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.
EU Commission and UK Government both refusing to provide readouts of tonight’s meeting between Geoffrey Cox and Steve Barclay and Michel Barnier here in Brussels. Very unusual. Have talks broken down?
— Nick Gutteridge (@nick_gutteridge) March 5, 2019
With Attorney General Geoffrey Cox in Brussels, there were strong rumours that the talks are not going well.
When both sides can't even agree to say talks were constructive as is usual form… https://t.co/fhwZQKFs2i
— James Crisp (@JamesCrisp6) March 6, 2019
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.