France’s state secretary for European affairs has confirmed that the EU27 are not prepared to reopen the Brexit withdrawal agreement, and that without a “new political line” in the UK or a second referendum, Britain must expect to leave the bloc on 31 October. On the eve of a two-day working visit to London, Amélie de Montchalin also told the Guardian that France regarded the €39bn financial settlement Britain has agreed to pay the EU as part of the exit deal as a matter of international law. “We are now waiting for clarification from the UK side,” De Montchalin said. “We consider it is up to Britain to decide how it wants to proceed. The exit agreement was not negotiated against the British; negotiators on both sides tried, painstakingly, to find the best solution for all concerned.” Several Tory leadership candidates have said that if they are selected, their priority will be to go to Brussels and seek to renegotiate the deal … [Read more...] about Brexit: EU will not reopen withdrawal agreement, insists French minister
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All eyes are on the DUP as Boris Johnson heads to Brussels today - as the party's leader Arlene Foster became one of the main obstacles to the Prime Minister securing a Brexit deal last night. Mr Johnson tried to put a brave face on as it emerged that a deal was unlikely to be reached, despite frantic efforts to try and find a way through the deadlock. The delicate process was placed in jeopardy by objections from the DUP, who complained that the mechanism for getting 'consent' from the people of Northern Ireland would break the Good Friday Agreement - saying unionists should have a veto. But there was hope an agreement might be reached among EU leaders today, with Donald Tusk, the European Council president saying the 'basic foundations of an agreement are ready' and 'theoretically' could be accepted. While Michel Barnier, the bloc's chief negotiator, told ambassadors last night that an agreement had basically been reached - with the … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson heads to crucial Brussels summit TODAY: Last-ditch talks go down to the wire after DUP scuppered Brexit draft – but PM and EU remain confident agreement CAN be ‘finalised’ within hours as even hardliners hail ‘great progress’
It’s about to be all change at the European Union as a raft of new faces are lined up to take the top jobs. The nominees to fill the crucial Presidencies of the European Commission, the European Council and the European Central Bank as well as Europea’s ‘foreign minister’ have been lined up. But they will need to be ratified by MEPs before taking the jobs. And the European Parliament has elected a new President. But who are the the new EU office holders - and will they change the course of Brexit ? Here’s everything you need to know. European Commission President Out Jean Claude Juncker In Ursula von der Leyen Who? A close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ms von der Leyen is the first woman in German history to hold the office of Minister of Defence, and she’s the first woman to be nominated to the European Commission Presidency. She’s also the only minister to have served continuously in Chancellor Merkel’s cabinet since … [Read more...] about Who are the new EU chiefs – and how could they affect Brexit?
The home secretary, Theresa May, is to end the right to permanent settlement for more than 100,000 skilled workers and overseas students who come to Britain each year. In her first major speech on migration, the home secretary also disclosed that she intends to drastically reduce the flow of 160,000 overseas students who come to the UK to study on below degree-level courses in further and higher education colleges. Those on below degree-level courses are nearly half the 320,000 students who come to study in Britain each year. May was anxious to reassure Britain's prestigious universities that students coming to study on degree-level courses and above would not be affected by the new curbs. "I want a system where we continue to attract the top students coming to our top universities," she said, adding that students studying at privately funded colleges were much more likely to overstay than those at universities. May's speech also sought to row back on David Cameron's announcement … [Read more...] about Theresa May promises immigration crackdown
The EU has launched an attempt to protect European businesses from Donald Trump’s sanctions against Iran as the US administration voiced its intent to apply maximum pressure on Tehran by vigorously applying its punitive measures. The sanctions came into force at midnight (US east coast time). At the same time, a blocking statute – last used to protect EU firms from US sanctions against Cuba – was brought into force in an attempt to insulate firms and keep alive a deal designed to limit the Iranian government’s nuclear aspirations. European firms have been instructed that they should not comply with demands from the White House for them to drop all business with Iran. Those who decide to pull out because of US sanctions will need to be granted authorisation from the European commission, without which they face the risk of being sued by EU member states. A mechanism has also been opened to allow EU businesses affected by the sanctions to sue the US administration … [Read more...] about EU acts to protect firms from Donald Trump’s sanctions against Iran