Barnier not «optimistic» about Brexit deal

European Union’s top Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on May 15 that the third round of talks with the UK on a new partnership was “disappointing”. Michel #Barnier foaming at his mouth: «you cannot have best of both worlds» he said, without hiding his frustration with British demands. Hope of #Brexit agreement by end of…

Brexit: EU27 Political Declaration

The European Council (Article 50) on 13 December 2018 adopted conclusions on Brexit. European Council (Art. 50) #Brexit conclusions, 13 December 2018 https://t.co/5Wbm3y9JLC#EUCO — EU Council Press (@EUCouncilPress) December 13, 2018 1. The European Council reconfirms its conclusions of 25 November 2018, in which it endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and approved the Political Declaration. The…

Swiss cabinet against EU immigration referendum

The Swiss government said  it opposed curbing immigration from the European Union as suggested in a planned referendum because it  could harm exports to the country’s biggest trade partner. “Cancelling the free movement of people would fundamentally call into question the bilateral path for Switzerland and Europe,” Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga  said at a press conference…

EU-Swiss talks on ice

Prospects for a new treaty formalising ties between Switzerland and the European Union, its biggest trading partner, appeared bleak after four years of negotiations failed to produce a effect by the EU mid-October deadline. Switzerland and the EU fail to make headway in negotiations whose success is key to ensuring the smooth functioning of Zurich’s…

Davis-May correspondence on Brexit

The UK media published two letters, the exchange of opinions over Brexit strategy of the resigned top negotiator David Davis and the response of Prime Minister Theresa May. The text of the letter David Davis sent the Prime Minister, tendering his resignation as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union below: Dear Prime Minister,…

PM expected to make “clear choices”

A detailed assessment of what the government must address in its Brexit white paper has been carried out by academic think tank The UK in a Changing Europe. “To reduce uncertainty, which the Prime Minister promised to do since January 2017, she needs to make clear choices. Economically, there is much to be gained from…

Brexit transition until 2020

Britain will have to accept any legal changes the European Union makes during a 21-month transition period following its exit from the bloc, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said. "The EU position is very clear: the transition will last for 21 months until the 31st of December 2020. The whole EU acquis will continue…

May to inform Parliament on Brexit plans

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will put forward her plan for a Brexit transition period with unchanged access to EU markets when she briefs MPs on Monday about her latest negotiating results with Brussels. Positive conversation with @eucopresident, stressed the importance of building on the progress we have made together to start the next phases…

Tusk for “clarity” in transition period

“This morning, I received the confirmation from our negotiators that sufficient progress has been made. This allows me to present the draft guidelines for the December European Council, which I have just sent to the leaders. My proposals are the following” – said EU Council president Donald Tusk. I’ve sent #Brexit guidelines for 2nd phase…

Irish border issue unclear until UK-EU trade deal

The UK will not resolve the question of the Irish border after Brexit until it has also agreed the outline of a trade deal with the EU27, the country’s International Trade Minister Liam Fox said. Brexit talks delayed because of EU ‘OBSESSION’ with ever-closer union, Liam Fox blastshttps://t.co/07IND0ksFs pic.twitter.com/0Ne4nWy5na — Daily Express (@Daily_Express) November 27,…