UK-EU backstop talks reach deadlock

Talks between the UK and the European Union on tweaks to a deal, focusing on the hated backstop, don’t look to be moving in a very productive direction.

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It seems there is complete deadlock, with the EU Commission and British government both refusing to provide readouts of last night’s meeting, an unusual move.

With Attorney General Geoffrey Cox in Brussels, there were strong rumours that the talks are not going well.

The EU Commission line is now that “Barnier informed Commissioners that while the talks take place in a constructive atmosphere discussions have been difficult. No solution has been identified at this point which is consistent with the WA including the protocol on NI which won’t be reopened.”

Why would the EU budge on their £39 billion dream deal if they don’t think the UK will walk away with No Deal? Theresa May giving MPs a vote on No Deal is totally mad.