October 16, 2021

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The European Union wants to resolve all pending issues related to the Northern Ireland Protocol

The European Union wants to resolve all pending issues related to the Northern Ireland Protocol

The European Union (EU) wants to resolve all so-called Northern Ireland protocol-related issues related to the United Kingdom by the end of the year. Maroš Šefčovič, vice-president of the European Commission (EC), made the remarks on Tuesday, citing the Neuros news portal.

Problem “Very frequent discussions“Both parties communicate at the expert level”At least once every two weeksŠefŠovič told reporters.

He added, “This process.”It cannot be eternal“AWe must do everything we can to solve all the obvious problems by the end of the year“.

They can’t agree

Britain cannot agree with the EU on the issue of restricting shipments to Northern Ireland from other parts of the United Kingdom. The Brexit agreement considers that part of trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom should be subject to customs control.

The purpose of the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol is to ensure that the open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as part of the European Community is maintained, while preventing British goods from entering the EU public market without customs clearance.

London considers the border restrictions on goods to be annoying and wants to change parts of the Brexit agreement, but the EU refuses to negotiate again.

Postponement of customs controls

Following repeated postponements of customs controls, the union began legal action against London in March, after which it was suspended at the end of July. Sephovi insists there should be no solutions. “Under the protocol“.

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Asked if EU member states would agree to a common approach if the UK implemented Article 16 of the Code, which allows both sides to unilaterally suspend part of the Brexit agreement, Sephovich said the union wanted to avoid the situation.Of course, that opportunity is here“.

If so, the EU should examine all the possibilities under the UK Merger Agreement and the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, he added.