London On Saturday, the British government sought to accelerate the pace of talks with the European Union to resolve trade issues after Brexit.
UK and EU negotiators have met in Brussels over the past week to resolve major differences over Northern Ireland’s trade rules. Talks moved to London on Tuesday, saying Britain had a “considerable difference of opinion on the underlying issue.”
The British government said the talks so far had been “constructive”, but “because the problems on the ground in Northern Ireland have not been resolved, they will soon become real, rather than getting caught up in a process of endless negotiations. We need to see progress.” , “They said.
Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK and borders EU member state Ireland, is a single commodity market that does not have EU tariffs, even though the UK left the 27-nation bloc at the end of 2020. It stays inside.
Its special status ensures that the border on the Irish Isles is open. It has been an important pillar of the Northern Ireland peace process since the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. But it also means a new customs border in the Irish Sea for goods entering Northern Ireland from other parts of the UK, even if they are part of it. Same country.
This brought red tape to businesses and caused problems with some goods arriving in Northern Ireland. EU regulations on chilled meat have led to a temporary shortage of sausages. Britain now claims that Christmas crackers, a classic holiday party cry, are being blocked from reaching Northern Ireland.
The new system also angered the British federalists in Northern Ireland. They say the Czechs undermine Northern Ireland’s position in Britain and destabilize the delicate political balance in which peace lies.
The EU accused Britain of trying to renegotiate a legally binding agreement signed within a year. Some officials say this shows the British government is unreliable. However, Brock agreed to make changes to the transaction, proposing to reduce the screening of food, plants and animals entering Northern Ireland by 80% and the shipping company paperwork in half.
The UK welcomed these proposals, but demanded that the Supreme Court of the European Union be stripped of its role in settling settlement disputes and replaced by independent arbitration.
EU Prime Minister Maros Sefkovic and UK Prime Minister David Frost will meet in London at the end of next week to assess the progress of talks. Britain threatened to impose an immediate break clause on Saturday. This allows either party to suspend the agreement in extreme situations with no immediate success.
This brings legal action from the EU and can result in economic sanctions that can lead to trade wars. Such a fight could do more damage to the UK economy than the EU.
Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney also warned that talks could not last forever and on Friday urged Britain to respond to the EU’s desire for a compromise.
“I think the EU is showing a genuine willingness to compromise and is deliberately avoiding creating tensions,” he said. “I cannot say the same thing about the UK government’s approach.
“I don’t think the EU will go into a mode of compromise and settlement forever.”
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