EU Brexit crew advised UK’s Cox to transform backstop plan, return on Friday: diplomats

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union Brexit negotiators rejected the latest proposals on the Brexit “backstop” presented by Britain’s Attorney General Geoffrey Cox in Brussels on Tuesday and told him to rework them and come back on Friday, EU diplomats said.

The sources said Cox, tasked by British Prime Minister Theresa May with getting concessions from the EU on the backstop intended to ensure no hard border on the island of Ireland, had proposed an “arbitration panel” to resolve disputes. The panel would not be obliged to refer cases to the EU’s top court, the ECJ, whose jurisdiction Britain wants to leave.