The Chancellor of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss, held a meeting on Thursday with the Vice President of the European Commission (EC), Maros Sefcoviv to resume bilateral talks on the post-Brexit protocol for Northern Ireland.
EU and UK extend dialogue for a post-Brexit agreement
Sefcovic, reaffirmed the intention of the EC to seek stability and predictability in Northern Ireland. “Delighted to meet my counterpart Liz Truss to discuss the application of the Protocol,” said the official in a post on his social networks after meeting Truss.
“In December, we comply with the medications. We now have the opportunity to do so on other issues, building on the EU’s far-reaching proposals. My goal: stability, predictability in Northern Ireland ”, added the Community Vice-President.
Glad to meet my counterpart @trussliz to discuss the implementation of the Protocol on IE/NI.
In Dec, we delivered on medicines. Now we have an opportunity to do so on other issues, building on the EU’s far-reaching proposals. My objective: stability, predictability in NI. pic.twitter.com/HoCTjziiHo
— Maroš Šefčovič (@MarosSefcovic)
January 13, 2022
Before the first face-to-face meeting between the two officials, the British Foreign Minister who assumed the leadership of Brexit affairs at the end of 2021, announced that she would propose practical and reasonable solutions to the EU, from which she expects a pragmatic approach.
For the official, the EU has a clear responsibility to help solve the large number of problems caused by the protocol and protect the so-called peace accords of Good Friday, 1998.
Despite the UK’s departure from the EU in December 2020, the Withdrawal Treaty provided for Northern Ireland to remain within the European single market and customs union with the aim of avoiding the establishment of a physical border with Ireland.
With the protocol, all goods from Great Britain have to undergo sanitary control before entering the British province, in order to comply with European regulations.
The measure causes a delay in the flow of goods and has the rejection of Northern Irish unionists who threaten to bring down the coalition government established after the 1998 peace accords, unless their terms are negotiated, something that the EU dismisses. .
Delighted to welcome @MarosSefcovic for two days of talks on Northern Ireland and the wider UK-EU relationship.
My priority is defending the Union and protecting the peace. I will be putting forward constructive proposals to help communities and businesses in NI. pic.twitter.com/qt41iaXBOd
— Liz Truss (@trussliz)
January 13, 2022
In the article, the diplomat said that she was willing to activate article 16 of the post-Brexit agreement that allows one of the parties to suspend the protocol, if the bloc does not accept its terms.
For its part, the EU stated that it is “absolutely committed to finding solutions that work for the people of Northern Ireland; to ensure stability and predictability, and to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland ”, according to the spokesman for the Community Executive.
In this sense, he specified that his body has demonstrated the ability to come up with solutions that work and that also kept their promises.