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UK’s Cleverly: Work is moving fast on Northern Ireland protocol

James Cleverly, British Foreign Secretary (pictured), said that after meeting with his German counterpart, work is progressing quickly to resolve any EU issues regarding the agreement that governs post Brexit trade relations with Northern Ireland.

Prime Minister Rishi sonak, who took office in October, echoed this sentiment. In he stated that he believed that a solution would be found to the long-running dispute.

Technical talks regarding the Northern Ireland Protocol were reopened in October for the first time since september. This Protocol, which is part of the Brexit deal, requires checks on certain goods moving to Northern Ireland from other countries.

Cleverly said that “We are moving quite fast and doing lots of good work,” during a news conference. “We are grateful for the… more constructive tone we received in our discussions between the UK (European Commission and the UK).


Annalena Bock, Germany’s secretary of state, stated that the European Union is open for flexibility on this matter.

She stated that the most recent talks between the EU and the United Kingdom were positive. “It is crucial that this confidence leads directly into substantive progress so that there is finally peace for the peoples of these countries.”

Cleverly was asked by Cleverly if he thought a deal could be reached prior to the 25th anniversary of Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace accord. He replied that they were moving fast, and would not wait until then.


He said that there was a “definitely and definitely desire” for a solution in the UK, as well as throughout the EU.

As part of Britain’s exit from the EU, it agreed to leave Northern Ireland within the bloc’s single market for goods. This was done to preserve the peace agreement and to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Checks began in January 2021 on goods coming from the rest of Britain.

Since the protocol came into effect, the British government attempted to lower many trade barriers. The EU was accused of trying to reverse the protocol.

Baerbock, who reminisces about her time as a student in London, stated that Brexit was similar to losing a loved one. She felt that it was time to move on.

She stated, “We must forget about the pain of our past and create a better tomorrow for everyone.” As an example, she cited Oasis’s Don’t Look Back In Anger.

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