There are ongoing negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom on the conditions for the planned seizure of the island and on issues of future relations, said Michel Barnier, European Commission’s Brexit Chief Negotiator on Tuesday in Brussels.
Barnier met with British Prime Minister Brexit, Dominic Raab, and announced in a joint press conference that they “reached their final stage” and said he would have regular talks with his British counterpart next week.
Earlier, it was often a matter for the parties to reach an agreement with the EU summit in mid October, but Barnier has now spoken that this is not the ultimate deadline, but it is still possible to “close the convention” near the beginning of November, but not much later . He added that there is a time for the European Union and the United Kingdom to ratify the treaty until the date of the British Exit on March 29, 2019.
The EU negotiator stressed that there are still serious differences between the two sides on certain issues, first of all regarding Irish-Northern Ireland border control and future economic relations.
This was also confirmed by Raab, calling for significant issues to be solved, while highlighting the possibility of a convention if both parties are “ambitiously and pragmatically” in the process.
Barnier pointed out that certain elements of the White Paper on the British Government’s proposals contradict the EU’s negotiating directives. He also reiterated that the future EU-UK partnership should respect the principles of the internal market and the European project.
On Wednesday, the Brexit negotiations will continue in Brussels.