Brexit Talks on “alternative arrangements” backstop

Administration officials and brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay are expected to go over structures into the backstop.

The Alternative Arrangements Working Group will meet for the very first time on Monday following MPs appeared to locate another way of averting a hard Irish boundary.

The Irish PM said the UK was reviewing notions that had”been reversed”.

Leo Varadkar told RTE radio it had been”very frustrating” that the UK authorities was”going back into the concept of technologies”.

Once the time limitation on withdrawal discussions expires the UK is scheduled to depart the EU March.

Who’s at the working class?

Number 10 said the working group had been set up after”considerable support” for its so-called”Malthouse Compromise” – named after home minister Kit Malthouse who invited discussions involving distinct classes of MPs.

Engineered by Remainers and Leavers the proposal involves extending the transition period for annually and protecting EU citizens’ rights, rather than utilizing the backstop.

Members of this group comprise Damian Green, Marcus Fysh, Owen Paterson, Conservative MPs Steve Baker and Nicky Morgan.

The team will hold officials in Cabinet Office Europe Unit HMRC and Number 10, in Addition to meetings with Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay.

The group will hold meetings Wednesday and Tuesday.

Alternatives to the backstop the prime minister has stated she wants to talk with EU leaders comprise:

  • A more”trusted dealer” strategy to prevent physical checks on products flowing through the boundary
  • “mutual recognition” of principles together with the EU
  • “technical” options

Mr Javid advised the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show an alternate arrangement into the Irish backstop”could be done” with”existing technology”.

He explained:”I inquired Border Force weeks ago to inform me to have a look at what alternate arrangements are possible and they have shown me very clearly you can obtain no challenging edge on the island of Ireland and you’ll be able to use present technology – which is absolutely possible.

“The one thing that’s missing is a little bit of goodwill around the EU side”

He stated Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has been”leading on a different strand of job” – considering if a”difficult time limitation or suitable departure mechanism” was potential.

But, the deputy to European Commission Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, Sabine Weyand, contested the remarks of Mr Javid.

She tweeted:”This wouldn’t be’goodwill’ however a dereliction of responsibility by public authorities from the EU which have a responsibility to ensure public health and safety of customers, protect against unfair competition and enforce public policies and global agreements.”