Eurocrats insist Boris Johnson can step in and end Brexit deadlock

Eurocrats insist Boris Johnson can step in and end Brexit deadlock… but there will be no breakthrough without his direct intervention

  • Maros Sefcovic said there would be no breakthrough without PM’s intervention
  • The European Commission vice-president will hold talks Friday with Lord Frost
  • EU official suggested customs checks between Britain and Northern Ireland could be slashed further if UK agrees to a role for the European Court of Justice

Eurocrats want Boris Johnson to step in and break the Brexit deadlock on Northern Ireland.

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic told a private meeting of MEPs that there will be no breakthrough without a direct intervention from the Prime Minister.

His comments came as an EU official suggested customs checks between the British mainland and Northern Ireland could be slashed further if the UK agrees to a role for the European Court of Justice, something Lord Frost is set against.

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic told a private meeting of MEPs that there will be no breakthrough without a direct intervention from the Prime Minister

‘Lord Frost needs political instruction,’ Mr Sefcovic said, urging Mr Johnson to get involved in the faltering discussions.

‘There has been no move at all from the UK side. Wider EU-UK relations are in question.’

Mr Sefcovic will hold more talks with Lord Frost on Friday.

His remarks emerged as a senior Commission official suggested the EU could offer a new blueprint to cut border checks and red tape.

One month ago, Eurocrats unveiled a plan that they claimed would reduce the checks and paperwork by half, and checks on supermarket goods by 80 per cent.

A further compromise could come if Britain dropped its ‘unattainable’ demand on the role of European judges and the ECJ, a source said last night.

‘We have moved, and it’s time for the UK to,’ the source added.

A Government source said: ‘Lord Frost and the Prime Minister are completely aligned on the Northern Ireland Protocol.’ 

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