No breakthrough after Barnier-Barclay meeting

Tuesday, 12. February 2019 02:30

The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and United Kingdom's Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay met for dinner to discuss the future of the withdrawal agreement. Barnier (pictured) stated the talks were "constructive" but did not indicate any headway has been made. "It is clear from our side that we are not going to reopen the withdrawal agreement, but we will continue our discussion in the coming days," he added. A British official confirmed the two will hold further talks in the coming days and that "their teams will continue to work in the meantime on finding a way forward."

On Monday, Barnier insisted the next version of the Brexit deal must have "a clear and stable majority in the House of Commons." He addressed concerns about the Irish border backstop, an issue at the heart of the ongoing Brexit debate, saying that "it is just an insurance policy" rather than the EU's "view of our future ties with Britain."

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