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Korčok on the breakthrough in the Brexit talks: “We welcome the agreement, but it is still true that until everything is agreed nothing is agreed"

Korčok on the breakthrough in the Brexit talks: “We welcome the agreement, but it is still true that until everything is agreed nothing is agreed"

8.12.2017 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Slovensko a Európska únia

The European Commission today (8 December), after 249 days and 6 rounds of talks, announced a breakthrough in the talks on the UK leaving the European Union. In the published joint report from the negotiators, the European Commission recommended that the member states agree to sufficient progress in the talks and to move to the second phase of the negotiations on the settlement of future relations.  In this context, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Korčok, met with Andrew Garth, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Slovak Republic.


“We are pleased that we have achieved a breakthrough in the talks.  This has been the first successful step on the long road. This hasn’t been an agreement on the withdrawal from the Union yet but an agreement on the principles in three core areas. However, it is still true that until everything is agreed nothing is agreed,” stated Korčok at the briefing for media at the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry´s premises.


The joint report from negotiators states that sufficient progress in all the three areas has been made: protecting EU citizens’ rights; the financial settlement; and the unique circumstances in Northern Ireland. The draft will be further considered by the EU-27 Foreign Affairs Ministers at the General Affairs Council of the EU on 12 December. The next steps and the transition to the second phase of the negotiations should be agreed by the EU heads of governments and states next Friday at the European Council session held in Brussels. The final wording of the Brexit agreement must be ready by the end of October 2018. 


“The agreement on the principles guarantees the same rights for European Union citizens in the UK as they currently enjoy even after the UK has left the EU. No member state will pay more or get less from the EU budget due to Brexit,” explained State Secretary Korčok on details of the future agreement. Within the issue of Northern Ireland, both sides are resolved to guarantee the Good Friday Agreement and find a solution how to maintain an open border.  

 

 

Videorecording of the Press briefing