Brexit agreement was a deal between gentlemen says EU

Vastavam web: The EU said today that last week’s Brexit agreement was a “deal between gentlemen” and not legally binding, but insisted that it had the full backing of the British government.The comments came after Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis caused a row with Ireland by suggesting that Friday’s interim divorce deal was “more a statement of intent than it was a legally enforceable thing”.”Formally speaking, the joint report is not legally binding, because it is not yet the Article 50 withdrawal agreement,” European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said in reference to Friday’s deal.

“But we see the joint report of Michel Barnier and David Davis as a deal between gentlemen,” Schinas added, referring to the EU’s chief negotiator.”It is a clear understanding that it is fully backed and endorsed by the UK government,” Schinas said of the Friday deal.Juncker met with May in Brussels on Friday “to ascertain that this was precisely the case. They shook hands,” Schinas said.Dublin and Brussels were alarmed by Davis’s comments yesterday, which seemed to minimise the UK’s commitment to the deal.