Senior EU leaders cast doubt on UK’s Brexit backstop plan – Politics live

Michel Barnier joined by Guy Verhofstadt in questioning plan unveiled on Thursday. Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

This is from my colleague Daniel Boffey, the Guardian’s Brussels bureau chief.

On back stop. The time limit ‘expectation’ isn’t a time limit, so that is EU compliant. Is a ‘UK wide’ proposal giving them guaranteed tariff free access post transition without any level playing field commitments, going to be so readily agreed to? Sensing resistance from MS

Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament’s lead spokesman on Brexit, has now posted a tweet about the UK’s Brexit backstop plan. He is raising the same concerns as Michel Barnier (see 2.02pm) and the Irish government (see 3.28pm), but he is more blunt that Barnier, implying that what was published today is not a “workable solution”.

Difficult to see how UK proposal on customs aspects of IE/NI backstop will deliver a workable solution to avoid a hard border & respect integrity of the SM/CU. A backstop that is temporary is not a backstop, unless the definitive arrangement is the same as the backstop. #Brexit

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