The Brexit is approaching its first key moment since negotiations started, six months ago now. British Prime Minister Theresa May meets this Monday in Brussels with two EU presidents to certify progress in divorce phase and, as of January, to what is most important to UK: design of a future relationship with Comunitar club What. 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. The President of Council, Donald Tusk, having met with Irish Prime Minister Leo Veradcar, has pointed out that " EU is approaching sufficient progress for Brexit" and could thus pass into second phase of negotiations.
The meeting coincides with deadline given to United Kingdom by 27 partners who will remain in EU to present substantial proposals to desencallar process. Time is pressing. European Heads of State and Government hope to be able to certify 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. To clarify this, British leader is having lunch with President of European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. In this institution work of preparation of British exit of EU is developed, directed by chief negotiator, Michel Barnier.Learn More
- "We won't undermine a peace process on our own island"
- The hard adjustment of post-Brexit accounts
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 see President of European Council, Donald Tusk. When debating with visible head of Member States in Brussels, British leader checks wher what it offers satisfies all demands of twenty-seven.
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 refused to offer concrete solutions to 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.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's spokesman 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. Speaking to Irish ten chain this morning, Simon Coveney, Irish Foreign Minister noted that although re is still no agreement with London at moment, "it is possible to reach it today."
The 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 to circulate without controls at that point, after March 2019, It will become EU's external frontier. Irish sources show some skepticism about this commitment and point out that debate is only about agri-food products. 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.