Britain, EU will work 'together' on Irish border

Britain EU will work'together on Irish border Boris Johnson

Barnier stressed that this will not happen and that "creativity and flexibility can not be at the expense of the integrity of the single market and the customs union". The continuation of the Common Travel Area, which facilitates the interaction of people in Ireland and the United Kingdom, should also be recognised. "As the UK's position paper set out, this is a crucial objective for the government, given the importance of the Northern Ireland peace process", the statement said.

What becomes of the land border between Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland when Britain leaves the bloc in 2019 is one of the most sensitive issues in Brexit talks.

The UK has argued that especially the Ireland question can not be disentangled from other issues, such as customs and future trade deals, and therefore these negotiations should run in parallel.

Michel Barnier, the EU chief negotiator for Brexit, on Thursday criticized the UK government for their proposals on how to deal with the post-Brexit border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, saying he was anxious that "the UK wants to use Ireland as a kind of test case for a future UK-EU customs relationship".

"This will not happen", Barnier added.

Q. Has the position paper from the European Union materially changed anything? "But as it was the UK's decision to leave the European Union, it is the UK's responsibility to come forward with solutions to overcome the challenges for the island of Ireland". "In this context, the Union should also recognise existing bilateral agreements and arrangements between the United Kingdom and Ireland which are compatible with EU law".

The paper called for the negotiations to secure a political commitment to protect the Good Friday Agreement and the gains of the peace process.

People and goods now move freely across the Irish border, but there are concerns that this can not be sustained after Brexit, though both sides say they want to avoid a "hard" border.

He said he was anxious by what he saw in position papers published by Britain in recent weeks, and said Britain wanted "the EU to suspend the application of its laws, its customs union and its single market".

The EU is also concerned that Britain could use the Border between the North and Republic as a way to circumvent tariffs that could be imposed in a post-Brexit EU-UK trade deal.

The U.K. and the European Union have both said they want to avoid a return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland or do anything that would risk destabilizing the peace process that ended decades of violence in the 1990s.



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