EU official says Johnson’s Brexit offer ‘can’t fly’


Britain’s Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay delivers a speech during a breakfast meeting in Madrid, Spain, September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has made a constructive Brexit proposal to the European Union and is now willing to negotiate on the details to get a new exit deal with the bloc, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said on Thursday.

“We are focused on getting a deal because we think this is the best way forward,” Barclay said. “These are serious proposals and clearly we need to have a negotiation with the EU on taking them forward.”

When asked about a possible delay to Brexit, he said that it will require the consent of all the other 27 EU member states.

“The risk of a no deal is obviously far less favourable than us leaving with a smooth and orderly way and if there was no deal obviously checks would need to put in place by the Irish government,” he said.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew MacAskill; editing by James Davey

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