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WorldLe Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'

20:25  23 august  2019
20:25  23 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Merkel to meet UK prime minister soon to discuss Brexit

Merkel to meet UK prime minister soon to discuss Brexit BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel could meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson soon to discuss Brexit, her spokesman said Friday. 

Chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said that "frankly, no one from either side is able to say precisely, in a clear way, what the nature of these alternative The EU parliament's point-man on Brexit , Guy Verhofstadt, underlined that nobody in Europe wanted to use the backstop, but that it's

European Council President Donald Tusk said the UK could not pick and choose. The French and German leaders also made clear that the freedom of Brexit is a huge crisis for the EU. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said "we have no illusions - it's a qualitatively different task" compared with

Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'
Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'
Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'

LONDON/PARIS/BERLIN (Reuters) - After sterling soared and some British newspapers roared at a supposed Brexit victory for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Europe's power brokers had a more sobering message: the basic divorce deal is not changing.

UK faces food, fuel and drugs shortages in no-deal Brexit: Times, citing official documents

UK faces food, fuel and drugs shortages in no-deal Brexit: Times, citing official documents Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, jamming ports and requiring a hard border in Ireland, official government documents leaked to the Sunday Times show. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The Times said the forecasts compiled by the Cabinet Office set out the most likely aftershocks of a no-deal Brexit rather than the worst case scenarios.

Chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said that “frankly, no one from either side is able to say precisely, in a clear way, what the nature of these alternative The EU parliament point-man on Brexit , Guy Verhofstadt, underlined that nobody in Europe wants to use the backstop, but that it’s “needed to

Chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said that “frankly, no one from either side is able to say precisely, in a clear way, what the nature of these alternative The EU parliament point-man on Brexit , Guy Verhofstadt, underlined that nobody in Europe wants to use the backstop, but that it’s “needed to

Three years after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, the outcome of the tortuous Brexit crisis remains unclear, with options ranging from an acrimonious rupture on Oct. 31 to a smooth, amicable exit or even another referendum.

Enter PM Johnson, an avowed Brexiteer whose bet is that the threat of a disorderly 'no-deal' exit will convince German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron that the EU must grant him the divorce deal he wants.

On his first foreign trip as prime minister, the response from Germany and France was polite but firm: the Withdrawal Agreement struck last year by then-prime minister Theresa May will not be changed much. And time is ticking.

Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'
Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'
Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'
Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'
Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'
Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'
Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'
Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'
Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'
Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'
Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'
Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'
Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'
Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'
Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'
Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'
Le Brexit breakthrough? Europe says 'Nein', 'non', 'no'

"I want to be very clear," Macron said. "In the month ahead, we will not find a new withdrawal agreement that deviates far from the original."

UK, EU harden their positions on Brexit as G7 approaches

UK, EU harden their positions on Brexit as G7 approaches Leaders of the U.K. and European Union hardened their positions Tuesday on whether it is possible to re-open Brexit negotiations, dimming prospects for any breakthrough ahead of a summit of G-7 leaders this weekend. © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this Wednesday, July 31, 2019 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the first meeting of the National Policing Board at the Home Office in London.

Leaders across the European Union offered a united chorus of “No” on Wednesday to Britain’s Many pro- Brexit British lawmakers fear the backstop will trap Britain in regulatory lockstep with the EU The EU parliament point-man on Brexit , Guy Verhofstadt, underlined that nobody in Europe wants to use

Chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said that "frankly, no one from either side is able to say precisely, in a clear way, what the nature of these alternative The EU parliament's point-man on Brexit , Guy Verhofstadt, underlined that nobody in Europe wanted to use the backstop, but that it's

In Berlin, Merkel used a puzzling remark about finding an answer in "30 days" to underscore just how little time remained before the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline and how complex the Irish border riddle was.

"LE BREAKTHROUGH?"

Johnson, who allowed himself to put one of his feet on a coffee table at the Elysee Palace in a light moment with Macron, lauded Europe for "positive noises" and insisted a deal could be done, possibly in the "final furlong".

Sterling, which has gyrated to the tune of the Brexit divorce, had its biggest jump in three months on Thursday as some investors bet that even the possibility of some change to the Brexit deal meant a compromise could be reached.

The Daily Mail newspaper ran the headline "Macron makes (un petit) concession" and asked in an editorial: "Le breakthrough?" The Times said: "New hope for Boris Johnson as Emmanuel Macron says Brexit deal is possible."

Emmanuel Macron delivers tough Brexit message to Boris Johnson

Emmanuel Macron delivers tough Brexit message to Boris Johnson When Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson spoke to reporters ahead of their meeting in Paris on Thursday, they stood side by side but sounded as if they were living in parallel universes. © Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images French President Emmanuel Macron waves as he attends the Bastille Day military parade down the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2019. Both men stuck firmly to their lines -- the British Prime Minister demanding that the European Union reopens the Brexit agreement, the French President saying that's not possible.

European affairs >. Europe >. ' Nein , non '? His trips come after he sent a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday in which he urged the EU to reconvene to the negotiation table and to scrap the backstop arrangement — an insurance policy to prevent a hard border in Ireland.

No-deal Brexit . Impact of Brexit on the European Union. Brexit and arrangements for science and technology. 2 Background: the United Kingdom and Europe . 2.1 Accession and period of European Union A hard Brexit (also called a no-deal Brexit ) usually refers to the UK leaving the EU and the

But in Berlin, Paris and Brussels, there was astonishment at the interpretation that there had been a major shift in EU policy.

By 1100 GMT on Friday, investors were reassessing whether British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had made any progress. Sterling , which had jumped more than 1% against the dollar on Thursday, was down 0.3% on the day to $1.2217. [GBP/]

Johnson's key demand is that the EU remove the Irish border backstop - an insurance policy that would keep the United Kingdom in a customs union with the EU unless a better solution is found to keep open Ireland's 500-km (300-mile) land border with the British province of Northern Ireland.

PLAYING POLITICS?

As the backstop would also keep Northern Ireland aligned to the rules of the EU's single market, Johnson and the Northern Irish party that props up his government see the backstop as a threat to UK unity - and their own political survival.

U.K.’s Johnson Plays Down Hopes of Quick Brexit Deal With EU

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Brexit negotiations "have been difficult" and "no solution has been identified" to the Irish backstop, the European Commission has said . It comes after the latest talks between UK ministers and EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels. Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said the talks had

Could Brexit be delayed? Theresa May has said she wants the UK to leave the EU as soon as possible Brexit -supporting MPs claim it would not be as bad as they say and the UK would save on the £ BBC Europe editor Katya Adler says the UK would have to start from scratch with no rebate

Britain says there must be a better solution, though it has yet to present one.

But part of the problem is that there is suspicion in Europe that Johnson is using Brexit diplomacy to line up a potentially vote-winning confrontation with the EU ahead of a possible British election.

Merkel is keen to ensure that the EU is not seen as being unwilling to talk - but is equally keen not to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement. Rather, as has been EU policy for some time, changes would be addressed in the non-binding declaration on future ties.

Still, Berlin was impressed that Johnson had been serious and accepted publicly that if there was to be progress, London would have to come up with a way to solve the Irish border issue.

In Paris, a diplomatic source said Macron was trying to appear constructive - but had not changed his stance.

France's position, the source said, was that discussions are possible within the acceptance that the fundamental principles of the Withdrawal Agreement remain the protection of the EU single market and political stability in Ireland.

So has there been a change in the EU's position? "No," said one official. "No change."

(Additional reporting by Michel Rose in Paris, John Chalmers in Brussels and Tommy Wilkes in London; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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