29 May 2020

Brexit: UK shares confidential documents with EU

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Confidential documents that "reflect the ideas the UK has put forward" on Brexit have been shared with the EU, the UK government has said. reports citing foreign media.

Ministers will table "formal written solutions when we are ready" and not to an "artificial deadline", it added.

This comes after Finland's prime minister said Boris Johnson had 12 days to set out his Brexit plans to the EU.

The European Commission said documents had been received and technical talks were taking place.

The commission's chief spokesperson, Mina Andreeva, also confirmed there would be talks at a political level at a meeting on Friday between the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay.

The technical discussions were on some aspects of rules relating to customs and manufactured goods, as well as sanitary rules and phytosanitary rules - which relate to the health of plants - she said.

The BBC also understands "live discussions" are taking place between the EU and UK about ruling out another delay to Brexit if a deal is agreed.

Sources told BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg that, if a plan is signed off by both sides, the EU could then announce it would not grant an extension to 31 October deadline if MPs voted the deal down - essentially giving them a choice between the negotiated deal or a no-deal Brexit.

Other sources on the EU and UK sides played down the possibility, denying there had been any formal consideration of the proposal and saying the current focus was on getting a deal.

But Laura Kuenssberg said: "It's clear that government officials are considering ways of sticking to the prime minister's October deadline, with, or without a deal being reached."

2019.09.19 / 20:52
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