BREXIT frictions will explode again this month with little progress made during the summer on clashes over Northern ireland Protocol – We’ve cut out the jargon leaving key bullet points to the story below.
- Customs checks required as part of the EU withdrawal agreement have been postponed.
- London and Brussels agree to find solutions to ructions regarding how the Northern Ireland (NI) backstop agreement is implemented.
- UK and EU haven’t met since July.
- The lack of engagement at a political level has stalled talks.
- One month till the backstop grace period ends.
- UK disagrees with the EU’s purist interpretation of the implementation of the NI Protocol.
- EU demands the UK to implement the NI Protocol fully.
- EU told the Telegraph: “This has been the quietest summer in the five years of Brexit.”
“Maros Sefcovic and Lord Frost have not even spoken to each other since July.”
- Negotiations are said to be restarting next week.
- The meeting between Lord Frost and Mr Sefcovic will talk place over the phone.
- In July, the UK revealed new proposals to smooth over problems caused by the Brexit agreement.
- UK want to remove all customs checks replacing them with light touch checks on supply chains, and removing the EU courts of Justice in overseeing the implementation of the protocol.
- EU reject amendments from the UK.
- Britain leaves Article 16 (abandoning the agreement) on the Table.