EU Chiefs Sign Brexit Deal ahead of Parliamentary Vote
Then, on Thursday next week, diplomats from the EU member states will approve the deal in writing, ensuring Britain’s orderly departure at midnight on January 31.
Then, on Thursday next week, diplomats from the EU member states will approve the deal in writing, ensuring Britain’s orderly departure at midnight on January 31.
Instead he suggested that it is in Scotland's interest not to devote valuable time to discussions about whether the nation should become independent while there are urgent domestic issues to tackle.
Such a pact means two of the parties would agree not to field a candidate, boosting the third candidate's chances.
The spokesman said the government must continue to prepare for all possibilities including that the country leaves the European Union on Jan. 31 without a withdrawal deal.
Parliament will dissolve next Wednesday for a short campaign of five weeks, so long as the House of Lords passes Johnson’s legislation as expected in the coming days.
Any postponement to Brexit can only be granted unanimously by the 27 and French objections have so far prevented a decision as Johnson spars with lawmakers over calling an early election.
As MPs prepare to have their first vote on the revised Brexit deal, the president of the European council told the European parliament that the EU’s final response to Boris Johnson’s letter seeking an extension would be given “in the coming days”.
No decision will be taken until EU governments can assess the chances of the withdrawal treaty getting through parliament, not before Tuesday this week.
But he has also said he would not break the law, which he has dubbed “the surrender act”, without explaining that apparent contradiction.
And the PM has never admitted in public before that he would send a letter to Brussels as the new law would require.
The so-called Benn Act - named after Labour MP Hilary Benn who spearheaded its passage into law - requires the government to request an extension to the 31 October Brexit deadline if a deal has not been signed off by Parliament by 19 October.
That idea is not something that the EU is formally considering, but it has been discussed as a potential back-up option, including by the bloc’s power axis of France and Germany, EU officials said earlier this week. Persuading the Irish to accept it would still be a considerable stretch.
He was defiant and unapologetic as he addressed MPs just hours after returning from the United Nations after parliament was recalled by the speaker, John Bercow, "as a matter of urgency."
MPs will return to the Commons at 11.30am this morning. It comes as a poll found that 50 per cent of voters agreed with the judges’ decision, while only 29 per cent disagreed.
His decision to ask Queen Elizabeth II to suspend Parliament was widely seen as a power grab.
Buckingham Palace has made no official comment on Mr Cameron's remarks.
It outlines a series of "reasonable worst case assumptions" for the impact of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.
The Court of Session decision overturns an earlier ruling from the court, which said last week that Mr Johnson had not broken the law.
Opposition parties united to block Johnson's bid to take the country to the polls, distrustful of the prime minister and wary of any chicanery that could see the administration change the date of the election once it was agreed and run down the clock on a "no-deal" Brexit.
At present, UK law states that the country will leave the EU on 31 October, regardless of whether a withdrawal deal has been agreed with Brussels or not.
Mr Johnson has ruled out asking the EU to delay the Brexit deadline of 31 October - but the Irish government said it would support another extension.
The U.K. leader could still try other options to force an election.
The European Commission on Wednesday stepped up its no-deal preparations and put forward a plan allowing access to two special funds to help address the possible economic impact of a no-deal Brexit.
“Parliament is on the brink of wrecking any deal we might be able to strike in Brussels,” Johnson said. “Because tomorrow’s bill would hand control of the negotiations to the E.U. And that would mean more dither, more delay, more confusion.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement the boost in activity was part of his “energetic and determined” approach to scrapping the controversial Northern Irish backstop.
The European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the bloc will aim to ensure stability in Ireland while the UK withdraws from the EU.
The timing means Parliament will not sit from September 12, or as early as September 9, reducing the amount of time in which lawmakers could try to block a no-deal Brexit.
Johnson's biographer Sonia Purnell was among the people on social media criticizing Johnson's posture in the picture.
Bolton told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that President Donald Trump wants to see a successful British exit from the European Union on Oct. 31 and that Washington will be ready to work fast on a U.S.-UK free trade agreement.
Johnson has insisted the agreement to leave the EU and arrangements regarding the Irish border are not good enough and should be renegotiated.
European leaders have privately told Boris Johnson that he risks scuppering any prospect of averting a no-deal Brexit by making “totally unrealistic” demands over the Irish backstop.
The 39 billion pounds represents outstanding British liabilities to the EU, which would be paid over a number of years according to the withdrawal agreement negotiated by May.
But he stressed the need to "maintain the smooth functioning of the EU, which requires swift clarification".
But Britain should also focus on leaving the EU, with MPs agreeing not to revoke Article 50, which began the exit process.
On Wednesday, Theresa May told the Commons that the legislation would be published on Friday.
“The referendum was at the worst possible moment, it is the result of a wrong political calculation,” Tusk said in an interview with the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza (GW) that was shared with the Guardian as part of the Europa collaboration of six European newspapers.
Leaders of the countries remaining in the European Union have agreed to extend Brexit until October 31.
An unusual alliance between parties, led by the Labor Yvette Cooper and the conservative Oliver Letwin, allowed the approval of the law in the absence of five days for the date set for the Brexit, on April 12. Only the hard wing of the Conservative Party opposed text that obliges the Government to renounce the most extreme and most economically damaging option of the Brexit.
The prime minister would be forced to ask the European Union for an extension to the Article 50 process beyond April 12, if she had failed to get her deal passed by that date. Parliament would have the power to decide the length of the delay.
British MPs have failed to back any of the eight options aimed at breaking the Brexit deadlock.
Theresa May could gain support for her Brexit deal if she promises to stand down as PM
Mrs May said there was now a "clear choice" facing UK MPs, who could vote for a third time on her deal next week.
Tusk mentioned that he "did not foresee" the need for an additional extraordinary meeting to discuss Brexit after the summit.
Mrs May says Brexit could be delayed by three months, to 30 June, if MPs back her deal in a vote next week.
But this vote solves absolutely nothing when it comes to finding a solution to Brexit.
The vote puts the world's fifth largest economy in uncharted territory with no obvious way forward: exiting the EU without a deal, delaying the March 29 divorce date, a snap election, or even another referendum are all now possible.
The prime minister’s deputy David Lidington warned that if her deal is rejected for a second time by MPs it will "plunge the country into a political crisis".
“This is not the case. And we are ready to give further guarantees, assurances and clarifications that the backstop should only be temporary.”
Downing Street officials, cited by The Daily Telegraph, have drawn up a series of options over the weekend in order to prevent minister resignations and gather support from backbench lawmakers concerned with the possibility of a “no deal” Brexit.
A delay beyond the EU election would very likely mean the U.K. participating in the poll and electing MEPs.
While other central banks have said they will hold off from raising borrowing costs, the BoE restated that gradual and limited rate rises lie ahead for Britain, as along as a no-deal Brexit in just 50 days’ time is averted.
The Brexit deal must include a backstop to avoid a hard Irish border, the U.K. prime minister Theresa May said on 5 February, indicating that her talks with the EU later this week will focus again on getting a legally binding limit for such an insurance polic
UK prime minister Theresa May begins on Tuesday a two-day visit to Northern Ireland aimed at underlining her commitment to prevent a hard border after Brexit
The group of ministers, which includes five members of the Cabinet, has held discussions on the best way to avoid the economic damage of a no deal Brexit.
Mrs May held a conference call with her Cabinet on Sunday. It is understood she wants to show the EU that MPs could back a deal without a backstop, in the hope of encouraging Brussels to soften its position.
May’s demands continue to focus around either a legally binding time-limit for the Irish backstop; a right for UK to unilaterally withdraw
“A managed no deal would simply mean that it was agreed on both sides that there would be bilateral arrangements that we would have some forms of mitigation,” Leadsom told Sky News. “That would be possible should it come to that.”
Mrs May previously delayed a parliamentary showdown on her Brexit deal this month after admitting she was heading for defeat.
Former PMs John Major and Tony Blair are among those urging a new referendum if MPs cannot agree on a way forward.
He urged the UK to set out more clearly what it wants, adding that the commission will publish information on 19 December on its preparations for a no-deal Brexit.
Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party by 200 to 117, BBC reports.
The UK can unilaterally stop the Brexit process, the European court of justice has said in a ruling that will boost demands for a second EU referendum
When asked repeatedly what her "Plan B" would be if her deal was rejected, she did not directly answer the questions.
The European Court of Justice's advocate general said on Tuesday Britain has the right to withdraw its Brexit notice from the European Union unilaterally.
Heads of 27 member states of the European Union has endorsed the draft Brexit Deal and Political declaration during the ongoing Special Summit of the EU today.
EU27 leaders will meet to endorse the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement and to approve the draft political declaration on future EU-UK relations today on 25 November 2018.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Madrid and London managed to reach a political agreement on Gibraltar.
European Commission and British negotiators have agreed on a draft deal on future EU-UK post-Brexit ties, European Council President Donald Tusk confirmed on Twitter
"If the deal is not approved by parliament, we will have a politically chaotic situation ... In that chaos that would ensue, there may be no Brexit," Hammond said adding that "a smooth exit from the European Union, doing this in an orderly fashion, is worth tens of billions of pounds to our economy."
Arriving for Brexit talks with EU ministers, Borrell said Madrid wanted the deal on Britain’s exit to make clear that talks on ties between London and the bloc will not apply to Gibraltar.
Britain will leave the Union on March 29 next year, but remain within its single market for a further 21 months as negotiators seek a deal to avoid a potential breakdown in trade between the key economic partners.
British Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab resigned on Thursday thrusting Prime Minister Theresa May’s government into turmoil after she clinched a Brexit deal that was mauled by opponents, allies and mutinous members of her party, Reuters reports.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May late in the evening of 14 November revealed she had secured the backing of her senior MPs for the draft Brexit deal she agreed with Brussels,
Downing Street has confirmed that a draft Brexit agreement has been reached between the UK and European Union.
The United Kingdom and the European Union are almost in touching distance of a Brexit deal which could be clinched in the next 24 to 48 hours, Prime Minister Theresa May’s de facto deputy said on Tuesday
Britain’s opposition Labour Party said that if Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal was voted down then it would push for a national election and also possibly another referendum, Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said
The European Union will not accept a temporary measure to solve the issue of the Irish border in Brexit negotiations, France’s Europe minister Nathalie Loiseau said on Sunday,
May had also signaled she would consider extending a so-called transition period "for a matter of months" after Britain leaves the EU in March.
Theresa May addressed her 27 European counterparts on Wednesday evening, urging them to give ground and end the current Brexit deadlock.
“I think they (the government) are going to come along and give us ... a ridiculous binary choice,” Emily Thornberry told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.
According to a private email exchange between senior UK officials, seen by the Observer, Foster had expressed deep disappointment about her meeting with Barnier, and outlined her wider thinking, during a dinner with the leader of the Conservative MEPs, Ashley Fox. “She described Barnier as being difficult and hostile in her meeting today…”
Speaking to reporters in Kraków, Tusk said: “I have a hope, which is close to certainty, that at the end we’ll manage to achieve an exit deal and a declaration about future relations which will be the best possible.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May has unveiled plans for a new post-Brexit immigration system that she promises will reduce low-skill migration
Writing in the Mail on Sunday, she called for MPs to take a "practical and pragmatic" approach rather than face a "damaging and disorderly" Brexit.
The former prime minister said concerns about immigration from non-EU countries was “upending politics” all over Europe and the only way Britain could try to turn the tide on Brexit was to take these worries seriously.
House Commons Speaker John Bercow announced that the European Union Withdrawal Bill received royal assent and passed into law.
This covers the period between Britain’s planned departure from the bloc next March and the end of 2020, but EU officials say this was a political deal and will not be legally ratified until at least later in the year.
the British are also irritated by the prospective of the improved relations between the EA and Russia and in this context by the reduced role of the NATO, as in that case the Great Britain will be isolated. According to him Scripal Case aimed at counteracting the very challenge.
The EU was not being threatening toward Britain by preparing for a possible “cliff edge” Brexit, European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen told reporters in Brussels.
“We are leaving the EU and there is no question of a second referendum or going back and I think that’s important,” May told the Munich Security Conference.
Britain is trying to reinvent itself as a global trading nation after a 2016 referendum decision to leave the European Union, and China, the world’s second-largest economy, is high on the list of countries that Britain wants to sign a free trade agreement with.
"Brexit will become a reality, with all its negative consequences, in March next year, unless there is a change of heart among our British friends," Tusk posted on Twitter.
Following the decision last month of EU leaders to green light the second phase of the BrExit talks, Britain’s impending withdrawal from the bloc is likely to feature prominently in their discussions.
"We all know that breaking up is hard. But breaking up and building a new relationship is much harder," Tusk said.
After securing an initial agreement on Friday to move Brexit talks to a second phase, Prime Minister Theresa May is keen to start discussing future ties with the EU, and especially the type of trading agreement to try to offer greater certainty for businesses.
EU leaders will make the final decision at a European council meeting on 14 and 15 December.
British PM Theresa May hold a meeting with Donald Tusk in the framework of Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels. They tried to move forward in the Brexit talks.
However, there is a need for the UK and the European Union to find a way to compromise. By examining the seemingly unsolvable situation, one can conclude that Britain can remain in the European common market, but make changes in migration rules.
"If the EU accepted less, European citizens would have to make up the difference. But why should the Germans, Italians, Spanish or Dutch pay the Britons' bill?" he added.
Thus, the withdrawal of the UK from the EU should take place on March 29, 2019.
“We have had a constructive week, yes, but we are not yet there in terms of achieving sufficient progress. Further work is needed in the coming weeks and months,” chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters.
Britain wants to move divorce talks on from settling budget commitments with the bloc and issues such as the future status of EU citizens living in the UK to discussions about future trade relations.
The paper drew attention to several EU agreements which do not require the Luxembourg-based court's direct jurisdiction over other countries - a clear attempt to encourage more flexibility among EU officials who are protective of the court
But "robust" enforcement would be required to avoid the UK being used to bypass EU border rules. A key EU figure said the idea of "invisible borders" was a "fantasy".
Divisions over Britain's Brexit strategy have resurfaced after Prime Minister Theresa May lost her parliamentary majority in an ill-judged snap election in June
After a summer of bitter Cabinet infighting, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Dr Fox, the International Trade Secretary, appear to bury the hatchet with a joint pledge that there will be a fixed transition period after leaving the EU.
It should be noted that these issues are the ones, the progress of which will determine further negotiations on bilateral relations between the UK and EU. The parties hope that these issues will be agreed by September.
In London this claim is viewed as nothing but a "robbery". UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson once again reaffirmed the position that London is not going to pay such a great amount of money to Brussels.
"The short run effect of a depreciation of sterling would be expected to be a decline in our trade balance performance as we suck in more expensive, in sterling terms, imports," Hammond said.
Five weeks ago the idea of a transition period was quite a new concept, I think now you would find that pretty much everybody around the cabinet table accepts that there will be some kind of transition
Food and farming combined are the UK's biggest manufacturing sector and the EU is involved all along the chain - from what grows in British fields to the labels in shops.
The Survation survey also showed just over half want a cross-party coalition of parties to negotiate the UK's exit from the EU, compared to less than a third who think it should fall to the Tory minority Government alone.
The demonstrators argue Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May has lost all legitimacy since losing her parliamentary majority in last month’s election.
The Brexit discussions are due to begin on Monday when the British minister in charge of the process, David Davis, meets the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Brussels.
It is quite interesting that the labor party has considerably improved its position – a party, which did not use the motto "not to Brexit", but they are more prone to soft Brexit.
... if Northern Ireland was to leave the United Kingdom and become part of the United Ireland, then the EU has made it clear that in all probability Northern Ireland would then become the part of the EU automatically.
In fact, today Northern Ireland does not have a clear desire to leave the United Kingdom and unite with the Republic of Ireland, but rather wants to get guarantees that in case of such a desire it can immediately be included in the European Union, bypassing the long pre-membership process.
The British people has already answered this question during last elections and referendum, and today May has the necessary number of supporters in the parliament to put forward the process of Brexit. In this context the decision of May seems quite strange.
From the point of view of the ‘convinced’ remain supporters there are proposals for strategic voting, namely to vote for candidates -irrespective of individual Parties- that support(ed) "remain" or are against a "disorderly Brexit".
"If the UK, after the election, wants to withdraw Article 50, then the procedure is very clear. If the UK wanted to stay, everybody would be in favour. I would be very happy."
Denmark, the Netherlands and Ireland all have close trade relationships with the UK. Some 53,000 Danish jobs are reportedly dependent on exports to the country.
"If you look at the timetable, had the election been in 2020 we would have been coming up to the most crucial part of the negotiations, at the end of the negotiations, in what would be starting to be the run-up to a general election," May said.
The European Commission’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier’s team already floated the idea of a zero-tariff interim deal that preserves trade in goods, like German cars or French wine exports to the U.K, but would exclude trade in services and hit the U.K. hard on banking or aviation.
From the point of view of the United Kingdom, a fundamental challenge will be the issue of dealing with all the rules and regulations of the last 40 plus years, which now will have to remain, to a degree at least, in force after the departure of the UK from the EU.
Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk later.
In a new Declaration of Rome, the 27 countries are reaffirming their shared desire to continue with what is a greatly expanded and deepened union.
In Scotland have linked the timing of the independence referendum with the terms of the agreement on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.
The historic bill was passed overwhelmingly, by 494 votes to 122, and will now pass to the House of Lords.
Thus it turns out that now all those countries are getting united that have strained relations with Brussels, and at the same time, those countries that play an important role for the EU in economic and political spheres and in security matters.
The bureaucratic work will be augmented not lessened, English will not be a lingua franca in Brussels any more (this should be especially worrying for the Eastern European countries, the officials of which are largely English rather than French speaking).
Given the EU's position on the Scottish independence referendum, it can be assumed that the Brussels will avoid to directly supporting Edinburg. However, it is not excluded that Scotland will play its role in "punishing" Britain.
The Prime Minister said Britain would seek a new partnership, "not partial membership, associate membership or anything that leaves us half-in, half-out."
An Italian government official said he doubted the UK could be as strong outside the EU as it was within it. "Good luck on being a ‘global Britain’," he said.
Finance minister Philip Hammond said on Tuesday Britain needs open trade with EU to protect economy.
Lawyers say uncertainty over the UK's European Economic Area membership means ministers could be stopped from taking Britain out of the single market.
Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's lead Brexit negotiator, said he supported the principle of the idea, which would see UK citizens sending an annual fee to Brussels.
"Better governance will help companies to take better decisions, for their own long-term benefit and that of the economy overall," she told business leaders.
"I talked about this quite clearly. If Theresa may wants to complicate the process of withdrawal from the EU Brexit, then the negotiations will be tough," Hollande said.
At the same time he believes that there is no question of the UK staying in Europe’s free-trade bloc.
In an interview with the Reuters news agency, Mr Fico said Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia would be uncompromising in negotiations.
"Before the German elections and before there is a new German government, I think no serious negotiations will take place," Rompuy said.
The Erasmus Plus program allows students to study in one of 33 European countries for free for up to one year, with EU funds covering costs.
It was only Austria that declared that it would be among the first countries the UK would seek a trade agreement with. Australia could be the first country to sign a free trade agreement with the UK once it leaves the EU, BBC writes.
"Brexit means Brexit", May said during a brainstorming session with her ministers on Britain's withdrawal from the EU.
The meeting will be attended by David Davis, Boris Johnson and Liam Fox, each of whose departments is focused on Brexit.
Gabriel warned if the issue was badly handled and other member countries followed Britain’s lead, Europe would go "down the drain".
Opponents of Brexit claim that because the EU referendum result is advisory it must be approved by a vote in the Commons before Article 50 - the formal mechanism to leave the EU - is triggered.
"We can't quibble about it. Even if we didn't want or hope for it, Brexit won and as it won there can't be any British members in the next European Parliament," Roth said.
British government ministers have warned senior figures in the City of London, London's financial district, that Article 50 was unlikely to be triggered early in 2017 because the situation in government was "chaotic."
It is noted that Brussels calculates to begin direct talks on Brexit no later than autumn 2017.