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Britain sends Brexit ideas in 'non-papers' to Brussels.    

London Letter: EU signals no role in talks for Stormont, that London must make decision

Downing Street's room for Brexit manoeuvre narrows | Irish Times |

D owning Street left much of Westminster bewildered on Thursday with an update on talks with Brussels over finding an alternative to the Northern Ireland backstop.

"We have been having detailed discussions with the commission's Taskforce 50 in recent weeks. We have now shared in written form a series of confidential technical non-papers which reflect the ideas the UK has been putting forward. We will table formal written solutions when we are ready, not according to an artificial deadline, and when the EU is clear that it will engage constructively on them as a replacement for the backstop," said a Downing Street spokesman.

No 10 made clear later that a non-paper meant that whatever was proposed did not represent the British government's formal position

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The mood at Westminster was upbeat at the start of this week until Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier made clear to Johnson over lunch in Luxembourg on Tuesday that the EU's red lines remain firm. DUP leader Arlene Foster boosted expectations of a deal on Wednesday when she signalled her party's willingness to consider regulatory alignment with the EU in areas beyond the agrifood sector.

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by Oui on Fri Sep 20th, 2019 at 08:01:02 AM EST
I think the notion of the Non-paper may be the only interesting thing to come out of the entire Brexit fiasco. Kind of like the sound of one hand clapping or the path is the destination or the obstacle is the path, etc. An ungoverned unelected government based on an unwritten constitution issuing non-papers to vaguely address an undefined obstacle so as to avoid a solution to a problem that has no reason to exist. Om om om.
by Andhakari on Fri Sep 20th, 2019 at 01:44:24 PM EST
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Except twitter#CivilService has established the term is not NEW! To-The-World of diplomatic speech and not peculiar to Bo-BREXIT fanfiction...

unless one remembers the library of UK position papers on the "future partnership" that was never scheduled by EU to occur until after BREXIT.

Remember how EU used to publish meeting agenda for the UK? in a color-coded ACTION! list format?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Sep 20th, 2019 at 08:04:02 PM EST
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