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Macron says UK heading for no deal if MPs defy May, as PM arrives in Brussels - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May at the Brussels summit where EU leaders will decide whether to delay Brexit by agreeing an article 50 extensionMay arrives at EU summit saying UK must ‘deliver Brexit’ for the peopleMacron says UK will be heading for no deal if MPs vote down agreement 2.13pm GMT Jean-Claude Juncker, the European commission, president, said there would have to be another summit if there is a vote against the Brexit deal...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Emmanuel Macron


May arrives at EU summit saying UK must 'deliver Brexit' for the people - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May at the Brussels summit where EU leaders will decide whether to delay Brexit by agreeing an article 50 extension 1.06pm GMT Stefan Lofven, the Swedish prime minister, said a short article 50 extension would depend on MPs backing the Brexit deal as he arrived at the EU summit. He said:An extension would also depend upon the voting in the House of Commons because we believe it is very important that the H...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Stefan Lofven


Brexit: May's appeal to nation backfires as MPs accuse her of stoking hate - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May at the Brussels summit where EU leaders will decide whether to delay Brexit by agreeing an article 50 extension 9.12am GMT Theresa May travels to Brussels today to formally request an extension to article 50, that would delay Brexit behind Friday next week, when the UK was supposed to leave the EU. British prime ministers have often had difficult encounters with their EU counterparts over the years, bu...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, Brussels, Parliament, Brexit, Steve Bannon, Donald Trump History, Pitting Parliament


Brexit: Theresa May says high time MPs vote for her deal – as it happened

Rolling updates on the day’s political events, including PM’s statement at Downing Street and Labour leader leaving meeting Full story: May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 JuneKey points in May’s letter to the EUDonald Tusk’s statement - Full textWhat Tusk’s announcement means - Snap analysis 12.27am GMT I am going to wrap this up now. Here a few of tonight’s highlights at a glance:Theresa May tells the British People ‘I’m on your side” ...which side is that? Leave, Remain, or Resign? 11....
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Jean-claude Juncker, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Tusk, Andrea Leadsom, Beth Rigby, Downing Street and Labour


Brexit: Theresa May says high time MPs vote for her deal in No 10 statement – Politics live

Rolling updates on the day’s political events, including PM’s statement at Downing Street and Labour leader leaving meeting Full story: May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 JuneKey points in May’s letter to the EUDonald Tusk’s statement - Full textWhat Tusk’s announcement means - Snap analysis 9.20pm GMT Here the the PM’s full statement: “Nearly three years have passed since the public voted to leave the European Union. “It was the biggest democratic exercise in our country’s history. “I ca...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Jean-claude Juncker, National Health Service, Parliament, Article 50, Sunday Times, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn


Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn walks out of party leaders' meeting – Politics live

Rolling updates on the day’s political events, including Labour leader leaving meeting and May’s letter to the EU asking to delay Brexit until 30 JuneFull story: May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 JuneKey points in May’s letter to the EUDonald Tusk’s statement - Full textWhat Tusk’s announcement means - Snap analysis 8.25pm GMT The PM is running late and is rumoured to keep things short and snappy. PM statement delayed to 2030. Am told to expect a relatively short one. 8.18pm GMT Ther...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Jean-claude Juncker, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Tusk, Andrea Leadsom


Brexit: EU to allow short article 50 extension only if MPs vote for deal, says Tusk – Politics live

Theresa May writes to the EU asking to delay Brexit until 30 June, and tells MPs at PMQs public would find long delay unacceptableFull story: May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 JuneKey points in May’s letter to the EUExplainer: what happens next?PMQs verdictDonald Tusk’s statement - Full textWhat Tusk’s announcement means - Snap analysis 6.21pm GMT Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, has now released the text of the letter he has sent to EU leaders ahead of the summit star...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Jean-claude Juncker, Strasbourg, Article 50, Brexit, Tusk, Jeremy Corbyn


Donald Tusk: EU will only back short Brexit delay if May's deal passes

Brussels expects UK government to ask for long extension if deal fails againFollow the day’s political developments – live updatesDonald Tusk has put a no-deal Brexit back in play by saying EU leaders will only agree a short Brexit delay if Theresa May’s deal is backed by the Commons next week.After belatedly receiving the prime minister’s formal request for an extension and speaking to her on the phone, the European council president admitted that success appeared “frail, even illusory”. Contin...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Emmanuel Macron, Donald Tusk


Pathetic, incoherent, chaotic: Europe's verdict on Brexit shambles

UK’s reputation for diplomacy, pragmatism and self-restraint has all but gone, say politicians and officials across EUWhen he started out as a young civil servant, said Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, a German MP from the liberal Free Democratic party, Britain was “always held up as a model of good diplomacy, of pragmatism and of self-restraint”.That was then. Now, with the UK’s scheduled exit barely a week away and still no clarity in sight, “No one would sign up to that view,” Lambsdorff said. “Now...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Brexit, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Lambsdorff


PMQs: May says she doesn't want a long Brexit delay as No 10 releases letter to EU – Politics live

Theresa May writes to the EU asking to delay Brexit, and faces Jeremy Corbyn at PMQsFull story: Theresa May to ask for three-month Brexit delayJuncker raises prospect of emergency Brexit summit next weekCorbyn to meet Barnier before May asks EU leaders for delay 12.19pm GMT Corbyn says today marks 1,000 days since the referendum. May is running down the clock, he says. But she has failed to convince MPs that her deal is anything other than a failure. People are frustrated by her approach. Wi...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn, Andrea Leadsom, Barnier, Will May


Juncker raises prospect of emergency Brexit summit next week

European commission president says fresh meeting likely as May ‘doesn’t have agreement to anything’Follow the day’s political developments - live updatesJean-Claude Juncker has raised the prospect of an emergency summit of EU leaders next week to decide on a Brexit delay, blaming ongoing chaos in Theresa May’s cabinet.The European commission president said a letter from May requesting an extension to article 50, delaying the UK’s exit beyond 29 March, had not arrived overnight as expected. Conti...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Jean-claude Juncker, Article 50, Brexit, Donald Tusk, Juncker, Claude Juncker


Trump Blockade of Huawei Fizzles in European 5G Rollout

Bolstered by the success of similar efforts in Australia and New Zealand, the White House sent envoys to European capitals with warnings that Huawei’s gear would open a backdoor for Chinese spies. The U.S. even threatened to cut off intelligence sharing if Europe ignored its advice.
Tags: Europe, Science, Australia, White House, New Zealand, Huawei, Trump Blockade of Huawei


Brexit: May bends to pressure from Tory Brexiters and rules out long article 50 extension request – Politics live

Theresa May writes to the EU asking to delay Brexit, and faces Jeremy Corbyn at PMQsBrexit delay decision unlikely this week, says Juncker 9.15am GMT Here are some more lines from Jean-Claude Juncker’s interview with the German radio station DRF.[Months set aside for a short article 50 extension] would have to produce, as an end result, an agreement from the British Parliament to the [agreement] text which is before them. If that doesn’t happen, and if Great Britain does not leave at the end...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Great Britain, Jean Claude Juncker, British Parliament, Juncker, DRF, Tory Brexiters


Brexit delay decision unlikely this week, says Juncker

Revolt by pro-Brexit cabinet ministers forces PM to request only three-month extension from EUTheresa May will ask for only a short extension to article 50 delaying Brexit by less than three months, after a revolt among pro-leave cabinet ministers and MPs that threatened her premiership.The prime minister had previously intended to agree a longer extension with the EU involving European parliamentary elections if her withdrawal agreement did not pass by Wednesday. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Juncker


Trump Blockade of Huawei Fizzles In European 5G Rollout

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Last summer, the Trump administration started a campaign to convince its European allies to bar China's Huawei from their telecom networks. Bolstered by the success of similar efforts in Australia and New Zealand, the White House sent envoys to European capitals with warnings that Huawei's gear would open a backdoor for Chinese spies. The U.S. even threatened to cut off intelligence sharing if Europe ignored its advice. So far, not a single Eur...
Tags: Europe, Australia, White House, China, Germany, Nokia, Tech, Bloomberg, Edward Snowden, Italy, New Zealand, Huawei, National Security Agency, Ericsson, Trump, Samsung Electronics Co


May asks EU for Brexit delay with cabinet in deadlock over 'crisis'

PM forced to seek extension of article 50 as No 10 admits it is too late to leave with a dealTheresa May will be forced to write to EU leaders on Wednesday and beg them to delay Brexit, with her cabinet deadlocked over the best way out of what Downing Street now concedes is a “crisis”.The government had maintained until the last possible moment that Brexit could go ahead as planned on 29 March or after a brief “technical extension”. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Conservative Leadership, Donald Tusk


No-deal ferry plans to protect NHS supplies to be triggered

Action to safeguard imports of medicines to begin this week despite likely Brexit delayNo-deal contingency plans to safeguard medicine imports are set to be triggered on Wednesday, despite the potential delay to Brexit, with approved suppliers told to book space on the government’s emergency ferry service.Although the prime minister is to request an extension to article 50 which would postpone Britain’s departure from the EU, Whitehall will enact plans to ensure the flow of critical supplies sho...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Politics, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Infrastructure, Britain, Foreign Policy, NHS, Transport, Water transport, Transport policy, Article 50


Barnier tells May she must offer 'something new' to get long Brexit extension from EU - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May chairing cabinet after John Bercow ruled she cannot bring same Brexit deal back to Commons for vote 4.51pm GMT Here is the full text of Michel Barnier’s opening statement at the press conference. 4.36pm GMT Paris reiterated its tough line on Tuesday afternoon, insisting no extension could be granted to the UK without the government presenting a credible “new strategy or plan” which would need to ha...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Angela Merkel, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Paris, John Bercow, Brexit, Donald Tusk, EU Politics, Michel Barnier, Barnier


May to ask EU for Brexit extension as UK slides into political 'crisis'

PM’s spokesman refuses to say how long a delay she will request amid deepening chaosTheresa May believes the UK has slid into political crisis, her spokesman said, as he confirmed she would be writing to EU leaders to request a delay to Brexit.The prime minister’s plan to bring her Brexit deal back to parliament for a third meaningful vote, before EU leaders gathered on Thursday, was thrown into chaos on Monday, when the House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, said parliamentary convention meant ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Article 50, Brexit, Donald Tusk


Brexit: May under pressure from EU leaders to provide 'clarity' over article 50 extension request - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May chairing cabinet after John Bercow ruled she cannot bring same Brexit deal back to Commons for vote 1.21pm GMT This is from Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, following his meeting with Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, in Dublin. The two men had been due to hold a press briefing after their talks, but according to Sky News that was cancelled.⁦Welcomed @eucopresident⁩ Donald Tusk...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Bbc, Rome, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, John Bercow, Sky News, Dublin, Leo Varadkar, Brexit, Laura Kuenssberg


Ten days to Brexit: what happens if the UK does not leave on 29 March?

An extension now looks likely – how long will Brexit be delayed for and can it be stopped altogether?Today’s latest political developments - live updatesIt is 10 days before the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. Currently we do not know when, or if, Brexit will take place; if it does happen then under what, if any deal; or even, after John Bercow’s ruling, whether the government can put its plan again to MPs if it wants to do so. So what could happen next? Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, John Bercow, Article 50, Brexit


EU ministers baffled and frustrated by latest Brexit chaos

Ministers bemused at Bercow’s decision and warn no deal inevitable if UK can’t decide on next move Today’s latest political developments - live updatesThe latest chaos in Westminster prompted complaints of exhaustion from Berlin and some gentle mockery by the French as EU ministers gathered to discuss a potential delay to Brexit.As ministers arrived in Brussels to hold their talks, it was clear that the decision by the speaker, John Bercow, to effectively block a third vote on Theresa May’s deal...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Germany, Berlin, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, John Bercow, Bercow, Romania, Brussels


May could still hold another vote on her deal, says Brexit secretary

Stephen Barclay says vote possible if PM agrees terms of article 50 extension with EUToday’s latest political developments - live updatesThe Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, has insisted the prime minister may be able to hold another vote on her Brexit deal if she agrees the terms of an article 50 extension with the EU, believing that would satisfy the objections of the House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow.Theresa May will chair cabinet on Tuesday after she was forced to pull any immediate pl...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Bercow, Article 50, Brexit, Stephen Barclay, John Bercow Theresa May


May could still hold another vote on her deal, Brexit secretary insists

Stephen Barclay says vote possible if PM agrees terms of article 50 extension with EUToday’s latest political developments - live updatesThe Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, has insisted the prime minister may be able to hold another vote on her Brexit deal if she agrees the terms of an article 50 extension with the EU, believing that would satisfy the objections of House of Commons Speaker John Bercow.Theresa May will chair cabinet on Tuesday after she was forced to pull any immediate plans f...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Bercow, Article 50, Brexit, Stephen Barclay, John Bercow Theresa May


Brexit: constitutional chaos after third vote on deal blocked

Prime minister likely to have to request long article 50 extension after Bercow intervenesTheresa May’s government has been plunged into constitutional chaos after the Speaker blocked the prime minister from asking MPs to vote on her Brexit deal for a third time unless it had fundamentally changed.With 11 days to go until Britain is due to leave the EU, May was forced to pull her plans for another meaningful vote because John Bercow said she could not ask MPs to pass the same deal, after they r...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Bercow, Article 50, Brexit, Commons Speaker


Post-Brexit tariffs will ‘wipe out businesses’ near Irish border

Local firms worry border closure and duties will lead to smuggling and chaosAndrew Montgomery runs the last shop before the Irish border. Set 60 yards back from the swirling River Foyle on the site of a demolished customs post, his enterprising pet supply business is in danger of being swept away by post-Brexit tariffs.The firm’s Puppy and Junior range of dog snacks is a paragon of European cooperation: the ingredients come from Kilkenny in the Irish Republic, the bags are manufactured in Italy ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, France, European Union, UK News, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Italy, Northern Ireland, Borders, Montgomery, Brexit, Kilkenny, Irish Republic


Exit Brussels? The UK civil servants under a fog of uncertainty

A dwindling band will stay at the EU for years, but many fear their influence will fadeWhatever happens regarding the UK’s future relationship with Europe, the British are not leaving the EU’s institutions. A dwindling band of UK civil servants will continue working for the bloc for many years to come.But since 24 June 2016, nothing has been the same for this small group. Tears were shed on that overcast morning in Brussels by British and non-British officials alike. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Civil Service, Foreign Policy, Belgium, Brussels, Brexit


Bercow suggests he will not allow another Brexit deal vote unless EU agrees further changes – as it happened

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenJohn Bercow rules out third meaningful vote without ‘substantial’ changeBercow’s ruling - Summary and snap analysisDowning Street lobby briefing - Summary 10.26pm GMT We’re going to close down this live blog now. Thanks for reading and for all of your comments. Here’s a summary of the day’s events: Related: Constitutional chaos after third vote on Brexit deal blocked 9.41pm GMT A government source has told the Press As...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, John Bercow, Bercow, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Parliament, Article 50, Brexit, Press Association


Constitutional chaos after third vote on Brexit deal blocked

PM likely to have to request long article 50 extension after Bercow intervenesTheresa May’s government has been plunged into constitutional chaos after the Speaker blocked the prime minister from asking MPs to vote on her Brexit deal for a third time unless it had fundamentally changed.With 11 days to go until Britain is due to leave the EU, May was forced to pull her plans for another meaningful vote because John Bercow said she could not ask MPs to pass the same deal, after they rejected it t...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Bercow, Article 50, Brexit, Commons Speaker



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