The European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group rejects British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proposal. According to the steering committee, the Brexit proposals “do not form the basis for an agreement that the European Parliament can agree to,” according to a statement from the parliamentary group.
The steering group is particularly concerned about the alternatives to the backstop demanded by Johnson, a sort of guarantee scheme that after the British departure from the EU there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. “These last minute proposals do not solve the problems that exist when the backstop disappears.” According to the parliament, they require infrastructure to carry out trade controls, but do not make clear how and where exactly.
The proposals “don’t come close to what London and Brussels had previously agreed,” the statement said. The parliament says it remains prepared to “examine all proposals, but they must be credible and legally workable.”