Mr Barnier said he was concerned over the UK Government’s position on Ireland, which appeared to envisage the EU suspending the application of its laws, single market and customs union at a new external border.
EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Thursday British proposals would undermine the bloc’s single market.
Discussions over Britain’s exit from the European Union have also made little headway so far on the other two issues that the European Union wants resolved, namely citizens’ rights and the divorce bill Britain will have to pay when it leaves the bloc in March 2019. “This will not happen”.
“These challenges will require a unique solution, which can not serve to preconfigure solutions in the context of the wider discussions on the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom“.
“The UK wants to use Ireland as a kind of test case for the future EU/UK customs relations”.
“Britain is the one leaving, they have an obligation to try and design unique solutions”.
“Flexible and imaginative solutions will be required to avoid a hard Border, including any physical border infrastructure”, the paper states. “We can not have a physical border on the island of Ireland again that creates barriers between communities”, Coveney said.
Both sides have been bickering about what Britain will owe the bloc when it leaves in March 2019.
Progress on the Irish border is one of the three items of separation that the European Union wants to see before it can sanction talks on a new post-Brexit relationship with Britain.
Mr Barnier said his side were ready to “accelerate” divorce talks with the UK.
Minutes from the July meeting have been published as British and EU negotiators struggle to reach an agreement on the issues of the Northern Irish border, citizens’ rights and the money Britain must pay to Brussels in financial obligations (or “divorce bill” as its more commonly known.) The EU has insisted that talks can not move onto the next stage until “sufficient progress” has been made on these issues.
Michel Barnier’s team said they were not offering solutions on how cross-Border trade and travel will be protected.
It makes no mention of how data could continue to flow after Brexit, unlike the British paper which sought continued close collaboration with the European Union on data protection once Britain quits the bloc.
But, asked if he was confident that Britain would get a deal with the EU, Johnson said in Tallinn: “Absolutely, with rock solid confidence”.
“Article 50 makes it very clear that the discussion about the exit of a country must be taken in context with discussion of the future arrangements”.