Some progress has been made in negotiations on the conditions for the unbundling of the United Kingdom, but there is a need for further progress on the rights of citizens, and in particular the Irish-Northern border control, “Guy Verhofstadt, European Parliament’s Brexit chief negotiator, warned on Wednesday.
Verhofstadt stressed that, despite progress, “significant problems are still to be resolved”, which essentially questions whether the leaders of the remaining twenty-seven Member States could approve the second round of negotiation, the concluding talks on future relations at their summit on 14-15 December.
One of the most important questions is to prevent different treatment of members of the same family, depending on whether they were born before or after the official British exit, he pointed out. He added that the island must also accept the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice for EU citizens rejected by the British Government.
The former Belgian prime minister also stressed that London should guarantee that it will not restore the “hard borders” between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and that it must abide by the 1998 Grand-Pact agreement.
The eventual exit agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union should also be approved by the European Parliament.
Verhofstadt published shortly afterwards his little appreciative assessment of Irish Irish Commissioner Phil Hogan’s statement “very close” to the UK’s financial obligations towards the EU.
Also on Wednesday, Michel Barnier, the chief negotiator of the European Commission, denied press reports that the two sides agreed on payment obligations, but he hoped it would be available next week.
“We read a lot about this in the press today … but there is still much to do, but negotiations have not yet been concluded on this issue,” he said.
On Monday, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, hosts Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, in Brussels on Monday to examine where the process is going.
Source: MTI / Picture: ujszo.com /