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Barclay and Barnier will see each other again on Friday after sending London in writing “ideas” to adjust the agreement

September 19, 2019

Brussels does not consider it formal proposals but will study them at a technical level


The European and British negotiators for Brexit, Michel Barnier and Stephen Barclay, respectively, will meet again on Friday to try to move towards a solution that saves the agreement for an orderly divorce before the end of October, after London has sent Brussels in writing “ideas”.

“We have shared in writing a series of confidential technical documents that reflect some of the ideas of the United Kingdom to move forward,” British sources have reported.

A community spokeswoman has clarified from Brussels that these are not formal proposals, although they are being examined at a technical level and have avoided valuing their content until this analysis takes place.

These are documents that deal with issues related to customs, manufactured goods and phytosanitary and sanitary rules, said the same spokeswoman, who added that all this can be addressed this Friday by Barnier and Barclay.

Both met on Monday in Luxembourg, where they accompanied the president of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on a working lunch.

Then, Juncker asked Johnson for credible and legally operational proposals, proposals that the European Union claims in writing and regrets not having received so far.

The block defends the Irish safeguard that provides for the agreement that is on the table as an essential instrument and criticizes London for rejecting it flat without presenting alternatives.

On Wednesday Finland suggested that the Twenty-seven only gave the United Kingdom until the end of this month to submit a proposal, because it believes it would be too late later.

From Brussels, however, they point out that there is no “closed deadline, no fixed date”, but it is urgent that this proposal comes to prepare for the European summit in mid-October.