Updated 8:39 am CST, Monday, January 28, 2019 Macedonia's Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs Bujar Osmani, left, gestures next to Romania's Minister Delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba during a joint press conference in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. Osmani said his country's impending name change is a compromise that will bring stability and prosperity to the Balkans. less Macedonia's Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs Bujar Osmani, left, gestures next to Romania's Minister Delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba during a joint press conference in Bucharest, ... more Photo: Vadim Ghirda, AP Photo: Vadim Ghirda, AP Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 Macedonia's Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs … [Read more...] about European Union presidency to back Macedonia accession talks
THE UK and the EU are now on a countdown to B-day with both sides trying to reach a Brexit deal before the clock strikes midnight on March 29 next year. Talks have hit a roadblock over the Irish border backstop issue, with Theresa May struggling to get her crunch vote through the Commons. Here's the latest. What is Brexit? Brexit comes from merging the words "Britain" and "exit". The term has been widely used ever since the idea of a referendum on leaving the EU was put forward. More than 30million people voted in the June 2016 referendum with a turnout of 71.8 per cent. Leave won by 52 per cent to 48 per cent. People now talk about “soft” and “hard” Brexit in reference to how close the UK will be to the EU post separation. The road to triggering Article 50 - which saw Britain officially start the process of leaving the EU - was paved with complications for the PM, including a Supreme Court case ruling MPs needed to vote on Brexit negotiations. But it was … [Read more...] about What is Brexit, when is the UK leaving the European Union and what will happen after March 29 next year?
Who dares wins FREEING ourselves from the clutches of the European Union should be a reason to celebrate. But nearly 900 days after that historic vote, we’re left with a stinker of a deal and a Government that has pursued a damage-limitation strategy from Day One. It is a crying shame that nobody in Government has put their heart into a vision of a truly global Britain. The PM is in Buenos Aires rightly extolling our virtues to world leaders, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that her Cabinet are afraid that Britain cannot make it on its own. That weakness has been exploited time after time by EU negotiators. If only they shared the faith of those who voted for a brighter future. The scandalous lack of planning for a clean break, as James Forsyth makes clear on this very page, is a result of the Government only ever looking for pitfalls — rather than grabbing the opportunities that are so obviously out there for a reinvigorated Britain. It’s not too late. If … [Read more...] about We should be celebrating our freedom from the clutches of the European Union
Lorne Cook, Jill Lawless and Raf Casert Associated Press Published 6:45 PM EST Nov 25, 2018 Brussels – After months of hesitation, stop-and-start negotiations and resignations, Britain and the European Union on Sunday finally sealed an agreement governing the U.K.’s departure from the bloc next year. So much for the easy part. British Prime Minister Theresa May must now sell the deal to her divided Parliament — a huge task considering the intense opposition from pro-Brexit and pro-EU lawmakers alike — to ensure Britain can leave with a minimum of upheaval on March 29. It’s a hard sell. The agreement leaves Britain outside the EU with no say but still subject to its rules and the obligations of membership at least until the end of 2020, possibly longer. Britons voted to leave in June 2016, largely over concerns about immigration and losing sovereignty to Brussels. EU leaders were quick to warn that no better offer is available. “I am totally … [Read more...] about European Union seals Brexit deal as May faces a hard sell at home
BRUSSELS -- European Union leaders on Sunday approved an agreement on Britain's departure next year — the first time a member country will have left the 28-nation bloc. It took leaders a matter of minutes at a summit in Brussels to endorse a withdrawal agreement that settles Britain's divorce bill, protects the rights of U.K. and EU citizens hit by Brexit and keeps the Irish border open. They also rubber-stamped a 26-page document laying out their aims for future relations after Britain leaves in March. Barely half an hour after leaders sat down, European President Donald Tusk tweeted: "EU27 has endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relations." British Prime Minister Theresa May, waiting in the wings as the other leaders met, joined them once they had given the deal the seal of approval to discuss the next steps on the road to Brexit. May has hailed the deal as the start of a new chapter for Britain, but European Commission President … [Read more...] about European Union leaders approve Brexit deal in a matter of minutes