Strasbourg (France) (AFP) – Britain must find a solution to the Irish border after Brexit, or there will be no divorce or transitional period, warned EU President Donald Tusk on Wednesday.
Finding a way to avoid border controls between EU member Ireland and Northern Ireland after leaving Britain is one of the most sensitive topics in the negotiations.
Former Polish Prime Minister Tusk said he wanted the "positive Momentum "of the recent negotiations use finally to settle problems such as Ireland.
"The British decision on Brexit has caused the problem, and the UK needs to help resolve it," Tusk told the European Parliament in a report on a summit of EU leaders last month. 19659005] "Without a solution, there will be no assignment agreement and no transition."
At the summit, EU leaders approved guidelines for a 21-month transition period after Brexit in March 2019 and for the next phase of talks.  But they also set a deadline for June for progress in Ireland.
Britain says it is leaving the single market and the EU Customs Union, but the prospect of a "hard" border in Ireland has sparked fears of fragile peace on the island
The EU and Britain have agreed that Northern Ireland would remain part of the EU Customs Union if there was no better idea – but London is deeply against it actually happening.
Tusk admitted to being "angry" about Brexit during a visit to Dublin earlier this month on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
European Parliament Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt said MEPs would be vigilant about the rights of EU citizens after Brexit. Following a Growing Controversy over Impending Deportations of People Moving to the UK from the Caribbean in the 1950s and 1960s
"We need to avoid a bureaucratic nightmare after the Brexit era for EU citizens." In light of the Windrush scandal we need full guarantees, "he said, adding that Parliament will discuss this matter with the UK Home Office next week.
British lawmakers have taken action against the "inhumane" treatment of members of the so-called Windrush generation, named after the ship that spawned the first group of West Indian immigrants in 1948.