In an attempt to avoid a looming trade war, representatives from the United Kingdom and the European Union are set to enter new negotiations today. The UK officially left the EU in January 2020 and since then a number of new trade arrangements have come into place. However, the agreements now look to be under threat as the UK complains about difficulties in implementing the required checks on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.
The nature of this border post-Brexit has been a major sticking point in negotiations between the UK government and the European Union. Great Britain includes England, Scotland and Wales, but not Northern Ireland; Northern Ireland is, however, part of the UK
The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, proposed last month to adapt certain parts of the trade deal in an effort to make it easier for these checks to take place. But EU officials have since complained that the government of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not showing a willingness to negotiate.
Political analysts have warned that this standoff could drag on for several months.
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