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Revealed: the EU's point-by-point rejection of Johnson's Brexit plan | The Guardian |

The European Union's full devastating point-by-point rejection of Boris Johnson's Brexit proposals for the Irish border has been revealed in documents obtained by the Guardian.

Leaked documents lay bare the scale of the multiple faults highlighted to David Frost, the prime minister's chief negotiator, during the recent talks.

The disclosure follows the prime minister's claim on Monday that he had not yet heard the EU's thoughts on the legal text tabled by Downing Street, under which a customs border would be reimposed on the island of Ireland.

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EU sources scoffed at claims coming out of Downing Street that a "counter-offer" could be expected from Brussels in the coming days. "It is the UK that wants to replace the backstop - and that is our solution," said one senior EU diplomat.

On Monday, the Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, met with the Dutch foreign minister, Stef Blok, who tweeted: "Frank & honest discussion today with Steve Barclay. As good neighbours do.

"Important questions still remain on UK Brexit proposals and more realism and clarity necessary this week. Full support for Michel Barnier."

An EU commission spokeswoman said the EU27 remained of the opinion that the UK had failed to offer an alternative to the Irish backstop, which would avoid a hard border by keeping Northern Ireland in the single market and the EU's customs territory.

And, in an interview with Le Monde, chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier warned that if London "does not come back with new proposals on the two serious problems we have indicated to them, I cannot see how we can move forward".

No 10 continues to deflect blame for Brexit impasse on to EU  
PM calls on EU to 'thrash out' Brexit objections | BBC News - 3 hrs ago |

by Oui on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 08:08:50 PM EST

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