At certain points, some progress has been made in this week’s and sixth round of talks on the conditions for the unification of the United Kingdom, but no breakthrough has been achieved on any issue, “said Michel Barnier, chief negotiator of the European Commission, on Friday.
Barnier has warned at the beginning of the press conference in Brussels that no one should expect any major announcements.
Work has to continue to reduce uncertainty, time is scarce, more than five hundred days have elapsed since the referendum on British EU membership last year – said the former French Minister.
He stressed that there is no need for a detailed agreement on everything, but in the next two weeks, “sincere and genuine” progress is needed in order to make further discussions on the future relationship system in December.
He added that in the last two days they “deepened” the dialogue on the main points and achieved certain results in the area of civil rights and Northern Ireland border control but there were still differences of opinion on the subject of family reunification or the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
In addition, he highlighted the need to reach an “absolutely vital” agreement on the British financial obligations against the EU.
David Davis, the UK’s Brexit minister, said it needed to move on to the second stage of the Brexit negotiations as soon as possible, and that requires a “flexible and constructive” approach from both sides.
He said London was “ready and willing” to intensify discussions at the EU Summit on 14 and 15 December, when the leaders of the remaining Member States would decide whether they had progressed enough to move forward.
He underlined that at this round, we have managed to reach agreement on certain issues in the area of civil rights and Northern Ireland border control.
The argument that Northern Ireland could be granted a special status after Brexit to be a member of the internal market and the customs union Davis stated that it was impossible to create a new border within the United Kingdom. He acknowledged the need for a unique solution to resolve the issue, but this, as he said, will not be detrimental to the constitutional and economic integrity of the island.
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