Theresa May has arrived for a crunch EU summit to sign off her Brexit deal after stitching together a last-minute pact with Spain. Tomorrow's gathering was hurled into doubt after Madrid threatened to "veto Brexit" if it didn't get more of a say over Gibraltar. Eventually the spat was resolved - and invites sent out to 27 EU leaders - less than three hours before the PM's jet touched down in Brussels. Spain and the UK both claimed victory after thrashing out a compromise in emergency talks. But May was accused of betraying the Rock. Mrs May ignored shouts of "did you compromise over Gibraltar?" as she arrived with Jean-Claude Juncker's hand on her shoulder tonight. Jubilant European Council President Donald Tusk quoted Freddie Mercury on the 27th anniversary of his death, tweeting: "Friends will be friends - right till the end." The compromise was resolved after a UK clarification about the position and talks between Mr Sanchez, Mr Tusk and Mr Juncker. UK ambassador to the EU Sir Tim … [Read more...] about May arrives for EU Brexit summit after last-minute ‘cave-in’ over Gibraltar
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Business chiefs hopeful draft EU Brexit text will allay hard Irish border fears BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Business leaders in Northern Ireland have expressed hope that a draft text reached between the UK and EU will avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/brexit/business-chiefs-hopeful-draft-eu-brexit-text-will-allay-hard-irish-border-fears-37529481.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/uk-world/article37529479.ece/3c8e4/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-11-15_bus_45747016_I1.JPG Email Business leaders in Northern Ireland have expressed hope that a draft text reached between the UK and EU will avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit. While the full detail of the document has yet to be published, it's understood that the draft includes a backstop arrangement to temporarily keep the whole of the UK inside the customs union in the event of no deal, with additional measures in Northern Ireland to ensure a … [Read more...] about Business chiefs hopeful draft EU Brexit text will allay hard Irish border fears
EU Brexit summit will either save the Theresa May's bacon or cook her goose BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Is the Prime Minister moving inexorably towards breaking-point? She remains firmly committed to her controversial Chequers proposals for Brexit, while an increasing number of Tories - including some ministers - are calling on her to abandon her plan. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/eu-brexit-summit-will-either-save-the-theresa-mays-bacon-or-cook-her-goose-37421579.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37423908.ece/d69b3/AUTOCROP/h342/S--_61_-_Read-Only_.jpg Email Is the Prime Minister moving inexorably towards breaking-point? She remains firmly committed to her controversial Chequers proposals for Brexit, while an increasing number of Tories - including some ministers - are calling on her to abandon her plan. It is like the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object - a political explosion is now beginning to look inevitable, with all … [Read more...] about EU Brexit summit will either save the Theresa May’s bacon or cook her goose
Britain has a "realistic" chance of agreeing a Brexit deal with Brussels within 6 to 8 weeks, the EU's chief negotiator said today. Michel Barnier's comments will give hope to Theresa May, who has ramped up 'no deal Brexit ' planning amid the threat of not agreeing a deal in time. The Prime Minister is hoping to win the approval of 27 fellow EU leaders at a crunch European Council summit in mid-October. Key issues like the Northern Ireland border and customs remain in deadlock exactly 200 days before Brexit Day on 29 March 2019. But Mr Barnier told a forum in Slovenia: "I think that if we are realistic, we are able to reach an agreement on the first stage of this negotiation - which is the Brexit treaty - within 6 or 8 weeks." EU leaders are now poised to announce an extraordinary Brexit summit to take place in mid-November, the Guardian reported today. That would give Mr Barnier - and Mrs May - more time and flexibility to reach a deal in time. He added: "Taking into account the time … [Read more...] about EU Brexit chief Michel Barnier says a deal is ‘realistic’ within 6 to 8 weeks