The top EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier offered to Theresa May’s government a “legally binding” interpretation of the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement, the executive explained via his Twitter micro blog.
Barnier ensures the The EU will “continue working intensively over the coming days to ensure that the UK leaves the EU with an agreement”.
The proposal includes the EU commitment to give the UK the option to exit the “Single Customs Territory unilaterally”, on the condition the other elements of the backstop “must be maintained to avoid a hard border“.
“UK will not be forced into customs union against its will“, Barnier ensures.
The arbitration panel can already, under Article 178 of Withdrawal Agreement, “give UK the right to a proportionate suspension of its obligations under the backstop, as a last resort, if EU breaches its best endeavours/good faith obligations to negotiate alternative solutions”, the EU top negotiator explains. (Image: illustration).
Charles TANNOCK (UK, ECR) shares his views on a possibility of no-deal Brexit, underlining that the EU27 top negotiator Michel Barnier has no mandate to re-open the endorsed Article 50 deal. MEP also explains the need to keep the ‘backstop‘ as a part of the UK-EU deal, guaranteeing avoidance of a hard border between the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland. Tannock privileges a ‘soft‘ Brexit scenario, preserving economic benefits though a transition period, allowing economies to adjust to new realities. (From European Parliament Plenary, Strasbourg)
The United Kingdom needs to formalise changes to Brexit deal’s Irish border backstop such as a time limit and an exit mechanism, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said.
“Some of the ideas that the prime minister has mentioned in the House do seem sensible,” Johnson, told BBC radio. “I think you would need a time limit.”
“I think I would want to look very carefully at what was being proposed and it would have to give the United Kingdom a UK-sized exit from the backstop,” he said.
“The most promising way forward is to do what is called the Malthouse compromise. The exciting thing about this is that it actually has the support of colleagues on both sides.” he added.
The European Union promised to cooperate with the British Prime minister Theresa May on “whether a way through can be found” to avoid the disruption of a no-deal Brexit after her visit to Brussels on Feburary, 7. However the EU Council president Donald Tusk admitted that there is “no break-through in sight“. The note about it was made in his Twitter micro blog.
Meanwhile the European Parliament speaker Antonio Tajani warned that ‘no-deal’ will be a “catastrophe“.
Theresa May ensured her government will deliver Brexit “on time”, and she will continue to negotiate with the EU in coming days.
The EU promised more talks on Brexit issue to avoid no-deal scenario, but there are no signs for readiness to re-negotiate the deal, endorsed by the EU Council the end last year.
Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Brussels on February 7 to inform the European Union leaders they must accept legally binding changes to the Irish border arrangements of the Article 50 deal or face the prospect of a disorderly no-deal Brexit.
The EU denies re-negotiation of the deal, or introduction of any changes. The 27 bloc chief negotiator Michel Barnier repeating this position on multiple occasions.
EU Council president Donald Tusk expressed hope of breaking the deadlock over Irish border, however there he did not indicated a possibility for the bloc to adjust its position to the UK demands.
President Tusk did not consider necessary to show the slightest respect to British democracy, sending to hell all those, who “promoted” Brexit, in reality meaning scornful of the direct democracy. He did not bother to mention that it was the EU27 who turned the UK departure into ordeal. Rephrasing his Tweet, undoubtedly there is a place in hell for people like Mr.Tusk himself who do not respect the people’s vote. Mr.Tusk is unelected bureaucrat, selected and promoted in an obscure procedure with white smoke coming out of chimney: “Habemus papam”.
Prime Minister Theresa May will address her own political family members of parliament (MPs) with a request to send a message to Brussels informing they would support her Brexit deal if a plan to avoid a hard border in Ireland is replaced. (Image: Berlaymont).
Boris Johnson, the high-profile Brexit campaigner said that Prime Minister Theresa May would get widespread support if she got the European Union to ditch the Irish backstop.
With less than nine weeks until the UK is due by law to leave the European Union on March 29, there is no Article 50 agreement yet.