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Brexit: green light of the 27 EU countries negotiating mandate with London
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Brexit: green light of the 27 EU countries negotiating mandate with London

According to European diplomatic sources, there is the ok from the 27 EU countries to negotiate with the United Kingdom the after Brexit as tomorrow the mandate should be adopted by the EU General Affairs Council. “Tomorrow the EU negotiating mandate should be formalized at the EU General Affairs Council”, chief negotiator for the Union Michel Barnier said, adding that the conditions for post-Brexit trade talks will also be established, effectively laying the foundations for future ties between Brussels and London.

With the mandate Brussels sets its red lines on future relations with London after the UK decision to leave EU. According to the Italian news agency “ANSA”, today on the eve of the EU Council, the European ambassadors meet to finalize the negotiating mandate.
French President Emmanuel Macron expressed doubts on Saturday that there could be a global deal later this year. The discussions will be focused on where the British financial services will be located and the role of the European Court of Justice with the EU which wants it to keep the last word to interpret EU law.

A firm stand is expected from the British chief negotiator David Frost. Days ago, Frost warned that “those who think that UK will accept EU supervision over the so-called ‘level playing field’ are wrong”, stressing that the UK position will not change if the British are put under pressure. Europeans remain open to a broad partnership, including a trade agreement without quotas or customs duties, fearing unfair competition from London. Seems that UK is ready to accept just a basic trade deal, such as those negotiated by EU with Canada or Japan. The negotiations therefore are expected to be tense.

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Leaders Summit Reaches Knots End For EU
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Leaders Summit Reaches Knots End For EU

The European Union is having a tough time getting everyone to come on the same page as Brexit exit has shaken up their budget plans. A recent meeting came to a knot’s end when the various country participants could not reach a consensus.

With Brexit’s exit, the European Union has been left to deal with 75 billion euros short in its budgets and the remaining 27 EU countries are now showing unwillingness to agree on the overall size of the bloc’s 2021-27 budget or how to spend it.

The current exit has brought forth more cost related challenges. However, it is confirmed that setting the budget has always been a tug of war. Challenges include managing climate change concerns, to migration and a growing digital economy.

From the sound of the whole discussion, it seemed Germany would have to take the brunt of the Brexit shortfall. It wasn’t happy with it one bit. The other nations that are hard pressed over spending include Austria, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. They have been called the ‘frugal four’ who are totally against a scheme that would allocate one-third for development aid to help poorer regions grow and another third on support for farmers, a key priority for Paris.

Berlin, Vienna and others were more interested on border management following Europe’s migrant crisis of 2015-16, tackling climate change, beefing up security and modernizing the bloc’s economy through digital investment.

So, the EU leaders’ summit did not yield any positive outcome and then the Austrian Sebastian Kurtz said that ‘it usually takes more than a meeting to come to a consensus’. The bloc will anyway have to freeze its projects by the end of 2021. So, further summits will be on the cards soon.

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The UK – Blue passport will be issued from next month to mark Brexit
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The UK – Blue passport will be issued from next month to mark Brexit

The UK Government has declared, Blue passport will be given after three decades from next month to mark Britain’s exit from the EU.

They will supplant the standard-issue burgundy passport that were spread out across EU nations from 1988.

The home secretary, Priti Patel, greeted the passport switch back to blue. However, pro-European campaigners and government officials in Northern Ireland anticipated the new passports would bring about Britons entering the moderate path at air terminals and ports all through the EU.

As per the Guardian, the Home Office says the blue passports will be “the greenest British passport ever.” A representative stated: “The carbon impression produced through manufacture will be decreased to net zero, through new ventures, for example, planting trees.”

It is additionally bettering the passport as the most innovatively advanced. The representative stated there was “a heap of new and refreshed security highlights, including a hard-wearing, super-quality polycarbonate information page, which contains inventive advancements inserted into the document, to keep individual information secure.”

The new-look passport will have the most advanced and most protected printing and design techniques, the representative stated, which would offer better assurance against fraud and identity theft.

Patel stated: “Leaving the European Union gave us a one of a kind chance to reestablish our national identity and offer a new way on the planet. By coming back to the striking blue and gold design, the British passport will once again be weaved with our national identity with our national personality, and I can’t wait to fly on one.”

Edward McMillan-Scott, the British politician, stated the blue passport would be viewed as an offensive to many Europeans.

“It will be viewed as a symbol of the stance prevailing in the Conservative party towards the remainder of Europe that is unintelligent, isolationist, and self-destructive,” McMillan-Scott added, the Guardian reported.

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EU starts discussion of first budget after Brexit with cuts
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EU starts discussion of first budget after Brexit with cuts

The heads of state and government of the EU countries will try on Thursday to reach an agreement on a multi-year community budget plan for 2021-2027. An emergency summit was convened at the end of January by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, due to the fact that the European institutions failed the negotiations on the budget due to serious disagreements. The main problem is that it is necessary to close the budget hole of € 11 billion per year, which is formed after the UK leaves the European Union.

At the Brussels summit, the interests of donor states that pay more to the budget than they receive from it (all of Western Europe), recipients (Eastern Europe) and European institutions – the European Parliament and the European Commission (EC) will meet. Donors do not want to increase their contributions after Brexit, but this will mean cutting back on all targeted European programs, which the EU beneficiary countries oppose. In turn, the European Parliament wants to increase or at least maintain funding for key European programs, because their reduction means for Brussels the loss of the prestige of the community.

In addition, the draft seven-year budget submitted to the summit for the first time contains a proposal to deprive those countries that violate community legal norms of eurofinancing. If this rule were in effect now, Poland could remain without Euro subsidies, in relation to which the European Commission is conducting an investigation for violating the principles of the rule of law in judicial reform.
The UK, which was Germany’s second largest European budget donor after Germany, left the EU on January 31, leaving a multi-billion dollar hole. According to European diplomats, Brussels will miss about € 11 billion annually, which London contributed to the general budget. This means that in the new seven-year budget plan, almost € 80 billion is lacking. Therefore, Brussels needs to decide which programs should be donated.

Until the end of 2020, the UK, which formally left the EU, will still pay a contribution to the EU budget, since until this point the transition period after Brexit will continue. The termination of contributions will occur just in the new seven-year EU budget cycle.
Michel suggested that the community countries compensate for this gap, in particular, with a new tax on plastics and revenues from trading carbon credits. He made such an offer just a few days ago, but the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, has already stated that it is unsatisfactory.

As the EU representative told reporters before the meeting, funding for the EU’s main programs will be frozen from next year, if the heads of state and government of the community cannot reach an agreement on the budget in the coming days.
Even if an agreement is reached at the summit, the draft budget should be approved by the European Parliament. According to the representative of the EU, coordination will be difficult, “it will take time.”

One of the main innovations of the budget plan may be that the EU countries will not be able to receive subsidies from the general budget if they do not comply with community standards, in particular the rule of law, a European source said. According to him, the draft outcome document states that “a general regime will be introduced on the conditions for providing access to financing to combat the deficiencies in the state administration of member countries with regard to compliance with the rule of law.”

According to diplomats, the European Commission will identify such violations, after which its recommendation regarding funding restrictions should be supported by most states in the EU Council.

This innovation, if it is approved by the countries of the community, is revolutionary in nature – never before has the allocation of funding from the EU budget after its approval been determined by any additional factors. At the same time, observers believe that this norm is unlikely to be included in the document, since most states that receive Euro subsidies almost all of Eastern Europe, will oppose it. They fear that this mechanism will give Brussels and “old Europe” too much leverage to put pressure on the new EU countries.

EU institutions have tried to reach an agreement based on proposals submitted by Finland, the EU presidency. The amount of funding for the community budget for the next seven years, according to the proposal of Helsinki, should be € 1.087 trillion. This is 1.07% of the total GDP of the EU countries. At the same time, one of the main payers to the EU budget – Germany – proposed setting the budget at 1% of GDP.

Michel later updated the Finnish proposal without major changes, in connection with which the European Parliament said that it would not approve it. The European Parliament has traditionally been looking for ways to maintain and expand European programs, regardless of the fact that revenues to the EU budget will decrease after Brexit.

The EU budget is drawn up for a seven-year period, which is determined by the need for predictable funding for multi-year European programs and projects. The budget is formed from direct contributions of member countries, therefore, its approval and approval by all states imposes financial obligations on them. This protects the EU budget from a sudden reduction in payments from one state or another, for example, as a result of a change of government.

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David Frost: democratic consent would snap if UK acceded to EU rules
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David Frost: democratic consent would snap if UK acceded to EU rules

Boris Johnson’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost set out his red lines in public discourse in front of formal discussions with Brussels on a trade deal due to commence one month from now.

He stated the democratic assent of the British public would “snap drastically and eventually” if the UK kept attached to EU rules.

In a notable opening to Brussels, Frost acknowledged that the mediators would need to expand on the models contained in other EU free trade agreements. However, he demanded that the capacity to break free from the EU’s rulebook was necessary to the idea behind Brexit and that the UK’s position would be tabled in “written letter” one week from now. “We are not searching for anything unique,” he included

He likewise said that the UK would not partake in any EU events or agencies that put the nation under the authority of the EU court.

The EU’s negotiating instructions are expected to be settled on 25 February. A draft record published this month demonstrated that Brussels would explore at least “non-regression” from current ecological, social, and laborers’ models once the UK has left the single market and customs association on 31 December 2020.

The bloc is expected to request a “dynamic alliance” by the UK on the EU’s state competition and funding rules. The UK would set up an independent body supervising the standards, yet it would operate in cooperation with the European Commission.

Johnson stated in an ongoing discourse in Greenwich that he would prefer to acknowledge overwhelming duties on merchandise being exchanged than join to anything so cumbersome.

Frost stated in Brussels: “Guidelines and administrative choices are so crucial to how the number of residents in a region feels bound into the authenticity of its legislature that this structure would be essentially unsustainable: eventually, vote based assent would snap – drastically and ultimately.”

Frost included: “It isn’t merely a simple negotiating position which may run under tension; it is the purpose of the entire project. That is likewise why we won’t extend the transition beyond the end of 2020. By then, we recuperate our political and financial autonomy in full. For what reason would we want to delay it?

“The reason why we expect open and reasonable challenge arrangements dependent on a free trade deal. The point of reference isn’t that we need a moderate result on competition rules. It is that the basis of an FTA and the examples of the text contained in genuine concurred FTAs are the most suitable ones for the relationship of sovereign people in profoundly delicate zones identifying with how their jurisdiction is administered and how their populaces offer to agree to that administration.

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Labour’s Brexit: McDonnell and Starmer show a different sharp stance
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Labour’s Brexit: McDonnell and Starmer show a different sharp stance

A sharp split has developed between the two principal architects of Labour’s Brexit policy, as Keir Starmer and John McDonnell conveyed a sharply different stance on how their strategy influenced the party’s performance in December’s general elections.

The shadow Brexit secretary, Starmer, stated in a separate interview that their policy was correct, and it was not the only reason the party faced its most exceedingly terrible election loss since 1935.

The shadow chancellor, McDonnell, who is said to have persuaded Jeremy Corbyn to uphold a second referendum, stated in an interview that the party had been gripped in a vice attempting to please voters and members. The Tories had an underlying message that was “unchallengeable,” he recommended.

McDonnell’s mediation is the first occasion when he has given such a frank evaluation of the policy he helped devise and how it might have at last hit Labour at the polling booth. He added the party should now leave the issue for a generation and acknowledge that Brexit was going on.

He included, “The truth currently is Brexit will occur. Would we be able to get a Brexit that, in any event, ensures occupations and the economy? Also, would we be able to build up another relationship with Europe?” The Guardian reported.

McDonnell will sit at the backbenches while a new Labour head is elected. One of his first duty will be to set up relationships with socialist parties in the EU. Andsee how they concede to a policy program for the fate of left in Europe without Britain in the EU.

On Sunday, Starmer confidently supported the policy he helped negotiate and stated that he would have proceeded further and accelerated the initiative to tell members which side they should campaign. He added going into polls saying Labour would attempt to get another deal was the right exercise because Boris Johnson’s plan “would be damaging for our nation.”

Other members from the shadow cabinet have stated since the polls defeat that they more than once cautioned the party not to back another referendum on Brexit and to incline more toward their leave-backing voters.

Article Credit: The Guardian

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British Customer To Pay Dearly Over Undefined Border Check Balances
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British Customer To Pay Dearly Over Undefined Border Check Balances

Britain is getting a taste of its own medicine as the effect of Brexit has started to trickle down. There is a chance of low supply and higher prices as the Johnson government has not been able to come on a level ground, over regulatory checks on ports.  This has been communicated by a retail industry’s lobby group.

Till the time, Britain was a part of the European Union it enjoyed seamless inflow of goods. But with its exit from the EU, this is going to become a problem. With border controls missing, the EU does not intent to cooperate with British related trade anymore. The UK government has now confirmed that border controls will be put into place, to ensure the right customs and excise duties are collected and borders are kept secure after the 11-month transition period ends on Dec. 31.

It is evident that this has to be done at the earliest; something the EU had urged Johnson’s administration to see through before the split. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) are rightly warned that without practical agreements with the EU, companies could be required to produce a mountain of paperwork at border crossings – VAT sales tax and excise documents, freight documents, health and veterinary paperwork, export health certificates, exit and entry summary declarations, and safety and security permits. A zero tariff agreement is the best bet, to save shifting costs to the customer. The most affected will be food products. Almost 80% of all the food that UK retailers import comes from the EU.

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After Brexit, a cabinet reshuffle and Britain’s treasury minister resigns.
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After Brexit, a cabinet reshuffle and Britain’s treasury minister resigns.

A source reported Thursday the resignation of British Treasury Secretary Sajid Javed and the appointment of Rishi Sonak to succeed him.

The resignation came in a surprising step as Prime Minister Boris Johnson made changes to his conservative government, while Javed was widely expected to retain his position in the cabinet.

Earlier reports had suggested a disagreement with Johnson’s counselor, Dominic Cummings.

It is reported that Javed’s resignation is likely to cause turmoil in the government, which is expected to face the challenges of negotiating a new relationship with the European Union by the end of this year.

The new minister, Rishi Sonak, was born on May 12, 1980 in Hampshire, and belongs to the Conservative Party.

He has also been a Member of Parliament for Richmond since the 2015 general election.

As for his involvement in political life, he worked in the investment bank Goldman Sachs, then in a number of investment companies.

It is reported that earlier, Reuters news agency mentioned that Johnson will reshape his government by appointing a team that he hopes will implement his vision for the post-Brexit country’s exit from the European Union, and solve the divisions whether within the Conservative Party or in the country as a whole.

It also pointed out that the reshuffle is not expected to be large.

An official in the Prime Minister’s Office had previously made it clear that Johnson wanted to include new competencies, especially women, in the list of state ministers, and would reward his “loyal supporters” who helped him win a large majority in last year’s elections. He also said, “Johnson wants to offer a generation of talent that will advance in the coming years.

On the other hand, many Conservative Party officials considered that the time is not right for the major government change that many expected. And they said that would be very costly and idle, at a time when Johnson had to maintain a good relationship with the voters who gave him a large majority, many of whom were traditional supporters of the opposition Labor Party.See more News From Europe click it.

Following Brexit, Around 500,000 EU Nationals Remain to Apply for UK Citizenship
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Following Brexit, Around 500,000 EU Nationals Remain to Apply for UK Citizenship

By Grace Young.

After Brexit, around 500,000 EU nationals in Britain, are waiting to apply for new immigration status as many would stay back in the UK, Reuters reported.

The administration is presenting the most significant purge of Britain’s border controls in decades, closing the priority provided to EU migrants over those from different nations in the wake of leaving the EU membership.

The UK government data point that 3 million EU citizens and their relatives have applied for “settled status,” a type of consent from the legislature to stay in Britain.

The figures indicate a vast number of applicants have applied for the plan, which was begun nationally in March a year ago, yet also, the test ahead for the administration is to guarantee all EU residents rightly apply.

Priti Patel, the interior minister, stated that she was satisfied with the response and encouraged EU members to invest similar energy into ensuring the status of British nationals living in their nations past Brexit.

Around 3.5 million estimated European citizens live in the United Kingdom, and they have the year’s end to apply for settled status.

However, legal counselors state numerous EU citizens legally residing in the nation could fall through the net and face losing their rights to benefits; for example, health care.

58% were conceded settled status in the new processed applications – a permanent right to stay – and pre-settled status was given to 41% people, which provides them with consent to stay temporarily and the opportunity to reapply serving five years.

The European parliament raised concerns a month ago that EU residents gambled discrimination following Brexit in seeking for work and home.

After UK’s Brexit, worries have increased concerning the future of its citizens as Brandon Lewis, the security minister, stated that EU nationals might face getting deported if they fail to apply for settled status, which is a major risk.

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The European Union is awaiting a new negotiation battle with Britain after Brexit
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The European Union is awaiting a new negotiation battle with Britain after Brexit

By Amina Souafi.

On Monday began, the first phase of a diplomatic battle between Britain and the European Union, following the first formal departure from it, last Friday, after a 47-year membership, to regulate the form of their relationship after Brexit.

It is expected that the negotiations over the “red Tapes” of their future relationship, which is not yet determined, will witness great tension, amid British intransigence towards the conditions of the union.

And the two parties must agree on the new foundations of these relations, especially in the commercial aspect, the solid core of the talks. From the start, the two sides expressed very firm positions.

According to the excerpts of the speech, “There is no need for a free exchange agreement that includes accepting the rules of the European Union in the field of competition, aid, social security, the environment and other subjects.”

On Sunday, the European Union’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, imposed two conditions for a trade agreement, “an agreement on common rules” so that London does not turn into a competitor, and a settlement on the issue of ultra-sensitive fishing.

To make matters more difficult, these negotiations will take place at a very rapid pace because Johnson refuses to extend the transition period in which the British will continue to apply European rules, which are supposed to extend for three years.

However, negotiations are supposed to take place during this period, which ends on December 31.

Today, Michel Barnier will unveil the terms of negotiation and define the priorities and redlines of the European Union.

Barnier knows the details of the file because he had previously negotiated the Brexit Agreement on ways to get Britain out of the Union for more than two years.

Member states will endorse their negotiating mission at the end of February, because negotiations will not officially begin until early next March.

The negotiations will mainly deal with economic partnership, especially the free trade agreement, security issues and planned judicial measures to resolve disputes.

For Europeans, access to the European single market, which includes about 440 million consumers, will be conditional on respecting health, environmental, social and tax standards, as well as standards to respect state aid to companies.

And this market is very important for London because the European Union remains its first trading partner.

The Europeans want to conduct negotiations in parallel on all issues in order to reduce the risk of divisions that could benefit the British.

One of the most sensitive issues during the negotiation process will be the fishing file that the two sides promised to reach agreement on before July 1st.

Fishermen from several member countries, such as France and Denmark, depend on British waters, which also account for 30% of the work of French fishermen.

Johnson, for his part, stressed that “regaining control” of this fishing waters is of great importance and promised “a wonderful new national fishing policy.”

Hunting could be a barter currency during these talks, for example for British financial services, which are so essential to London’s financial district, to reach the continent.

Paris warned that France would “be very vigilant” on the issue.

A first outcome of the talks will be published at the end of June, which could allow an assessment of the risks of “failure to reach agreement”, a specter still haunting the talks, raising fears of catastrophic consequences.Read more news from europe.

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