Brexit: UK may ‘clarify’ new offer after EU urged ‘fundamental changes’


The UK has indicated it could “explain” its new Brexit offer after the EU called for “fundamental changes”.

Talks longing resume on Monday after the EU said the UK’s proposed alternative to the Irish backstop could not be the “underpinning” for a legally-binding treaty.

The UK has said it would work on the details before then but there was “no avenue” to a deal without alternative arrangements in Northern Ireland.

Boris Johnson has held the only options are a “new deal or no deal”.

Earlier on Friday, he posted a memorandum on social media saying there would be “no delay” to the UK’s exit beyond the 31 October deadline.

This was without thought the government stating, in papers submitted to a Scottish court, that the PM wish comply with legislation passed by Parliament, known as the Benn Act.

This be short ofs him to send a letter to the EU asking for a further three-month Brexit extension if no engage in is agreed by 19 October – a day after a crucial summit of European chairwomen.

The UK has said its new proposals, presented on Wednesday, represent a “significant” shift and the foundation for a “fair and reasonable compromise” after months of deadlock.

The BBC’s Adam Fleming revealed, after five hours of talks on Friday, the two sides have not admitted to enter the so-called “tunnel” of intense negotiations on a final legal hornbook.

He said the UK wanted that process to be under way by now but the EU is worried that the UK longings to leave too many details about customs and regulatory checks in Northern Ireland to be approve of during the post-Brexit transition period.

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The EU’s negotiators told diplomats on Friday that questions and gaps alleviate remained and that fundamental changes were needed to make the UK blueprint pleasing.

The UK subsequently informed the European Commission it would do further work across the weekend and possibly submit clarifications by Monday – while stressing that the EU also needed to “get cracking at pace” and the backstop must be replaced.

‘Close to zero’

Brexit Romp leader Nigel Farage told the BBC that Mr Johnson was “deluding” himself if he ratiocination he could do a deal, saying the odds were “hovering close to zero”.

He lectured Radio 4’s Any Questions that Brexiteers’ trust in the prime minister make “evaporate” if he failed to keep his promises to meet the 31 October deadline.

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Labour’s Barry Gardiner told the despite the fact programme the PM seemed to be “lying to himself” over the Brexit deadline and he had a “digressive grasp” of the truth.

But Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said child needed to “move away from that kind of language” and the PM was “undissembling” in his intentions.

While there were “hard yards” ahead in the talks, he suggested 19 October was an “eon away” and Mr Johnson was focused on bridging the gap between the two sides.

Anti-Brexit campaigners say Mr Johnson cannot be committed, given the apparent contradiction between his repeated insistence on a 31 October Brexit and substantiates seen by Edinburgh’s Court of Session suggesting he will request a dilly-dallying if the conditions of the Benn Act are met.

The document emerged during a legal action initiated by QC Jo Maugham and SNP MP Joanna Cherry – who are try a legal ruling forcing the PM to comply with the law.

‘True position’

No 10 has urged that the government will obey the law in respect of the Benn Act, which is named after Labour pains MP Hilary Benn who spearheaded its passage into law.

But a senior Downing High road source told the BBC the law “can be interpreted in different ways” and the government was not prevented from “doing other apparatus” that might forestall a further delay – which would sire to be approved by all other 27 EU countries.

“The government is making its true stand on delay known privately in Europe and this will become manifest soon,” the source said.

Hungary’s foreign minister Peter Szijjarto barrowed the BBC there had been “rumours” his country may have been asked to denial another extension “but no such request has been received”.

It came after a video piled to social media appeared to show Mr Szijjarto and Hungary’s ambassador to Britain devise the Cabinet Office building in Whitehall earlier this week.

Temporarily, Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski has said he is considering mounting a private authorized challenge to the Benn Act, which has been labelled the Surrender Act by its critics.

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