GENEVA (Reuters) - The European Union should back any decision by Britain to hold a second Brexit referendum and could ease the path by allowing it to nominate MEPs rather than participate in May’s European Parliament elections, Luxembourg’s foreign minister said. Speaking in Geneva on Tuesday, Jean Asselborn said any such arrangement would need to be short-term and agreed in advance, and that if Britain stayed longer in the EU, the elections would need to be held. Asselborn told Reuters that any second referendum was likely to shift the Brexit timetable back by six months or more, pushing the current departure date of March 29 far beyond the elections to the European Parliament. “We can find solutions. If there is a second referendum I think you’re looking at least six months, if not more, so there is a possibility to designate British members of the European Parliament for a very short period,” he said. “It’s not impossible. It’s … [Read more...] about Brexit: Luxembourg says UK could nominate MEPs to facilitate new…
Thousands of flights by carriers such as Iberia or Vueling could be grounded because of their non-EU ownership, in the case of the UK’s no-deal exit from the EU. But the European Commission stressed on Tuesday (5 February) that airlines have been warned to prepare. Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc told reporters that EU rules regarding the ownership of the airlines are “very clear”. European flag carriers Iberia and Aer Lingus would no longer be allowed to fly within Spain and Ireland, their member states’ territories, or to any other EU airport if UK leaves the EU without agreement in less than 100 days. “I have personally been communicating with all the airlines way ahead of time, asking to be prepared in case of a hard of Brexit, and also Brexit,” she said during a press point alongside Turkish Transport and Infrastructure minister Mehmet Cahit Turan. “It should not come as surprise to anybody,” she added. According to … [Read more...] about Airlines should prepare for Brexit, Brussels insists
James Forsyth 2 February 2019 9:00 AM 2 February 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Theresa May will soon arrive in Brussels with a series of unlikely demands. She must tell the European Union that she wants to re-open a deal that she was hailing as not just the best, but the ‘only deal possible’ a few weeks ago. Parliament has now made her eat her words. It is a testament to her predicament that this counts as a triumph for her. She has narrowly avoided a far worse fate. Had parliament voted another way — rejecting Graham Brady’s amendment and passing Yvette Cooper’s — she would have been sent into the negotiating chamber with nothing to say. She wouldn’t have been able to tell the EU what the Commons wanted. She wouldn’t have been able to ask for anything — and the EU would have known that she’d soon be sent back to Brussels by parliament to ask for an extension to Article … [Read more...] about Theresa May has been given a second chance to save Brexit. She’d better not blow it
Europe Katya Adler Europe editor @BBCkatyaadler on Twitter 30 January 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47055621 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsBrexit After a public shout out of "no way!" to renegotiating … [Read more...] about Will EU blink first in Brexit standoff?
From a “Lazarus-like comeback” to a “reprieve” for the Prime Minister, the papers were split on Wednesday after the latest make or break day of Brexit drama in parliament. The Daily Mail hailed the latest developments as “Theresa’s Triumph,” trumpeting a “dramatic victory” after MPs voted for an amendment that would see her return to Brussels to try to renegotiate the Irish backstop. The paper’s leader column refers to her success - two weeks since her Withdrawal Agreement suffered a record defeat in the Commons - as a “Lazarus-like comeback.” "Just when it seemed Parliament was drowning inexorably in a quagmire of its own indecision, a majority of MPs has finally managed to agree a coherent Brexit strategy," the column read. The Daily Express is equally as convinced of a fortuitous turnaround for the PM, running the headline: “She did it!” above a story that calls … [Read more...] about What the papers say as May tries to take backstop back to Brussels