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#Brexit – Tell us what you want, what you really, really want

#Brexit – Tell us what you want, what you really, really want

| December 14, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May will return empty handed to the UK today (14 December). She put forward a ‘package’ to help her get the Withdrawal Agreement adopted in the UK, arguing that with the right assurances it would be possible that the UK parliament would support her deal, describing it as the “only one […]

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#Brexit: May to return to Brussels on Saturday before European Council

#Brexit: May to return to Brussels on Saturday before European Council

| November 21, 2018

Following today’s (21 November) meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, British Prime Minister Theresa May said that she would be returning on Saturday (24 November) to bring the discussions to a conclusion. The announcement means that negotiations will go down to the wire and that the Council may not be able to reach an […]

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#Brexit: ‘We have the divorce papers on the table, 45 years of a difficult marriage are coming to an end’ Blümel #eu2018at

#Brexit: ‘We have the divorce papers on the table, 45 years of a difficult marriage are coming to an end’ Blümel #eu2018at

| November 19, 2018

The General Affairs Council (Article 50) is meeting today (19 November) in EU-27 format, to prepare the special meeting of the European Council to endorse the Brexit withdrawal agreement and reach agreement on the political declaration on the future relationship of the UK with the EU. If “nothing extraordinary happens before then”, to use the words of Donald Tusk, then heads of government will adopt the documents on Sunday […]

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#DigitalTax – ‘I believe that in 2019 we will see a different solution emerge from the OECD’ Donohoe

#DigitalTax – ‘I believe that in 2019 we will see a different solution emerge from the OECD’ Donohoe

| November 7, 2018

Following the meeting of European Finance Ministers (ECOFIN), Austrian Finance Minister Hartwig Löger said that ministers were still on track to reach a ‘political declaration’ on the EU’s proposal for a digital services tax by the December meeting of the group, writes Catherine Feore.    Löger acknowledges that there were concerns arising from the Commission’s proposal and that further […]

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#IEA sets its sights on Brussels

#IEA sets its sights on Brussels

| August 1, 2018

Not content with its regular contact with British ministers, the Insititute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has set its sights on influencing European actors with its uncompromising free trade and deregulation message. The main issue at stake here is transparency, writes Catherine Feore. The Guardian and Greenpeace journalists (Unearthed) covertly videoed the Chief Executive of the […]

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#Brexit – David Davis resigns from government in wake of Chequers agreement

#Brexit – David Davis resigns from government in wake of Chequers agreement

| July 9, 2018

The UK’s Secretary of State for Leaving the EU, David Davis, resigned just before midnight yesterday (8 July). The resignation came just two days after the government presented its first attempt at a unified position and less than four months before the October summit where the Withdrawal and Transitional Agreement needs to be agreed, in order to reach […]

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#Brexit: UK government presents half-baked proposal on customs

#Brexit: UK government presents half-baked proposal on customs

| June 7, 2018

After much deliberation the UK finally sent what it believes to be a partial solution to achieve an Irish border ‘backstop’. After much toing and froing, the technical document on a ‘temporary customs arrangement’ was published this afternoon (7 June), Catherine Feore looks at what lies within. The commitment to a backstop was agreed in […]

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