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UK, France and Germany discuss working with Joe Biden on Iran nuclear deal

Foreign ministers hope US will lift sanctions in effort to revive 2015 agreement with TehranEuropean foreign ministers from Germany, France and the UK have met to discuss a joint approach with the incoming Joe Biden administration on reviving the Iranian nuclear deal.The three nations, whose ministers met in Berlin, are hoping Tehran can reach an agreement under which the US would lift its crippling sanctions in return for Iran ending its non-compliance with the 2015 agreement constraining its n...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Germany, Berlin, US, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, Iran, Foreign Policy, Tehran, Iran's Nuclear Programme


UK should tilt foreign policy to Indo-Pacific region, report says

Exclusive: Thinktank urges UK to build democratic counterweight to China’s growing influenceThe UK should make a major post-Brexit tilt towards the Indo-Pacific region, ploughing military, financial and diplomatic resources into building a major democratic counterweight to China’s growing threat to the post-1945 world order, a major report urges.The report, prepared by a group of UK politicians for the right of centre thinktank Policy Exchange, and endorsed by the former Japanese prime minister ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Politics, UK, China, India, UK News, World news, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Shinzo Abe, South and Central Asia, Foreign Policy, Brexit, Indo Pacific


UK should not sign EU deal 'at any price', says Sunak

Chancellor hopeful of agreement but says coronavirus will have bigger economic impactCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK should not accept a deal with the EU “at any price”, the chancellor has said, insisting that the coronavirus pandemic posed a greater threat to the UK economy than Brexit.Speaking as UK and EU negotiators enter what could be their final week of discussions, Rishi Sunak said he was hopeful that a trade and security agreement would be reached. Cont...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Brexit, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus, Sunak


MPs from seven parties urge government not to cut overseas aid

Letter to PM says move would send a terrible signal as UK prepares to host G7 and COP26MPs from seven parties have urged the government not to cut the overseas aid budget, saying it had made the difference between life and death for countless people.The intervention by MPs, including the Tory “father of the house”, Peter Bottomley, comes after it emerged that the Treasury was considering cutting more than £4bn from the aid budget and breaching a commitment to spend 0.7% of GDP on overseas assist...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Treasury, Peter Bottomley


A terrible time for the UK to cut foreign aid | Letter

There are no grounds for breaking legal commitments or for turning our backs on countries and people at a time of great need, write Sam Hickey, Uma Kambhampati and othersNews that the UK government is set to renege on its commitment to spending 0.7% of gross national income on foreign aid could not come at a worse time for the world’s poorest countries and people and for international cooperation more broadly (UK aid budget facing billions in cuts, 17 November). The World Bank estimates that the...
Tags: Politics, UK, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, World Bank, Development Office, FCDO, Sam Hickey Uma Kambhampati


The Boris Johnson relaunch – cartoon

Where is Dominic Cummings when his former master needs him?•You can buy your own copy of this cartoon Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Dominic Cummings


Brexit deal close to being finalised, EU ambassadors told

Most key issues largely agreed, but there is still a danger of no deal by accident, envoys hearA trade and security agreement with Britain is close to being finalised but the risk remains of an accidental no-deal Brexit in six weeks, with gaps on the contentious issues only “slowly shrinking”, EU ambassadors have been told.With Michel Barnier in self-isolation following the news that an EU negotiator has been tested positive for coronavirus, the talks will be conducted almost entirely by videoco...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Brexit, Trade Policy, Michel Barnier


Boris Johnson urged to commit to aid budget after defence boost

Nearly 200 charities and NGOs call on PM to keep spending at 0.7% rather than 0.5% of GDPNearly 200 charities and aid organisations have called on Boris Johnson to reconsider plans to cut billions from the international development budget by reducing it to 0.5% of GDP.Save the Children, Greenpeace UK, Christian Aid, VSO International and others urged the prime minister not to cut Britain’s aid spending while the world was in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Britain, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Boris Johnson, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office


Barnier self-isolates and Brexit talks halt after EU official tests positive

Face-to-face talks in Brussels paused as member of Barnier’s team has coronavirusThe EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, was forced to go into self-isolation and face-to-face Brexit talks in Brussels have been suspended after a member of the bloc’s negotiating team tested positive for coronavirus.In a development that will put further pressure on the tight timeline for a successful outcome in the trade and security talks, Barnier shut down the talks in the Belgian capital with the agreement o...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Brexit, David Frost, Michel Barnier, Barnier


Brexit talks suspended after EU negotiator tests positive for Covid

Face-to-face talks in Brussels paused as member of Barnier team has coronavirusThe troubled Brexit trade and security talks have been suspended at the highest level after a member of Michel Barnier’s EU negotiating team tested positive for coronavirus.The bloc’s chief negotiator tweeted that he had agreed with his British counterpart, David Frost, that the core teams would need to pause their face-to-face talks in Brussels. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Brexit, David Frost, Brussels Continue, Michel Barnier, Barnier


It was always lost on Brexiteers – but the EU is fundamentally about peace | Rafael Behr

The 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg trials puts the fantasy of resistance to tyrannical Brussels into proper perspective“I would rather not shake hands with a German of my age,” says Colette Marin-Catherine. “But I give all possible credit to the generations that came after.” There is steel in the elderly voice, but no anger.When Colette was 16, her older brother, Jean-Pierre, was deported to a German concentration camp. He was put to work as a slave labourer in underground tunnels assembling ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Germany, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Nuremberg, Brexit, Colette, Rafael Behr, Jean Pierre, Colette Marin Catherine


Failure to seal post-Brexit deal would more than halve UK growth, says KPMG

Accountancy firm warns of stalled economic recovery without EU trade agreementFailure to strike a post-Brexit trade deal would cut the UK’s economic growth rate by more than half next year, delaying a full recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report.The accountancy firm KPMG said the economy would suffer heavily should the UK fail to secure a trade deal with the EU before the end of the Brexit transition period at the end of December, just as the country attempts to escape the ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Recession, Economics, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Financial Sector, Foreign Policy, Economic policy, Economic recovery, Kpmg, Accountancy


UK aid budget facing billions in cuts

Treasury seeking to slash target for aid spending from 0.7% of gross national income to 0.5%The Treasury is planning to slash billions from the overseas aid budget despite the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, praising the government’s 0.7% aid target on Monday as representing UK values in front of aides to Joe Biden.The Treasury wants to cut the aid budget from 0.7% of gross national income to 0.5% next year and plans to make the announcement as part of next Monday’s one-year spending review. Co...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Joe Biden, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Treasury, Foreign, Dominic Raab, Commonwealth and Development Office


EU vote on Brexit deal could be delayed until 28 December

MEPs might not be able to seal any agreement until three days before transition period endsA European parliament vote to seal a Brexit trade deal could be delayed until 28 December, three days before the end of the transition period, under an emergency EU plan.With less than seven weeks to go before the UK leaves the single market and customs union, the negotiations remain troubled, with the talks on fishing rights in UK waters not progressing significantly since the summer. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, News Corporation, Brexit, Dominic Cummings, Fishing Industry


Brexit: major breakthrough needed to avert no-deal, says Irish minister

Simon Coveney warns talks may collapse amid fishing rights impasse Brexit negotiations on a trade deal resume in a crucial week, as it emerged talks on the issue of EU access to British fishing waters have not progressed since the summer.As the two sides re-engaged in the troubled discussions, with less than seven weeks to go before the end of the transition period, Ireland’s foreign minister, Simon Coveney, said the negotiations were “not in a good place” on fishing rights. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, Ireland, Foreign Policy, News Corporation, Brexit, Dominic Cummings, Simon Coveney, Fishing Industry


Major breakthrough needed to avert no-deal Brexit, says Irish minister

Simon Coveney warns talks may collapse amid fishing rights impasse Brexit negotiations on a trade deal resume in a crucial week, as it emerged talks on the issue of EU access to British fishing waters have not progressed since the summer.As the two sides re-engaged in the troubled talks, with less than seven weeks to go before the end of the transition period, Ireland’s foreign minister, Simon Coveney, said the negotiations were “not in a good place” on fishing rights. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, Ireland, Foreign Policy, News Corporation, Brexit, Simon Coveney, Fishing Industry


Boris Johnson forced to self-isolate again as crucial week begins

PM’s plan to try to take back control after days of chaos put in peril by news he had met MP later found to be Covid-positiveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson was forced into self-isolation on Sunday night just as he embarked on a crucial week designed to restore calm and project an air of competence after a vicious No 10 turf war.There were concerns that Covid-19 had returned to Downing Street as the result of a 35-minute meeting between the prime ministe...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Downing Street, Brexit, Dominic Cummings, Coronavirus


Dominic Cummings' exit won't affect Brexit talks, says UK minister

George Eustice says departure of PM’s top aide will have no particular impact on negotiationsThe UK environment secretary, George Eustice, has denied that the departure of Dominic Cummings – one of the architects of Vote Leave – will have any impact on Brexit negotiations.As the Brexit deal deadline approaches, Eustice sought to downplay Cummings’ exit from No 10 by arguing it would not alter discussions with Brussels as UK negotiations are led by David Frost. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Gordon Brown, Brexit, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, David Frost, George Eustice, Eustice, Carrie Symonds


UK environment secretary denies Cummings' exit will affect Brexit

George Eustice says negotiations with Brussels have always been led by David FrostThe UK environment secretary, George Eustice, has denied that the departure of Dominic Cummings – one of the architects of Vote Leave – will have any impact on Brexit negotiations.As the Brexit deal deadline approaches, Eustice sought to downplay Cummings’ exit from No 10 by arguing it would not alter discussions with Brussels as UK negotiations are led by David Frost. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Gordon Brown, Brexit, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, David Frost, George Eustice, Eustice, Carrie Symonds, David FrostThe


No-deal fears rise as Boris Johnson 'least willing to budge on Brexit'

The prime minister remains determined not to compromise over the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union, say senior Whitehall sourcesBoris Johnson remains the “hardest in the room” in his unwillingness to budge to secure a Brexit deal, government insiders said this weekend, amid warnings that just days remain to finalise an agreement.After a torrid week for Downing Street which saw two former Vote Leave figures quit the prime minister’s senior team, ministers in favour of a deal said th...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Whitehall, Brexit


Exit Dominic Cummings, Brexit's little helper – cartoon

Mission accomplished, Boris Johnson’s chief adviser takes his leave•You can buy your own copy of this cartoon Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Dominic Cummings, Dominic Cummings Brexit


Downing Street denies internal crisis has harmed Brexit talks

Senior French and EU figures claim infighting at No 10 has delayed chances of dealDowning Street has been forced to deny Boris Johnson has lost control of the Brexit negotiations as French ministers warn of weeks more talks amid “upheaval” in London, and senior Brussels figures claim the chaos had led to a standstill.France’s minister for EU affairs, Clément Beaune, appeared downbeat on Friday about the chances of an imminent breakthrough on a UK-EU deal. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, London, France, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Downing Street, Brexit, Dominic Cummings, Clement Beaune


Brexit standoff blamed on No 10 infighting over Cummings' departure

MEP laments ‘chaotic situation’ at Downing Street and calls for clarity and compromiseA standoff in the Brexit negotiations has been blamed on the factional infighting in Downing Street, as Dominic Cummings confirmed he will leave the government by Christmas.Manfred Weber, the leader of the largest party in the European parliament and a political ally of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, lamented the “chaotic situation” at the heart of No 10. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Angela Merkel, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Downing Street, Brexit, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Manfred Weber


Navalny and climate on agenda in first Russia visit by UK minister since 2017

Three-day trip by Foreign Office minister Wendy Morton is an attempt to maintain dialogueThe first visit by a UK government minister to Moscow since 2017 will go ahead next week in what is being presented as an attempt to maintain a dialogue with Russia while stopping short of a normalisation of UK-Russian relations.The Foreign Office minister Wendy Morton will undertake a three-day visit, with government officials stressing that the points of difference with Russia are if anything growing rathe...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Russia, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Moscow, Alexei Navalny, Foreign Office, Navalny, Wendy Morton, Sergei Skripal


EU summit on 19 November seen as deadline for draft Brexit deal

‘If there isn’t good news by then ... time is up,’ says senior EU diplomatA summit of EU leaders on 19 November is now viewed by Brussels as the final deadline for a draft Brexit deal, with negotiations on Britain’s future trade and security relationship with the bloc set to go to the wire.The teams of negotiators working in London had hoped to be able to pass on a deal to MEPs for scrutiny by 18 November to allow time for parliamentary ratification but the talks remain difficult, according to s...
Tags: Europe, Politics, London, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Brexit, Ursula von der Leyen


UK expels Belarus diplomats in tit-for-tat move

Foreign Office retaliates after expulsion of British diplomats following protests in MinskBritain has expelled two Belarusian diplomats in response to the removal of two UK envoys from the former Soviet bloc country, the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has said.The move came after the British diplomats, including a defence attache, were ordered home from the capital, Minsk. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Belarus, Foreign Office, Dominic Raab, Minsk Continue, MinskBritain


Boris Johnson to press on with Brexit bill despite Lords defeat

PM risks major confrontation with Joe Biden by persevering with internal market billBoris Johnson has put himself on a collision course with the Joe Biden administration in the US after Downing Street said it would press ahead with legislation designed to override the Brexit deal on Northern Ireland.Peers inflicted a huge defeat on the government after voting overwhelmingly to remove measures that seek to “disapply” parts of the Northern Ireland protocol – measures that Biden has said would put ...
Tags: Politics, US, UK News, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, House Of Lords, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Biden, Downing Street, Brexit, Trade Policy, Biden Administration


The Guardian view on Johnson's Biden problem: not going away | Editorial

Britain risks isolation as the president-elect prioritises relations with the EU. The government must understand the signs of the new times The Irish question has played havoc with the best-laid plans of hardline Brexiters. Since 2016, successive Conservative governments have struggled to square the circle of keeping the United Kingdom intact, while avoiding the reimposition of a hard border on the island of Ireland. The border issue has been the achilles heel of Brexit, the thorn in the side of...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, White House, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Joe Biden, US news, House Of Lords, Britain, Ireland, US politics, Foreign Policy, United Kingdom


UK 'risks becoming international pariah by rewriting Brexit bill'

Government will seek to reinstate any parts of the bill removed by Lords this weekThe UK risks becoming “an international pariah” endangering relations with the US under Joe Biden, Labour has warned, after ministers pledged to press ahead with a plan to break international law by potentially rewriting parts of the Brexit withdrawal deal.Lord Falconer, the shadow attorney general, said the government was “in a big hole” over its internal markets bill, which the House of Lords is expected to amend...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, US, European Union, UK News, House Of Lords, Foreign Policy, Labour, Brexit, Falconer, Joe Biden Labour


Brexit: UK risks being 'international pariah' under Biden, says Labour

Lord Falconer issues warning as House of Lords prepares to vote on internal market billThe UK risks becoming “an international pariah” and endangering relations with the US under Joe Biden, Labour has said, after ministers pledged to press ahead with a plan to break international law by potentially rewriting parts of the Brexit withdrawal deal.Lord Falconer, the shadow attorney general, said the government was “in a big hole” over its internal market bill, which the House of Lords is expected to...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, US, European Union, UK News, House Of Lords, Foreign Policy, Labour, Biden, Brexit, Charles Falconer, Falconer, George Eustice, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, Joe Biden Labour