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Brexit: NI Affairs committee sets up inquiry into customs plans

Laura | March 5, 2020 close
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An inquiry examining the impact of new customs arrangements on trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland has been set up by a Westminster committee. The Brexit deal has major implications for Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland will still be part of the UK’s customs territory at the end of the […]

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Coronavirus: No-deal Brexit prep will be ‘dusted off to ...

Laura | March 5, 2020 close
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The government’s previous preparations for a potential no-deal Brexit stand it in “incredibly good stead” to help firms deal with the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, the former business secretary has told Sky News. Andrea Leadsom told Sky’s political editor Beth Rigby that there was a “huge amount” that ministers […]

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Michel Barnier: Serious issues remain over trade deal

Laura | March 5, 2020 close
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There remain “serious” differences between the UK and EU after the first round of trade talks, the bloc’s chief negotiator has said. Michel Barnier said “very difficult” areas needed to be resolved, but a “good agreement for both sides” remained possible. He said there were disagreements over competition rules, police […]

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Tory MP calls for new June bank holiday to celebrate Brexit ...

Laura | March 4, 2020 close
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A Tory MP has called for a new June bank holiday to celebrate the 2016 Brexit referendum. Peter Bone wants an annual “United Kingdom Day” on the Friday closest to 23 June, the day the European Union poll was held. He said the referendum’s anniversary should be officially marked as […]

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UK optimistic on EU fishing deal by July – environment ...

Laura | March 4, 2020 close
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Britain is optimistic it can reach agreement with the European Union over future fishing rights by July as it is not asking for anything extraordinary, environment minister George Eustice said on Wednesday. Britain left the bloc at the end of January and has begun negotiations on a trade deal to […]

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Brexit: Olly Robins faces calls to put Chequers plan ‘out ...

Laura | March 4, 2020 close
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Theresa May’s chief Brexit adviser has insisted her under-fire Chequers plan is deliverable and “respects” both the UK’s sovereignty and the EU’s autonomy. Appearing before MPs, Oliver Robbins was urged to put the prime minister’s blueprint for future relations with the EU after Brexit “out of its misery”. Veteran Eurosceptic […]

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Scottish government seeks clarity over Irish Sea border

Laura | March 4, 2020 close
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The Scottish government has said it is seeking clarity from Westminster on whether it will be responsible for implementing the Irish Sea border. That border refers to new controls on GB to NI trade at the end of the Brexit transition period. A NI minister said his Scottish counterparts told […]

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Choppy waters of Brexit threaten Danish fishing

Laura | March 3, 2020 close
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With an icy wind blowing behind it the fishing trawler Asbjoern 265 enters port in Skagen on the very northern tip of Denmark. It’s Denmark’s busiest fishing harbour. A flock of seagulls wheels overhead, raucous and hungry. Snowflakes drift in the air. Out to sea a line of white waves […]

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Peugeot CEO says UK should provide compensation if Brexit ...

Laura | March 3, 2020 close
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Peugeot (PEUP.PA) could only export cars to Britain and invest in local plants if the British government helped to offset any potential tariffs imposed after the country’s exit from the European Union, Chief Executive Carlos Tavares said. Britain has already left the common market but has not yet finalised an […]

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Brexit: UK and EU negotiators agree not to shake hands amid ...

Laura | March 3, 2020 close
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Talks between Britain and the EU on a post-Brexit trade deal have got under way in Brussels, with officials on both sides agreeing not to shake hands because of the coronavirus outbreak. The two teams agreed to the step amid the continuing global spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. […]

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Brexit leaves Emmanuel Macron with a dilemma

Laura | March 3, 2020 close
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Given recent cross-channel provocations, it would hardly be surprising to learn that the French are quite happy to see the back of us. Boris Johnson last year referred to our nearest neighbours as “turds”, in a comment that had to be cut from a BBC documentary. French President Emmanuel Macron is playing tough on […]

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Farmers angry after senior government adviser says UK could ...

Laura | March 2, 2020 close
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The UK has a “moral imperative” to produce its own food, the chief of the farmers’ union has said after it emerged a senior government adviser argued Britain could import all produce. Minette Batters, the president of the National Union of Farmers, hit back at suggestions the UK could copy […]