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EU's Sefcovic says UK trigger of Article 16 on N.Ireland would not be helpful

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EU's Sefcovic says UK trigger of Article 16 on N.Ireland would not be helpful
EU's Sefcovic says UK trigger of Article 16 on N.Ireland would not be helpful   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021

DUBLIN – Britain and the European Union both need to be ready to compromise on resolving the trading situation of Northern Ireland and London’s threat to trigger a suspension of parts of the Brexit divorce deal would not be helpful, a senior EU official said on Thursday.

“A lot has been said by the UK politicians about the possibility of the UK triggering article 16. I do not think that this has been helpful. It distracts us from working together to find solutions,” European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic told a seminar about the protocol on Northern Ireland.

“It has taken us five long years to get where we are today. So it is clear that there are no quick, easy-fix solutions to what is a extremely complex situation,” he said, adding practical solutions could be found if the spirit of compromise was mutual.