The British minister responsible for the Brexit talks said it was “surprising” that Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s Brexit chief negotiator, did not recognize London’s position on the transitional period envisaged after the expiry of the British EU membership.
David Davis responded to Barnier’s statement at the press conference in Brussels on Friday that he said there were still “major disagreements” between the EU and the British government on the rules to be adopted during the transitional period and if these issues were not resolved within a short time, it can not be guaranteed at all that the transitional period is reached in the Brexit negotiations.
Barnier added: it is a problem for him to understand the British government’s official position on the transitional period.
Prime Minister Theresa May talked about the transition period in Florentine speech on the UK government plans for the post-Brex post for the first time in late October. May argues that the transition period is needed because London thinks that in March 2019, even at the expected time of British EU membership, neither the United Kingdom, neither the European Union nor EU Member States will be in a position to to seamlessly introduce many elements of the conditions of the new relationships.
The European Union would maintain the transitional period by the end of 2020.
David Davis, in a statement issued by the ministry on Friday evening in London, said that he was “surprised” by knowing that Michel Barnier was not aware of the transitional period official British position.
The Brexit Minister added that, as he explained in his speech two weeks ago, London is thinking of a limited transition, during which Britain and the European Union could access each other’s markets under the current rules.
In his Friday statement, Davis described the attitude of the European Commission as “basically controversial”. “Today they acknowledged the need to find ways to settle disputes and failing to act, but rejected the British aspiration to have reasonable safeguards to protect our interests,” said the head of the British ministry in Brexit Friday evening.
One of the most controversial debates between London and the EU is the question of future border control between Ireland and Northern Ireland, in particular that the United Kingdom wants to abolish the European Union’s single internal market and customs union, while Ireland remaining in the EU will continue to He will be a member of these two main integration organizations.
Michel Barnier said on Friday that the exit agreement would include the need to continue to fully address the regulatory elements of the EU single market in Northern Ireland, otherwise it would not be possible to avoid the re-establishment of physical border controls between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
London resolutely rejects this solution on the grounds that in this case, there would be a customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.