EU Parliament committees back Brexit trade deal

Yesterday, European Union Parliament committees overwhelmingly backed the new trade deal between the EU and former member Britain, pushing it to the full legislature for a final vote expected later this month.

The committees approved the trade deal by 108-1, with 4 abstentions. Since the provisional application of the deal on January 1, both sides have been discussing the Brexit divorce that went into effect at the end of January last year. The customs arrangements between Britain and Northern Ireland was a particular sore point.

In an attempt to ease those tensions, the vice president of the EU executive arm and the United Kingdom’s Brexit minister will hold talks late Thursday on Northern Ireland trade rules. reports that the meeting between European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic and UK Brexit minister David Frost will take place a month after the EU started legal action against its former member country, arguing that it had not respected the conditions of their Brexit agreement and violated international law.

The two sides are trying to find common ground on trade rules in Northern Ireland, where Britain’s exit from the EU has unsettled a delicate political balance.

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