ARCHIVE – David Frost, Britain’s chief negotiator for Brexit, is leaving 10 Downing Street, according to a statement by the British government, during his meeting with EU Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic, Frost once again emphasized “the need for significant changes to the current conditions”. Photo: Matt Dunham / AP / dpa
Brexit Minister David Frost had once again emphasized “the need for significant changes to the current conditions” at his meeting with EU Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic, according to a statement by the British government published on Monday. In a statement, EU Commissioner Sefcovic welcomed the fact that they had agreed to exchange ideas “intensively and constructively”.
Frost and Sefcovic tried again at the end of the week to find a compromise for the concrete implementation of the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol. Further meetings between EU and UK representatives are due to take place this week.
The Northern Ireland Protocol provides that the British province will remain part of the EU customs union and the internal market even after Brexit, which is why, from the EU perspective, the ECJ must be responsible. The regulation avoids a hard border with the EU member Republic of Ireland, which would presumably lead to new tensions in the former civil war area. However, this has created a customs border with the rest of the UK and there are severe restrictions on intra-UK trade.
In particular, the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) as the highest arbitration body for problems relating to Northern Ireland remains controversial between London and Brussels. Last week, Sefcovic had promised considerable relief for the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The tests of quality standards for food and other goods are to be reduced just as significantly as customs formalities. Medicines should also be able to reach the British province without restrictions. There should be exceptions for typical products such as sausages.