11/19/2021, 5:01 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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EU, UK call for 'durable solution' for N. Ireland

European Commission Vice President for Interinstitutional Affairs Maros Sefcovic and British Chief Negotiator for Task Force Europe David Frost both called on Friday for a "durable" solution concerning the Northern Ireland Protocol from the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement after the latest round of negotiations that ended with no agreement.

"We now need to press on and get this crucial issue across the line. This is a real test of political goodwill. The European Union, for its part, is confident that our proposed solution [...] would bring much needed clarity and foster a positive political momentum," Sefcovic said.

Frost, on the other hand, said the United Kingdom is seeking a solution that will bring "significant" changes to the protocol. "If no such solution can be found, we remain prepared to use the safeguard provisions under Article 16," he warned while stressing that he still sees a "potential" in the ongoing talks with the EU.

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