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    • EU wants “credible political promises” UK will not unpick post-Brexit relationship in the future September 18, 2018
      The Times reports that the European Commission is seeking “credible political promises” from Prime Minister Theresa May that the terms of the final UK-EU agreement would not be unpicked in the future. This comes after Environment Secretary Michael Gove suggested that “a future Prime Minister could always choose to alter the relationship between Britain and […]
    • The Times: EU prepared to modify position on Irish border ‘backstop’ proposal September 17, 2018
      The EU is preparing to modify its position on the 'backstop' solution to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit, proposing a "trusted-trader" scheme under which goods would be checked at ports in the UK and could be tracked using technology such as barcodes, the Times reports. In the EU's original 'backstop' […]
    • How should the EU respond to member states breaching the rule of law? September 14, 2018
      Open Europe's Pieter Cleppe discusses the European Parliament's vote to launch Article 7 measures against Hungary for breaching EU rules on Al Jazeera English. The post How should the EU respond to member states breaching the rule of law? appeared first on Open Europe.
    • Bank of England governor outlines ‘no deal’ Brexit effects to Cabinet September 14, 2018
      The Governor of the Bank of England (BoE) Mark Carney yesterday told the Cabinet that the impacts of a 'no deal' Brexit scenario on the UK economy could include a fall in house prices of 35 percent over three years and a fall in the British pound, as well as a rise in interest rates, […]
    • Europe reacts to Juncker’s “The Hour of European Sovereignty” speech September 13, 2018
      Open Europe's Anna Nadibaidze overviews the European responses to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's last State of the European Union speech.The post Europe reacts to Juncker’s “The Hour of European Sovereignty” speech appeared first on Open Europe.
    • May: £39bn Brexit divorce bill could be reconsidered if no deal reached September 13, 2018
      Prime Minister Theresa May announced that in the event of no deal on a withdrawal agreement and political declaration on the future relationship between the UK and EU, the Government may reconsider their position on the £39bn financial settlement. During yesterday’s PMQs, May told the House of Commons, “We [the UK] are a country that […]
    • Prime Minister rejects plans for EU officials to police British ports September 12, 2018
      The Times reports that Downing Street has rejected proposals for EU officials to carry out customs checks at British ports on goods exported to Ireland. Elsewhere, Prime Minister Theresa May reportedly views next week’s Salzburg meeting of EU27 leaders as a “staging post in exit negotiations,” as it is the first time EU leaders will […]
    • Brexit deal can be agreed within 6-8 weeks, says Michel Barnier September 11, 2018
      The EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier yesterday said that it was possible for the UK and the EU to reach a Brexit deal within six to eight weeks. Barnier said, “I think that if we are realistic we are able to reach an agreement on the first stage of the negotiation, which is the […]
    • FT: EU27 preparing to give Michel Barnier new guidelines to reach Brexit deal with the UK September 10, 2018
      The EU could issue its chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier new instructions in order to reach agreement on a future partnership with the UK, reports the Financial Times. According to the paper, EU27 leaders will discuss giving additional guidance to Barnier at an informal summit in Salzburg, Austria, on September 20, with an EU official quoted […]
    • Leaving the EU won’t give the UK the “exact same benefits” September 7, 2018
      Open Europe’s Henry Newman appeared on the BBC 2’s Politics Live programme on September 6, asking Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell about the Labour Party's stance on a second Brexit referendum.The post Leaving the EU won’t give the UK the “exact same benefits” appeared first on Open Europe.

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