#AceNewsReport – Sept.19: The EU has set Britain a test it “cannot meet” with its demands for a backstop replacement, the Brexit Secretary has said: Stephen Barclay said the UK should be given another year to find a new policy for the Irish border: “We are told the UK must provide legally operative text by the 31st October,” the cabinet minister said in a speech in Madrid: “Yet the alternative to the backstop is not necessary until the end of the Implementation Period in December 2020: “And this will be shaped by the future relationship – which is still to be determined: “In short why risk crystallising an undesirable result this November, when both sides can work together – until December 2020.
Stephen Barclay said the European commission had to abandon its position. Photograph: Europa Press News/Europa Press via Getty Images
“In summary, the EU risks continuing to insist on a test that the UK cannot meet and that the UK Parliament has rejected three times.”
It comes after Emmanuel Macron and the Finnish presidency of the EU issued an ultimatum in Paris on Wednesday, giving Boris Johnson until the end of September to table workable proposals – or “its over”.
Confidential documents that “reflect the ideas the UK has put forward” on Brexit have been shared with the EU, the UK government says: A statement said it will table “formal written solutions when we are ready” and not to an “artificial deadline”……………..It comes after Finland’s prime minister said Boris Johnson has 12 days to set out his Brexit plans to the EU…………………….The European Commission said documents had been received and technical talks will now take place………………The commission’s chief spokesperson Mina Andreeva also confirmed there will be talks at a political level at a meeting on Friday between the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay: The technical discussions will be on some aspects of rules relating to customs, manufactured goods, sanitary and phytosanitary – which relates to the health of plants, she said.
MADRID (Reuters) – Britain’s Brexit minister Stephen Barclay urged the European Union to show flexibility and creativity over Brexit on Thursday, saying the Irish backstop arrangement “has to go” and that Britain was prepared to leave without a deal if needed:
Barclay was speaking in Madrid just six weeks before the date on which Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to take Britain out of the European Union by Oct. 31 “do or die”.
Britain wants a deal but both sides must work to reach one, Barclay said: “The prize of a deal should focus the minds of both sides on this need for creativity and flexibility,” he said………………..“So let’s work creatively to secure a deal, a deal the UK is committed to get in, a deal without a backstop … a deal which indeed will pass both the UK parliament and the European parliament.” ………………He listed issues with the Irish arrangement which made it impossible to accept, including the difficulty of guaranteeing it would be temporary…………………….“The backstop will not be agreed with the United Kingdom: The UK parliament has already rejected it three times,” he said: A deal to leave the EU would help manage issues including the treatment of international business groups like British Airways and Iberia airlines operator IAG and logistics around the British territory of Gibraltar, Barclay said.
He added that the conservative government would abide by an upcoming Supreme Court ruling on the parliament suspension ordered by Johnson: Britain’s top judicial body, the Supreme Court, is hearing a third and final day of legal arguments on Thursday over whether Johnson acted unlawfully when he suspended parliament in the run-up to Brexit.
#AceNewsDesk reports …………………..Published: Sept.19: 2019: Reuters: Reporting by Isla Binnie, writing by Jose Elías Rodríguez; Editing by Ingrid Melander and Raissa Kasolowsky
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