EU, Britain seek to bridge differences over Northern Ireland


Britain and the European Union are slowly working to overcome differences regarding trade flows between Northern Ireland and the British mainland after a month-long legal dispute and more than a week of rioting in the province.

The EU is expecting a formal reply shortly from London to explain Britain’s unilateral change to trading conditions that Brussels said breaches the Brexit divorce deal. However, the stress now is more on dialogue than legal confrontation.

A European Commission spokesman said the two sides were holding technical discussions and there could soon be a meeting of Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic and British negotiator David Frost.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said the two had spoken on Friday. “The discussions have been constructive but there are still significant differences that need to be resolved,” he said.


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