The top government lawyer of British Prime Minister Theresa May was holding the discussions in Brussels in a last-ditch bid to secure the changes for getting her Brexit deal through parliament and smooth departure of Britain from the European Union.
Britain has to leave EU in 24 days, but the rejection of the parliament on May’s deal has pushed in doubt in January how, while possibly even if the biggest foreign trade policy of Britain shift in more than 40 years will take place.
Uk Prime Minister Theresa May accused her team, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox and Brexit minister Stephen Barclay, safeguarding the changes to the so-called Irish stronghold, an insurance policy to block a “ hard border” between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland if a prospective trading relationship falls briefly.
Cox and Barclay met the EU Chief negotiator Michel Barnier and other officials from the block along with additional discussions over dinner to press what the attorney general described as a “ very constructive dialogue”.
Time is of the spirit, with some businesses progressively concerned over the risk of a disrupted Brexit deal, in which according to BMW the deal could mean it would move some production of engines and it’s Mini model out of Britain.
Earlier, foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt told the government still wanted “ to leave at the end of this month and it depends how quickly we can get a deal through”.
He added, “ Our ask of the EU is an important ask … but it is one ask and it’s a simple one. We need substantive changes that will allow the attorney general to change his advice to the government that says that, at the moment, theoretically, we could be trapped in the backstop indefinitely.”