EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker criticises UK’s ‘unsatisfactory’ Brexit papers

EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker criticises UK’s ‘unsatisfactory’ Brexit papers

The third round of Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU got under way with tension, disagreement and a sense of stalemate. The President of the European Commission has said none of the Brexit position papers published by the UK are “satisfactory” and that an enormous number of issues remain unsettled. Speaking to a conference of European Union Ambassadors, Jean-Claude Juncker echoed the pessimistic tone struck by his Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Speaking in French,…

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EU’s Brexit chief Michel Barnier: UK must start negotiating seriously

EU’s Brexit chief Michel Barnier: UK must start negotiating seriously

The EU’s Brexit chief says it needs the UK’s positions on all issues and that it must start negotiating seriously. Speaking as the third round of Brexit talks began in Brussels, Michel Barnier voiced “concern” that time was passing quickly before the Article 50 deadline. Brexit secretary David Davis responded that progress required flexibility and imagination on both sides. More follows…

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EU citizens quit UK as net migration falls

EU citizens quit UK as net migration falls

Net migration to the UK has fallen to the lowest level for three years as more European Union citizens are leaving the country. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed net migration stood at 246,000 in the year ending in March 2017 – down 81,000 compared to the previous 12 months. The figures were the first to be released since the General Election in June. More than half the drop was due to…

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Deportation letters sent to EU citizens in UK ‘in error’

Deportation letters sent to  EU citizens in UK ‘in error’

An investigation has been launched after 100 deportation letters were sent in error to EU citizens living in the UK. A Home Office spokesperson said “a limited number of letters” were sent by mistake and the department is “urgently looking into why this happened”. They added: “We are contacting everyone who received this letter to clarify that they can disregard it. “We are absolutely clear that the rights of EU nationals living in the UK…

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May: Supreme Court will be ultimate arbiter of UK law after Brexit

May: Supreme Court will be ultimate arbiter of UK law after Brexit

The Supreme Court will be the ultimate arbiter of law in the UK after Brexit, Theresa May has said. The PM was speaking ahead of the publication of a paper that will set out the Government’s position on a new legal framework for Britain’s future relationship with the EU. The paper will say that “direct jurisdiction” of the European Court of Justice will end when Britain’s membership in the EU ends in March 2019. But…

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Next phase of Brexit talks ‘likely delayed’ to December

Next phase of Brexit talks ‘likely delayed’ to December

Cabinet ministers involved in the Brexit negotiations are privately indicating that the next phase of talks may not happen until Christmas. This “sufficient progress” on phase-one negotiations on money, citizens and Ireland had been pencilled in for October, but looks increasingly likely to be delayed until December. It means there will be less than a year for talks on the future trading relationship between the UK and EU, and another two months of the two-year…

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Brexit: UK position paper opposes Irish border posts

Brexit: UK position paper opposes Irish border posts

The Government is set to outline how it hopes to maintain a “frictionless and seamless” border between Northern Ireland and the Republic when the UK leaves the customs union. A position paper will recommend spot vehicle checks and the use of number plate recognition technology instead of physical infrastructure like customs posts. Image: The border was once one of the most heavily fortified in western Europe Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar had urged Theresa May…

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Brexit: UK hopes to strike new trade deals during transitional period

Brexit: UK hopes to strike new trade deals during transitional period

As the Government publishes its proposal for a customs union deal, the EU Parliament’s Brexit coordinator calls it “fantasy”. Ministers hope to negotiate and complete trade deals with other countries during any Brexit transitional period, a Government document has said. Brexit Secretary David Davis revealed future customs proposals, including an interim customs union with the EU aimed at avoiding a “cliff-edge” for manufacturers after Brexit. He told Sky News that a temporary customs arrangement will…

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David Davis wants two-year customs union with EU after Brexit

David Davis wants two-year customs union with EU after Brexit

A temporary customs arrangement with the EU will be “in both sides’ interests” but any transition period should not exceed two years, the Brexit Secretary has said. David Davis spoke to Sky News after the UK proposed creating an interim customs union to avoid a “cliff-edge” for manufacturers after Brexit. The plan is contained in the Department for Exiting the European Union’s first “future partnership paper”. Mr Davis said a limited transition period would “enable…

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Brexit: UK suggests ‘temporary customs union’ with EU

Brexit: UK suggests ‘temporary customs union’ with EU

The UK has set out the “ambitious new customs arrangement” it wants to secure with the EU after Brexit. Ministers said the plans would mean the “freest and most frictionless possible trade” with the rest of Europe. This could include a “temporary customs union” after Brexit to prevent border problems as the UK leaves the EU. Businesses have called for clarity since the UK said it was leaving the customs union – the EU’s tariff-free…

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