Brexit: Liz Truss says countries 'want to work with' the UK
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The Chancellor is understood to have urged UK negotiators not to “blow up” discussions with the bloc on the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol before Christmas, the Telegraph reports. The intervention came as the UK appeared to cave on its demand that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is removed from arbitrating any future disputes relating to the Irish border.
On Friday, the EU put forward proposals to assist the flow of medicines from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, and Lord Frost appeared to soften his stance and said there was room for an “interim agreement” on the outstanding issues pending a “comprehensive solution” being reached.
The UK had previously threatened to trigger Article 16 and suspend the protocol by mid-November if its red lines were not adhered to.
European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic reiterated the oversight of the ECJ was here to stay.
He said: “Without the European Court of Justice we cannot have a properly functioning single market.”
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Sefcovic rules out removal of ECJ
European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic has said the European Court of Justice is not in his mandate.
Mr Sefcovic said: “Without the European Court of Justice we cannot have a properly functioning single market and I have to repeat again my impression that when I was talking to the stakeholders in Northern Ireland, the political and civic society representatives and business leaders, this issue was barely mentioned because the people want us to focus on solving the issues like the medicines.
“They want us to ease the trade flows between east and west, they want us to make sure that it will deliver on what we put on the table to reduce by half the customs paperwork, they want us to work together to achieve the reduction of SBS checks by 80 percent and to create what we suggested, the introduction of this express lane.”
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