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Britain’s proposals should not destroy a single market – Barnier

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — If the UK presents its concrete proposals on how to break the current impasse under the Brexit agreement, they should not destroy the European Union’s single market, said Michel Barnier, EU chief negotiator for Brexit.

“The twenty-seven (remaining) countries in the European Union are always ready to analyze the proposals of the United Kingdom, if they are compatible with the separation agreement … and the integrity of the single market,” Barnier said on Twitter.

Great Britain should leave the EU on October 31. The original Brexit date was postponed from March 29 due to the fact that the British Parliament rejected the agreement on the terms of “divorce” three times.

Without this agreement, a country’s “hard” withdrawal from the union will take place, which portends very unpleasant economic events, because from that moment on, all EU legislative provisions should cease to apply to the country.

This agreement was worked out in difficult negotiations with the EU by the government of Prime Minister Theresa May, who resigned amid failures with Brexit.

The backstop provisions – the border of Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom) and the EU country Ireland, which is located on the island, of which Northern Ireland is a part, have been and remain a stumbling block in the agreement.

The British authorities want to amend the provisions of the agreement on this topic, the European Commission refuses to review the text of the agreement.

The head of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said earlier that those who oppose back-stop and do not offer alternatives, in fact, support the reconstruction of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit.

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