BRUSSELS, Dec. 8 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The vice president of the European Commission in charge of supervising compliance with the Brexit agreement, Maros Sefcovic, and the ‘number two’ of the British Government, Michael Gove, have closed this Tuesday in Brussels a “principle of agreement” on the conditions of application of the Pact from January 1, which in practice means that London will withdraw from its controversial Internal Market law the clauses designed to breach the divorce agreement.
“Delighted to announce that, thanks to hard work, Michael Gove and I have reached an agreement in principle on all matters related to the implementation of the Withdrawal Treaty. This will ensure its full operation from January 1, including the Protocol on Ireland. and Northern Ireland “, Sefcovic announced through a message on Twitter.
Already on Monday, after a first day of negotiation in Brussels between the Community Vice President and Gove, the British Government advanced its willingness to withdraw the most controversial clauses of its Internal Market law, which affected the Protocol on Ireland and which the European Commission interpreted as violations of international law and reported to the Court of Justice of the EU.
Gove, who has also celebrated the understanding through a message on social networks, has specified that on Wednesday he will go to the British Parliament to report the details of the agreement, which can be interpreted as a first gesture by Boris Johnson towards the European Union in a decisive week in the post-Brexit framework negotiations.
After several weeks of negotiation, the parties have agreed on alternative solutions that will fundamentally affect the application of the protocol for the border in Ulster, from controlling the passage of goods, to clarifying State aid or the European presence in Northern Ireland. when the UK authorities carry out the checks.
In return, the UK Government undertakes to withdraw clauses 44, 45 and 47 of the Internal Market Act and also “not to introduce any other similar provision” in the Tax Act, as explained by the parties in a joint statement .
The principle of agreement reached between the negotiators still needs the formal approval of the United Kingdom and the European Union, after which a final meeting of the monitoring commission will be convened to formally adopt the pact “before the end of the year.”
This movement partly paves the way for the difficult negotiation that Brussels and London are carrying out in parallel to agree on a partnership framework for future relations, with the challenge that it be concluded in time to avoid an abrupt rupture on 31 December. December.
The chief negotiators for the future relationship, the French Michel Barnier and the British David Frost, are now evaluating the keys to the main obstacles – competition rules, access to British fishing grounds and governance of the agreement – to prepare a bilateral summit between Johnson and the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, whose date has not been announced but is expected in the “next few days” to try to unblock the situation.