LIVE BREAKING NEWS ON BREAKING NEWS ON BREAKING NEWS ON BREAKING NEWS The EU is digging in – the Article 16 standoff has been stretched by months.
BREXIT talks between the United Kingdom and the European Union will almost definitely drag on for several more months, crushing hopes of a resolution by Christmas and casting a pall over negotiations with the threat of Article 16.
Negotiations on post-Brexit trading arrangements in Northern Ireland will “probably” stretch into the new year, according to European Commission deputy president Maros Sefcovic. When he earlier stated that talks between the two sides on customs and food checks, as well as the function of the European Court of Justice, could be concluded before Christmas, the EU head confessed he had been “perhaps too optimistic.” “I believe that these challenges could be overcome if there was obvious political will from the UK side,” he told Politico.
“However, given how far we’ve come in the previous four weeks and the level of detail our UK partners want to address, I’m confident we won’t be able to conclude everything before the end of the year.”
The United Kingdom and the European Union have undertaken multiple rounds of talks but have failed in their desperate attempts to reach a serious breakthrough as both parties dig in their heels.
Mr Sefcovic is optimistic that London and Brussels will be able to achieve “decisive progress this week” on the problem of medication trade between the UK and Northern Ireland.
He did, however, caution that the de-facto deadline for reaching an agreement on this is this week, as the EU will need time to put any conceivable solution in place.
With Germany now breaking its silence on the ongoing fight over the Northern Ireland Protocol, a Brexit breakthrough could be on the horizon.
Germany’s European Minister Michael Roth has urged the United Kingdom to “come to its senses” amid the ongoing disagreement.
He also stated that this is “not a game.”
“Dear friends in London and Great Britain, please come to your senses,” Mr Roth said on social media outside the EU Commission.
“We want, darn it, to work together as partners and friends,” he concluded in his video. We don’t want to keep arguing about what we’ve already agreed on.” This weekend, supermarkets are anticipating a 15 percent increase in demand for Christmas trees.
Tesco has announced that it is stocking up on longer-lasting, non-drop Christmas trees in order to meet demand for trees that will endure for the entire holiday season, which is largely due to Brexit shipping concerns and a. “Brinkwire News Summary.”