Brussels said it is still waiting for detailed proposals from Britain to avoid a hard Irish border after Brexit, after the European Commission president met with the UK prime minister for talks in Luxembourg.
In a statement after Jean-Claude Juncker’s lunch with Boris Johnson, the Commission said it was the UK’s responsibility to come forward with legally operational solutions that are compatible with the Withdrawal Agreement governing the UK’s proposed exit from the EU.
The Commission said:
“President Juncker underlined the Commission’s continued willingness and openness to examine whether such proposals meet the objectives of the backstop. Such proposals have not yet been made.”
The Commission insisted it remained willing to work with the UK “24/7” and reiterated that the upcoming meeting of the European Council on October 17 would be “an important milestone in the process”.
“The EU27 remain united,” it added.