The European Commission vice president has insisted talks with Lord Frost on Friday over the Northern Ireland Protocol will not be a renegotiation.
He told BBC Northern Ireland’s The View programme: “Now we should really do the last mile, work constructively with all the proposals we put on the table, put it finally to bed.
“I believe that we could be in the home stretch with our proposals on the table and as I said, let’s try to solve all these issues before Christmas because I think that would be the best Christmas gift we can give to the people of Northern Ireland.”
But Mr Sefcovic also warned: “I have no mandate to renegotiate the Protocol.
“The Withdrawal Agreement, protocol and trade and cooperation agreement, we signed it, we ratified it, it’s international law and I think we should respect it.”