Intense “technical talks” between British officials and the EU have been underway to resolve the issue of Brexit checks in Northern Ireland.
Officials from both sides seem to be making headway in their discussions, however, there are “still significant differences that need to be resolved,” a Downing Street`s official spokesperson said.
Throughout much of last week, there has been widespread unrest and violence prompted by issues related to the post-Brexit agreement, which has drawn a de facto border down the Irish sea.
Many officials slammed the rioters for using Brexit as an excuse for reckless behaviour. Several officers were injured during the nightly attacks and police vehicles were burned in fury by the rioters.
Earlier this year there had been tensions between the UK and the EU after the UK`s decision to delay new checks on goods going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. The move disappointed the EU officials who claimed the UK was in breach of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.
Despite having “significant differences that need to be resolved”, current reports suggest that the UK is now a few steps closer to obtaining a new deal with the EU.
The Prime Minister’s spokesperson said today that Frost and Sefcovic “spoke on Friday over the phone and we’re at regular contact at all levels”.
“Talks have been constructive, but there are still some significant differences that need to be resolved,” they said.
“We’re committed to working through the outstanding issues to restore confidence on the ground in Northern Ireland while respecting all dimensions of the Good Friday agreement.”