No 10 says Brexit transition period will not be open-ended

Rebuttal follows leaked Whitehall paper revealing UK is challenging EUs 21-month limit Downing Street has insisted there will be a firm end-date to the Brexit transition period, after a leaked document revealed the British government is challenging the EU’s 21-month limit and proposing that the UK stays in the single market and customs union as […]

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Hooligan Brexiters now offer a mad, dystopian future nobody voted for | Simon Jenkins

A hard Brexit would necessitate years of chaos. But no bargain would be far worse, whatever Dominic Raab says, writes Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins I was awakened by the bedside radio coming to life, leaving me briefly lost between a bad dream and reality. Two BBC World Service reporters were calmly discussing a nation gone […]

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Brexit: EU to have power to punish UK at will during transition

Exclusive: Brussels could impose sanctions if it believes law contravened, leaked document says Brexit Brexit: EU to have power to punish UK at will during transition Exclusive: Brussels could impose sanctions if it believes law infringed, leaked document says Daniel Boffey in Strasbourg Tue 6 Feb 2018 12. 49 EST Last modified on Tue 6 […]

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Brexit: EU’ would block trade deal if Britain reneged on bill’

UK must honour its debts before starting to negotiate trade deal, say Brussels sources The European Union would refuse to negotiate a trade deal with the UK if both governments reneged on the Brexit bill, EU sources have said. At the G7 summit in Biarritz, Boris Johnson said it was a” simple statement of reality” […]

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Why won’t the remain parties work together for the EU elections? | Polly Toynbee

If the Lib Dems, Greens and Change UK formed a single pro-Europe grouping theyd do far better, says Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee European elections take place on 23 May, almost certainly. For this great chance to summon the pro-EU, pro-referendum vote, give thanks from the bottom of our hearts to the unbelievably useful moronics of […]

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Downing Street rules out U-turn on customs union pledge

UK will leave single marketplace and customs union, No 10 maintains, as MPs prepare for key debate Downing Street has insisted it will not back down on leaving the customs union, as pro-Brexit MPs signalled their solve over the issue ahead of a key week for the future of the UK’s relations with Europe. Peers […]

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War menaces over Gibraltar are rightwing imperial fictions | Paul Mason

Sending ships to southern Spain only attains sense if you buy the delusion that Britains future involves rekindling empire, both economically and diplomatically Anton Chekhovs rule was that if a firearm appears in act one, by act three it must go off. This basic principle of drama holds true in diplomacy as well: dont induce […]

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Brexodus has begun. We EU nationals know staying on is too big a gamble | Joris Luyendijk

Who would sacrifice EU citizenship for life in a country we now know could turn on us at any moment? It stimulates sense to get ahead of the returning herd It will not happen in spectacular styles, so do not expect TV footage of hordes of well-heeled EU nationals making for Heathrow airport or the […]

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Meet the Swedish politician ready to play hardball with the UK on Brexit

Cecilia Malmstrm, the EU trade commissioner, will take a hard line on new trade deals During the febrile, topsy-turvy days after Britain voted to leave the European Union, there were plenty of tough messages from European leaders. But few sounded more uncompromising than the EU trade commissioner. A week after the result, Cecilia Malmstrm, Europes […]

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Foreign Office defends navy for ordering Spanish warship out of Gibraltar waters

Patrol boat Infanta Cristina strays into British province amid row between UK and Spain over enclaves post-Brexit future The British Foreign Office defended the Royal Navys decision to order a Spanish warship out of Gibraltars disputed territorial waters, the most recent spat in the row between the UK and Spain over the enclaves future after […]

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