UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that Britain will give the EU new proposals for a Brexit deal “shortly”, but rejected reports it would see customs posts along the Irish border.
With 30 days to go until Britain is due to leave the European Union on October 31, Johnson is racing for an agreement to avoid yet another delay.
But the bloc’s leaders have complained they have yet to see a concrete alternative to the current divorce deal — and time is running out.
“We are going to make a very good offer. We will be tabling it formally very soon,” Johnson told BBC television from Manchester, where his Conservative party’s conference is under way.
He declined to give details but media reports said they could be proposed as early as Thursday.
Johnson is seeking to renegotiate the divorce terms struck by his predecessor Theresa May last year but rejected three times by the British parliament.
He is focusing on the most controversial element, the so-called backstop plan to keep Britain subject to EU customs rules to allow goods to flow freely between British Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland after Brexit.