BREXIT: AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE ON NORTH PROTOCOL BUT NO GUARANTEE OVERALL EU-UK TRADE DEAL WILL BE REACHED

12 December 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

While an agreement has been reached in principle on the operation of the Northern Ireland protocol which forms part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, doubts still remained yesterday that the UK and the EU would reach an accord on post-Brexit trade issues as the scheduled period for talks approached their conclusion. European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič announced on Tuesday that he and his fellow Chair of the EU-UK Joint Committee, UK Chancellor Michael Gove, had reached an agreement in principle on all issues pertaining to the Withdrawal Agreement’s implementation.

“This will ensure it is fully operational as of January 1, including the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland,” Mr Šefčovič stated. The agreement relates to areas that include border control posts and entry points specifically for checks on animals and plants, and the supply of medicines. It also deals with the supply of chilled meats, and other food products to supermarkets in the North, addressing fears which had arisen….

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