ANTALYA- Anadolu Agency Turkey's membership in the European Union would contribute greatly to both sides, the U.K.'s ambassador to Ankara said on May 24. "Turkey's accession process and the membership process are stalled at the moment. It's not going anywhere, and for now, it's hard to be optimistic," said Dominick Chilcott in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency. However, evaluating Ankara's decades-long negotiations with the 28-member bloc, Chilcott said conditions could quickly change at any time. He stressed that the current lack of progress had nothing to do with Turkey's culture, size or geographical position. "In principle, there is no reason why Turkey should not become a member state. It would be a very successful state of the EU, make a big contribution and benefit hugely from EU membership," he … [Read more...] about Turkey would greatly contribute to EU: UK envoy
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UK to send MEPs to European Parliament – but for how long? BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Almost three years after voting to leave the European Union, Britons will go to the polls to elect new MEPs after Brexit was delayed. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/uk-to-send-meps-to-european-parliament-but-for-how-long-38125954.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article38125951.ece/f32c6/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_64396792-9f4d-4e88-be0c-da4f43f8af2f_1 Email Almost three years after voting to leave the European Union, Britons will go to the polls to elect new MEPs after Brexit was delayed. Why is the vote happening? But because of her failure to get the Withdrawal Agreement approved by MPs at Westminster, the UK remains a member of the EU and has to take part in the elections to the European Parliament. Will MEPs take their seats? The new European Parliament will assemble on July 2 and with no prospect of the Brexit process being completed by then the UK’s MEPs … [Read more...] about UK to send MEPs to European Parliament – but for how long?
The European Parliament "doesn't intend to be ridiculed" and the EU election is "not a game," said its president, Antonio Tajani, after he briefed EU leaders on the Parliament's view on another Brexit extension. Tajani's statement came as a message to British Prime Minister Theresa May that MEPs are not impressed with her plan to embark on the European Parliament election, but then pull the U.K.'s participation either partway through the campaign or shortly afterward. On her own way into a special summit of EU leaders Wednesday, at which May presented her request for an additional Brexit extension, the British prime minister said she still believed the U.K. could leave by May 22, the day before the election begins. In her letter to European Council President Donald Tusk last week, May requested a further Brexit extension until June 30 and said that while it is not in the interests of either the U.K. or the EU for her country to take part in the EU election, she would … [Read more...] about Antonio Tajani warns UK that EU election ‘is not a game’
Kristian Rouz — European businesses have seen the odds of a 'hard Brexit' decline following the EU's proposal to extend the Brexit deadline until 22 May. The new report comes despite a separate statement from EU officials, saying the Brexit deal — twice-rejected by Parliament — would not be subjected to 'significant changes' during the extension period. According to data from one of Europe's largest online exchanges, Betfair, chances of a 'no-deal' Brexit have tumbled to just below 5 percent. However, the 'implied probability' of a 'disorderly' divorce was seen as 27.5 percent — taking into consideration the lingering cross-Channel diplomatic tensions, as well as heated political debates in Westminster. Betfair is a peer-to-peer betting exchange, which is used for smaller-sized financial transactions across Europe. Its … [Read more...] about UK to Seriously Consider ‘No-Deal’ Brexit Amid Robust Economy
The one thing business people rightly abhor, and struggle most to cope with, is total uncertainty. And the current state of non-play on Brexit brings us vastly more of this total uncertainty. The situation, with 46 days left to B-Day on March 29, leaves us all with few clues at all about what is happening and where this will land. Business people on the islands of Ireland and Britain, and beyond on mainland Europe, cannot even guess what is happening next with little more than six weeks left. This is a flagrant abuse of enterprising people and their beleaguered employees and can no longer be tolerated. The burden is heaviest for people in small and medium-sized enterprises, the engine room of the economy. They are left with the option of having to expend money and scarce time to put in place Brexit preparations which might not be needed. Against that, they must weigh the risk of doing little to prepare for a no deal. It is a situation nobody should be obliged to face - much less the … [Read more...] about Editorial: ‘Time has come for the UK and EU to signal a Brexit delay’