The British authorities have agreed to exclude several controversial amendments from the text of the internal market bill that violate the terms of the Brexit agreement. The parties, in particular, agreed that in Northern Ireland, when checking and controlling goods from Britain, EU representatives will be present, as can be seen from the statement following the meeting of the Minister for special assignments, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove with the Deputy President of the European Commission (EC) Maros Sefcovic.
“The EU and the UK can announce an agreement in principle on the Brexit agreement on all issues, including the Protocol on Northern Ireland,” the document says.
The report notes that “in particular, an agreement was reached on the presence of EU representatives in Northern Ireland during the inspection and control by the British authorities of goods that enter the Northern Ireland territory from the UK.”
This provision was adopted so that Brussels could monitor London’s application of EU tariffs on those goods that, with open borders, can transit through Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland, which remains an EU member state.
The United Kingdom also agreed not to include in the text of the internal market bill items related to export declarations, state aid, and incompatibility of the document with international and domestic law.
The internal market law proposed by the British government is intended to regulate trade relations between the constituent parts of the United Kingdom from the end of the post-Brexit transition period on December 31, 2020, and also serve as insurance in case of failure of trade negotiations with the EU.
Earlier, Britain said that reaching an agreement with the EU is still possible. There is still time for post-Brexit negotiations, London said but ruled out extending the talks to 2021.