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The EU and the United Kingdom approach positions in the Brexit without closing a pact

The parties are advancing in the divorce but must continue negotiating this week

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The EU and the United Kingdom approach positions in the Brexit without closing a pact

The Brexit is approaching its first key moment since negotiations started, but final solution is made to wait. The President of European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and British Prime Minister, Theresa May, have appeared toger to emphasize that, despite progress, this Monday has not been possible to baste an agreement on phase of divorce. The announcement came a few hours after President of Council, Donald Tusk, exhibited his optimism about outcome of this first part of process.  "The EU is approaching enough progress" in Brexit, said Tusk on Twitter, using verbal formula chosen by Brussels to mark passage to second phase of process. "Despite all our efforts and having advanced, it has not been possible to reach a full agreement today," Juncker said at end of long lunch held with Theresa May in Brussels. Both will meet again at end of week to make a second attempt.

Tell me why I like Mondays! Encourage after my phone call with Taoiseach @campaignforleo on progress on Brexit issue of Ireland. Getting closer to sufficient progress at December EUCO.

— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) December 4, 2017

Beyond balance of accounts, road is still a major obstacle: lack of clear solutions to avoid a rigid border between Republic of Ireland and its neighboring Norrn Ireland, a British territory marked by violence for 30 years. Sources of negotiation claim to have found a meeting point between Irish demands — last stumbling block of this first part of dialogue — and British offerings. London is committed, according to this analysis, to maintaining its legislation aligned with European (at least as far as Norrn Ireland is concerned), so that it is not necessary to establish control points for assets in that boundary. Tusk has clarified on Twitter that his good prospects derived from telephone conversation he had held with Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar. But Varadkar has delayed undated communiqué he planned to disclose this afternoon.

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The meeting of May coincides with deadline given to United Kingdom by 27 partners who will remain in EU to present substantial proposals that will allow desencallar process. Time is pressing. European Heads of State and Government hope to be able to open way to next negotiating phase at meeting which will be held on 15 December in Brussels. But to be able to send that powerful signal y need to have British guarantees in main points of divorce.

As a token of both sides trying to give final impulse on this visit, May will also maintain a meeting that was not initially planned. After lunch with Juncker, prime Minister will also see Tusk. When debating with visible head of Member States in Brussels, British leader checks wher what it offers satisfies all demands of twenty-seven. The whole choreography points to a close deal. Before appointments of May, EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has presented Brexit coordinators in European Parliament with master lines of commitment to ensure ir support.

Regulatory convergence

Cabinet met this morning. I will be making a statement on Phase I Brexit talks later today.

— Leo Varadkar (@campaignforleo) December 4, 2017

Although from outset so-called outgoing Bill was outlined as main point of collision in contacts, Irish border is key at this time of negotiation.  London has so far refused to offer concrete departures from evidence that, if United Kingdom leaves EU, it is impossible to maintain invisible frontier that now exists between Ireland and its norrn British neighbors. At same time, fears that any kind of boundary in that territory could revive conflict that remained alive until 20 years ago have propelled all parties to promise that y will avoid a physical frontier. But alternatives are limited.

The spokesman for Irish Prime Minister has recalled that Ireland has made "significant progress" in talks with United Kingdom for future of border, but that no definitive agreement has yet been reached.

The possible solution seems to be in British commitment that it will maintain its regulation (for example, on phytosanitary matters) aligned with that of European Union to allow goods and services to continue circulating without controls at that point Norrn Which, after March 2019, will become EU's external frontier. But convergence should be maintained in all domains if customs controls are to be avoided. It's about to see what would happen to people trafficking.


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