photo by Joshua Sammer/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the UK ambassadors residence after meeting Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel in Luxembourg.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson arriving at the UK ambassador's residence after meeting Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel in Luxembourg.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson arriving for his meeting with Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel at the Ministry of State in Luxembourg. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is greeted by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, outside Le Bouquet Garni restaurant in Luxembourg, prior to a working lunch on Brexit. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, inside Le Bouquet Garni restaurant in Luxembourg, prior to a working lunch on Brexit. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker leaving Le Bouquet Garni restaurant in Luxembourg after their working lunch on Brexit. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG - SEPTEMBER 16: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker greets British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the European Commission Representation on September 16, 2019 in Luxembourg. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is holding his first meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in search of a Brexit deal. (Photo by Francisco Seco - Pool/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker leaving Le Bouquet Garni restaurant in Luxembourg after their working lunch on Brexit. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
Protesters outside the Luxembourg Ministry of State in Luxembourg, prior to a meeting between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG - SEPTEMBER 16: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) poses with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson prior to a meeting at a restaurant on September 16, 2019 in Luxembourg. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is holding his first meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in search of a Brexit deal. (Photo by Francisco Seco - Pool/Getty Images)
Protesters outside the Luxembourg Ministry of State in Luxembourg, prior to a meeting between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
Protesters outside the Luxembourg Ministry of State in Luxembourg, prior to a meeting between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
Protestors hold placards as they look on outside the venue for talks between the British Prime Minister and EU Commission president in Luxembourg on September 16, 2019. - Six weeks before he is due to lead Britain out of the European Union, Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Jean-Claude Juncker, insisting that a Brexit deal is possible. Downing Street has confidently billed the Luxembourg visit as part of efforts to negotiate an orderly divorce from the union before an October 17 EU summit. (Photo by François WALSCHAERTS / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS WALSCHAERTS/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors hold placards as they look on outside the venue for talks between the British Prime Minister and EU Commission president in Luxembourg on September 16, 2019. - Six weeks before he is due to lead Britain out of the European Union, Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Jean-Claude Juncker, insisting that a Brexit deal is possible. Downing Street has confidently billed the Luxembourg visit as part of efforts to negotiate an orderly divorce from the union before an October 17 EU summit. (Photo by François WALSCHAERTS / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS WALSCHAERTS/AFP/Getty Images)
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