European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday that the British proposal to create a provisional regulatory area on the island of Ireland had "positive advances" but warned of "trouble spots" that needed to be addressed. in the next days.
In a statement, after talking by telephone with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Juncker acknowledged "positive advances" in the text presented by the UK government, but expressed his doubts about aspects such as "the delicate balance" that protects the Belfast (or Good Friday Agreement) and customs rules.
"The Commission will now objectively evaluate the text under our well-known criteria," Juncker told Johnson.
According to the European Commission, Juncker has assessed Johnson's "determination" to see the talks move ahead before the next European summit, which will be held on 17 and 18 October.
In addition, the institution said the new British plan represents a breakthrough over previous ones in matters such as "complete regulatory alignment" for all types of goods and control of those entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom.
The main point of doubt remains that the new plan does not fulfill all the objectives of the controversial safeguard agreement between London and Brussels, which Johnson now rejects.
"We must have a legally operational solution that fulfills all safeguard objectives: avoiding a hard border, preserving the North-South cooperation and the economy of the island, and protecting the European single market and Ireland's place in it," Juncker said. talks with Johnson, according to a statement from the European Commission.
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