What was agreed on NI in the Withdrawal Agreement? Under the Withdrawal Agreement, after transition Northern Ireland will remain in the United Kingdom’s customs territory but all EU procedures will apply to goods arriving there. Any customs checks on the island of Ireland will be done in ports.
Senior EU figures were unhappy about the UK’s decision to act unilaterally. European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said sticking to the letter of the deal was a ‘precondition’ for any trade agreement. Dutch PM Mark Rutte said it was ‘not very reassuring’ and warned a deal looked ‘very difficult’. But there was no […]
Tory veteran Sir Roger Gale confirmed he will vote against the second reading of the legislation tonight. He said: ‘I am not a serial rebel, but I do have principles. If we enter into an international agreement, we have to stand by it.’
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Government pledges £355m to ease GB-NI trade UK government to enhance border checks at NI ports Government confirms new checks on goods entering NI Why Brexit is still a big issue The NI Assembly is due to hold a further debate on Brexit and Shadow Secretary of State for NI, Labour’s Louise Haigh, will raise […]
Negotiations have indeed stalled, as the EU continues to demand the British submit to terms including ad hoc EU regulation of Brexit Britain’s business environment — in pursuit of a so-called “level playing field” — and continued EU control over Britain’s national fisheries as the price of a trade deal.
“And it may well be the case that once that joint committee process itself has concluded there remain one or two loose ends where there is a requirement for legal certainty where the government may therefore need to legislate to provide that legal clarity and certainty.”
UK Brexit negotiator calls for ‘realism’ from EU ‘One train of thought in DUP’ on NI Protocol What are the sticking points in Brexit trade talks? The row comes at the start of the eighth round of post-Brexit trade deal talks between the UK and the EU.
NO EURO After the Labour Party’s Tony Blair won a 1997 election, his finance minister Gordon Brown effectively ruled out entry into the euro currency by setting out five economic tests that had been worked out with his top aide, Ed Balls, in a New York taxi.
“There are precedents for the UK and, indeed, other countries, needing to consider their international obligations as circumstances change”, he said, citing revisions in the Finance Act in 2013. The admission led to criticism from an array of lawmakers, including former Prime Minister Theresa May, who warned that the UK would damage its international reputation if […]