Current state and development prospects of the Brexit negotiations were spoken about at the meeting of President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor with European Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom Exiting the European Union Michel Barnier at Toompea.
Nestor said that Estonia supported the activities of Barnier and his team in conducting the negotiations. He expressed hope that the European Council in December would be successful in the Brexit issues. “Estonia’s main aim at the UK’s exiting negotiations is to preserve the unity of the countries belonging to the EU, and to ensure friendly cooperation relations between the UK and the EU also in the future,” Nestor emphasised.
Barnier gave an overview of the progress of the negotiations with the UK. The aim of the negotiations is first of all to achieve clarity in key issues connected with the rights of the citizens of the EU, the border of Ireland and the financial obligations. It is hoped to have a serious and constructive discussion at the negotiations, but for that the clear position of the UK in all issues in necessary.
It was admitted at the meeting that even before the European Council in December, it was necessary to make efforts for moving in with the negotiations in different aspects of the agreement. Only after that, it will be possible to start discussing the free trade agreement, which London sees as the basis for future relations.
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Marko Mihkelson also participated in the meeting.