Updated 8:47 am CST, Monday, February 11, 2019 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, center, walk to their meeting at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. less European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, center, walk to their meeting at the European Commission ... more Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert, AP Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, center, walk to … [Read more...] about The Latest: EU Brexit negotiator urges May to specify plans
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Last week, the European Union angered the UK by describing Gibraltar as a “colony of the British crown.” The comment was made in proposed regulation that that could see Britons granted visa-free access to the EU even in the case of a no-deal Brexit. The bloc made a distinction between those living in the UK and citizens of Gibraltar, a British overseas territory disputed by Spain. This is not the first time, The Rock has been a point of controversy in Brexit negotiations. Last year, Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, said that his country would reject the Brexit withdrawal agreement if plans for future talks on the status of Gibraltar were not clarified. But what can Gibraltar’s history teach us about the role the 6.7 km2 British Overseas Territory at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula has played so far during Brexit negotiations? Gibraltar was Spanish at one point After centuries of being controlled by different kingdoms, Gibraltar finally came to be … [Read more...] about Gibraltar: The British Overseas Territory affecting Brexit negotiations
Updated 1:52 am PST, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 A British flag is pictured at the European Parliament during a debate on Brexit, Wednesday, Jan.16, 2019 in Strasbourg. European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says the bloc is stepping up preparations for a chaotic no-deal departure of Britain from the bloc after the rejection of the draft withdrawal deal in London left the EU "fearing more than ever that there is a risk" of a cliff-edge departure. less A British flag is pictured at the European Parliament during a debate on Brexit, Wednesday, Jan.16, 2019 in Strasbourg. European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says the bloc is stepping up preparations ... more Photo: Jean-Francois Badias, AP Photo: Jean-Francois Badias, AP Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 … [Read more...] about The Latest: UK’s top banker says markets see Brexit delay
Various manoeuvres are afoot behind the scenes in the UK parliament to alter the course of Brexit, ahead of Tuesday’s crucial vote on the deal negotiated between Theresa May’s government and the EU. Amid fierce hostility to the deal from all sides in the House of Commons — particularly on the Northern Irish backstop — the vote is widely expected to be lost, possibly by a high margin. But the stakes couldn’t be higher, as the default setting for the UK’s departure, should the negotiated agreement fall by the wayside is a “no deal” scenario after 29 March. A large majority of parliamentarians are against the UK leaving the EU without a ratified agreement but amid a growing power struggle with the government, they have so far failed to unite behind any particular alternative. Efforts to change the deal itself A number of amendments have been tabled affecting Tuesday’s vote: in effect, these are attempts by members of parliament to … [Read more...] about ‘Plots’ and ‘coups’: the UK’s behind-the-scenes moves to ‘block Brexit’
Several European countries have moved to shore up the rights of British residents in the event of a “no deal” Brexit, as the March deadline looms. It follows an appeal by the EU for member states to take a “generous approach”, should the UK leave the bloc without an agreement. The British government has also given assurances about the rights of EU nationals living in the UK in such a scenario. However, many details on both sides are left up in the air and campaigners have described the situation as “unacceptable”. The Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between London and Brussels grants continued residency and social security rights, and secures freedom of movement during the planned transition period. However, all this depends on the deal being ratified – and strong opposition in the UK parliament means its survival is in serious doubt. Citizens’ rights in the event of “no deal” were addressed by both the European Commission … [Read more...] about What would a no-deal Brexit mean for citizens’ rights?