In a bid to strike a new divorce deal, Britain's Brexit negotiators are to meet their EU counterparts twice a week throughout September, AFP reported on Thursday, August 29th.
Moreover, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expressed that he desires the so-called backstop, regarding the fallback provisions of the Irish border, which has so far remained the only thing MPs indicated they were willing to support. This however comes after his predecessor Theresa May had been trying to strike a deal with Brussels, which the parliament had rejected three times consecutively.
Johnson then added that they are ready to work in an energetic and determined way to get a deal done, and that he has been encouraged with his discussions with EU leaders over recent weeks that there would be willingness to talk about alternatives to the anti-democratic backstop, assuring that now is the time for both sides to step up the tempo.
He highlighted that the increase in meetings and discussions is necessary if they are to have a chance of agreeing on a deal for when Britain leaves on October 31st―with no ifs and no buts.
Johnson's lead Brexit negotiator is David Frost, who will be joined in Brussels by different officials depending on the talks' agenda, including experts on customs, regulatory issues, and trade policy, the government said.
"Discussions so far have shown that the two sides remain some distance apart on key issues but that both sides are willing to work hard to find a way through," Johnson's Downing Street office said in a statement.
"The teams intend to run through a range of issues including the impasse around the backstop," it said, adding, "The PM has been clear that there will be no new deal unless the withdrawal agreement is reopened and the backstop taken out," according to AFP.