UK can't meet EU deadline, needs another year, says Brexit Secretary

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# 19 September 2019 18:52 (UTC +04:00)

The European Union has given the United Kingdom a test it "cannot meet" regarding its demands for a backstop replacement, UK Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay said in a speech in Madrid, APA reports citing Sputnik.

He said: "We are told the UK must provide legally operative text by the 31st October," adding that the "alternative to the backstop is not necessary until the end of the Implementation Period in December 2020.

Mr Barclay added: "And this will be shaped by the future relationship – which is still to be determined.

Note that No 10's Brexit Secretary said that the UK should extend its Brexit deadline to set a new policy on problems over the Irish backstop, UK media reported on Thursday.

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