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‘Tribalision’ of UK politics towards Brexit

British Brexit minister Dominic Raab said the parliament will have sufficient time to debate any exit deal Prime Minister Theresa May agrees with the European Union, and that lawmakers will have a real say on whether to approve it or not. However not all of them are convinced by minister’s promise, preferring to deliver personally their message to EU27 top negotiator Michel Barnier.

Senior Brexiteers held ‘constructive‘ talks with the EU27 top negociator Michel Barnier in Brussels today, but they  denied undermining Prime minister Theresa May efforts.

Former Cabinet ministers Iain Duncan Smith and Owen Paterson, together with Lord David Trimble, held talks at the EU Commission Berlaymont building.

The delegates promoted their vision of an EU-Canada model of free trade to follow in shaping Brexit deal, putting forward the policy of the Tory European Research Group.

The fragmentation of British public opinion vis-à-vis Brussel creates apparent frictions in the process of Article 50 talks, weakening the officially mandated negotiator position Dominic Raab, who is facing complex consequences of “tribalisation” of the UK politics.

EU-Canada Trade coming into force

EU and Canada agree to set a date for the provisional application of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement marks a new chapter in the relationship between the EU and Canada.

It is by opening up to each other, by working closely with those who share the same values that we will shape and harness globalisation.

It is important that our companies and citizens, the real winners with this agreement, start reaping its benefits without further ado.

Both at EU level and in Canada, the necessary steps were taken to ratify the agreement.

Meeting at the G20 in Hamburg, reconfirming our joint commitment to the rules-based international trading system, we agreed to set the date of 21 September 2017 to start the provisional application of the agreement, thus allowing for all the necessary implementing measures to be taken before that date.

The agreement will now be provisionally applied and will enter definitively into force once the Parliaments in all Member States of the EU ratify the text according to their respective domestic constitutional requirements.

Brussels, July 8, 2017

Statement by  Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission

and Mr Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Trudeau to address Europarl


Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will deliver a formal speech to MEPs on the EU-Canada relationship on Thursday 16 February at 11.00 in the Strasbourg chamber. Mr Trudeau will be the first Canadian Prime Minister to address the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

On Wednesday 15 February, Parliament approved the EU-Canada Comprehensive economic and trade agreedment (CETA).

EP President Antonio Tajani and Prime Minister Trudeau will hold a joint press conference on Thursday, 16 February at 12.00.

EU-USA-Canada visa free

The progress achieved of full visa reciprocity with Canada and the United States, evaluating the developments over the past five months is reported today by European Commission. The EU and Canada have agreed a clear timeline for achieving full visa waiver reciprocity. However no indications of progress with the United States achieved.

“Guaranteeing full visa reciprocity with Canada and the U.S. remains a priority for the EU. That is why I welcome the commitment and decision of the Canadian authorities to ensure full visa reciprocity for all EU citizens by 1 December 2017= said  Dimitris Avramopoulos Migration, Home Affairs, and Citizenship Commissioner. – “This progress proves that our diplomatic contacts and negotiations have delivered important results. Similarly, we will continue keeping this issue high on the agenda with the new U.S. administration and will continue reiterating the importance of achieving full visa reciprocity for all EU citizens with the U.S. as well.”

Today’s stock-taking follows the Communications adopted in April and July, in which the Commission noted that full visa waiver reciprocity with Canada and the United States had not been achieved for citizens of some EU Member States and announced that it would report back on further progress made in the discussions before the end of the year.

Following intensive efforts between the EU and Canada ahead of the 16th EU-Canada Summit on 30 October 2016 in Brussels, Canada provided a clear timeline for achieving full visa waiver reciprocity for all EU citizens. The Commission will continue its work to ensure that full visa waiver reciprocity – already applied to all other EU Member States – will be put in place by Canada for all Bulgarian and Romanian travellers by the end of 2017.

Despite the stepping up of political and technical contacts, there have not been comparable indications of progress towards the lifting of visas with the United States as those seen with Canada.

The Commission will intensify its efforts without delay to push for full visa waiver reciprocity in coordination with the five Member States concerned – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania – once the new U.S. administration is in place. The next EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial and Senior Officials meeting expected to take place in the first half of 2017 will provide the next occasion to discuss with the new Administration a way forward to achieving this objective.

The Commission will continue to work with the European Parliament and the Council to ensure that the European Union speaks with one voice on this significant matter.

(Source: European External Action Service)

Illustration: EU-Canada Summit 2016, Brussels