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Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said it is not too late to stop Brexit, as the UK reaches one year to go until it leaves the European Union. Mr Blair, a Remain campaigner, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that it was "more likely... than a few months ago" that Brexit could be stopped. He said ...
Speaking at an event held by UK in a Changing Europe to mark the one year anniversary of Article 50 being triggered, Blair said that if Conservative MPs were to vote for any final deal, "Brexit will then be 100 per cent owned by the Tories…and it will allow Labour to say 'well we'd have got you a better ... Eu anti-Semitism

It is too early to say whether so-called content portability rules will extend to UK citizens after Brexit, the government has told the BBC. The new rules let people access local versions of subscription streaming and download services such as Netflix while visiting other EU countries. Some newspapers ... passport
Of all the stories that have come out of Brexit and Wales, the impact or otherwise on the country's port links with Ireland has been one of the biggest. Wales has three ports that link Great Britain to Ireland, with warnings of long queues if, as a result of whatever Brexit negotiations produce, customs and ...
Theresa May has pledged the UK will control its waters after Brexit as Nicola Sturgeon's "contradictory" stance on the EU's hated Common Fisheries Policy came under attack from her independence allies. The Prime Minister used a visit to Scotland a year to the day before EU withdrawal to reassure ... fishing
The most fervent Brexiter in the cabinet has said he is encouraged by the shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry's suggestion that Labour would vote for an anodyne deal on leaving the European Union. The international trade secretary, Liam Fox, said his confidence in getting a Brussels ...

As was crystal clear with a focus group in Coventry last night, for many voters, Brexit was a demand for something else, a response to big promises made by politicians. With only a year to go, and the government's main achievement so far being establishing a grace period that will pretty much keep us in ...
Certainly it (Brexit) will happen, and it's a shame for the British because they are going to lose lots of stuff, mainly the protection the European Commission can give against things like Facebook as we see right now, and also the integration, I think it's going to be very bad for the UK. Actually part of my ...
With a staff of eight, it is aiming to lobby MPs and campaign in the first instance for a softer Brexit, trying to keep the country within the customs union or even the single market, by mobilising supporters from a mailing list that it claims is 500,000-strong. It wants supporters to hold events around the country ...
Internationally blended families involving EU citizens and British-born children are being warned that their children could face "serious problems" after Brexit if they do not already have documentation to stay in the UK. Parents from the EU are being urged to get their children's status documented as soon ...
Owen Smith has broken ranks with Jeremy Corbyn to reopen the question of whether Brexit is “the right choice for the country”, and urge Labour to offer the public a referendum on the final deal. The shadow Northern Ireland secretary, who challenged Corbyn for his party's leadership in 2016, was brought ...
Earlier this week Spain threatened to torpedo an agreement for a 21-month post Brexit transition period unless the EU made a specific mention of Gibraltar in new guidelines for trade talks due to start next month. Rajoy said he was aiming for a deal which would "firstly ensure that the situation of frontier ...
Listen carefully. The strange sound of rushing air you can hear in the background, as Britain continues its slow march towards Brexit, is a deep collective sigh of relief. Ministers, officials and business leaders - the latter group puffing out their cheeks more than anyone - wanted, needed, to see their wish of a ...
Denmark's prime minister has told BBC Scotland he will make access to North Sea waters a "high priority" during the next phase of Brexit talks. Denmark's fishing industry relies heavily on catches off Scotland - and Lars Rasmussen says he wants a balanced deal, allowing access to continue. The UK has ...
Brexit, unsurprisingly, has led to a division in opinion in Britain between those who see a troubled island floating away from an economically confident continent, and those who see a bullish island choosing to better itself by parting from an increasingly sclerotic continent. But how do people across Europe ...
The UK wants to regain full control of its waters after Brexit, but ministers have conceded errant fishery arrangement will continue during the two-year transition. Mr Rasmussen said he hoped access to the North Sea could continue after 2020. He said: "It is a priority for my country of course. I think it's like 30 ...
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he expects the details of the “backstop” in the Brexit treaty guaranteeing no hard border in Ireland will be agreed “certainly by October”. Speaking at a European Council meeting of EU leaders in Brussels, Mr Varadkar said he would like to see a deal on the no-hard-border ...

Prime ministers from 8 European countries publicly back calls for the British public to have a vote on the terms of the final Brexit deal. The leaders say the British people should "have the final say on the Brexit deal." Dutch PM Mark Rutte says it would be "highly welcome" if Brexit were scrapped.
EU leaders have gathered in Brussels for a meeting where they are expected to rubber stamp the Brexit transition deal and clear the way for trade talks. Theresa May said she looked forward to it being endorsed so they could "move on swiftly" to talks about the future UK-EU relationship, including trade.
The Lib Dems have claimed their call for a referendum on the final Brexit deal is supported by eight liberal European prime ministers. They said liberal leaders meeting in Brussels had backed a statement supporting the Lib Dem call for the British public to have "the final say". Lib Dem leader Sir Vince ...
This is the good news on the Brexit front. It will take two years. The voyage will be stormy and the destination messy. But plus-or-minus Norway offers the only sensible way for Britain through the Brexit morass. Labour's Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer agree. Nick Clegg agrees. Most of the cabinet and the ...
The professional body – whose members range from solo practitioners to “starchitect” firms led by the likes of Richard Rogers and David Chipperfield – said that Brexit would isolate Britain further, with 74% saying that access to the single market was necessary for British architecture to continue to expand ...
The draft legislation was fast-tracked through the assembly amid a row between Welsh Labour and UK Conservative ministers over the UK government's Brexit Bill. UK ministers have insisted their proposals will strengthen devolution. They want to keep some powers in devolved areas temporarily, saying ...
Protesters have thrown dead fish into the Thames outside Parliament as they oppose the Brexit transition deal. The fishing industry and many coastal MPs are unhappy that the UK will not regain control of the country's fishing waters on Brexit day, 29 March 2019. Instead it will be subject to EU rules for 21 ...
The Scottish government's alternative to the EU Withdrawal Bill has been passed by MSPs. Ministers put forward their "continuity bill" as part of an ongoing row over UK frameworks of post-Brexit powers. It has undergone more than 20 hours of debate and scrutiny across three weeks, and the finalised bill ...
Speaking in Brussels, Tusk said: “On Brexit, I have some good news for prime minister Theresa May. News that has been awaited in London but also in all the other EU capitals. I have just recommended to our leaders that we welcome in principle the agreement on transition. In practice, the transition phase ...
The UK will regain full control over the country's fishing waters for the first time in 40 years after December 2020, Michael Gove has insisted. The environment secretary said he shared the "disappointment" of fishing communities who hoped this would happen on Brexit day, 29 March 2019. But Mr Gove ...
He told a press conference: “If things aren't agreed over Brexit, there will be disruption in April.” It's the latest in a long line of threats from Michael O'Leary's airline. In August 2017, O'Leary first threatened to take flights off sale in September 2018 if an OpenSkies agreement wasn't reached. The airline has ...
Len McCluskey, general secretary of Britain's largest union, Unite, said Brexit uncertainty “should not be used by Mr Tavares to raise the fear of closure of Ellesmere Port”. He added: “The UK market is vitally important to Peugeot and if he wants to protect that market share he should openly commit to new ...
The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is increasingly the focus of a political "custody battle" as part of the Brexit divorce negotiations. But while the focus is on the divorce settlement, the emotional fallout can be trickier to navigate. "Progress was being made in terms of building a slightly more shared identity ...
Amidst all the talk about Brexit - about borders and about trade - ministers have said almost nothing about how immigration will be controlled after the UK leaves the EU. They have not yet come up with the answer to a fundamental question - who should we let in? The promise to take back control of our ...
Donald Tusk has insisted the EU "does not want to build a wall", but Brexit means "we will be drifting apart". The EU Council president said Theresa May wanted to "demonstrate at any price that Brexit could be a success", but that was not the EU's objective. He was unveiling draft guidelines for the EU side ...
The US has long opposed such regulations, arguing that they prevent US food and drink makers selling their own products into EU nations – and are lobbying for the UK to change its rules as part of a post-Brexit trade deal with the US. So if we get a US trade deal, Cornish pasties could carry a 'Made in ...
The UK's trade with more than 70 countries will “fall off a cliff” after Brexit, causing “significant” economic problems, unless the Government takes urgent action, MPs have warned. The International Trade Committee said ministers need to “urgently” clarify how they will “roll over” trade deals with other ...
American aviation officials aren't moved by the so-called “special relationship” between the US and UK: There will be no preferential treatment for British airlines flying to the US after Brexit, unless a separate deal is negotiated. The Financial Times (paywall) reported that during secret talks between US and ...
A predicted exodus of European doctors, nurses and care workers following Brexit will be disastrous for Alzheimer's patients and their families, according to a pioneering dementia scientist who was on Tuesday named as a joint recipient of the world's most prestigious prize in neuroscience. Speaking at a ...
Roaming charges may be back after Brexit. It follows confirmation from Theresa May that the UK will leave the EU's Digital Single Market. 05:32, UK, Wednesday 07 March 2018. General mobile phone picture. Image: General mobile phone picture. By Lewis Goodall, Political Correspondent. The government has indicated to ...
After more than 40 years of membership and nearly two years of endless debate about Brexit, there is still virtually no understanding in Britain of how the British are viewed by the rest of Europe. The lack of self-awareness is costly. It is impossible to understand the negotiating approach of the EU without first ...
Philip Hammond will insist on Wednesday that Britain can overcome EU opposition and include financial services in a post-Brexit free trade deal. The chancellor is expected to use a speech in the City to challenge the idea – voiced strongly by France's finance minister on Tuesday – that financial services ...
The EU has dismissed Theresa May's Brexit speech as being more about Conservative party management than putting forward sensible solutions on trade, according to an internal document leaked to the Guardian. The Brussels analysis of the prime minister's address, issued to representatives of all 27 ...
The most recently retired British ambassador to the United States has described the prospect of a “generous” free trade deal with Donald Trump after Brexit as an “illusion”. Sir Peter Westmacott said he believed Brexit was bad for the country and was also damaging the nation's standing globally because it ...
Until the Skripal news broke last night, much of the news had been around Theresa May's underwhelming housing speech, and the Commons' response to her Brexit speech last Friday. The Telegraph in particular was less than impressed. It saw little new in May's speech and warned that “It is dangerous to ...
The aim of the prime minister's Mansion House speech had never been to provide clarity on the Brexit negotiations. It had been to buy herself some more time with sufficient vagueness to initiate a temporary ceasefire to prevent the Conservative party from tearing itself to pieces for a couple of weeks.
Calster, a professor in Leuven University's Institute of European Law, explains: “She had already started her PhD but was concerned her qualification might not be recognised in Europe after Brexit.” She was also worried because many PhD supervisors were leaving to go abroad, he says. Many top ...
If you are in London next week, you can also join the conversation in person at the Guardian's Live event Newsroom: Halfway through Brexit. Join me, Anand Menon, professor of European politics and foreign affairs at Kings College London, Eloise Todd, the chief executive officer of Best for Britain, and our ...
Theresa May's chances of securing a deep free-trade deal with the EU were dealt a blow when Stefaan de Rynck, the main adviser to the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, stressed that the rules of the single market required far more than her chief proposal – a mutual recognition of standards.
The European Parliament's Brexit chief Guy Verhofstadt is meeting David Davis and other senior UK ministers, ahead of a vote next week in Strasbourg. Mr Verhofstadt said Theresa May must move beyond "vague aspirations" if she wants a free trade deal with the EU, after her Brexit speech on Friday.
But local press and TV are more interested in the stories told at each stop along the way: local nurses and doctors tell of vacancies because of EU staff fleeing Brexit; a Liverpool businessman, another in Durham, and a High Wycombe farmer tell how Brexit threatens them. Real-life stories have more ...
Forty-eight hours after she delivered her Road to Brexit Mansion House speech neither her Brexiteers nor her Remainers have broken ranks to protest betrayal. Her softest of hard Brexits has found safe passage - in London at least. But when it comes to Brussels, her opening offer for a trade deal is far more ...
On 10 May 2016, in the closing days of the Brexit campaign, at an impromptu speech in Cornwall, lying Boris Johnson again invoked the Brexiters' foundation myth that the EU sought to ban bendy bananas. But voters who backed leaving the EU in order to get back the bendy bananas, which had not been ...


 

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