Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he has made a genuine attempt to get a fresh Brexit deal with the EU

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he has made a “genuine attempt to bridge the chasm” in order to get a fresh Brexit deal with the EU.

He told MPs his plan – which would see Northern Ireland stay in the European single market for goods but leave the customs union – were a “compromise”.

But Jeremy Corbyn criticised the “unrealistic and damaging proposals”.

Irish PM Leo Varadkar said the new plans were welcome, but “fall short in a number of aspects”.

But his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven said that, despite “question marks” over the proposals, they represented a “good start for negotiations”.

The European Commission said there were “problematic points” in the UK’s proposal and “further work is needed”.

And the main Brexit-focused group at the European Parliament said the plans “in their current form” did not represent a deal MEPs could ratify.