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Johnson’s opening #Brexit bid – Rip out the Irish border backstop

Johnson’s opening #Brexit bid – Rip out the Irish border backstop

| August 20, 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has fired the opening salvo in his bid to renegotiate Britain’s divorce from the European Union, demanding that an insurance policy for the Irish border be removed from the Brexit deal and replaced with a pledge, write Kylie MacLellan and Guy Faulconbridge. After more than three years of Brexit crisis, the […]

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Fate of #Brexit deal in hands of the EU: Conservative chairman

Fate of #Brexit deal in hands of the EU: Conservative chairman

| August 20, 2019

The European Union needs to show flexibility over the Irish border “backstop” because the issue of whether Britain leaves the bloc with or without a deal is now mainly up to Brussels, Conservative party chairman James Cleverly said on Tuesday (20 August),writes Alistair Smout. “The decision as to whether we leave with or without a deal […]

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Paradise Lost? Edinburgh on edge as #Brexit divides festival audiences

Paradise Lost? Edinburgh on edge as #Brexit divides festival audiences

| August 20, 2019

For many home-grown performers at the world’s largest arts festival, Britain’s looming departure from the European Union presents a unique artistic challenge, writes Barbara Lewis. Three years after the country voted narrowly in favour of quitting the bloc, some comics at the Edinburgh fringe consider the issue too risky to mention. Others feel compelled to […]

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UK plans to end EU freedom of movement immediately in no-deal #Brexit

UK plans to end EU freedom of movement immediately in no-deal #Brexit

| August 20, 2019

Britain said on Monday (19 August) it would end European Union freedom of movement rules immediately after it leaves the bloc on 31 October, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country would not be hostile to immigration, writes Kylie MacLellan. Under Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, the government had said only that if Britain left […]

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Johnson tells Germany and France: Do a #Brexit deal

Johnson tells Germany and France: Do a #Brexit deal

| August 20, 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on France and Germany on Monday to change their position on Brexit and negotiate a new exit deal for Britain, reiterating his stance that he is ready to leave the European Union without a deal if they do not, write Peter Nicholls and William James. With Britain set to leave the […]

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Recall UK parliament to tackle #Brexit crisis, opposition Labour Party says

Recall UK parliament to tackle #Brexit crisis, opposition Labour Party says

| August 19, 2019

Britain’s parliament needs to be recalled immediately to discuss Brexit, the opposition Labour Party’s finance spokesman John McDonnell said on Monday (198 August), after leaked official documents forecast possible food, fuel, and medicine shortages, writes William James. Britain has less than 74 days to resolve a three-year crisis that is pitting the country against the […]

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EU-27 ready for all #Brexit scenarios, German Finance Minister Scholz says

EU-27 ready for all #Brexit scenarios, German Finance Minister Scholz says

| August 19, 2019

The European Union is united and ready for all scenarios related to Britain’s planned departure from the bloc, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (pictured) said on Twitter on Friday (16 August), after meeting his British counterpart Sajid Javid, writes Thomas Seythal. “The EU-27 stands united and is ready for all scenarios. The best and only […]

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