‘No solution’ for now to break Brexit deadlock

BRUSSELS • European Union (EU) chief negotiator Michel Barnier said yesterday “no solution” has been found so far to break the deadlock over Brexit, a spokesman reported after the latest round of negotiations in Brussels.

Barnier informed commissioners with the EU’s executive arm that “no solution has been identified at this point that is consistent with the withdrawal agreement”, spokesman Margaritis Schinas told a press conference yesterday.

Meanwhile, one of Britain’s Brexit negotiators said yesterday he had held a “robust” discussion with EU counterparts over how to get a withdrawal deal through Parliament in London. Speaking after talks with Barnier in Brussels on Tuesday, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said he had put forward some “very reasonable proposals”.

“Both sides have exchanged robust strong views and we’re now facing the real discussions. Talks will be resuming soon,” Cox told Sky News television from Brussels. “These are very sensitive discussions, we’re in to the meat of the matter now, we’ve put forward some proposals, very reasonable proposals.”

But he said he could not reveal the content of the discussions, saying they were “private and confidential”.

The negotiations, which also included British Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay, ended with no official comment from either side.

Prime Minister Theresa May is desperately seeking to salvage her Brexit deal to allow Britain to leave the bloc in an orderly fashion on March 29. — Bloomberg