BRUSSELS, Belgium—EU leaders will focus on at a summit this weekend whether or not to again computerized membership for Northern Ireland after Brexit if it ever reunifies with Ireland, sources stated on Friday.
Ireland is predicted to ask the 27 European Union leaders to endorse the thought once they meet in Brussels on Saturday with out Britain to undertake tips for Brexit negotiations.
“We expect Ireland to ask on Saturday for a statement to be added to the minutes of the European Council, which states that in case of a unification of the island in accordance with the Good Friday Agreement, the united Ireland would be a member of the EU,” an EU Council source instructed Agence France-Presse (AFP).
“We do not expect a change of the guidelines themselves, but only a statement to the minutes” of the assembly, the source stated on situation of anonymity.
Britain’s vote to go away the EU has raised a bunch of delicate points about the way forward for Northern Ireland, together with the 1998 Good Friday peace settlement and the destiny of the border with Ireland.
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The historic peace accord, which ended a long time of violence within the British province, consists of provisions for Northern Ireland to reunify with the Republic sooner or later if it chooses to.
The EU says questions on Northern Ireland are amongst those who have to be resolved as a part of the Brexit divorce settlement earlier than talks can start on a future EU-UK commerce deal.
The different key divorce points the EU needs to settle are Britain’s exit invoice — estimated by EU sources at 60 billion euros — and the destiny of three million EU residents dwelling in Britain, plus 1,000,000 Britons dwelling within the EU.
Brussels insisted that if added on Saturday a so-called “Kenny text” — named after Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny — wouldn’t change the scenario of Ireland or Northern Ireland.
“It would merely state the obvious, that a united Ireland would continue being a member of the EU,” the EU Council source stated.
“The EU does of course not take a stance on the possibility of a united Ireland. Should this question arise, it would be for the peoples of Ireland and Northern Ireland to decide in accordance with the Good Friday Agreement,” the source added.
By distinction, the EU has stated that Scotland would have to reapply to be a part of the bloc if it voted for independence from Britain after Brexit.
The tips that the EU 27 are to undertake on Saturday take a way more basic tone on Northern Ireland, saying that “flexible and imaginative solutions will be required, including with the aim of avoiding a hard border”.
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