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Wary EU welcomes progress in Brexit proposal, says big gaps remain

"There is progress, but to be frank lots of work still needs to be done to fulfil the three objectives of the backstop: no border, all-Ireland economy and protecting the single market," the EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters.  
by Bernard on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 06:45:48 AM EST
That was Barnier; now Juncker:

Statement by the European Commission following President Jean-Claude Juncker's phone call with Prime Minister Boris Johnson

He also stressed that we must have a legally operational solution that meets all the objectives of the backstop: preventing a hard border, preserving North-South cooperation and the all-island economy, and protecting the EU's Single Market and Ireland's place in it.

Note how one side of the negotiations remains "on message", and repeats "the three objectives of the backstop: no border, all-Ireland economy and protecting the single market."

Whereas the other side, well, er... witty jokes!

by Bernard on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 06:28:13 PM EST
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