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A new meeting between Barclay and Barnier concludes without progress to unblock Brexit

September 27, 2019

BRUSSELS, Sep 27 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The chief negotiator of the European Union for Brexit, Michel Barnier, and the British minister responsible for this matter, Steve Barclay, have held a new meeting in Brussels this Friday in which no progress has been made towards an orderly exit from the Kingdom United of the block next October 31.

Barnier has emphasized to his counterpart the idea that Brussels has been repeating for some months now that it is “indispensable” that there be a “fully operational” solution to avoid a 'hard' border between Ireland and Northern Ireland that protects the economy from Island and the integrity of the single market.

In addition, as stated in a statement distributed after the meeting by the European Commission, the EU remains “open and willing” to examine “any viable and operational proposal” that meets all these objectives.

For their part, British sources acknowledge that there is still “much work to be done”, but consider that “there is a common objective to guarantee an agreement” that is “feasible”. “Serious conversations are taking place and we must keep moving forward,” said the same sources.

Downing Street has guaranteed that it will continue to work “with energy and determination” to reach an agreement as both parties move towards a “strong” future relationship, while waiting for the EU to “show the same determination”.