The previous president of the Ecu Council has been referred to as upon by means of Theresa Might as a possible “influencer” to wreck the Brexit impasse, assets have informed Sky Information.
It’s understood that Herman Van Rompuy had a personal dinner with Theresa Might’s deputy, Cupboard Administrative center Minister David Lidington in Brussels on Monday night time.
Mr Van Rompuy, who was once Ecu Council president between 2009 and 2014, was once noticed arriving on the British ambassador’s place of abode simply after 7pm.
A supply informed Sky Information that Mr Van Rompuy was once invited to wait the dinner as a result of he’s noticed as an “influencer” with the prospective capacity to hunt out a compromise between the 2 facets.
Mr Van Rompuy was once on the helm within the Ecu Council during the Greek monetary disaster, which threatened the stableness of the euro. Greece was once after all bailed out in a compromise deal overseen by means of Mr Van Rompuy.
The dinner is known to have taken position on the top minister’s request with the intention to talk about adjustments to the important thing sticking block within the Brexit Withdrawal Settlement – the Irish backstop.
The EU’s leader Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier was once additionally on the British ambassador’s place of abode on the identical time attending a separate dinner with Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay.
Mr Lidington is thought to have joined Mr Barclay and Mr Barnier for espresso after his dinner assembly with Mr Van Rompuy.
Rising from the talks at 10pm, Mr Barnier mentioned: “We held optimistic talks. It is transparent from our facet that we don’t seem to be going to re-open the withdrawal settlement however we will be able to proceed our dialogue within the coming days. This is all.”
Downing Side road has now not commented on Mr Lidington’s assembly with Mr Van Rompuy.
However in a commentary at the dinner between Mr Barclay and Mr Barnier, a spokesperson mentioned that they mentioned “the following steps” in the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU and explored whether or not some way via may well be discovered that may be appropriate to the United Kingdom parliament and to the Ecu Union.
The spokesperson mentioned: “The assembly was once optimistic and Mr Barclay and Mr Barnier agreed to additional talks within the coming days and that their groups would proceed to paintings within the interim on discovering some way ahead.”
The EU facet has stressed out that the brand new talks, which constitute the primary correct engagement between the 2 facets since sooner than Christmas, don’t represent new negotiations.
On the other hand, either side do now appear to have positioned contemporary impetus on discovering a brand new compromise. The marvel presence of Mr Van Rompuy demonstrates an openness to attempting new avenues for answers.
With lower than 50 days to move till the United Kingdom leaves the Ecu Union, the 2 facets are nonetheless not able to agree on a Brexit deal able to passing a vote within the Space of Commons.
The United Kingdom has demanded adjustments to the Irish backstop component of the Withdrawal Settlement, which was once signed off by means of the 2 facets in December however has since did not safe the approval of a majority of MPs in Westminster.
The 2 facets will have to succeed in an settlement and officially ratify it in each the Ecu Parliament and Westminster sooner than 29th March.
If they do not, the need UK depart the EU with no deal, severing – in a single day on 29th March – 40 years of financial, industry and felony ties.