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12:55  16 july  2019
12:55  16 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

Driving license holders urged to ‘act now’ before Brexit

Driving license holders urged to ‘act now’ before Brexit The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has urged anyone living in Ireland who holds a UK driving license to exchange it for an Irish license before October 31 with the prospect of a No-Deal Brexit looming large. 

The deal was agreed by the UK and the EU in November 2018, but it also has to be approved by British MPs. If the Bill fails, then the way forward is totally unclear - though senior politicians have warned it would lead to either leaving the EU without a deal , or Brexit being cancelled entirely.

The EU side is weighing up possible concessions it could offer the U.K. to avoid a chaotic no- deal Brexit , according to European officials speaking on The EU says the deal isn’t up for renegotiation. Even in private, EU officials echo that line. But there are early discussions internally over a package of

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A meeting of chief Brexit negotiators last week was one of the most difficult encounters of the last three years, according to European officials, who are bracing for talks to become more hostile under the next British government.

The EU side is weighing up possible concessions it could offer the U.K. to avoid a chaotic no-deal Brexit, according to European officials speaking on condition of anonymity.

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No- deal Brexit is still the default outcome if MPs can't agree anything else and there are no further extensions. Nothing much is usually done in Brussels during August and much attention will be focused on the picking of the new European Commission which takes office on 1 November.

More than 20 Tory MPs said they would not back Theresa May’s deal just to avoid Brexit being cancelled. We have just reached agreement with Iceland and Norway to ensure continued access for British businesses to the European Economic Area should we leave the EU without a deal .

But the encounter between Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels risks hardening the EU’s stance, making it more difficult to find a way out of the deadlock. Two officials said the U.K. now appeared to be trying to bully the EU into concessions, just as the two candidates to become prime minister vow to take a tougher negotiating stance.

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Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal © Getty EU Brexit European Commission's Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier.

A spokesman for the U.K.’s Brexit department said the meeting had been constructive.

The EU side is braced for the prospect of Boris Johnson -- someone they see as an untrustworthy populist -- becoming prime minister. Johnson is taking a tougher line than Prime Minister Theresa May, vowing to leave the bloc on Oct. 31, with or without a deal.

Union chiefs agree Labour should back Remain

Union chiefs agree Labour should back Remain Labour-affiliated trade unions have agreed the party should campaign for a second EU referendum and support Remain if a new Tory PM negotiates a fresh Brexit deal. Labour should also campaign for another public vote - and support staying in the EU - if the UK is set for a no-deal Brexit, union leaders unanimously decided at a meeting. The discussions also saw an agreement that, in the event of a general election, Labour's manifesto should include a promise to negotiate their own Brexit deal with the EU. This should then be put to a referendum, with a choice between Labour's deal and remaining in the EU.

Under the Brexit deal , EU citizens and UK nationals will continue to be able to travel freely with a passport or identity card until the end of the After this period ends, the European Commission has offered visa-free travel for UK nationals coming to the EU for a short stay, as long as the UK offers the

Theresa May's Brexit deal is defeated in the Commons by 149 votes, with 17 days to go until the UK leaves the EU . Mrs May said MPs will now get a vote on whether the UK should leave the EU without a deal and, if that fails, on whether Brexit should be delayed.

Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal © Reuters Boris Johnson

Front-runner Johnson, or perhaps his underdog rival Jeremy Hunt, is due to take office next week.

Both candidates for U.K. prime minister have promised to renegotiate the Irish backstop, the most toxic part of the Brexit deal that May struck. They both reiterated in a leadership debate on Monday night that the measure has to go -- tweaking it isn’t enough. Johnson ruled out adding a time-limit or any kind of annex to make it more palatable.

Both men are willing to accept a no-deal exit if the bloc won’t talk.

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Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal
Brexit Talks Get More Hostile as EU Considers Sweeteners to Deal

The EU says the deal isn’t up for renegotiation. Even in private, EU officials echo that line. But there are early discussions internally over a package of measures that would aim to make it more palatable in the U.K. so the next prime minister has a chance of getting it ratified by a divided Parliament.

'Never mind backstop, the buck stops here': Johnson takes on Brexit in first speech

'Never mind backstop, the buck stops here': Johnson takes on Brexit in first speech Boris Johnson has vowed to hold personal responsibility for delivering Brexit, saying "never mind the backstop, the buck stops here". In a speech bound to sting his predecessor, the new prime minister vowed to come up with a different EU divorce deal and disprove the "doubters, the doomsters and the gloomsters". Delivering his first speech from outside Number 10, Mr Johnson said: "I will take personal responsibility for the change I want to see.

A ‘no deal ’ Brexit is not yet inevitable – indeed, neither is leaving the EU at all – and I once again urge the prime minister to rule out a ‘no deal ’. The spokesman said it was impossible to say how much of this money would turn out to be “wasted” in the event of a no- deal Brexit not happening.

Brexit is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union ( EU ). Following a referendum held on 23 June 2016 in which 51.9 percent of those voting supported leaving the EU

While it falls short of what both candidates have said they want on the campaign trail, it could include:

Further commitments to look at technological solutions for the Irish border and to move quickly to a full trade deal with the U.K., based on a package of compromises May won in Strasbourg in March.

Making a formal link between achieving a post-Brexit future trade deal and the payment of the U.K.’s financial settlement -- estimated by the British government to be 39 billion pounds.

Offering again to make the backstop apply only to Northern Ireland rather than the whole of the U.K., which May originally rejected. Rewriting the “political declaration” on future relations that could underline the U.K.’s independent global trade policy.

The bloc is wary of offering Hunt, and particularly Johnson, significantly more than they gave May. However, officials say they still have some ammunition left, as they held some concessions back when it became clear that May was unlikely to get the deal through Parliament, no matter what they gave her.

Brexit diplomats from the 27 national governments in Brussels have been told to be on standby throughout August should discussions between the two sides resume in earnest. They aren’t expecting significant movement until the second half of the month at the earliest.

Officials are open to delaying Brexit beyond Oct. 31. Discussions between diplomats indicate that the EU is very unlikely to force Britain out of the bloc without a deal, a view bolstered by remarks made by the president-designate of the European Commission.

“I stand ready for a further extension of the withdrawal date should more time be required for a good reason,” Ursula von der Leyen told EU lawmakers in Strasbourg, Tuesday. "In any case the U.K. will remain our ally, our partner and our friend."

(Updates with comment from von der Leyen in last paragraph.)

--With assistance from Tim Ross and Jonathan Stearns.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ian Wishart in Brussels at [email protected]

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at [email protected], Emma Ross-Thomas, Richard Bravo

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