EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives for a session at European Parliament in Brussels [File: Francisco Seco/AP]

The European Union has rejected a push by Boris Johnson, Britain’s new prime minister, to rewrite an agreement over the United Kingdom’s departure from the bloc, or Brexit.

The dismissal on Thursday by EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier came as European officials accused Johnson of “bullying” and taking a “combative” approach by amping up the threat of a damaging “no-deal” divorce.

A day after assuming office, Johnson on Thursday set up a showdown with Brussels by vowing to negotiate a new divorce deal and threatening that, if the EU refused, he would take his country out of the bloc on October 31 without one.

In his first

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