BRUSSELS (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, closed a “principle of agreement” on Tuesday in Brussels. on the conditions of application of the pact from next 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 in its willingness to withdraw the most controversial clauses of its Internal Market Law, which affected the Protocol on Ireland and that the European Commission interpreted as violations of international law and complained to the Court of Justice of the EU.
Gove, who also celebrated the understanding through a message on social networks, specified that this Wednesday he will go to the British Parliament to report on 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 negotiations of the framework of post-Brexit relations.
After several weeks of negotiation, the parties agreed on alternative solutions that will fundamentally affect the application of the protocol for the border in the laser, from the control of the passage of goods, to clarifications on 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 the parties explain 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 last 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 taking in parallel to agree on a partnership framework for future relations, with the challenge of ending it in time to avoid an abrupt breakup on the 31st of April. 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.