Citizens from the United Kingdom, with a residence in Spain, have been stopped from flying to Spain this weekend. Spain has strict COVID-19 regulations that prevented some Britons from flying to and from Spain. Several travelers have had trouble returning to their home countries after airlines refused to accept their proof of national travel cards.
The UK’s Brexit transition period came to an end on the last day of 2020, which means that the UK will completely break away from the European single market and customs union. Big Ben in London rang at midnight when Britain officially left the European Union, symbolizing the opening of a new chapter in British history.
When the epidemic swept through Europe and the United States earlier this year, companies scrambled to seek to raise funds, and some companies turned to the stock market to increase liquidity and tide over uncertain times. Subsequently, when central banks actively supported the financial market, the stock market rebounded.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Twitter that the EU will purchase an additional 100 million doses of the new coronavirus vaccines, developed by BioNTech and Pfizer. The EU will have a total of 300 million doses of the vaccine. The vaccine has been administered throughout the EU and is considered safe and effective.
The European Commission today proposed the establishment of a Brexit Adjustment Reserve to help member states and departments deal with the economic losses and social impacts caused by Brexit, and to support affected businesses and employment-damaged fields. The total budget is €5 billion.
The European Commission announced that after January 1st, the United Kingdom will be added to the EU’s third countries list. The list depicts travel restrictions from other countries to EU member nations due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The UK will no longer be part of the EU after December 31.
The European Union (EU) chief negotiator for post-‘Brexit ‘, Michel Barnier, pressured the United Kingdom today for “a fair, reciprocal and balanced agreement,” He added “Both the EU and the UK must have the right to set their own laws and control their own waters. And we should both be able to act when our interests are at stake.”
The French Mayor Frederic Couvillier, of the city of Boulogne-sur-Mer, has threatened the UK with with a “Falklands War” pertaining the dispute over the fishing waters with the European Union. Furthermore, the mayor warned of the threat of an armed conflict in light of looming Brexit deadline.
The European Parliament issued an ultimatum to the United Kingdom on Thursday. European lawmakers said they will not start the procedures for the ratification of a possible Brexit agreement before the end of the year if they do not receive the final text this Sunday.
Post-Brexit trade talks between the European Union and Britain have entered their last day, in a final attempt to reach an agreement. Both parties warned that an agreement might not be reached. The conditions set by the European Union are still “unacceptable” to the United Kingdom, a government source said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Friday that due to poor negotiations, the United Kingdom should be prepared to leave the European Union single market without a trade agreement. The Prime Minister said that the EU once again asked the UK to be subject to changes in EU rules in the future.
The British pound, which was hit by Brexit, expanded its decline against the U.S. dollar on Thursday. Investors have become more cautious, worrying that the United Kingdom and the European Union may not reach a Brexit agreement, and now there are only three weeks left before the December 31 deadline.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold talks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday night, hoping that Britain and the European Union can reach a trade agreement before the end of the year. Previously, the British government agreed to abandon controversial clauses that violated parts of the Brexit agreement.
The United Kingdom has agreed to waive the clauses on Northern Ireland that violated the European Union withdrawal agreement. The technical negotiating teams of the 27 member states and the British government have concluded work on the implementation of the agreement as of January 1, 2021.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Sunday that the Brexit negotiators of the United Kingdom and the European Union showed “pragmatism” and “sincerity,” and “a deal is about to be reached.” In an interview with Sky News, Secretary Raab said that the biggest unresolved issue is fishing rights.
The UK has reached a trade agreement with Canada that will extend the terms of the existing agreement between the EU and Canada when the Brexit transition period ends on January 1 next year. British Prime Minister Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau reached this agreement in principle via video calls on Saturday.
According to people familiar with the negotiations, the UK and the EU are expected to reach a trade agreement in the next few days. After an EU negotiator contracted the new coronavirus, the two sides suddenly suspended their in-person talks this week, but officials on both sides expressed optimism.
The European commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, offered fresh cause for optimism during a press conference. “After difficult weeks with very, very slow progress now we have seen in the last days better progress, more movement on important files. This is good,” she said.
People familiar with the matter who did not want to be named because the content of the talks was not made public said that an agreement may be reached before next weekend, or more likely in the week of November 30.
People familiar with the matter warned that to do this, the British government and the European Union still need to make major political decisions and that more concessions from the UK are needed. Otherwise, the negotiations may break down.
Ursula von der Leyen continued: “Within the frame of the level playing field, progress, for example, has been made on the question of state aid, but there are still quite some meters to the finish line so there’s still a lot of work to do. Where the timelines are concerned, time pressure is high without any question at the moment.”
“There’s a lot to work on because there is now substance where you can go through line by line, word for word. The whole team is engaged and working tirelessly day and night to reach the natural deadline we have to be done by the end of the year,” said Ursula von der Leyen.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Barnier, the chief negotiator of the European Union, had to isolate themselves after contacting patients with the new coronavirus, making the drafting of the agreement more complicated.
Johnson will end the quarantine next Thursday. The EU is urging him to make a final decision and make the necessary concessions to reach an agreement. So far, the UK has refused to accept the EU’s requirements on a level playing field for enterprises and a mechanism for implementing agreements.
A UK official said: “Although there has been some progress in recent days, there is much work to be done and time is now very short. We now need to see more realism from the EU on what it means for the UK to be an independent state.”
Officials said that, including the participation of high-level officials, many factors in the coming days will determine when and whether an agreement will be reached, adding to the last-minute complexity. Barnier may be isolated until November 26, and then may go to London for the final round of talks.
One EU diplomat said: “There is tangible progress on a number of areas while gaps are only slowly shrinking on core issues like a level playing field, governance, and fisheries. Growing concern that the negotiation process does not proceed quickly enough to ensure the ratification of a possible agreement until the end-of-the-year deadline.”
“Hope is nevertheless that negotiations can be finalized quickly if and once the necessary political decisions are taken in London. At the same time, EU member states are in agreement that contingency planning needs to be ramped up in parallel to the ongoing and hopefully successful EU-UK negotiation process. Still, the EU needs to be prepared for every possible outcome.”
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The European Union warned that the UK has not taken enough action to overcome the three major obstacles facing a post-Brexit trade agreement. The leaders of Belgium, France, and the Netherlands urged greater efforts to prepare contingency plans in case an agreement is not reached.
The leaders of France and Belgium urged the EU to intensify its efforts to prepare for a no-deal Brexit by the end of the year, in case negotiations with the UK fail to achieve a breakthrough at the last minute. That’s according to two people familiar with the relevant discussions at the EU leaders video summit on Thursday.
The European Central Bank stated that banks should not use the new coronavirus epidemic as an excuse to delay the transfer of employees to the European Union when they promote their Brexit plans. The ECB stated that future actions need to be planned with the new coronavirus epidemic as the basic assumption and try to avoid delays.
The heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, and his wife, Camilla, traveled to Berlin on Sunday, November 15, to mark the annual ‘National Day of Mourning’ in Germany to pay tribute to the victims of war, terrorism and extremism. In a speech in German, Prince Charles emphasized the continuation of his country’s friendly relations with Germany.
The pound hit its biggest gain since the market turmoil in March on Wednesday, and the market is betting that a Brexit deal may be reached next month. The pound rose 1.7% to $1.3171 against the US dollar, the highest level in more than six weeks, after Bloomberg reported that trade negotiations between the UK and the EU may resume.
The Brexit process between the United Kingdom and the European Union has taken four and a half years. The two sides are still engaged in a tug of war. Now, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson seems to be desperate to leave the European Union as soon as possible, but still leaves a crack in the door for a retreat.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that a trade agreement between Britain and Europe after Brexit is still possible, but the European Union needs to show greater flexibility. According to current news, both the UK and the EU expressed their desire to continue negotiations.
The British Prime Minister said today that the UK could “live very well” if the post-‘Brexit ‘negotiations, underway with the European Union fail to yield an agreement before the end of the transition period. Appearing in an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr Johnson said: “I think it’s there to be done. Alas, there are some difficult issues that need to be fixed.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now accusing the EU of threatening a “food blockade” between Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain. The premier opines that the move if effected is likely to tear Britain apart. Johnson’s new allegations could further fuel the crisis that is already surrounding Brexit in which the involved parties are reading from different scripts.
The Coronavirus continues to be on the forefront of the news. There are over 13.4 million infected, and over 581,000 deaths around the world. Due to the pandemic, the post-Brexit issues and future have been on hold. However, the UK’s exit from the European (EU) is a done deal.
Germany has a great responsibility in the most important arenas of international politics. The country took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months from today until the end of this year. At the same time, Germany will be in charge of chairing the UN Security Council next month.
The British government has today told the European Union that it doesn’t intend to extend the post-Brexit transition period. The decision was formally communicated to the European Commission by Michael Gove, Minister for the Cabinet Office of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
A no-deal Brexit looms for the UK unless its Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, sticks to the very promises that he made while securing the withdrawal agreement, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier has warned. Barnier accused the Prime Minister of seemingly trying to take an about turn from the written agreement in the political declaration that was arrived at and signed between the UK and the European Commission.
The UK and the European Union are still far apart, in as far as striking an agreement of trade arrangements is concerned. This became evident after the UK’s Brexit chief negotiator, David Frost, reported “very little” progress had been made, as per the outcome of the parties’ latest round of talks.
Strengthening Anglo-Irish relations, protecting the environment, and promoting good mental health: this is the message delivered by Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, who participated in their first official visit to the Republic of Ireland. A busy schedule for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, whose expedition is part of a series of royal family commitments.
The United Kingdom is on a collision course with the European Union even before Brexit talks begin. On Thursday, London rejected proposed post-Brexit rules by the union. Cabinet minister Michael Gove told embers of Parliament that the country was not going to forfeit its sovereignty in its quest for political and economic independence.
On February 19th, UK unveiled its new points based immigration system. The system is very similar to the current Canadian immigration system. The post-Brexit period will end by the end of 2020.
The new system will come into effect on January 1, 2021. This will mean controlled border access points. Unskilled labor by foreign nationals will be absolute banned. It would also mean that former Soviet Baltic republic nationals will no longer have access to such jobs. It would add additional poverty to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Even though they get aid and funding for being NATO strategic locations. It would hit their economy, due to an immediate decrease in spending.
The United Kingdom and the European Union negotiators will be locked in dialogue until the end of the year to iron out delicate Brexit divorce nuances. Britain is already drawing up plans to reinforce its coastal defenses. This is in line with anticipated changes to the existing fishing rights accord. The United Kingdom is looking to take back control of its waters and restrict E.U. members’ access.
Austria is part of a small group of EU countries that are standing up against an increase in contributions to the community budget. As net contributors, Austria— like Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Germany— takes the position that contributions must not increase exponentially.
The British (some of them) are waving the flag of the United Kingdom (“Union Jack”) after Brexit became official, and government buildings are highlighted in its colors, red, white, and blue. Having opened up a radically new space for political maneuvers, the country celebrates this achievement.
In a speech, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell what he intends to achieve to entrepreneurs, in negotiations with the EU on relations after the expiration of the Brexit transition period. After leaving the EU, the UK will no longer comply with EU standards in the field of environmental protection, workers’ rights, and state economic subsidies. Such conclusions can be drawn by reading some passages in the speech of the British PM on the topic, Brexit, with which he intends to address entrepreneurs on Monday.
After a series of lengthy debates at the European Union level, and in the British House of Commons, a whole series of votes and early elections, Brexit is now in its transition period, which will last another eleven months. On the night of January 31, the treaty came into effect, and Britain exited the E.U. as a member state. There is a lot of discussion and speculation about the changes to expect, and the possible adverse effects. But what advantages do Brexit supporters see?
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has won a large majority in Thursday’s parliamentary elections. This election result guarantees the Prime Minister the number of parliamentarians he needs to “get Brexit done” by January 31. The Conservatives won 365 out of the 650 seats in the House of Commons— more than enough for a comfortable absolute majority and for Johnson to remain Prime Minister.
French President Emanuel Macron has not been a strong leader. France is experiencing a negative pattern and the next election will be held in 2022. France reached its zenith in global influence in 1812. Napoleon Bonaparte became the Emperor of France in 1804. The title was created for Napoleon to preserve the appearance of the French Republic and show that after the French Revolution, the feudal system was abandoned and a nation state was created.
The European Union (EU) has accepted a further postponement of Brexit until January 31, European Council President Donald Tusk revealed on Monday. However, the agreement offers London the possibility of leaving the EU bloc before that date should the British Parliament ratify the exit agreement.
After a week of intense negotiations, the British government and the European Union yesterday formalized a new Brexit agreement that will allow the UK to leave the EU on October 31. However, the new agreement has to be approved by the British Parliament for the process to proceed. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has until Saturday to convince his party’s Eurosceptics, Northern Ireland Unionists, and opposition members to vote for the deal. None are so far keen on endorsing it.
The European Union and the UK negotiating teams have reached an agreement for Britain to leave the EU at a meeting in Brussels. “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control— now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime, and our environment,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a tweet.
A Brexit deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) is “virtually impossible,” British government sources told local media on Tuesday after a telephone call between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Johnson and Merkel spoke on Tuesday morning about Johnson’s proposals to the EU last week.
On September 23, 2019 Thomas Cook halted its operations. The company owned Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia. Thomas Cook was formed in 2007 by the merger of Thomas Cook AG and MyTravel Group. The group operated in two separate segments: a tour operator and an airline. Thomas Cook went into compulsory liquidation on September 23, 2019 and is now under the control of the Official Receiver. The company went into liquidation due to £1.7 billion debt. As a result, the UK Government is having to fly home over 150,000 customers from 18 countries. Brexit uncertainty contributed to the faster demise of Thomas Cook. The company was known for its all-inclusive travel model.