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Berlin (AP) – The German government on Friday hinted at possible changes to an agreement between the European Union and the UK on how to set up border control with Northern Ireland. The move could help resolve a long-standing dispute between Brussels and London.
A spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel said she plans to travel to Britain next week for a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer has avoided responding directly to questions about Germany’s views on the implicit intention of European authorities to impose punitive tariffs if Britain does not respect the Brexit deal.
However, she cited Merkel’s comments at the recent Group of Seven conference in Cornwall. There, the German leaders sought a “practical solution” within the framework of the agreement, in particular as regards the controls at the borders between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK adjacent to blocks in 27 countries. The debate over where to implement customs control has created political tensions in areas that identify some as British and others as Irish.
Mr Demer said Merkel was in favor of “examining where the problem could be solved to better serve the citizens of Northern Ireland”.
Merkel’s trip to the Checkers next Friday – the British Prime Minister’s rural hideout – will be one of the Prime Minister’s last bilateral trips in 16 years. The 66-year-old will not be in his fifth term in Germany’s national elections on September 26.
Germany is imposing strict quarantine rules on travelers from the UK over concerns over the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19, which is dominant there. However, Mr Demar said “every precaution” was taken during Merkel’s trip and contact details were limited.
Merkel recently received a second vaccine against COVID-19.
Germany sees way out of EU-UK border feuds
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