Brexit, EU: a lot of work to do on Irish borders – World


“Just six months after the end of the transition period” for Brexit, “much work remains to be done on the implementation of the protocol” on the Irish borders. Thus, the vice-president of the EU Commission Maros Sefcovic, at the end of the meeting of the joint commission with the United Kingdom, on the implementation of the divorce agreement.

“The UK document” on the implementation of the Irish border protocol “does not present sufficient operational details. We need to move” from the “aspirations” to the “operational” dimension, said Sefcovic, explaining however that this morning’s meeting it is done in a “very good atmosphere” and that in September the mixed commission will meet again.

On the question of London’s will not to request an extension of the transition period, “Michael Gove could not have been clearer – Sefcovic pointed out – I take it as a definitive conclusion of this discussion and therefore an acceleration in the negotiations is needed”.

“The European Union – wrote on Twitter – the EU chief negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier – has always been open to an extension of the transition period. At today’s mixed commission, we took note of the UK’s decision to not wanting to ask for the extension. Now we need to make progress on the substance. To give every chance to the negotiations, we have agreed to intensify the negotiations in the coming weeks and months “.

Earlier, a Commission spokesman had confirmed that negotiations between the EU and the UK on future relations will take place every “two to three weeks”.


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