Published On: Thu, Sep 26th, 2019

Brexit news: Michel Barnier on EU talks with Boris Johnson to leave EU – Brussels latest | Politics | News


Chief negotiator Michel Barnier gave a coy answer in response to the Supreme Court’s decision that proroguing Parliament was unlawful. He argued that he would refrain from commenting on the current political climate in the UK as the EU has always been respectful of the British political situation. He said: “I don’t want to comment on what happens in Westminster.

“Our side has always been respectful of the situation in British politics so I don’t want to change my line.”

Mr Barnier said: “We are still ready to work on any new legal and operational proposal from the UK.”

As the Chief Brexit negotiator attempted to step away from the reporters one can be heard asking: “Boris Johnson says progress is being made, was he exaggerating?”

While walking away quickly Mr Barnier said: “We are still waiting to work.”

The Supreme Court’s historic decision that Boris Johnson’s proroguing of Parliament was unlawful has resulted in Parliament resuming once more with the topic of Brexit at the head of the agenda.

Mr Johnson’s advisor Geoffrey Cox caused an eruption of anger from the opposition benches on Wednesday during the resumed Parliament session.

Mr Cox insisted that many within the Tory Party did not agree with the decision but would respect it.

While refusing to apologise for his advice to Boris Johnson and the subsequent ruling against the government Mr Cox attacked Remainer MPs and the difficulties they had caused for the Prime Minister.

He said: “I offer this tot the front bench of the Labour Party, all we need is a one-line bill that we can put through with the Speakers help fixing the date of the general election by a simple majority and we can have an election.

“This spineless gang on the front bench have not got the guts to put that motion into providence because most of them do not want their leader in power.

“They could agree to ambition to allow this House to dissolve, but they are too cowardly.

“This Parliament should have the courage to face the electorate, but it won’t.

“It won’t because so many of them are really about preventing us leaving the European Union.”

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