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EU27 “deliberately intransigent approach”

The United Kingdom and the European Union are close to agreeing an Artcle  50 deal,  Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said.

We have made good progress. We are close to agreeing a deal,” Raab said. “There certainly is a risk of a no deal especially if the European Union engage in a deliberately intransigent approach” he added.


‘Tribalision’ of UK politics towards Brexit

British Brexit minister Dominic Raab said the parliament will have sufficient time to debate any exit deal Prime Minister Theresa May agrees with the European Union, and that lawmakers will have a real say on whether to approve it or not. However not all of them are convinced by minister’s promise, preferring to deliver personally their message to EU27 top negotiator Michel Barnier.

Senior Brexiteers held ‘constructive‘ talks with the EU27 top negociator Michel Barnier in Brussels today, but they  denied undermining Prime minister Theresa May efforts.

Former Cabinet ministers Iain Duncan Smith and Owen Paterson, together with Lord David Trimble, held talks at the EU Commission Berlaymont building.

The delegates promoted their vision of an EU-Canada model of free trade to follow in shaping Brexit deal, putting forward the policy of the Tory European Research Group.

The fragmentation of British public opinion vis-à-vis Brussel creates apparent frictions in the process of Article 50 talks, weakening the officially mandated negotiator position Dominic Raab, who is facing complex consequences of “tribalisation” of the UK politics.

Raab insists on ‘pragmatic’ approach to Brexit

Britain’s Brexit minister Dominic Raab said the government’s proposal on the post-Brexit border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland was the only credible one.  He underlined that the border issue needs flexible approach.

Brexit Secretary made his point, calling the EU27 for a pragmatic approach to avoid ‘no deal’ scenario.

EU “closing in” on Article 50

The UK and the European Union are “closing in” on a withdrawal agreement, Brexit minister Dominic Raab said before a meeting of European leaders in Salzburg next week.

Different Brussels sources indicate that there cannot even be any change to Barnier’s mandate at Salzburg, because it is an informal Summit and doesn’t have the legal power to make instructions. Any change agreed informally would have to be passed next month, at the October European Council.

Barnier warns Brexit talks running out of time

Britain’s proposals on its future relationship with the European Union contain constructive elements, but many questions remain, EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said.

In a press statement Barnier ensured that he will continue discussion with Dominic Raab in a constructive way, suggesting the main focus must be the finalisation of the Withdrawal Agreement.

“Let me recall that the Withdrawal Agreement is the prerequisite for an orderly withdrawal, for the transition period, and for creating the trust that we need to build a solid partnership for the future” – Barnier said.

The border issue between Ireland and Northern Ireland is in first ranks, Barnier continued, because Europe is committed to protect Ireland and Northern Ireland against the consequences of Brexit and to preserve the Good Friday Agreement in all its dimensions.

“Let me simply recall the commitment taken by Prime Minister Theresa May to have a backstop in her letter to President Tusk in March. The respect of this commitment is essential” – Barnier reminded. He also made clear to Dominic Raab  that “we are not asking for a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. What we need is checks on goods because the UK wants to leave the Single Market, the Customs Union and our common commercial policy”.

Barnier pointed out that the time is running out, asking UK to continue working on issues without pause.

“We are open to any solutions as long as they are workable and can be transformed into a legally operative text in time for the Withdrawal Agreement”.

However, he underlined that it is also EU27 responsibility to be prepared for all scenarios, including a “no deal”, quoting the European Council request to be prepared for for “all scenarios”.

“We are encouraging national administrations and companies to use the time we have, which is very short, to accelerate this preparation” – Barnier concluded.