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EU chief David Sassoli says 'no initiatives' have been shown that would reopen Brexit negotiations

No initiatives have been presented that could reopen Brexit negotiations, the European Parliament President David Sassoli has said.

Speaking after a meeting with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Thursday, Sassoli said the bloc "would like initiatives to discuss, but there are none".

He added the UK had also not proposed "any alternatives" to the backstop issue, stressing that "you can't have an agreement without a backstop".

It comes despite assurances from London that progress has been made in talks, having offered up ideas on customs agreements and goods.

"We believe there is too much rigidity," Sassoli continued, adding: "and this rigidity is something that is being ratified into October 31."

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