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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


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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