No one is missing the UK and the EU has turned the page with unexpected speed, with the EU institutions working almost as if Britain had never been a member, reports Spanish news site ABC Internacional. An article by his Brussels correspondent, Enrique Serbeto, published on Sunday notes that EU officials and diplomats representing member states view Brexit as undesirable, but adds that “no one shed a tear of regret” over the EU-UK “divorce”.
He says: “In fact, Brexit is not even a topic of conversation in Brussels anymore”.
The Northern Ireland Protocol, Fisheries and Gibraltar represent the most difficult aspects of relations between London and Brussels, according to the report.
Dublin would regret that the UK continues to ‘brood’ on the issue, especially when Tory politicians use Brexit to bolster their ranks when Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces domestic challenges.
ABC reports that the resignation and replacement of Lord Frost by Liz Truss marks a change of tone with the participation of the Foreign Minister in all bilateral committees monitoring compliance with the Withdrawal Agreement as well as the Trade Agreement and Cooperation, which governs relations between the UK and the EU.
The report comes after European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič described persistent British threats to invoke Article 16 of the protocol to stop applying trade rules for Northern Ireland as extremely disruptive and , if triggered, they would have serious consequences for the economic region, jeopardize the peace and represent a huge setback for EU-UK relations.
In separate negotiations, Šefčovič called on Swiss officials to show a political commitment to speak with the bloc to ensure relations remain positive.
These remarks led Northern Irish conservative Aaron Rankin to suggest that the EU should stop blaming others for failed negotiations and focus on the implications of its actions.
He tweeted: “Has the EU come to mind that maybe this is the problem?
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According to ABC, Ms. Truss insists on raising the issue of the colony’s sovereignty despite the fact that it is “not in question”.
The proposal on the table is to have officers from the EU’s border and coast guard agency Frontex control the entry of people and goods into Gibraltar in return for the benefits of doing so. part of the Schengen area for Gibraltarians and the disappearance of border controls. .
ABC notes that the current situation is “completely irregular”, as it allows entry through Gibraltar into any European country without police control.
Spain is prepared to keep it provisionally, but not indefinitely, according to ABC.
Asked about the presence of Spanish authorities at the border in an interview with El Pais, Ms Truss said: “I will not go into the details of the ongoing negotiations.
“We will continue to defend the sovereignty of Gibraltar.
“This is an important principle for the UK, but we want a deal and we are making constructive and positive progress.”
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega