MOSCOW, 20 APR — RIA Novosti. Brussels has refused the proposals of the Prime Minister of great Britain Theresa may about how to avoid tighter controls on the border with Ireland after the withdrawal of Britain from the European bloc, reports the Daily Telegraph newspaper, citing diplomatic sources in the EU.
According to the publication, this week, senior EU officials met with the chief negotiator from the UK, Ollie Robbins. At the meeting, as reported by the newspaper sources, the proposals may have been criticized.
“A detailed and expert objections,” said a source who reported the meeting in Brussels. “It became clear that none of the options Britain in the customs Union will not work”, — he added.
In March, Mei confirmed the rejection of the intention to create a full-fledged border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit, and also promised to provide such a customs regime with the EU, which would not have led to problems in trade.
The UK should leave the EU by the end of March 2019. Talks about the “divorce” of the EU and the UK are in two stages. The first stage included the agreement on the rights of the citizens of the Irish border and fulfil the country’s financial obligations to the Union. In this part, progress has been made, it is now necessary to agree on the remaining issues and build agreement on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. Britain also expects to maintain access to the European market of goods and services, in particular, to promote its key industries — banking sector.