October 9th, 2019.
EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says UK proposals on the Irish backstop are too “simple” for the EU to accept. He said the EU is “being asked to approve a system that hasn’t been tested, and will be based on technology that has yet to be developed, changes to international law and a new compliance system but with none of the guarantees that should be in this protocol”.
He also rejected the possibility of putting “unilateral decisions” in Northern Ireland’s hands and that the EU needs “operational, legally binding solutions. Not tomorrow, Not in the future.” However, Barnier guaranteed the EU is available to work “24/7” with the UK to secure a deal.
Mia Alberti reports live from Brussels for Channel News Asia.