KIEV. June 9. UNN. The last sentence of the UK on the Irish border after Brexit raises many doubts from the European Union. On Friday said the chief EU representative in the negotiations on entering the United Kingdom from the European Union, Michel Barnier, reports UNN with reference to Deutsche Welle.
On the eve of the government of Prime Minister Theresa may suggested that the whole of the United Kingdom and not just Northern Ireland, will be able to stick to the end of 2021 the customs rules of the EU. This avoids rigid boundaries between Ireland, which is a member of the EU, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK and out of the EU due to Brexit. This plan should be enacted, if there is any delay in signing a final agreement on Brexit.
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In response to this, Barnier said that the plan does not suit the EU, and European customs rules cannot be extended to the whole of the UK and limited in time. “I think this proposal raises more questions than it gives answers,” he said. The negotiator from the EU also recalled that the agreement should be signed until October, because it still must be ratified by the member countries of the EU.
As previously reported UNN, the question of how it will look like the border between Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, which remains an EU member, is one of the main obstacles to the negotiations in London and Brussels. After the British exit from the EU on March 29, 2019, the border between the two parts of the island will become the external border of the European Union. Opponents of the “hard border” would like to avoid control of the movement through it of people and goods.
Earlier, the European Commission proposed a draft agreement on Brexit, which stipulates that Northern Ireland can remain in the customs Union of the EU after the UK’s exit from the bloc. But British Prime Minister rejected it, saying that the establishment of a customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the Kingdom threatens the preservation of the common market of great Britain and of the constitutional integrity of the Kingdom.