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Brussels and London enter the “intensive negotiation” phase to try to avoid Brexit without agreement

October 11, 2019

The Twenty-seven guarantee to enter the “tunnel” of negotiation after approaching positions Ireland and London

BRUSSELS, Oct. 11 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom have started this Friday a phase of “intensive negotiations” to try to reach an agreement in the next few days to avoid a chaotic Brexit on October 31.

“The European Union and the United Kingdom have agreed to intensify negotiations over the next few days,” the European Commission said in a statement, which clarifies that the block has not changed position and that it is still necessary for the alternative to Irish safeguard is credible and operational.

This is a new effort that takes the talks to a final phase known as “tunnel”, which means that the parties concentrate without leaks or external consultations, in the task of detailing the terms of an agreement.

In an informational meeting with the Ambassadors of the Twenty-Seven, the European chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has asked for his support to take this step and, as European sources have indicated to Europe Press, he has received it.

Barnier has reiterated the determination of the block to find a solution on time and has warned that in recent contacts he has seen a “genuine interest” in the Boris Johnson Government to save the last pitfalls.

London transferred a legal text last week to European negotiators with an alternative to the Irish safeguard that provides for the withdrawal agreement and that causes the British rejection.

But the EU rejected the proposal considering that it did not offer the necessary guarantees to avoid the return to a hard border in the Ulster, nor to protect the integrity of the Single Market; while censuring Johnson for resorting to a “stupid game” of responsibility crossing.

The Heads of State and Government of the European Union will meet on October 17 and 18 at a summit in the European capital and, although the Twenty-seven have not indicated in public a date for the point of no return, Brussels is given As a matter of fact, if there is no credible and legally operational proposal before that appointment, there will be no room to avoid the failure of the negotiations.

That is why it will be decisive if the negotiators entering the “tunnel” manage to overcome the “problem points” that the European Union identified in the British proposal over the weekend. After the initial rejection of the Twenty-seven, the United Kingdom has shown “readiness to explore solutions,” according to the sources consulted.

The support of the Member States to Barnier came hours after the European negotiator met early in the morning with the British minister for Brexit, Steve Barclay, in a meeting that both sides have described as “constructive.”

The meeting held on Thursday by Johnson and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has also been decisive, after which the president of the European Council himself said there are “promising signs.”

Barnier will inform the European Parliament and the Member States again on Monday how the next hours will pass and on Tuesday, European ministers will be able to examine at a General Affairs meeting in Luxembourg whether there are elements to close an agreement or not.