British Prime Minister Theresa May met EU leaders yesterday at the first of a two-day summit where she presented a ‘’fair and serious’’ offer that would grant the 3 million EU citizens living in Britain guaranteed rights. With negotiators on both sides addressing the most pressing issues of citizens’ rights, Britain’s debt obligation and the Irish border before discussing any future trade arrangements, Ms. May was eager to make a speedy resolution on the rights of EU & UK...
Conservative-DUP Coalition heightens uncertainty over Brexit outcome
Last week’s remarkable UK General Election result that brought about a hung parliament has only added to the greater level of anxiety around the EU over how Britain’s exit negotiations will proceed. Prime Minister Theresa May is in a weekend position, given that she lost her overall majority and will now seek to govern through a confidence and supply agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
Discussions between the two parties are still...
by Lucinda Creighton
Last Thursday’s election outcome in the United Kingdom was supposed to deliver ‘strong and stable Government’ for the UK, just eight days before embarking on the official negotiations to leave the European Union. It was supposed to deliver a strong mandate to Theresa May to pursue her route towards hard Brexit. She was expected to increase her majority in the House of Commons by about 80 additional seats. This in turn was supposed to silence critics in...
John Bruton, former Taoiseach, delivering the Grattan lecture in the Irish Embassy in London at 7.45pm on Monday 12 June, said;
THE HISTORIC CONTEXT OF BREXIT
If one reviews European history over the period since the Reformation five hundred years ago, the role that England has sought to play in Europe has been that of holding the balance between contending powers. It used its naval strength, and the overseas colonies its naval strength allowed it to hold, to exercise that balancing...
Theresa May, 9 June, 10 Downing Street:
I have just been to see Her Majesty the Queen, and I will now form a government – a government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country.
This government will guide the country through the crucial Brexit talks that begin in just 10 days, and deliver on the will of the British people by taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union.
It will work to...
KEY EVENTS THIS WEEK:
EU lays down rules for regulatory agencies relocation
The battle to lure the departing UK-based European regulatory agencies is on as Brussels has issued the criteria which will guide how it will decide their future post-Brexit locations. In a proposal published earlier this week, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk laid down the ground rules and called on member states to have bids submitted by July 31st.
The London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) and European...
Ladies and gentlemen,
From the day the UK decided to leave, the EU has gone through an intense preparatory process.
We are ready and well-prepared:
• We have a clear mandate supported by all 27 Member States.
• We have a solid resolution from the European Parliament.
• We have excellent working relations between all EU institutions.
• We have a negotiation team. All structures are in place.
The new Brexit Council working group will meet tomorrow already. In the course of the next few days...
The 27 member states of the European Union today adopted the negotiating mandate of Michel Barnier and his team, giving him the green light to open discussions on the UK's withdrawal from the EU and EU Institutions.
"The EU-27 formally adopts the Brexit negotiating directives, appoints the Commission as negotiator and authorizes the opening of negotiations," the EU's Maltese EU Presidency said on the social network.
The mandate given by the member states is "firm and clear", welcomed the EU's deputy...
MEPs welcomed the unity of the 27 Member States and the EU institutions with regard to Brexit and also called for a reform of the EU to benefit all its citizens.
The President of the European Council Donald Tusk presented to MEPs the Guidelines for Brexit negotiations agreed by the Member States at the summit on 29 April. He welcomed the alignment with the ‘red lines’ set by the European Parliament. The detailed negotiating mandate will be presented for adoption...
MEPs will debate on Wednesday morning the guidelines for the EU negotiations with the UK that the European Council agreed at its last meeting in April. European Council President Donald Tusk, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU chief negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier will take part in the debate.
The guidelines agreed by the Council are broadly in line with the key principles and conditions for the UK's withdrawal agreement European Parliament adopted on 5 April. In their resolution, MEPs...