The EU has reportedly backed down from its promise to ‘punish’ the UK during the Brexit transition period.
The BBC’s Brussels reporter Adam Fleming said that, following a meeting earlier on Wednesday, officials from the other 27 nations promised a new, less tough-sounding paragraph will feature in an expanded draft of the withdrawal agreement – expected to be published by the end of the month.
Sounds like the EU27 have decided that the “‘punishment clause” aka footnote No 4 in the draft #Brexit transition text published last week should be replaced with a less tough-sounding paragraph in the Withdawal Agreement that will refer to standard EU infringement process
— Adam Fleming (@adamfleming) 14 February 2018
The EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said agreement on a transition is “not a given” since “substantial” disagreements remain on issues, such as freedom of movement and customs procedures on the Irish border.