Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Stephen Barclay talks to the media after a meeting with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades in the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus September 18, 2019. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

Britain’s Brexit minister Stephen Barclay urged the European Union to show flexibility and creativity over Brexit on Thursday, saying the Irish backstop arrangement “has to go” and that Britain was prepared to leave without a deal if needed.

Barclay was speaking in Madrid just six weeks before the date on which Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to take Britain out of the European Union by Oct. 31 “do or die”.

Britain wants a deal but both sides must work to reach one, Barclay said.

“The prize of a deal should focus the minds of both sides on this need for creativity and flexibility,” he said.

“So let’s work creatively to secure a deal, a deal the UK is committed to get in, a deal without a backstop … a deal which indeed will pass both the UK parliament and the European parliament.”

He listed issues with the Irish arrangement which made it impossible to accept, including the difficulty of guaranteeing it would be temporary.

“The backstop will not be agreed with the United Kingdom. The UK parliament has already rejected it three times,” he said.

A deal to leave the EU would help manage issues including the treatment of international business groups like British Airways and Iberia airlines operator IAG and logistics around the British territory of Gibraltar, Barclay said.

He added that the conservative government would abide by an upcoming Supreme Court ruling on the parliament suspension ordered by Johnson.

Britain’s top judicial body, the Supreme Court, is hearing a third and final day of legal arguments on Thursday over whether Johnson acted unlawfully when he suspended parliament in the run-up to Brexit.

Barclay said he will meet EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Friday.


REUTERS
Axact

Axact

Vestibulum bibendum felis sit amet dolor auctor molestie. In dignissim eget nibh id dapibus. Fusce et suscipit orci. Aliquam sit amet urna lorem. Duis eu imperdiet nunc, non imperdiet libero.

Post A Comment:

0 comments:

We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, and please keep your comments relevant and respectful.

Share your articles, stories or happenings around you with us.
+905338325802 (WhatsApp Only)
Email: info.heraldnigeria@gmail.com