Brexit means the Netherlands has ‘lost an ally’ says expert
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On Wednesday, the EU Commission set out a plan to take control of coronavirus provisions across the bloc amid the pandemic. While the EU copes with a third wave of the virus across the bloc, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, set out plans for new binding rules in what is termed as a new healthcare union for Europe. In a move to take control over the information on vaccinations, testing and previous covid infections, the EU Commission will ensure freedom of movement and allow people to get past borders despite coronavirus restrictions in national states.
While member states have previously been responsible for healthcare issues, this new legislation will adopt provisions under law rather than as a recommendation.
In documents seen by Brussels Playbook, the law will set out ” a common framework for the issuance, verification and acceptance of interoperable certificates on COVID-19 vaccination, testing and recovery.”
The text also states: “The treaty provides for the possibility for the EU to act and to adopt provisions with a view to facilitating the right to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States if action to attain this objective is necessary to facilitate the exercise of this right.”
Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders added: “Freedom of movement is one of the core citizens' rights in the Union, and Europeans need to be able to travel freely but safely in the EU.”
Brexit news: Brussels hatches latest power grab (Image: GETTY)
This new legislation would therefore effectively bring in a health certificate to show vaccinations, tests results and if someone has had coronavirus previously, thus taking away some of the authority from member states.
This comes as the EU begins legal proceedings against the UK following the decision to extend the amnesty on good moving between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
In a letter to Lord Frost the EU Commission warned Westminster to rectify the extension.
As a first step of the infringement process, the EU also sent a formal letter to the UK Government, warning that it had broken an international agreement and was not acting in good faith.
Despite the threats, UK officials have maintained the decision was lawful and within the means of the agreement.
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The relationship between the UK and Europe will only "get worse" amid a row over coronavirus vaccines, an expert has said.
The dispute has only exacerbated the tensions caused by post-Brexit disagreements, it has been suggested.
Speaking on BBC Newsnight, the broadcaster’s political editor, Nicholas Watt, discussed the matter.
Mr Watt said: "Relations between the UK and the EU are bad and they are only going to get worse as a result of this row over vaccines.”
SNP ministers have been shamed after they held talks and signed a document to strengthen student exchange links with a German federal state – weeks after being rejected from the EU’s Erasmus study scheme.
Scotland's Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead and Deputy First Minister John Swinney held conversations with counterparts in the Rhineland-Palatinate state.
During a diplomatic style video conference, ministers agreed to intensify their collaboration in the fields of education, culture, higher education and research before signing a corresponding joint Declaration of Intent.
The EU was accused of “an ongoing campaign of threats” in breach of international law over the issue of fish quotas by Iceland’s former Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson.
Iceland is an independent coastal state, with the rights and responsibilities under international law associated with that status.
Stocks shared with the EU are managed through annual bilateral negotiations. Each autumn these talks set total allowable catches on the basis of scientific advice.
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The Prime Minister has been told by Express.co.uk readers to freeze access for European Union ships to UK waters as the war of words around Brussels’ legal threat to Britain risks boiling over.
The latest poll, which ran from 9.30am until 10pm on Wednesday, March 17, asked: “Should Boris freeze access for EU ships to UK waters after legal threat?”
A huge 97 percent (8,712 readers) want the Prime Minister to stop EU boats accessing UK waters following the threat of legal action.
The remaining three percent (212 readers) disagree, while less than one percent (50 readers) were undecided.
Only four out of every 10,000 Britons – in other words, a statistically insignificant 0.04 percent – applied to become EU citizenships in the year before Brexit.
Former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib has hailed the news as proof that for all their complaints about the ending of freedom of movement, very few of those who campaigned to stay in the EU cared enough to back up their words with action.
Experts from the pro-Brexit think-tank Facts4EU compiled their analysis using the latest available figures from Eurostat, the EU's official statistics agency.
They were motivated to investigate claims in the run-up to the 2016 referendum that huge numbers of British citizens would reject the UK if the majority voted for Brexit.
Britons are furious after the Irish Government said Northern Irish students would be able to access the EU’s Erasmus scheme – with one reader claiming it was evidence the UK is not “free of EU interference”.
Ireland’s further and higher education minister Simon Harris said third-level students north of the border reacted positively to plans to afford them access to the EU’s Erasmus programme
He said early indications suggested students in the six counties were keen to join their counterparts in the Republic in taking up the offer.
But despite Mr Harris’ upbeat tone, Boris Johnson has been urged to “get this sorted out”.
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Brexit means the Netherlands has ‘lost an ally’ says expert
Wednesday 17 March
9.58 pm update: EU vaccine hell: Huge flaw in VDL’s threat EXPOSED – UK could grind bloc rollout to a halt
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the club of nations is facing “the crisis of this century” amid a chronic shortage of vaccines on the continent.
She warned the bloc could hold up orders of the Pfizer shot en route to the UK and other countries faring better in the vaccine stakes.
Jean-Pierre Farandou, chief executive of France's state-owned rail provider SNCF, claimed the cross-Channel train operator is at risk of bankruptcy after passenger numbers slumped by 95 percent during the pandemic.
He told the FT: "We are getting closer to the moment when Eurostar have real cash flow problems… by next month, we have to conclude these discussions."
The Channel Tunnel train firm has been in negotiations with the British and French governments over a state-backed bailout.
Emmanuel Macron aide was grilled over the European Union’s “political decision” to suspend the rollout of the UK’s AstraZeneca vaccine.
European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen has threatened to block the export of coronavirus vaccines to the UK amid an ongoing row over the supply of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab.
She criticised the British-Swedish firm on Wednesday for having “underproduced and underdelivered” to the bloc.
But French President Macron’s aide, Véronique Trillet-Lenoir MEP, was questioned whether the EU boss is “under pressure from Germany”.
The European Union has been torn apart by a furious Brexiteer and former MEP after Brussels chief Ursula von der Leyen threatened to block the export of coronavirus vaccines to the UK amid an ongoing row over the supply of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab.
The vaccine rollout throughout the EU has stumbled, leaving the bloc trailing far behind several other nations – including the departing UK – in terms of the number and proportion of people to receive a vaccine.
The European Union rate of vaccine doses administered per 100 people stands at just 11.81, according to rolling data on the Our World In Data website, compared to the UK’s rate of 39.04.
But the vaccine row hit new heights on Wednesday when Commission President Ursula von der Leyen threatened to block the export of coronavirus vaccines to the UK, criticising AstraZeneca for having “underproduced and underdelivered” to the bloc.
The EU has warned coronavirus vaccine exports to the UK could be stopped (Image: GETTY)
Brussels wants to adopt English as its main language after translation hiccups hindered the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Brussels published plans for a new vaccine travel passport and said tourists from Britain would be welcome under the scheme.
Eurocrats also hinted they could soon drop a bloc-wide travel ban on Britons to the Continent because of our hugely successful rollout of Covid jabs.
Announcing the plans, the European Commission said its so-called "Digital Green Certificate" will be up and running by June.
Brussels’ war on AstraZeneca will result in a “huge scandal” if the bloc continues to retaliate against the UK over Brexit, claimed an Italian MP.
The economic spokesman for League, Claudio Borghi, warned that if the EU’s “trade war” with the UK is at the core of EU countries’ decision to suspend the Oxford vaccine, the row will result in a “huge scandal” for the bloc.
The Daily Express campaigned strongly for Brexit (Image: EXPRESS )
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warned the bloc would halting shipments to the UK while Britain had a higher coverage rate than its own.
She said she was “ready to use whatever tool we need” to ensure the EU had the vaccines it needed saying the bloc must get “its fair share”.
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Trade expert John Carroll claimed Brexit meant more firms have begun to look “beyond Europe” for trade opportunities.
John Carroll, head of International Banking at Santander, discussed with Sky News the opportunities that await Britain outside of the European Union.
He told the show that despite one in every five companies saying it is no longer viable for the trade or export to Europe after Brexit, this is not the full picture.
He ensured that these companies "are starting to look beyond Europe,” to expand their presence in the US and Asia.
1.55pm update: Joe Biden not taking sides over Northern Ireland
An aide to the Biden administration has insisted the President will not take sides between the UK and EU over the row concerning goods moving between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
“The U.S. government has welcomed provisions in both the EU-UK Trade and cooperation agreements, as well as the Northern Ireland protocol, which we believe helps protect the gains of the Belfast Good Friday Agreement.
“We’re certainly aware that there are disagreements at the moment between the UK and the EU in the implementation of that.
“The U.S. administration is not looking to take sides in this disagreement.”
Joe Biden is not taking sides over Northern Ireland an aide has confirmed (Image: PA)
12.10pm update: Dominic Cummings hits out at EU’s covid vaccine failure
Speaking at the Science and Technology Committee today, Boris Johnson’s former aide claimed the row over the AstraZeneca vaccine had justified an argument he made during the Brexit referendum.
At the referendum, one of the things you (Graham Stringer MP) and I argued very strongly was that it would be very dangerous to let the EU continue to regulate science and technology in this country and that we should take back control of regulation over science, technology, procurement.
He said: “Again, I would argue very strongly that 2020 was proof that that argument was correct.
“As things have been proved every day now, science can co-operate globally without having to be part of the nightmarish Brussels system which has blown up so disastrously over vaccines.
“Just this week we’ve seen what happens when you have an anti-science, anti-entrepreneurial, anti-technology culture in Brussels married with its appalling bureaucracy in its insane decisions and warnings on the AstraZeneca vaccine.
“I think we are extremely well out of that system.”
Brexit news: Boris Johnson has insisted the measures taken are inadequate (Image: PA)
11.44am update: Take that Brussels! London still top dog in financial services
Brexit has not stopped London from being the economic powerhouse of Europe, a new survey has revealed.
Although Remainers have expressed the fear London could lose its financial dominance, only New York remains ahead of the capital according to recent figures.
Even without provisions on financial markets within the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, Frankfurt and Zurich still remain well below London in the Z/Yen's Global Financial Centres Index.
Despite Amsterdam boosting its share trading in relation post-Brexit it is still ranked as 29th in the index.
11.20am update: Brexit row: UK told EU ‘can’t go on’ after ‘crazy’ fish ruling
Brexit disputes brewed long before the UK voted to leave the EU, and in one encounter the UK told the bloc they “can’t go on” after it was subjected to a “crazy” fishing ban.
The Brexit trade deal was implemented on January 1, but has not resulted in an end to tensions over fishing rights.
The EU’s restrictions on UK exports of shellfish have led to fury in the UK, and it was reported last month that the UK was considering retaliatory action.
The Sunday Telegraph reported the Government was considering ending a series of post-Brexit continuity agreements it has with Brussels, which could restrict imports of European mineral water and seed potatoes.
A Government source said: "There is thought being given to where we can leverage in other areas.
"We have continuity arrangements… we can stop these which means they won't be able to sell their produce here."
Vaccine row 'proves’ Brexiteers made right call says Daubney
Brexit-mastermind Dominic Cummings has revealed details of a secret pact he agreed with Boris Johnson shortly before becoming Prime Minister.
The former No10 adviser has told MPs of an agreement made in private between him and the Prime Minister the weekend before Mr Johnson entered Downing Street.
The pact, sealed in Mr Cummings’ living room, has set the agenda of the Government ever since.
Appearing in front of the Science and Technology Committee, Mr Cummings explained he only agreed to work for Mr Johnson if a series of conditions were met.
He said: “The Prime Minister came to talk to me the Sunday before he became Prime Minister and asked would I go into Downing Street to help sort out the huge Brexit nightmare.”
Outlining his terms of employment, the special adviser told MPs: “I said yes, if first of all you’re deadly serious about actually getting Brexit done and avoiding a second referendum, secondly double the science budget, third create some Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency like entity, and fourth support me in trying to change how Whitehall works and the Cabinet Office works because it’s a disaster zone.”
Brexit relations soured yet again after the EU’s legal threat to the UK but should Boris Johnson freeze access to Britain’s waters in response?
Legal proceedings have now begun following the move to extend the amnesty for checks on goods moving between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
Brussels has warned the UK that it has violated the terms of the agreed within the Brexit deal and has demanded the Prime Minister rectify the alleged breach.
Due to this, Express.co.uk is asking in today’s exclusive poll: “Should Boris freeze access for EU ships to UK waters after legal threat?”
Brexit news: A timeline of the UK’s exit from the EU (Image: Express)
The landmark free trade deal the European Union has negotiated with South America’s Mercosur trading bloc is on the verge of collapse after hundreds of campaigning organisations signed a petition calling for it to be scrapped.
The agreement is regarded by the EU as having the potential to unlock billions in trade with one of the world's fastest-growing economic areas, as well as compensating for the loss of the UK after Brexit.
However, critics argue it belongs to an "outdated 20th-century model" which has "failed the planet".
A statement published on the website of the Stop EU-Mercosur Coalition is signed by groups from all over both continents, including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, as well as UK groups such as Amazon Rebellion and Extinction Rebellion.
It said: "The EU-Mercosur agreement belongs to an out-dated 20th Century model of trade that has failed the planet.
"It serves corporate interests at the expense of planetary boundaries and animal welfare and drives untenable social inequalities.
Britain has secured a historic agreement with Norway and the European Union for fishing in the North Sea.
British fisheries will be able to increase their catch of haddock and whiting under the deal agreed upon after negotiations conducted with the UK as an independent coastal state.
In the past, the EU has always carried out such negotiations on the UK’s behalf.
The deal struck is wroth £184million to the UK economy.
Reacting to the news, fisheries minister Victoria Prentis said: “Today we successfully concluded the first trilateral fisheries negotiations between the UK, EU and Norway.
“As an independent coastal state we are committed to managing our fisheries sustainably, to the benefit of the fishing industry across the UK and our marine environment, now and in the years to come.”
Brexit’s five key moments for the UK (Image: Express)
7.40am update: Brussels hatches latest power grab
The EU Commission is set to announce new legislation which allows citizens to move freely and preserve freedom of movement despite certain coronavirus restrictions.
Under a new a healthcare union, the Commission will now set out provisions to allow it to maintain the freedom of movement across the bloc within individual member states.
Healthcare issues are largely left under a national state’s jurisdiction but under this new provision, the EU will set out certification to show negative test results, past covid infections and vaccine data.
As reported by Brussels Playbook, the treaty reads: “This provides for the possibility for the EU to act and to adopt provisions with a view to facilitating the right to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States if action to attain this objective is necessary to facilitate the exercise of this right.
“It should allow EU citizens and their family members exercising their right to free movement to demonstrate that they fulfil public health requirements imposed.”
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