Brussels (AFP) – The EU mentioned Wednesday it presently sees no different to the so-called “Irish backstop” in a Brexit withdrawal deal and warned the chance of Britain crashing out with out an settlement has elevated.
As political turmoil rages in London and the clock ticks all the way down to the October 31 departure date, the European Fee issued its last preparations for a “no-deal” Brexit, which consultants say would have a seismic affect on Britain and the EU alike.
British and EU customs and border consultants are assembly Wednesday for technical talks to discover doable alternate options to the “Irish backstop” clause, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists have to be scrapped if the UK is to enroll in a divorce deal.
However Brussels says that to this point there aren’t any different choices which fulfil the EU necessities of defending the Northern Irish peace settlement and safeguarding the European single market.
“The backstop… is the one answer recognized that safeguards the Good Friday Settlement, ensures compliance with worldwide legislation obligations and preserves the integrity of the inner market,” the fee mentioned in its newest Brexit planning doc.
Johnson is bracing for a recent showdown in parliament on Wednesday after a humiliating defeat on his Brexit technique, with lawmakers set to vote on a legislation that will forestall Britain leaving the EU and not using a deal.
The prime minister has vowed to take Britain out of the EU whether or not or not a divorce deal is in place, however his authorities lies in disarray, having misplaced its majority in parliament.
Fee spokeswoman Mina Andreeva advised reporters in Brussels the EU aspect was open to a deal however was additionally carrying on with no-deal preparations.
“There could also be twists and turns in political developments in London proper now however our place is secure. We’re keen to work constructively with PM Johnson and to take a look at any proposals that he might have so long as they’re suitable with the withdrawal settlement,” she mentioned.
The fee planning doc warned that the chaos in Westminster was making no deal extra seemingly.
“The quick time remaining and the political state of affairs in the UK have elevated the chance that the UK will withdraw on that date with out an settlement,” the European Fee mentioned because it issued its last preparations for a chaotic “no-deal” Brexit.
As a part of its contingency planning, the fee is to throw open the EU solidarity fund — a mechanism usually used after floods, earthquakes and different pure disasters — to mitigate the financial affect of a no-deal Brexit.