Kariņš: It is still possible to reach an agreement on Brexit
Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš believes that it is still possible to reach an agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom on Brexit if UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ready to discuss and compromise on his new offer.
“We politicians need to work to reach an agreement. From the EU side, we are open to looking for a real compromise that could work not only for the UK but for the EU as well,” said Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in the interview to the BBC broadcast “The Andrew Marr Show” on Sunday.
The Prime Minister stressed in the interview that B. Johnson's offer is the basis for continuing negotiations with a view to reach an agreement on Brexit.
“For us in Latvia what’s important is that the single market, the integrity of the single market remains. That Ireland is within the single market and any arrangements don’t threaten that. The big contentious issue is on how to handle Northern Ireland and the trade between Northern Ireland and Ireland and Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. If I understand correctly, the UK’s government wants to keep borders open while being outside the customs union. This could pose problems for the integrity of the single market,” stressed the Prime Minister while reiterating his view that there is a spirit of compromise between the two sides, and it is possible to reach an agreement.
For complete interview please visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07q8892