Maros Sefcovic announced via Twitter the agreement reached between the UK and the EU. Find agreements on borders that protect “peace” in Ireland and clarified the terms of the application of the rules on state aid.
Delighted to announce agreement in principle on all issues in the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee. Thank you to @MarosSefcovic and his team for their constructive and pragmatic approach.
— Michael Gove (@michaelgove) December 8, 2020
🇪🇺🇬🇧 Pleased to announce that thanks to hard work, @michaelgove and I have reached an agreement in principle on all issues re the #WithdrawalAgreement implementation. This will ensure it is fully operational as of 1 Jan, incl. the Protocol on Ireland/NI 👉 https://t.co/RaWNEVbxrt pic.twitter.com/1OCjapNd3F
— Maroš Šefčovič🇪🇺 (@MarosSefcovic) December 8, 2020
The protocol, the Commission recalls, “protects the Good Friday agreements in all their dimensions”, maintaining “peace” on the island of Ireland.
Agreements have been found on borders, “in particular with regard to controls on animals, plants and derived products, export declarations, the supply of medicines, frozen meats and other food products for supermarkets”.
Among other things, the terms of the application of the rules on state aid have also been clarified. Under this agreement, the UK will withdraw some articles of the Internal Market Act. The agreement will now be finalised and will have to be definitively approved by a new meeting of the EU-UK joint committee, which will take place “before the end of the year”.
Words: Deborah Melchiorre | Subbing: Sara Guadrini