President Jean-Claude Juncker and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a working lunch for BREXIT in Luxembourg. This was their first face-to-face discussion since Boris Johnson became UK prime minister. The aim of the meeting was to take stock of the ongoing technical talks between the EU and the UK and to discuss the next steps.
President Juncker recalled that it is the UK’s responsibility to come forward with legally operational solutions that are compatible with the Withdrawal Agreement. 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 will remain available to work 24/7. The October European Council will be an important milestone in the process. The EU27 remain united.
Boris Johnson has said he is “cautious” about progress in Brexit talks.
Boris Johnson said to reporters
The Brexit secretary Mr Stephen Barclay and Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, were also in attendance at Luxembourg City’s Le Bouquet Garni restaurant.