Jean-Claude Juncker said new proposals had to be compatible with the current deal, his spokesperson said. Photograph: Stphanie Lecocq/EPA
Earlier, Johnson outlined to a noisy Commons his vision of a post-Brexit UK in 2050 as the greatest and most prosperous economy in
Europe at the centre of a new network of trade deals.
In a speech that was loudly cheered by many Conservative MPs, he said all members of his new cabinet were committed to leaving the EU on 31 October whatever the circumstances and to do otherwise would cause a catastrophic loss of confidence in our political system.
He also said he would ramp up no-deal preparations, which his official spokesman later confirmed was likely to include additional spending, and a significant public information campaign. Michael Gove will coordinate no-deal planning across the government.
The Irish government
expressed concern at Johnsons approach to Brexit as tension began to mount over the increased risk of no deal. Michael Creed, Irelands agriculture minister, described the new governments stance, and the composition of Johnsons top team, as alarming.
The makeup of this government seems to be a mirror image of [Johnsons] own viewpoint substantially and obviously that would be of concern to us, he told RT radio.
What the [Irish] government is concerned about now is the approach of new administration in the UK to the withdrawal agreement, he said, adding: Obviously what we are hearing from the [UK] government is quite alarming.
The following people are in Boris Johnson’s first cabinet:
Sajid Javid, Chancellor Dominic Raab, Foreign secretary Priti Patel, Home secretary Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Robert Buckland QC, Lord Chancellor and Justice secretary Stephen Barclay, Brexit secretary Ben Wallace, Defence secretary Matthew Hancock, Health secretary Andrea Leadsom, Business secretary Liz Truss, International trade secretary Amber Rudd, Work and pensions secretary Gavin Williamson, Education secretary Theresa Villiers, Environment secretary Robert Jenrick, Housing secretary Grant Shapps, Transport secretary Julian Smith, Northern Ireland secretary Alister Jack, Scotland secretary Alun Cairns, Wales secretary Baroness Evans, Leader of the House of Lords Nicky Morgan, DCMS secretary Alok Sharma, International development secretary James Cleverly, Party chair and minister without portfolio
These people also attend full cabinet meetings:
Rishi Sunak, Chief secretary to the Treasury Jacob Rees-Mogg, Leader of the House of Commons Mark Spencer, Chief whip Geoffrey Cox QC, Attorney General Kwasai Kwarteng, Energy minister Oliver Dowden, Paymaster general and minister for the Cabinet office Jake Berry, Minister of State at the Cabinet Office Esther McVey, Housing minister Jo Johnson, Universities minister Brandon Lewis, Security minister
In Brussels, meanwhile,
Michel Barnier warned that such combative rhetoric was an attempt to crack the EUs unity. In a note sent to diplomats, the blocs chief negotiator counselled the EU27 to stick to its principles in the face of the prime ministers no-deal threats.
PM Johnson has stated that if an agreement is to be reached it goes by way of eliminating the backstop. This is of course unacceptable and not within the mandate of the European council, he warned.
In comments that signalled the growing belief in Brussels that the UK is heading towards a general election, Barnier wrote: I note also the many strong reactions to the speech in the House of Commons. In this context we must follow carefully the further political and economic reactions and developments in the UK following this speech.
In any case, what remains essential on our side is to remain calm, stick to our principles and guidelines and show solidarity and unity of the 27.
Many MPs on both sides of the House of Commons believe Johnsons bid to negotiate a new Brexit deal are merely the prelude to a general election, given the high bar he has set for success and the Tories slim majority.
Johnson is announcing that the recruitment of 20,000 additional police officers will start within weeks an eye-catching promise first made during his leadership campaign, that could sit comfortably in a Tory manifesto.
As I said on the steps of Downing Street this week, my job as prime minister is to make our streets safer. People want to see more officers in their neighbourhoods, protecting the public and cutting crime, he said.
Boris Johnson’s first statement as PM to the House of Commons video highlights
Increasing the number of officers by 20,000 will only partially reverse the deep cuts made since 2010.
The new government is also announcing the creation of a new national policing board, chaired by the home secretary, Priti Patel, in what she described as the start of a new relationship between the government and the police.
Other election-ready pledges made in Johnsons first 48 hours in Downing Street included upgrading 20 hospitals, fixing the broken social care system, cutting GP waiting times and rolling out full-fibre broadband across the country.
The presence of the Vote Leave campaign mastermind
Dominic Cummings in No 10 has also fuelled speculation about an autumn poll.
1: Raising the 40% income tax threshold
Cost:9bn. Only 12% of people in the UK earn more than 50,000 a year, so this pledge to move the 40% threshold up to 80,000 would help those on the highest incomes.
2. Increasing the starting point for national insurance contributions to 12,500
Cost:11bn. At present people pay NICs when they earn 166 a week and income tax when they earn 12,500 a year. Johnson wants to gradually align the two systems by raising the NICs ceiling to an annual 12,500.
3. Raise education spending
Cost:4.6bn. Theresa Mays successor says he will raise education spending to 5,000 for every secondary school pupil and 4,000 for each primary school pupil.
4. More police
Cost:1.1bn. Johnson has promised an extra 20,000 officers.
5. Free TV licences for the over-75s
Cost: 250m. This would reverse the BBC – and George Osborne’s -decisions over this perk for pensioners.
6. Raising the level at which stamp duty is levied
Cost:3.8bn. There have been reports that the incoming prime minister would like all house sales under 500,000 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to be exempt from stamp duty.
7. Nationwide full fibre broadband coverage by 2025
Cost: unknown. Industry experts say this is not feasible in the time available, given coverage is currently less than 10%.
8. The creation of six free ports in the UK
Cost: unknown.Johnson said while on the hustings with Jeremy Hunt that he intended to create about six free ports zones designated by the government to pay little or no tax in an attempt to boost economic activity.
9. Review HS2 and build HS3
Cost: unknown. One of Johnsons big early decisions will be whether to scrap HS2 and spend the money on alternative rail infrastructure such as linking the big cities of the north through HS3. Any savings generated by scrapping HS2 will almost certainly be recycled into other transport projects.
10. Raising the national living wage
Cost:unknown. The government employs one in six of the people working in the UK, so it would be affected by Johnsons promise to raise the national living wage.
Larry Elliott Economics editor
Johnson will make a series of campaign-style visits in the coming days including to Scotland, where the Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, has expressed some concerns about his approach.
Outlining his Brexit stance to MPs on Thursday, Johnson said he was ready to negotiate in good faith to find an alternative to the Irish backstop.
I do not accept the argument that says that these issues can only be solved by all or part of the UK remaining in the customs union or in the single market, he said. The evidence is that other arrangements are perfectly possible, and are also perfectly compatible with the Belfast or Good Friday agreement, to which we are of course steadfastly committed.
Challenged by Labours Hilary Benn about comments from the Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, ruling out a new withdrawal agreement, Johnson said the question was redolent of the kind of defeatism and negativity that weve had over the last three years.
Why begin by assuming that our EU friends will not wish to compromise? he asked.
Similarly, when another Labour backbencher, Yvette Cooper, asked Johnson about what practical solutions could be used for the Irish border in the absence of a trade deal or backstop, he replied that there were abundant facilitations already available.