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No Brexit breakthrough after "robust" talks

Geoffrey Cox confirmed he had not yet reached a Brexit breakthrough after negotiations with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier continued last night.

After negotiations took place in Brussels The Telegraph reported no agreement was reached.

Alongside the Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, Cox met with Barnier in an attempt to negotiate an amendment to the controversial backstop arrangement.

May has promised a vote on the deal, in whatever form in takes, next week but Cox confirmed that there has not yet been a breakthrough at this late stage.

He said: "These are very sensitive discussions, we are into the meat of the matter now.

"We have put forward some proposals, very reasonable proposals, and we are now really into the detail of the discussions."

Cox also confirmed that talks would be resuming soon.

With the UK scheduled to leave the EU later this month May has confirmed she may look to extent Article 50 if the House of Commons vote against her deal and the prospect of leaving with no-deal next week.

Following last night's talks an EU spokesperson said: "No solution has been identified at this point which is consistent with the Withdrawal Agreement including the protocol on Northern Ireland which as you all know won't be reopened."

Authored by

William Winter
Contributor
@theparlreview
March 06 2019

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