Brexit

    • Commission intensifies “no-deal” customs preparedness

      Commission intensifies “no-deal” customs preparedness

      The European Commission has on Monday stepped up its “no-deal” outreach to EU businesses in the area of customs and indirect taxation such as VAT, given the risk that the United Kingdom may leave the EU on 30 March this year without a deal. The outreach campaign is in line with the European Council (Article 50) conclusions of December 2018, calling for intensified preparedness work for all scenarios.

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    • Brexit impasse set to drag on

      Brexit impasse set to drag on

      British PM Theresa May had a cool reception last Thursday in Brussels as she arrived for meetings in attempt to persuade the EU to open divorce deal for further negotiations, news wires reported. In a joint statement EC President Jean-Claude Juncker and May described their talks on changing the Brexit deal as “robust but constructive”. The two leaders also agreed to meet for further talks before the end of February.

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    • Tusk rebuffs May's attempt to get Brexit deal renegotiated

      Tusk rebuffs May's attempt to get Brexit deal renegotiated

      British PM Theresa May's attempt to force the EU to start re-negotiating Brexit deal hit a wall on Tuesday as Council President Donald Tusk explicitly stated that the EU will make no new offer, news wires reported. Rebuffing May's bid, Tusk said he wished the UK would reverse Brexit but that the bloc was preparing for a disorderly British exit as it would not gamble on peace in Ireland.

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    • Britain, EU on collision course

      Britain, EU on collision course

      The UK went further on a collision course with the EU after the House of Commons voted on Tuesday to support PM Theresa May in her efforts to reach a divorce deal amendment, news wires reported. The MPs demanded she renegotiate the deal, while EU Member States and officials claim negotiations could not be reopened less than two months before the UK is due by law to leave the EU.

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    • EU warns that Irish backstop is a red line

      EU warns that Irish backstop is a red line

      The EU firmly warned on Monday British PM Theresa May that a backup plan for the Irish border can be amended but will have to be included in any divorce deal. With less than nine weeks until the United Kingdom is due by law to leave the EU, there is no agreement yet in London on how and even whether to leave the world's biggest trading bloc.

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    • Brexit head on into dead-end

      Brexit head on into dead-end

      With only two months left before Britain is due to leave the EU on 29 March, tensions are mounting as there is still no deal approved. British MPs voted mid-January in big numbers against MP Theresa May's EU agreement throwing the exit process in disarray and raising the possibility of the worst possible scenario – divorce without a deal.

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    • May's huge defeat leaves UK in chaos

      May's huge defeat leaves UK in chaos

      The UK headed for a political chaos after last Tuesday PM Theresa May suffered the biggest ever defeat by a sitting government with MPs rejecting her EU withdrawal agreement, but a day later survived a no confidence vote. Lawmakers voted 432-202 against her deal triggering political chaos that could lead to a disorderly exit from the EU or even to a reversal of the 2016 decision to leave.

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    • May survives no confidence vote despite failure

      May survives no confidence vote despite failure

      Theresa May remains as Prime Minister after her government won tonight the confidence vote, tabled by opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn 24 hours ago. Her victory, however, is quite a bitter one - 306 MPs out of a total of 650 voted against her, demonstrating once again the deep division in Westminster. And those 325 that supported her were all members either of her party or allies from the Northern Ireland Unionist Party, which only proves that Tories, although unhappy with the PM, do not want to risk losing their political power in possible general elections.

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    • EU leaders urge calm on May's Brexit crash

      EU leaders urge calm on May's Brexit crash

      Leaders across Europe reacted on the House of Commons vote with caution urging all sides to consider next steps in a constructive mood. According to EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, the vote showed is that the “political conditions for the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement are not yet there in London.” He added that the EU regrets the outcome of the vote as the Withdrawal Agreement was constructed together with the British government, on an objective basis.

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