Brexit: Talks ‘should not be a pretence’ warns Barnier

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Michel Barnier

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The EU’s arch adjudicator concurred Boris Johnson’s concerns about a backstop

The UK and EU “should not fake to be negotiating” a Brexit understanding if there are no new proposals on a table, a EU’s arch adjudicator has said.

Michel Barnier pronounced a UK revelation a EU what it does not like about a stream agreement was “not enough”.

He expel doubt on dual ideas put brazen by a UK – a singular all-Ireland section for cultivation and stock and a Northern Irish halt over EU rules.

Boris Johnson has pronounced there is a “landing zone” for an agreement.

He has pronounced a understanding is probable during a essential limit of EU leaders on 17 Oct – nonetheless ministers have pronounced they are demure to exhibit a sum of new proposals in allege for fear they will be “rubbished” by a EU.

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Mr Johnson has insisted he will not accept a serve check over 31 Oct notwithstanding MPs flitting a law requiring him to find an prolongation if there is no understanding by 19 October.

After assembly Mr Barnier and Mr Juncker in Luxembourg on Monday, Mr Johnson pronounced a routine of perplexing to get a understanding on a terms of exit would be accelerated.

‘Not enough’

Briefing a European Parliament, Mr Juncker pronounced a lunch had been “friendly and constructive” though there had been no swell on a categorical adhering indicate – a UK’s direct that a Northern Irish uphold should be private from a stream agreement.

Mr Juncker pronounced any choice to a uphold contingency grasp a same objectives – to forestall a need for earthy infrastructure on a limit with a Republic of Ireland, to guarantee a EU’s singular marketplace and strengthen all-Ireland mercantile co-operation.

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The primary apportion and Mr Juncker hold a operative lunch on Monday

“I pronounced to Mr Johnson that we have no romantic connection to a uphold though we mount by a objectives it is dictated to achieve,” he said.

“That is because we called on a PM to come brazen with operational proposals in writing, unsentimental stairs that would concede us to grasp those objectives.

“Until such time those proposals have been presented, we will not be means to tell we looking we true in a eye that any genuine swell has been achieved.”

Mr Barnier pronounced a UK had done it transparent that aspects of a uphold it did not like though “that is not adequate to pierce towards achieving a solution”.

If a UK wanted to mislay a backstop, he pronounced it contingency come adult with answers to all a problems a proxy “safety net” was designed to solve.

However, he seemed to reject UK proposals to give a Stormont Assembly in Belfast a contend over how most Northern Ireland conforms with EU etiquette manners and diverges from England, Wales and Scotland while a UK remained in any uphold arrangement.

“It is adult to a UK supervision to safeguard a support of a Northern Irish institutions for a withdrawal agreement that would be sealed on interest of a whole of a UK,” he said.

‘Caring nanny’

And addressing a UK’s offer for Northern Ireland to follow EU rural regulations, he pronounced there contingency be other guarantees, including on etiquette procedures, to strengthen food reserve and animal health.

During a wide-ranging discuss on Brexit, MEP Guy Verhofstadt called on a UK to give all 3 million EU nationals vital in a nation an involuntary right to remain.

Rather than channelling a “angry Hulk” – a anxiety to Mr Johnson’s new comparison of a UK to a Incredible Hulk – a Parliament’s Brexit orator pronounced a PM should adopt a persona of a “caring nanny”, such as Mrs Doubtfire.

But Brexit Party personality Nigel Farage pronounced it was transparent a UK and EU were paving a approach for an agreement subsequent month that would be portrayed as a “victory” for both sides.

Even but a backstop, he pronounced a understanding on a list would be “bad” for a UK as it would see it “trapped in EU manners and underneath a auspices of a European Court”.

He also criticised they approach Mr Johnson was treated during a revisit to Luxembourg final week.

He pronounced a country’s “pipsqueak” personality Xavier Bettel had “ritually humiliated” his reflection by appearing during a press discussion but him and berating his Brexit policy.

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