The latest round of ongoing Brexit talks have not resulted in a breakthrough and no immediate solution to the current impasse appears to be in sight, the European Commission’s chief spokesperson, Margaritis Schinas, said on March 6, adding that the main sticking point remains the so-called ‘Irish backstop’ – the controversial insurance policy that will ensure that there is no hard border between EU member Ireland and the UK’s Northern Ireland following Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union
Schinas said that the talks had taken place in a “constructive atmosphere” but that the UK keeps pushing for more legally-binding reassurances to the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU.
Speaking after talks with Barnier, the UK’s Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said that both sides”have exchanged robust, strong views. We’re now facing real discussions. The talks will be resuming soon. We’re into the meat of the matter, we’ve put forward very reasonable proposals,”
The EU’s delegation refrained from making further comments and suggested that the negotiations will remain ongoing, but noted that the latest talks ‘were difficult’.
“The discussions have been difficult and no solution has been identified that is consistent with the Withdrawal Agreement, including the Northern Ireland protocol which, as you know, will not be reopened,” said Schinas.
“The EU continues to say that it wants this to be resolved and that it wants the UK to leave with a deal. Parliament has been clear that for this to happen. We require legally-binding changes which mean that the UK can’t be trapped in the backstop indefinitely,” said a spokesperson for 10 Downing Street.