BREXIT EU SAY NO EU’s Barnier says sealing Brexit deal would be “very difficult”


The European Union’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the bloc could not accept the latest proposal from London.

Speaking at a plenary session of the European Parliament, Barnier said sealing a Brexit deal with Britain ahead of October 31 would be ‘very difficult’ but remained possible with ‘good will on both sides.’

Speaking at the same Parliament session, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he would not ‘exclude a deal’ but called for the ‘blame game which started in London’ to come to an end.

European Parliament head David Sassoli said EU lawmakers were ready to accept a postponement of Brexit but said the request had to come from London.

EU member states will be debriefed on Friday on the technical talks and the political assessment of what comes next ahead of an EU summit on October 17-18.