The European Commission is keeping secret details of talks between EU commissioner Pierre Moscovici, former UK prime minister Tony Blair and Hungarian-US billionaire George Soros, about a second Brexit referendum. The commission told EUobserver in reply to an access to documents request that the need to protect the EU's decision-making process weighed heavier than any public interest in what was discussed last January in Davos. Moscovici, responsible for economic and financial affairs in the EU, met several politicians and business leaders in the margins of the World Economic Forum, the annual get-together in the Swiss Alps. The commission released an emailed summary of what was discussed with the French EU commissioner, in what the author of the email described as a "Quick readout of a day and a half of sub-zero speed-dating in Davos". It revealed, for example, that the financial sector saw "Italy and Brexit" as "main risks in Europe". But the email was heavily redacted in some … [Read more...] about [Exclusive] Details of EU Brexit talks with Blair and Soros kept secret
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Twelve days after Britain was supposed to leave the European Union, Theresa May finds herself with the unenviable task of heading back to Brussels to secure yet another Article 50 extension. This afternoon she will arrive at the EU27 summit, where she will be forced to sit outside the room as Britain’s fate is determined by her European counterparts over a working dinner. The Prime Minister has asked the EU to delay Britain’s departure until June 30 - provoking a fierce backlash from her Eurosceptic backbenchers - but her proposal is likely to get short shrift. Humiliation for the Prime Minister seems inevitable, with EU leaders expected to "take the pen out of her hand" as they did at the last... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about EU Brexit talks: What does Theresa May face today in Brussels and can she avoid humiliation?
British and EU Brexit negotiators have spent less than 1 percent of their time discussing technological alternatives to the Irish border backstop in hard-fought talks in Brussels since February. Theresa May whipped her MPs to support the Brady amendment calling for the controversial backstop to be replaced with “alternative arrangements” and set up an Alternative Arrangements Working Group of influential Brexiteer MPs. Despite that, the Telegraph can reveal that negotiations over those technological solutions have been almost entirely ignored. “99 percent” of the negotiations since early February have been dealing with trying to secure legally binding assurances that the backstop will not become... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week … [Read more...] about Technological solutions to Irish border ignored in UK-EU Brexit talks
Theresa May WILL seek to reopen full Brexit talks with the EU, a Cabinet minister has announced just 59 days before Britain leaves. Liam Fox revealed the move in a last-ditch plea to get Tory MPs on-side ahead of a Commons vote tonight. So far the EU has repeatedly refused to reopen talks on the 585-page 'Withdrawal Agreement', the Brexit deal 27 EU leaders agreed last year. Instead the EU say Theresa May can get more assurances around the 'Political declaration', a separate text about future trade. But that would mean keeping the hated 'Irish backstop'. So Dr Fox, the International Trade Secretary, has claimed the Prime Minister WILL seek to reopen talks if MPs pass a crucial amendment tonight. The amendment by Sir Graham Brady, backed by No10, would instruct the government to replace the backstop with "alternative arrangements". Last night Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of hardline Brexiteer Tories, said that was too vague because it might not mean reopening the deal. But if … [Read more...] about Theresa May ‘WILL reopen Brexit talks’
Scotland politics 23 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.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-46961172 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is heading to London for Brexit talks with Prime Minister Theresa … [Read more...] about Sturgeon and May to meet for Brexit talks