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Provisional agreement on visa-free travel


3.4.2019 – The European Parliament and the Council have reached a provisional agreement on the Commission’s proposal to grant UK nationals visa-free travel to the EU after the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. This means that UK nationals will not need a visa when travelling to the Schengen area for short stays of [...]

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Theresa May reaches out to opposition

Theresa May Holds Press Conference After All-day Cabinet Meeting

2.4.2019  – The UK prime minister says she will sit down with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to try to find a joint way out of Brexit impasse.heresa May cannot deliver Brexit with the support of her own party. So she’s going to try to deliver it with the support of Jeremy Corbyn instead. In [...]

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EU leaders agreed to postpone Brexit day


22.3.2019 -  EU leaders proposed two new dates— April 12 and May 22 — that will determine the course of the U.K.’s departure. Both new dates in the EU plan come with conditions, but in either event the original March 29 deadline — the so-called cliff-edge by which Britain would leave the bloc with or [...]

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“No” for Brexit in UK

British Prime Minister Arrives In Brussels Ahead Of Brexit Summit

15.1.2019 – British MPs rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal by a record-breaking 230 votes, shrouding the U.K.’s path out of the European Union with doubt. The vote in the House of Commons — 432 against and 202 for — means that the Withdrawal Agreement struck between May’s government and the EU in November [...]

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Brexit at the first phase


3.10.2017-Both President Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s Chief Negotiator for Article 50 negotiations, debriefed the Plenary Session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the state of play of negotiations with the United Kingdom. In his speech, President Juncker referred to Prime Minster May’s speech in Florence as “conciliatory,” underlining that work [...]

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Remarks by President Donald Tusk following the UK notification

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“So, here it is, six pages: the notification from Prime Minister Theresa May, triggering Article 50 and formally starting the negotiations of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. There is no reason to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels, nor in London. After all, most Europeans, including almost half [...]

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New candidate for the Commissioner for security

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On 2 August, President Juncker announced his intention to allocate the Security Union portfolio to Sir Julian King, the candidate for Commissioner from the United Kingdom. The Commissioner for the Security Union will support the implementation of the European Agenda on Security that the European Commission adopted on 28 April 2015. He will contribute to [...]

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A British Tragedy in One Act

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OXFORD – Thursday night is said to have been momentous for those who campaigned to leave the European Union and turn Britain’s back on the twenty-first century. On that, at least, I can agree. As Cicero wrote: “O wretched and unhappy was that day.” The decision to leave the EU will dominate British national life [...]

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UK voted to leave 52%


Joint statement by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Mark Rutte, holder of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, on the outcome of the United Kingdom referendum: “In a free and democratic process, the British people [...]

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The Paradox of Identity Politics


The United Kingdom’s recent general election provided a clear example of how the question of national identity is reshaping Europe’s political landscape. The Scottish National Party, embodying a left-wing version of identity politics, wiped out Labour in Scotland, allowing the Conservatives to gain an absolute majority in Parliament. The government of Prime Minister David Cameron [...]

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What Now for Britain and Europe?


The surprise result of the United Kingdom’s general election, which will return Prime Minister David Cameron and the Conservative Party to power for another five years, suggests that Britain’s voters prefer the devil they know to the devil they don’t. That may also apply, one hopes, to European Union membership, too. Indeed, with Cameron’s big [...]

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Cameron refuses to pay EU budget bill

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European Council discussions were overtaken by a row over an EU budget bill presented to nine member states. David Cameron, the prime minister of the UK, said on 24 October, that he will not pay a €2.1 billion bill to top-up the EU budget by a deadline of 1 December. Member states were told during the [...]

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EU exit would lead to City job losses

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Liberal Democrat MEP for London Sarah Ludford says that EU exit would lead to City job losses. A new survey published today by TheCityUK has found that four in five business leaders in the financial sector want Britain to stay in the EU. Almost three quarters of financial sector leaders agree that their firm benefits [...]

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