This article outlines the negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) that led to the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Negotiation policy "We recognise how important it is to provide business, the public sector and the public with as much certainty as possible. So ahead of, and throughout the negotiations, we will provide certainty wherever we can. We will provide as much information as we can without undermining the national interest." "The United Kingdom's exit from and new partnership with the European Union" (PDF). UK Government. February 2017. p. 9. Some effects of the UK withdrawal could emerge before the UK and the EU27 conclude the Article 50 negotiation, as a result of policies existing when the negotiation begins, or some change of policy later. At the outset policy provisions binding on the EU include principles, aspirations and objectives set out in the TEU (Treaty on European Union) Preamble and Articles, of which Article 3 … [Read more...] about Negotiations leading to the Brexit withdrawal agreement
Unionists issue budget threat to brexit deal
This article originally published in January has been updated. Three times this year the UK parliament has voted down the Brexit deal negotiated by London and Brussels, and approved by the other 27 EU governments. Deadlock over the path ahead has brought down Prime Minister Theresa May, and twice forced a delay to the UK's scheduled departure date from the EU. It has now been set by EU leaders for October 31. British parliamentary approval for the exit deal is one of the conditions necessary for its terms to take effect. Without it, the default legal position is that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without an agreement. The deal consists of two parts: a Withdrawal Agreement covering the terms of the UK’s exit, and a Political Declaration setting out a framework for future relations. Boris Johnson has pledged to renegotiate the deal as prime minister, and take the UK out of the EU by the end of October "come what may". European leaders have repeatedly ruled out … [Read more...] about What’s in Theresa May’s Brexit deal and why is it so unpopular?
Wednesday's order to shut down the UK Parliament for five weeks from September 11 was dramatic. But it is far from surprising if you have been following closely since the day Boris Johnson became prime minister on July 24. From that day, Johnson has been devoted to one outcome, a No Deal Brexit from the European Union on October 31. On the steps of 10 Downing Street, he said the United Kingdom will "come out of the EU ... no ifs or buts". He waved away the consequences foreseen by experts and the government's civil servants - chaos, economic downturn and likely recession, political and social turmoil - by claiming "the doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters" are going to be proven wrong again. Ignoring the parliamentary majority that prevented a No Deal in January and again in April, the new prime minister proclaimed: "We are going to fulfil the repeated promises of Parliament." Dedicated to breaking with Europe, he announced "a new and exciting partnership with the rest of Europe". … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson is clinging to his last chance for glory
The leader of a valleys council says his authority needs more than £330 million from the government to meet the pressures it is facing. Councillor Andrew Morgan of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said that they would need an extra £333.5 million from UK and Welsh Government next year. He said that the UK Government’s comprehensive spending review is not likely to happen and that they are looking at a roll-over budget for next year. Cllr Morgan, Labour , said they would need £78.5 million extra from UK Government and Welsh Government to match this year’s demand but new pressures including teachers pay, pensions, other staff pay, social care, schools and others mean they need an extra £255 million on top of that. He told councillors at the full council meeting on Wednesday, July 31 that the final Welsh Government settlement is likely to come on March 3 with the council having to set its budget by March 9. Cllr Morgan said he hopes there aren’t too … [Read more...] about Council needs this many million next year to meet huge pressures
United Kingdom European Union membership referendum “ Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? ” LocationUnited Kingdom (pop. 65.648m) and Gibraltar (pop. 0.030m)Date23 June 2016 Results Votes % Leave 17,410,742 51.89% Remain 16,141,241 48.11% Valid votes 33,551,983 99.92% Invalid or blank votes 25,359 0.08% Total votes 33,577,342 100.00% Registered voters/turnout 46,500,001 72.21% Results by voting areas Leave Remain On the map, the darker shades for a colour indicate a larger margin. The results for Northern Ireland are by parliamentary constituency. The electorate of 46.5m represents 70.8% of the population.The United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, also known as the EU referendum and the Brexit referendum, took place on 23 June 2016 in the United Kingdom (UK) and Gibraltar to ask the electorate if the country should remain a member of, … [Read more...] about 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum