EU Ministers Urge UK To End N. Ireland Row
Faizan Hashmi 7 days ago Tue 23rd November 2021 | 07:19 PM
EU ministers on Tuesday urged Britain to bury the hatchet over post-Brexit trading arrangements and backed Brussels in its efforts to find a solution to a row over Northern Ireland
Brussels, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Nov, 2021 ) :EU ministers on Tuesday urged Britain to bury the hatchet over post-Brexit trading arrangements and backed Brussels in its efforts to find a solution to a row over Northern Ireland.
"This is not a game.... Dammit, we want to work together in partnership and friendship," he said, adding that obeying the terms of what was agreed in EU-UK post-Brexit arrangements "shouldn't be that difficult".
Sefcovic was to debrief the ministers a few days before a sixth meeting with his UK counterpart, Brexit minister David Frost, to unblock an impasse over British demands that a protocol governing trade affairs with Northern Ireland be overhauled.
Sefcovic on Sunday said a breakthrough required a "big move" by Britain, which has maintained threats to suspend the protocol that could trigger a trade war between Britain and the EU.
"I want to thank my European colleagues for their solidarity and support," said Irish European Affairs minister Thomas Byrne.
"This is a very, very important time and we strongly encourage the British to help to bring this process to a conclusion as quickly as possible," he added.
"What we are asking for is the application of the agreement, these are not new demands in relation to the agreement," said French Europe Minister Clement Beaune after meeting Frost in Paris on Monday.
The meeting with Frost was a "positive sign" but big differences remained, Beaune added.