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UK says substantial differences remain with EU over N.Ireland trade -Breaking


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: An inscription indicating “Welcome in Northern Ireland” is visible at Jonesborough, Northern Ireland on October 13th 2021. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

David Milliken

LONDON, (Reuters) – The United Kingdom stated Saturday that negotiations with the European Union on post-Brexit trade regulations for Northern Ireland have been positive but still had substantial disagreements.

As part of an agreement reached prior to Brexit, goods moving between Britain, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom are currently subject to customs inspections. This is in order not more contentious border controls between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom.

But, Britain and EU differ on the implementation of customs, safety checks and inspections, which are especially heavy for meat, dairy, and medical items. Britain is against the EU’s supreme Court in overseeing this deal.

In a late Saturday statement, Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said that the talks were constructive.

“Whether we can establish that momentum soon will be a key indicator of whether we can bridge or need to resort to Article 16,” the statement read. This refers to unilateral actions to improve trade flows.

Britain claimed talks with EU negotiators were to move from Brussels to London, next week. It also said that David Frost (Brexit minister) would meet Maros Selevic, vice president of European Commission.

Thomas Byrne from Ireland, the European Affairs Minister, said Thursday that the dispute would be resolved in a matter of weeks.

On Oct. 13, the EU offered detailed suggestions to facilitate the transportation of goods but was unwilling to abandon the European Court of Justice’s role.

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