May ‘fighting day and night’ to ensure Brexit deal

Britain’s Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said Prime Minister Theresa May is “fighting day and night” to secure a Brexit agreement. “Both sides see the backstop as temporary,” he said. “There is a recognition on both sides that the backstop is a concern. “There is movement but the question is how do we ensure that movement is sufficient for colleagues.” Mrs May is in Brussels for … Continue reading May ‘fighting day and night’ to ensure Brexit deal

EU offers clarity on Brexit, but no re-negotiation

European Council President Donald Tusk has said that the bloc is willing to help British Prime Minister Theresa May win the UK parliament’s approval of the Brexit deal after meeting with her this evening. “Long and frank discussion with PM Theresa May ahead of Brexit summit. Clear that EU 27 wants to help. The question is how,” Mr Tusk tweeted before hosting all EU leaders for a … Continue reading EU offers clarity on Brexit, but no re-negotiation

British Minister says there will be no Brexit renegotiations

UK Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay has said if Britain seeks to reopen Brexit negotiations, other EU countries will want to ask for more. He said his government is focused on the parliament vote on the deal on Tuesday. Mr Barclay said that if Theresa May loses the vote, she can still stay on as prime minister. He said the Norway-style deal with the EU would … Continue reading British Minister says there will be no Brexit renegotiations

It’s May’s deal, no deal, or no Brexit at all

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said MPs faced a choice ahead of a vote on her Brexit deal: approving her deal or facing an exit with no deal or even the reversal of Brexit. She said she was speaking to MPs about giving parliament a bigger role in whether the Irish backstop arrangement would be triggered, though she gave few details. Mrs May said … Continue reading It’s May’s deal, no deal, or no Brexit at all

Guterres tells G20 that COP24 ‘must succeed’

During press briefings ahead of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, UN Secretary Antonio Guterres informed world leaders that the COP24 climate change conference ‘must succeed’, citing a lack of confidence and a high level of confrontation in the international community with regard to the problem of climate change. As well as mistrust between nations, and the risk of confrontation, Mr, Guterres said that there … Continue reading Guterres tells G20 that COP24 ‘must succeed’

107 protesters arrested in Paris

French police fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon in battles with “yellow vest” protesters trying to breach security cordons on the Champs Elysees in Paris on Saturday, ahead of a third rally against high living costs. Police said107 people had been arrested amid concerns that violent far-right and far-left groups were infiltrating the “yellow vests” movement, a spontaneous grassroots rebellion over the struggle … Continue reading 107 protesters arrested in Paris

Extensions to Russia sanctions

Buenos Aires – The European Union will extend its existing economic sanctions on Russia next month, a top official with the bloc said on Friday after Moscow’s action against Ukraine’s navy in the Sea of Azov. European Council President Donald Tusk will chair a summit of EU leaders on Dec. 13-14, which is due to roll over for another year the bloc’s measures against Russia’s … Continue reading Extensions to Russia sanctions

‘What’s on the table is the only deal’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he regrets that the UK is leaving the European Union but said that what was agreed today is the “next best outcome”. He was speaking at a press conference after all 27 European Union leaders endorsed the Brexit deal at a summit in Brussels. There is no plan B, he added, if the deal is not approved in the House of Commons. He … Continue reading ‘What’s on the table is the only deal’

May to hold talks with Juncker

British Prime Minister Theresa May is in Brussels today to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, as her Brexit deal continues to be the subject of intense debate in the UK and around Europe. At the summit on Sunday morning, the 27 EU leaders will be asked to approve a declaration specifically excluding Gibraltar from future EU-UK treaties – while leaving open the possibility that London … Continue reading May to hold talks with Juncker