The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier known as the draft settlement a “decisive, essential step” on Wednesday afternoon.
Talking in Brussels, Belgium, after Prime Minister Theresa Could’s cupboard got here out in help of the draft settlement, Barnier stated the negotiating events have now discovered an answer to keep away from a tough border on the island of Eire. If the UK and EU do not attain a future settlement by the tip of the transition interval, they’d implement a backstop resolution — to create an EU-UK single customs territory.
“Northern Eire will subsequently stay on this similar customs territory as the remainder of the UK. As well as Northern Eire would stay aligned to these guidelines of the only market which can be important for avoiding a tough border. This considerations agricultural items in addition to all merchandise,” Barnier stated.
Although Barnier praised the draft settlement as a step ahead, he warned that “the trail continues to be lengthy and could be tough to ensure an orderly withdrawal… There’s nonetheless work to be performed.”
Negotiations nonetheless wanted to deal with points such because the safety of mental property rights and of non-public information exchanged earlier than transition interval, he stated.
Nonetheless, he emphasised that the UK would stay “our buddy, our companion, and our ally.”
“I’ve at all times stated we’re negotiating with the UK, not towards the UK, and in respect of their sovereign selection to go away the European Union,” he stated.
Barnier declined to remark when requested what the EU would do if the British Parliament rejects the draft deal.