Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney: “The Irish position remains consistent and very clear that a ‘time-limited backstop’ or a backstop that could be ended by UK unilaterally would never be agreed to by Ireland or the European Union. These ideas are not backstops at all + don’t deliver on previous UK commitments.”
Theresa May tells MPs the Brexit divorce agreement with Brussels is now 95% settled, but insisted she will not accept any final deal that creates a customs border in the Irish Sea. It comes after an estimated 700,000 protesters marched through London on Saturday demanding a “People’s Vote” on the terms of a deal, and a wave of speculation in the Sunday newspapers that a vote of no confidence in the prime minister could be imminent.
“The EU has provided significant support to Zimbabwe since independence and will continue to do so as we develop our political, economic and trade relations.
“The EU stands ready to assist and accompany Zimbabwe as the country moves forward to implement much needed political and economic reforms.”
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has indicated his willingness to pursue reforms as part of his pledge to re-engage the international community of nations after almost-two decades as a pariah under former President Robert Mugabe’s isolationist policies.
European Union negotiator Michel Barnier said on Friday a Brexit deal with the United Kingdom was 90 percent done, although there was still a chance no accord would be reached due to ongoing stumbling blocks over the Irish border. “Ninety percent of the accord on the table has been agreed with Britain,” European Union negotiator Michel Barnier told France Inter radio.
After Brexit, the EU wants to wind down in stages all the rebates, including those that the Netherlands or Denmark enjoy. The bloc’s executive European Commission has proposed to have none in the next common budget for 2021-2024.
“I think that even for the pleasant but improbable case that the British wish to remain… then in my budgetary framework I would stick to the phased ending of rebates. The rebates, in a family of 27, are no longer appropriate.”
If Britain genuinely wanted a good last-minute Brexit deal, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt should probably not have compared the European Union to the USSR. Brexit saga sees a revitalization of politics on both sides, allowing the country to focus its attention on the issues that really count. Before we get there, however, it looks set to be one hell of a ride.
Swiss talks with the European Union have not made enough progress so far to clinch a new treaty due to differences over rules to protect high Swiss wages from cross-border competition, Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis told parliament on Thursday. Cassis did not rule out the possibility of striking a deal with the EU, Switzerland’s biggest trade partner, by the end of this year, though he reiterated that the labour rules remain a non-negotiable “red line” for the Swiss side.
With just over six months until Britain leaves the European Union, Theresa May has yet to reach a deal with Brussels on the terms of the divorce, and her plan for future trade ties has been rebuffed by both the EU and many lawmakers in her own party. Keir Starmer said: “Everybody recognises the talks are going badly and it looks as though we’re heading for a bad deal or even no deal. We, the Labour Party, are going to vote down a bad deal or we’re going to vote down no deal because that is not good for our country nor is it what people voted for.”
London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for another referendum on Britain’s European Union membership, saying the prime minister’s handling of Brexit negotiations had become “mired in confusion and deadlock” and was leading the country down a damaging path. “The government’s abject failure – and the huge risk we face of a bad deal or a no-deal Brexit – means that giving people a fresh say is now the right – and only – approach left for our country,” London mayor Sadiq Khan said.
Britain’s former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has said he supports Prime Minister Theresa May and his opposition was not to her but to her proposals for exiting the European Union, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday. “It’s not about the leadership. It’s about the policy. It’s not about changing prime minister. It’s about chucking Chequers,” Boris Johnson is reported to have told the newspaper at an event in Washington D.C. in the United States.