Ulster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson has said a more constructive approach from the EU is required in order to reach a workable deal that would avoid the potential dangers of a no deal Brexit.
Mr. Nicholson was commenting following the debate on the UK's withdrawal from the EU with EU leaders in the European Parliament.
Mr Nicholson said,
“There are real dangers of a no deal situation, so with less than 60 days before the UK’s departure from the EU I would urge a more constructive and positive approach from the EU leaders in the coming days and weeks.
"I have been clear, there is a problem with the backstop, not least that it is in direct contradiction to the principle of consent as enshrined within the Belfast Agreement. That needs to be fixed.
"But, I am firmly of the view that no problem is insurmountable, and I believe that the EU wants to agree a workable deal. I did detect a slight change of tone in Mr. Juncker's speech to the Parliament, which potentially paves a way forward through this impasse.
“Although time is running out, nothing is insurmountable and common sense must prevail.”