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Labour wants continued single market access after Brexit

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Labour has demanded British single market membership remain an option post-Brexit after the DUP blocked a deal over Irish border concerns. Sir Keir Starmer asked MPs "Will the Prime Minister now rethink her reckless red lines and put options such as a customs union and the single market back on the table for negotiation?” in parliament in response to a...

DUP blocks Brexit deal over EU regulatory concerns

DUP Arlene Foster
A Brexit deal was scuppered yesterday as the DUP flexed their political muscle. Theresa May had agreed in principle to a deal with Jean-Claude Junker allowing for “regulatory alignment” of Northern Ireland to EU market rules. However, after a call with DUP leader Arlene Foster, May had to back down from the agreement. The idea of Northern Ireland retaining some form...

Northern Ireland to remain bound by single market rules after Brexit

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The UK government has conceded that Northern Ireland will remain subject to EU single market rules and regulations after Brexit according to an RTÉ leak. The government submitted the proposal to the Irish government after months of wrangling over the prospect of a hard Irish border. This reality has led to tensions in both the UK and Ireland, with officials fearing...

Brexit bill “agreed” according to EU official

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A final Brexit bill amount has been agreed to, a senior EU official has told Reuters. Recent coverage focused on a deal having already been reached but EU officials stressed that talks were ongoing. The final amount the UK will pay has been a point of contention since the country voted to leave the EU in 2016. Hardline “no deal” Brexiteers...

Europol-UK relationship in jeopardy after Brexit

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Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier suggested the UK would be removed from Europol after leaving the EU during a speech in Berlin. Speaking at the Berlin Security Conference, Barnier said that while he understood the vote to leave was a sovereign decision, it was also a rejection of closer European security and defence ties. He declared Europol and the European...

Three months on, Brexit remains more elusive than ever

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If a week is a long time in politics, then surely three months is a millennium. But that is precisely how much time has passed since British voters narrowly rejected the status quo and gave the boot to the European Union. "Brexit means Brexit" is more vague than ever. Despite having a process to leave – Article 50, which...

UK doesn’t need free trade agreements to prosper, IEA think tank claims

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The Institute of Economic Affairs has published a report claiming that the UK doesn't need free trade agreements to prosper. Penned by Professor of Economics at Cardiff Business School Patrick Minford, the report criticises the widely held idea that free trade agreements are good for the country and that "unilateral free trade" would provide the UK with a much better deal. Crucially, Minford...

EU ministers push forward ’emergency brake’ for visa-free travel

Visa free travel Klaas Dijkhoff
Ministers at the Council of the European Union announced plans for an 'emergency brake' on visa-free travel, after France and Germany proposed curbing travel if too many citizens overstayed in the Schengen Zone. The proposals, which will be negotiated with the European Parliament, will apply to all existing visa agreements. "Visa liberalisation has great advantages for the EU and third countries....

Inflation down to -0.2% across Europe

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Inflation fell in April from March by .02% across the EU, Eurostat figures show. Seventeen member states of the European Union showed negative interest rates, with the lowest in in Romania (-2.6%), Bulgaria (-2.5%) and Cyprus (-2.1%). The trend is worrisome despite increasing GDP, with the Eurozone recently reaching pre-2008 levels. Negative inflation rates mean the price of goods and services goes down,...

More than 90% of migrants use criminal networks to get to Europe, report says

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A joint Europol-Interpol report found that more than 90% of migrants crossing into Europe do so using criminal organisations. The report on the extraordinary crisis interviewed 1,500 migrants in 2015 and reported on the methods criminal gangs use to facilitate crossings into Europe. “From illegal crossings at land or sea borders, to the fabrication and provision of fraudulent travel and identity documents, the...