MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
The European Council must protect the Good Friday Agreement
The EU Commission is pressing ahead with negotiations with the United Kingdom on future relations. The internal market plays an important role in this. The Northern Ireland conflict, however, remains the most important negotiation topic. The deputy chairwoman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Dr. Katja Leikert, and the chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the European Committee, Detlef Seif:
Detlef Seif: “The European Council will meet on October 15th and 16th. The main topic will be Brexit. The negotiations enter the hot phase, the so-called negotiation tunnel. There are still many demanding challenges to be solved before an agreement can be reached. The EU must protect its internal market. It must not reward Brexit with economic advantages. The EU must protect its industry, its jobs and its consumers by only granting market access on the basis of a level playing field.
Above all, however, the EU must defend one of its central achievements in peace policy: the Good Friday Agreement. Over 3,500 people died in the Northern Ireland conflict. A controlled border between Northern Ireland and Ireland poses an immense risk that the fragile situation will turn into armed conflict again. The border issue is the match that can re-explode the conflict. The British internal market law, which is contrary to international law, endangers the Good Friday Agreement and the EU internal market. “
Dr. Katja Leikert: “Prime Minister Johnson now has to ask himself how he wants to go down in history: as a designer of European-British relations or as an irresponsible haggler. That is why we urge the UK Government to negotiate seriously and sincerely. The EU states must continue to stand united and defend Irish interests.
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