Brexit clarifications possible, but no further negotiations: EU's Oettinger

Reuters , Thursday 13 Dec 2018

Guenther Oettinger
File Photo: European Union Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger (Reuters)

The European Union is open to add clarifications to the Brexit deal but there won’t be further negotiations in substance on issues such as the backstop solution on Northern Ireland, European Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Thursday.

“We can say that and that was meant this way ... so final clarification yes, but further negotiations no,” Oettinger told German broadcaster SWR.

Asked if the European Commission was open for a time limit for the backstop solution on Northern Ireland, Oettinger said: “No, that doesn’t work. We need to have clear rules for people, products and goods at the border of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belfast and Dublin.”

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