As the European Union and the United Kingdom continue to discuss possible guarantees on the Irish backstop in their Brexit deal, head of the EU delegation of negotiators and senior British officials concluded the latest round of talks with no visible result.
French news agency AFP reports that on Tuesday, March 5, Barnier met with UK attorney general Geoffrey Cox and Brexit minister Stephen Barclay for four hours over dinner and no results were announced that day.
EU’s chief negotiator stated on Saturday, February 2, that the EU was willing to give further guarantees to help the Brexit deal it struck with Prime Minister Theresa May in November get through the British parliament.
In addition, Barnier noted European leaders would be amenable to a short «technical» delay in Britain’s departure from the bloc scheduled for March 29, to give parliament time to formally ratify a final accord.
British attorney general Geoffrey Cox has stated on Twitter before the latest talks: «We are determined to get a deal over the line and deliver on Brexit».