As a result of a meeting on 9th January, between Vice President Šefčovič, Foreign Secretary Cleverly and the Northern Ireland Secretary Heaton-Harris, an agreement has been reached which allows the EU access to UK IT systems.
The meeting was said to be “cordial and constructive” and looked to find joint solutions to the concerns raised by businesses and communities in Northern Ireland as well protecting the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement in all its parts and the integrity of both the EU Single Market and UK internal market.
In a joint statement they noted this work was a critical prerequisite to building trust and providing assurance, and provided a new basis for EU-UK discussions.
EU and UK technical teams will now work to scope the potential for solutions in different areas based on this renewed understanding.
The next meeting is due to take place on 16th January.