The next round of Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union, scheduled for the end of August, will have its main focus on defining and resolving the relationships and issues between the historically closely-tied Ireland and the U.K., which claims Northern Ireland as one of its territories.
- Maintaining soft border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, to continue to facilitate travel and trade, avoiding stringent customs and immigration checks
- Continuation of the ‘Good Friday Agreement’, credited with bringing stability and peace to relations between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
- Preserving the Common Travel Area agreement, which predates the European Union’s established free movement areas, and allows for free movement between Irish and U.K. citizens.
It is expected that the U.K. government will release a proposal discussing Ireland in advance of the negotiations at the end of the month.
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