Tuesday, 8 October 2019 18:14 WIB |
Britain and the European Union appeared to be poles apart Monday on a potential Brexit deal, with the Dutch government urging the British government to offer œmore realism and clarity, and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisting that the bloc must soften its stance.
Last week the British government sent the EU what it called a œreasonable compromise that will allow Britain to leave the bloc with a divorce deal at the end of this month.
But Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said after meeting with Britain's Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay on Monday that œimportant questions still remain.
The British government says the country will leave the EU on Oct. 31 with or without a deal. Many in the EU and in Britain are skeptical of that claim, because the U.K. Parliament has passed a law compelling the government to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit if no deal is agreed upon by Oct. 19.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will obey the law, but will not ask for a delay. It's unclear how the two statements can be reconciled.
Source : VOA