The UK and France are “making a new tapestry together”, Emmanuel Macron said as he agreed new co-operation on defence and measures to tackle the migrant crisis with Theresa May. The talks saw Mrs May commit tens of millions of pounds to strengthen UK border controls in France while Mr Macron confirmed the loan of the Bayeux Tapestry to Britain. But Mr Macron indicated he would stand firm on the issue of financial services during the Brexit talks, saying he was “here neither to punish nor reward” the UK following its decision to leave the European Union. A new treaty between the two countries will enable the improvement of security at Calais, costing the UK around £45 million. The treaty will also allow an acceleration in the processing of migrants seeking to come to the UK via Calais, with a reduction from six months to one month for adults and 25 days for children. Mr Macron said that the current situation in Calais was “not … [Read more...] about Emmanuel Macron: UK and France are making a new tapestry together
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An aeroplane interior. File photo: TT The British Chancellor on Wednesday raised the possibility that a 'no deal' Brexit scenario could ground flights between the UK and other European countries. Chancellor Philip Hammond said the British government was preparing for all eventualities, and that included a 'no deal' scenario in which event, he said, it was "theoretically conceivable" that the day after Brexit, "there will be no air traffic moving between the UK and the European Union". Flights to a further 17 countries, including Norway, Switzerland and the US, would also be at risk in this case, as their aviation agreements with the UK are currently arranged through the EU. Hammond added that he did not think "anyone seriously believes" this would occur, but said the government would invest in and plan for a "realistic worst-case scenario". The speech was given to the UK's Treasury Select Committee, and was one of the first comments from a British government ministers about … [Read more...] about Could flights between the UK and EU really be grounded after Brexit?
Since March the UK and EU have been butting heads over the first stage of our divorce - but now it gets really complicated. With Donald Tusk confirming that both sides are in agreement over the cash settlement, EU citizens' rights and what the Irish border should look like, now the next phase can be considered.With both sides moving towards agreement on the principles behind the cash settlement, EU citizens' rights and what the Irish border may look like, now the next phase can be considered.This addresses two vital areas: the legal underpinnings of the transition phase (what the Government rather optimistically calls the "implementation" period) and our future relationship with the EU on trade and security.The immediate burning fire is transition: the Prime Minister has insisted we will leave the single market and customs union on 29 March 2019 - so what rules will govern our access to EU markets?To take a contentious example, will we have to accept the European Court of Justice as … [Read more...] about Brexit: UK and EU urged to turn down the heat as they enter next phase
The UK and EU should consider setting up a "shared market" which would allow borderless trade to continue between both sides after Brexit, a think tank has suggested. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has called for the creation of a new customs union within which the UK would be able to opt out of EU rules in specific areas such as goods, services and state aid. Under the scenario, Britain would also be able to opt out of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, which would be replaced by a joint UK-EU court. The proposal will be presented to Brexit Secretary David Davis on 18 December. IPPR director Tom Kibasi told Bloomberg that the proposal is for the 70% of people who wanted a sensible deal, built on precedents, that would work for the whole country. "This isn't a proposal for the 15% of extremists on either side," he said. Prime Minister Theresa May and her senior cabinet ministers have begun discussions on what the UK's long-term relationship with the EU … [Read more...] about ‘Shared market’ could benefit both UK and EU post Brexit, think tank says
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar says it is a significant day for Ireland after an agreement was reached beween the UK and the EU that guarantees on keeping the border open after Brexit.Britain and the European Union reached the historic deal on Brexit divorce terms overnight.And now it allows them to open up talks on a future relationship after the split.The European Commission announced that it “recommends sufficient progress” had been made by Britain on separation issues including the Irish border, Britain’s divorce bill, and citizens’ rights.Taoiseach Varadkar said: “We have achieved all that we set out to achieve in phase one of these negotiations.“I am satisfied that sufficient progress has now been made on Irish issues, the parameters have now been set and they are good.”He said Ireland’s focus would now move to phase two of the negotiations.Varadkar said his government would remain “fully engaged and vigilant” throughout the … [Read more...] about Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hails ‘significant’ deal for Ireland as UK and EU reach agreement over border
New Transport Minister Liz Sugg has failed to guarantee flights will not be grounded by Brexit . Air safety is an EU remit and, unless there’s a UK deal, many of our planes will be unable to take off after 11pm on March 29, 2019. Baroness Sugg, 40, has only been in post a month and peers last week called for an assurance on flights. But she was unable to give one, saying only: “Safe and efficient air traffic management is a priority for us.” The Lords heard failure of a post-Brexit air safety deal will risk Britain’s £127billion tourist trade – which three million jobs rely on. Trans-atlantic flights used by 90 million passengers a year will also be hit as they are under EU-US regulation. Airport operators, travel agents and US airlines all need clarity by the spring, but Lib Dem Dee Doocey said that’s now unlikely. And Chancellor Philip Hammond admitted the “worst case scenario” was air traffic between the UK and EU suspended on … [Read more...] about All planes between UK and Europe could be grounded if there’s no Brexit deal, pilots warn
Brexit-backing business chiefs are set to meet the EU’s top negotiator to press their case for a trade deal. Shopping channel tycoon John Mills and former CBI boss Digby Jones are expected to join independent British MEP Steven Woolfe in talks with Michel Barnier in the run up to next month’s crunch EU summit. They will tell the EU negotiator “this will be a win-win scenario” for both the UK and EU. Mr Woolfe demanded the Brussels meeting after Mr Barnier met Remain supporters including former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, Labour peer Lord Adonis and pro-EU Tory former Chancellor Ken Clarke. Former UKIP leadership hopeful Mr Woolfe wants to “give Barnier an alternative view”. He refused to say which five “very senior business people from the UK” were joining him, but said they were “very well known individuals running big organisations”. The Mirror understands the delegation will include Mr Mills and Lord Jones. The group will … [Read more...] about British business chiefs to tell Brussels top negotiator Brexit can be a win-win for UK and EU
CRIMINALS are being dumped by Romanian courts on Britain — and they then use EU human rights laws to stay here.Villains including gangsters, smugglers and cash machine crooks are given permission to travel here while on bail.They then get legal aid to hire lawyers who block their extradition on the grounds standard two-metre square Romanian jail cells fall foul of EU human rights law.A Sun investigation has revealed Romanian judges are allowing the travel on the flimsiest of excuses — to take a holiday, see relatives or even go to a pigeon fanciers’ fair.British authorities are powerless to deport them after a landmark European Court of Justice ruling opened the floodgates last year.Ciggie smuggler Cioanca Catalin had his 16-month jail term delayed so he could go to a pigeon fanciers’ event in the UK.Unlike his pigeons, he did not fly home.Anastasescu George Alin was prosecuted for shunning fire checks at his Bucharest nightclub where 64 revellers died in a … [Read more...] about Romanian criminals allowed bail to travel to UK… and EU laws ban deporting them
If you thought the scenario of the UK leaving the EU with all that entails was bad enough, think again: If there is no deal at the end of negotiations to formally finalize the UK's exit in March 2019, many observers believe the apocalypse could be upon us. So what exactly would a "no deal" mean in practice? Steve Bullock, who worked at the UK Representation to the EU from 2010-2014 where he negotiated several EU regulations for the UK in EU Council working groups, describes it thus: "People have made the analogy of buying a car, but not coming to an agreement. What Theresa May is about to do is drive a reliable, working car down to the car dealer, set fire to it right there, and then say to him 'You have to sell me a car, or else I'm walking home.'" Trade: With no deal in place, trading would defer to World Trade Organization rules. Tariffs and customs checks would be slapped on UK exports to the EU and vice versa. And this is where the problems become meaty, if you'll … [Read more...] about Brexit: What’s the ‘no deal’ fallout for the UK and EU?
Steffen Seibert, the spokesman for Angela Merkel, said on Monday that the German chancellor wanted Britain to remain an "active and engaged" member of the European Union but added that she would would not give way to the British prime minister's plans to curb immigration from other EU countries . Ahead of May 2015 elections, David Cameron has reacted to pressure from Britain's isolationist anti-EU UK Independence Party by pledging to take steps to limit the level of migration into Britain. Seibert said that Germany shared an interest in fighting "possible abuse" of labor and social welfare benefits laws but insisted that the overall EU principle of freedom of movement must remain. Without identifying sources, the weekly news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Sunday that German officials could envision giving up efforts to keep Britain in the European Union if Cameron continued to insist on limits. According to Der Spiegel, Merkel has warned her British counterpart that such a … [Read more...] about Spokesman: Merkel doesn’t want to give up on UK in EU