The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says that negotiations to break a deadlock on a deal to leave the union are now between British Prime Minister Theresa May and members of her parliament.
Reports says that hopes had been high that May would come to Brussels to finalize a deal with the EU, but a European source said these plans had been shelved due to a lack of progress.
Reports which say May had hoped for a signal from Brussels to help get a Brexit deal over the line in time for Britain’s looming departure from the European Union — scheduled for March 29 also stated that instead, she spoke to European Commission chief Jean-Claude Junkcer late Sunday by phone agreeing to stay in touch.
A European source said the embattled May had failed to convince her cabinet over the weekend and that talks with the EU could go no further.
Barnier said his teams had offered all they could, including a last-minute proposal that Britain could leave the bloc’s customs union after the divorce.
According to reports, this offer would not include Northern Ireland, which infuriated Barnier’s British counterparts who called it a “rerun of old arguments”.
The Europeans have also proposed to sign a legally backed “joint interpretative document” of the Irish backstop which reports say would reiterate ways Britain could attempt to suspend the backstop if London were to request a suspension of some of its obligations.