On Friday, Michel Barnier, the chief Brexit negotiator of the European Union, said that some 25 percent of work still has to be done on a pact that is covering the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the bloc, such as important issues including the management of the border of Ireland/Northern Ireland.
Barnier informed France 2 television: “In terms of what has been agreed so far, it’s about 75 percent.”
He said that even if the European Union and the United Kingdom were working toward the exit of Britain from the EU that is scheduled to take place in March 2019, the risks of failure continued as long as the outstanding issues such as Ireland were still not resolved.
Barnier stated: “There are always difficulties, and risks of a failure.”
He said that some in Britain want “what the English call cherry picking.” He added that the answer to that was “No way.”
The European Union and the United Kingdom are vowing to commit to maintaining a free flow of goods and people over the Irish border without the return of checkpoints which would be a reminder of the of violence that spanned for three decades that was largely ended by the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
However, there has been no solution found for any customs checks that are required after Brexit and the economy of Northern Ireland from mainland Britain could be effectively isolated by a backstop plan.