Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021

‘What is the threat?!’ UK submits ‘serious proposals’ to end EU post-Brexit nitpicking

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Conservative MP Greg Hands told Sky News that the UK is locked in talks with the European Union over improving the way the rules are interpreted by the trading bloc. He also labelled the EU’s current interpretation as “officious” and called for a more pragmatic approach.

Mr Hands said: “We absolutely agree on preserving the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement.

“But to do that does mean a more pragmatic approach from the European Union in terms of how it interprets the Protocol.”

He added: “We have submitted some very serious proposals to Brussels about how to improve the situation.

“Talks are ongoing, they didn’t get a breakthrough yesterday but nor have they broken down.

“We need to find something that works well for everybody.

“The EU is following a very officious interpretation of a lot of these rules.

“We are looking for a more pragmatic approach.”

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