Downing Street: UK will not propose second Brexit transition beyond December 2020

Downing Street: UK will not propose second Brexit transition beyond December 2020 The UK is not seeking a new Brexit transition period beyond December 2020, according to a statement by the Prime Minister’s spokesperson. This comes after The Times yesterday reported that Theresa May was considering proposing a second transitional period, lasting until 2023, which would cover customs and regulatory alignment in order to avoid a hard Irish border. Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said in response to these reports, “Well 2023 won’t do. The Irish government won’t be able to…

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Theresa May to propose a second transition period until 2023

Theresa May to propose a second transition period until 2023 The Times reports that Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing to propose a second transition period until 2023 covering customs and regulatory alignment in order to avoid a hard border in Ireland.  This would mean the UK continuing to apply EU external tariffs, the Union Customs Code and the same regulatory requirements for industrial goods during this time. This will extend transitional arrangements for two more years, after the end of the first interim period in December 2020. Elsewhere, Conservative chief…

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The Independent: EU finds May’s time-limited backstop plan unacceptable

The Independent: EU finds May’s time-limited backstop plan unacceptable The EU finds Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal for a time-limited backstop plan to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland unacceptable, European Commission officials have told the Independent. Sources point out that a time-limited backstop would violate the UK’s previous commitment in the Draft Withdrawal Agreement for the backstop to apply “unless and until” another solution for the Irish border issue was found. One EU source is quoted saying, “It [the backstop] will apply for as long as…

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May: backstop would only apply in “a very limited set of circumstances”

May: backstop would only apply in “a very limited set of circumstances” A "backstop" plan to keep the UK aligned with the EU’s customs union after 2020 would only apply "in a very limited set of circumstances for a limited time," the Prime Minister said yesterday. Speaking in Macclesfield, she said, "Nobody wants this to be the solution that is achieved,” adding that she would prefer the customs issue to be solved "through our overall relationship with the European Union.” Striking a similar note, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the…

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The Sunday Times: Tory MPs are preparing for autumn elections

The Sunday Times: Tory MPs are preparing for autumn elections According to The Sunday Times, Tory MPs would be preparing for the possibility of a snap election to be held as early as this autumn, due to the Brexit deadlock on the UK’s future customs relationship with the EU. An unnamed Tory Brexiteer is quoted saying, “It’s becoming clear there’s no compromise that will keep remainers such as Nicky Morgan, Anna Soubry and Dominic Grieve happy as well as the likes of myself and Jacob Rees-Mogg.” The Brexiteer adds, “The…

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Marriage Italian style: The Five Star Movement-League coalition agreement and its implications for Europe

Marriage Italian style: The Five Star Movement-League coalition agreement and its implications for Europe In a new briefing, Open Europe’s Enea Desideri assesses the impact that a Five Star Movement/League government in Italy could have in Europe The post Marriage Italian style: The Five Star Movement-League coalition agreement and its implications for Europe appeared first on Open Europe. Source: Europe

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May denies ‘climbing down’ over Customs Union

May denies ‘climbing down’ over Customs Union Theresa May yesterday denied ‘climbing down’ over membership of the EU customs union after Brexit. Speaking to reporters at the EU Western Balkans summit in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, the Prime Minister said, “No, we are not [climbing down]. The United Kingdom will be leaving the customs union, we are leaving the European Union,” adding that the UK would have its “independent trade policy.” This came after the Telegraph reported yesterday that the Brexit Cabinet sub-committee had agreed that the UK may need…

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Government White Paper will show progress on key Brexit objectives, says Theresa May

Government White Paper will show progress on key Brexit objectives, says Theresa May Speaking at the House of Commons yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May said the government would publish a white paper “in a few weeks” on the future UK-EU relationship that “will show how much progress we are making.” On the customs arrangements, May said, "We have set three very simple objectives… Achieving those objectives is not easy… There will be some who will say actually, forget about an independent trade policy…There may be some who say don’t worry…

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Government White Paper on future UK-EU relationship to be published next month

Government White Paper on future UK-EU relationship to be published next month The UK Government announced its plans to publish a White Paper outlining its positions for the post-Brexit UK-EU relationship ahead of the European Council summit in June. Brexit Secretary David Davis yesterday said that the document “will include detailed, ambitious and precise explanations of our positions,” adding, “It will communicate our ambition for the UK’s future relationship with the EU, in the context of our vision for the UK’s future role in the world.” The paper is expected to include a plan for future customs…

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