18h news – Brexit: the EU had to make concessions for the new agreement


"We have a deal". An agreement was finally found on Brexit. Thursday morning, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson were side by side, to mark this moment that both would like to historic.

On both sides, we had to do concessions. What is in this agreement? This new "deal" concludes all that concerns the rights of European citizens living on both sides of the Channel. This part already written under Theresa May was not disputed.

On the other hand, all that concerns this new frontier of Europe which is the Irish border has been rewritten. The goal remains the same: do not rebuild a physical border between the two Ireland, between Northern Ireland which is British, and Ireland to the south which remains in Europe.

But we had to find a solution to perceive customs duties and control goods who cross this new frontier. The compromise found is as follows: the British authorities exercise control of the property who will arrive in the ports of Northern Ireland to the south, and will collect customs duties.

A victory for Boris Johnson

On this point, the first agreement was much more restrictive. Boris Johnson and the British Parliament had refused. Europeans have decided to lower their level of demand rather than risk a "no deal", which, according to a minister would have been negative for jobs.

On the other hand, Boris Johnson seems quite optimistic about his ability to gather a majority of British MPs next Saturday.

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