Posts tagged as Britain

EU, British negotiators hold withdrawal talks without success

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

As the European Union and the United Kingdom continue to discuss possible guarantees on the Irish backstop in their Brexit deal, head of the EU delegation of negotiators and senior British officials concluded the latest round of talks with no visible result. French news agency AFP reports that on Tuesday, March 5, Barnier met with UK attorney general Geoffrey Cox and Brexit minister Stephen Barclay for four hours over dinner…

Britain’s Labour Party leader backs Brexit referendum

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Britain’s opposition Labour Party will back a new referendum on Brexit after parliament defeated its alternative plan for leaving the European Union, its eurosceptic leader Jeremy Corbyn said, softening his reservations about a second popular vote. With 29 days left until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, the leaders of Britain’s two main parties have been forced into making key turns on the divorce in recent…

Trump and Putin have relaunched the arms race. Hug Europe close, Britain

By Rafael Behr on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The decision by Washington and Moscow to withdraw from a nuclear weapons treaty has just made the world a more unstable place. For a bit of perspective on turbulent times it helps to remember Able Archer. In November 1983, Nato simulated a confrontation with the Soviet Union. The rehearsal was so plausible that the Russians doubted it was a drill, and began a counter-mobilisation. Luckily, level heads prevailed. Able Archer was the…

Lithuanian government getting ready for no-deal Brexit

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Lithuanian government has drawn up a plan for steps to be taken should Britain leave the European Union without a deal. The Cabinet plans to discuss the scenario on Wednesday. British lawmakers are set to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday evening. If the deal is not approved, Lithuania will have to amend its laws on the legal status of the British in the country, direct taxes, air…

Top EU lawmaker urges UK to approve Brexit deal

Monday, January 14, 2019

A top European Parliament leader is urging British lawmakers to “behave responsibly” and approve the UK’s divorce deal with the European Union. Manfred Weber said Monday that “we ask, we invite our British colleagues to behave responsibly and vote for this agreement.” A vote in the U.K. Parliament is expected Tuesday. Many British lawmakers object to the agreement between Brussels and Prime Minister Theresa May, raising fears that Britain may…

Theresa May refuses to apologise over ‘hostile environment’ scandal

Monday, October 1, 2018

Prime minister stands by policy despite damage to thousands of British citizens from the Windrush generation. Theresa May has refused to apologise for her “hostile environment” immigration policy, although she conceded that members of the Windrush generation had become wrongly entangled, sometimes at the cost of their own lives. The prime minister said the policy was intended to identify illegal immigrants and said it would remain, even though thousands of people…

Boris Johnson demands UK PM May scrap her Brexit proposals

Friday, September 28, 2018

Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson called on Prime Minister Theresa May to rip up her proposal for Britain’s exit from the European Union, ratcheting up the pressure on May as she prepares to face her divided party at its annual conference next week. Just six months before Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019, little is clear: May has yet to clinch a Brexit divorce deal…

EU immigration to Britain ‘could fall by 80 per cent after Brexit’ following cabinet’s refusal to offer special treatment to Europeans, migration experts claim

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Immigration is set to fall dramatically following Brexit after the Cabinet agreed to tough curbs on the number of EU nationals allowed into Britain. Ministers yesterday backed a system which would end free movement and subject EU migrants to the same rules as those from outside the bloc. Experts predict the move could lead to an 80 per cent fall in migrants coming to Britain from European countries. The agreement…

Browder: British authorities took no action when told about Baltic banks

Saturday, September 22, 2018

British-registered shell companies routinely used Baltic banks to launder millions of dollars, American-born financier Bill Browder told Bloomberg a day after the UK’s role in Danske Bank’s Estonian money laundering scandal was revealed. Browder, the CEO of investment fund Hermitage Capital Management and former employer of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, made the claim on Friday when the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said it would look into the role of…

Merkel: Want close defense cooperation with Britain after Brexit

Saturday, September 15, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that she wanted the European Union to have a close relationship with Britain when it leaves the bloc and added that the allies should work together closely on security and defense in the future. “We want good, reliable ties with Britain – we want close cooperation in the fields of security and defense policy and we want cooperation between the 27 member states…