EU Brexit negotiator says negotiations with UK paralyzed

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Michel Barnier, European Union chief negotiator for Brexit, said the Brexit talks are “paralyzed,” the Financial Times reports citing a transcript of Barnier’s meeting with 27 EU ambassadors.

EU officials said that David Frost, the UK’s chief negotiator, did not submit any suggestions on how the kingdom could replace the backstop – an insurance plan that should guarantee a transparent border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, regardless of how future trade negotiations between the two develop. UK and EU.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeks the abolition of the backstop. This part of the Brexit deal provoked the dissatisfaction of many British parliamentarians and became the main reason why they rejected the plan of former Prime Minister Theresa May. Brexit proponents claim that the backstop will link the UK indefinitely with many EU laws.

Frost also called for a trade agreement that would save Britain from complying with EU rules in areas such as social and environmental standards. This demand was a departure from the promises made by the Theresa May government, and served as another stumbling block in the negotiations last week.

Barnier warned EU diplomats that any free trade deal under which Britain could undermine Brussels standards would face ratification problems in EU member states. In particular, France and the Netherlands are determined not to let Britain gain a competitive advantage over the EU, undermining the single market after Brexit.

Johnson promised to withdraw Great Britain from the EU on October 31 with or without an agreement. He reiterated this promise in his speech Monday night. The Prime Minister also said that the chances of concluding a new Brexit agreement have increased.

According to Vesti.Ekonomika , deputies of the lower house of the British Parliament passed a law on Wednesday, according to which the government will be obliged to postpone the country’s exit from the European Union until January 31, 2020 in the absence of an agreement on Brexit, approved until October 19.

According to FT, EU diplomats announced the block’s fundamental readiness to consider deferring Brexit. However, they added that France and other countries would probably want to get clear explanations from the UK about how much more time might be required for a positive outcome, and legal guarantees that the UK would not undermine EU business.


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