Britain will notify the EU again next week that a “significant change” to the Northern Ireland protocol is important for the restoration of good relations between London and Brussels.
The protocol is part of the Brexit deal Prime Minister Boris Johnson negotiated with the European Union. However, London has said the protocol will have to be reworked less than a year after it goes into effect because of the obstacles businesses face when importing British goods into the province.
European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, who oversees post-Brexit relations with the UK, said Thursday that the EU executive would finalize the effort next week to address post-Brexit trade issues in Northern Ireland before the end of the year. or early 2022.
However, Sefcovic stressed that he would not renegotiate the protocol and that a solution must be found in the terms of the agreement designed to maintain an open border between Northern Ireland, and Ireland which is a member of the European Union.
The European Commission’s efforts are scheduled to be presented on Wednesday (13/10). [vm/ft]