During a turbulent 50 days in office, Mr Johnson has consistently ramped up pressure on Brussels with his October 31 Brexit exit date pledge. Ahead of the looming looming deadline, Brussels has showed further signs of finally giving in into Mr Johnson’s demands. Mr Barnier, following talks with MEPs in Brussels, said the EU is “ready to examine” proposals to break the Brexit impasse.
The EU chief negotiator said: “Parliament has a very important role, and it will be the case until the end of this process.
“Regarding the talks we are still ready to examine objectively any concrete and legally operational proposal from the UK.”
With just 49 days until the UK is scheduled to leave the bloc, the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, has also reiterated the EU’s willingness to strike a deal.
Michel Barnier has said the EU is willing to listen to Boris Johnson's proposals (Image: GETTY)
Mr Sassoli said: “We’re not ruling anything out.
“If solutions are proposed they will be debated, all of them, provided they respect the guiding principles of the EU.
“But up to now I can say the UK hasn’t proposed any alternatives, anything that’s been legally credible and workable.”
The EU parliament president has also said he would be willing to concede ground on the controversial Irish backstop.
President of the European Parliament David Sassoli has proposed a Northern