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Brussels Awaits London’s Next Move in Stalled Brexit Talks

Posted March 04, 2019

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Jacopo Barigazzi, Lili Bayer & Charlie Cooper – Politico)

The Brexit talks remain locked solid, but Brussels expects London to make a move — potentially in the next week and with a new text laying out changes to the controversial Northern Ireland backstop.

For all the spin from U.K. ministers that this week’s negotiations are inching toward changes to the Brexit deal, the view from Brussels is far more pessimistic. They see no meaningful progress in recent days — but with a delay to Brexit day looking increasingly likely they feel the pressure is now on the U.K. to shift its position.

Following the historic defeat in January for the Brexit deal negotiated between Theresa May’s government and Brussels, the prime minister has doubled down on her strategy of trying to swing the votes of Brexiteers. Her Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has been leading talks this week with EU negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels, in which he has continued to seek a time limit or unilateral exit mechanism from the backstop (that’s the mechanism that the EU insists must be in place to prevent the need for a hard border in Northern Ireland). Click here to read more.