Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier is due in London on Monday for talks with Britain to find out whether a deal on future relations can be struck to avoid widespread trade disruption at the end of the year, Reuters reported. After a brief stop when London walked away from the negotiating table, both sides are now meeting daily to try to find common ground.
The European Union awarded today its top human rights prize to the Belarus opposition movement and its leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, for their challenge to President Alexander Lukashenko’s long, hard-line reign.
British officials are prepared to water down Boris Johnson's controversial lawbreaking Brexit legislation in a move that could revive failing talks with the EU, according to people familiar with the matter. Negotiations over the two sides' future relationship have stalled, with the PM announcing last Friday that he will focus on preparations to leave the EU's single market and Customs Union at the year-end without a trade deal.
European and British negotiators will talk once again on Monday to discuss the "structure" of post-Brexit trade talks, despite London's threat on Friday to walk away unless there was a major shift in Brussels' approach.
The European Union needs to strike a balance on what its members want from future EU-UK relations and not solely focus on a single item, such as fishing rights, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said on Friday.
The EU and Britain are set to prolong Brexit talks past a mid-October deadline to try bridge persistent gaps holding up a new agreement, according to sources close to the talks. EU leaders meeting on Thursday and Friday will tell their Brexit negotiator to step up talks to get a deal by 1 January, according to a draft summit decision seen by Reuters.
Germany on Tuesday demanded “substantive” movement from Britain on fisheries, dispute settlement and fair competition guarantees in post-Brexit trade talks with the European Union, which it said were “at a very critical stage”.
Germany and France urged on Monday their EU partners on Monday to consider imposing sanctions on Russians suspected of poisoning Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent, Reuters reported. Berlin and Paris say they have not had a credible explanation from Moscow for the presence of the banned Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok in his body.
The EU must stand up to Russia when it violates international norms, France and Germany's foreign ministers said on Thursday. A day earlier both countries said they would propose EU sanctions against Russian individuals after receiving no credible answers from Moscow over the use a nerve agent on Alexei Navalny.