The EU’s five essential proposals, three red lines, and what the UK will do next in the Brexit ‘great gap’
BREXIT is back on the table as the EU and the UK strive to reach an agreement for Northern Ireland. So, what occurred this week, and what will happen next? Northern Ireland has been a stumbling block in the Brexit talks since the beginning. For political and sociological reasons, the only land border with the EU is a tricky one, with a desire to remain in the EU single market but no border with the rest of the UK. For years, people have debated, negotiated, and fought over how to solve this problem. This week, the United Kingdom delivered strong rhetoric and unveiled a new bundle of plans; here’s everything you need to know.
In response to the Northern Ireland border issue, the European Commission released a “strong package of inventive, realistic solutions.”
The EU has stated repeatedly that it is unwilling to fully rework the protocol, which was agreed to in the 2019 Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, but that renegotiation is no longer necessary due to the new set of ideas.
The document covers four categories, with the EU promising to cut 80 percent of border checks on products and half of the paperwork.
1. When arriving in Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom, most food goods will not need to be physically inspected.
2. A reduction in the amount of paperwork that Northern Ireland importers must complete.
3. Expansion of trusted trader agreements, which exempts additional products and companies from customs taxes.
4. Changes to current regulations to guarantee that the movement of medicines over the Irish Sea is not disrupted, by allowing the United Kingdom to continue to operate as a center for the supply of generic pharmaceuticals to Northern Ireland.
5. Increased participation by Northern Irish institutions and improved EU engagement with stakeholders in Northern Ireland, including politicians and business groups, to make the rules “more transparent.”
On Tuesday, one day before the EU unveiled its revised plans, UK Brexit minister David Frost stepped up the pressure on Brussels, warning that failing to rewrite the Northern Ireland protocol would be a “historic misjudgment.”
The UK has yet to respond in detail to the EU’s suggestions, with a representative for the government stating that officials are “studying the detail” and that the government “will of course look at them carefully and constructively.”
“Brinkwire Summary News,” by former Brinkwire reporter Raoul Ruparel.