June 17, 2024
Fury as EU demands more Brexit concessions
Britain's Permanent Representative to the EU Tim Barrow arrives for Brexit talks at European Council building in Brussels, Belgium, October 13, 2019.
Britain’s Permanent Representative to the EU Tim Barrow arrives for Brexit talks at European Council building in Brussels, Belgium, October 13, 2019.

Brussels demanded yet more Brexit concessions from Britain last night, prompting warnings that a deal based on further compromise to the EU would never get through Parliament.

Senior Brexiteers insisted that “enough is enough” after Michel Barnier, Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiator, told EU ambassadors that “more work needs to be done” as he updated them on the state of the talks.

One diplomat from a major member state insisted the UK “must move quickly” if it wants an agreement signed off at this week’s summit, adding: “The clock is ticking.”

The demand came days after European Council president Donald Tusk welcomed the “promising signals” around Boris Johnson’s fresh proposal for how to solve the Irish border issue.

One Cabinet minister hitting out at Brussels for ignoring that the Prime Minister needs to get parliamentary backing for any deal. The minister said: “What the EU need to understand is all their very clever negotiating tactics don’t mean anything if you can’t get it through the House of Commons.

“This was the whole thing with the backstop. They moved on that because the thing they were trying to protect — no border in Ireland — was actually more likely to happen because the deal kept getting voted down.”

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