Brexit: Juncker says PM’s plan has some problematic point’ but does not say no, and talks go on – live news
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Boris Johnson spoke to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.
Juncker says there are some disturbing points in the prime minister’s plan.
Juncker has not ruled out the Prime Minister’s plan altogether rather infect has welcomed some aspects.
Excerpt from the Commission’s statement on communications.
President Juncker welcomes Prime Minister Johnson’s determination to advance the talk ahead of the October European Council and make progress towards a deal. He acknowledged the positive advances, notably with regards to the full regulatory alignment for all goods and the control of goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain.
However, the president also noted that there are still some problematic points that will need further work in the coming days, notably with regards to the governance of the backstop.
The delicate balance struck by the Good Friday agreement must be preserved. Another concern that needs to be addressed is the substantive customer rules. He also stressed that we must have a legally operational solution that meets all the objectives of the blackspot:
Preventing a hard border, preserving north-south cooperation and the all-Ireland economy, and protecting the EU’s single market and Ireland’s place in it.
President Juncker confirmed to Prime Minister Johnson that the commission will now examine the legal text objectively, and in light of our well-known criteria.
The Eu wants a deal we remain united and ready to work 24/7 to make this happen as we have been over three years now.
The UK and EU negotiating teams will meet in Brussels over the coming days.