Following the release of new Brexit proposals U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, multiple reports suggested that there is increasing rejection among European Union (EU) leaders. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is among the first people who seem disappointed with the proposals.
According to The Guardian, Varadkar said Johnson's proposals "do not fully meet the agreed objective of the backstop." Johnson said in a speech on Wednesday that his proposal regarding the Irish backstop was a "fair and reasonable compromise."
Varadkar isn't the only one who has raised concerns about the proposals. Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon said the Brexit proposal was "designed to fail." The lady First Minister is known for her hard-line position against Johnson.
The Labor Party has also been vocal about its opposition to the British PM's proposals. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said after the documents were released that Johnson created the proposals behind the true plan of forcing a much-contested no-deal Brexit.
Other opposition parties appear to feel the same. Lib Dem Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said the proposals are against the Conservative government's pledge to keep any move of returning border infrastructure.
Before Johnson delivered the Brexit proposals, the E has been firm on its stand about new submissions. Brussels said it is looking for realistic law-abiding recommendations before it can reconsider the possibility of flipping the existing withdrawal agreement.
While other leaders have been on the pessimistic side of Johnson's recommendations for an amicable Brexit deal, some have raised hopes for a potential agreement before the British exit takes place by the end of October.
According to BBC News, a northern European diplomat said the tone of Johnson's letter to EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker was good and his compromise for the issue on Northern Ireland was "great."
Other diplomats reportedly said that the recommendations were "better than expected." Many politicians and political experts previously predicted that Johnson's proposals would only focus on raising talk about a general election instead of an engagement or compromising with the EU.
On the other hand, it appears that most bloc members are still unsure how the proposals will work at this point, with a few weeks left before Brexit. Many in the EU reportedly think the British PM's "compromise" would pose a threat to the peace process being carried out with Northern Ireland.
Brussels said it will continue to review the recommendations for now, but time is running out as the United Kingdom is scheduled to take place on October 31. It is unclear if the widely feared no-deal Brexit will happen by then.