The EU has comprehensively rejected British proposals for avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland in a move which will cast serious doubt on the UK’s ability to leave the customs union, The Telegraph has learned. Senior EU diplomatic sources said that Mrs May’s plan for avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland was subjected to a “systematic and forensic annihilation” this week at a meeting between senior EU officials and Olly Robbins, the UK’s lead Brexit negotiator. “It was a detailed and forensic rebuttal,” added the source who was directly briefed on the meeting in Brussels on Wednesday. “It was made clear that none of the UK’s customs options will work. None of them.” The demolition of the UK’s Brexit customs policy, set out by Mrs May in her Mansion House speech last month, came after five rounds of technical negotiations in Brussels. It now sends the Cabinet and Whitehall back to the drawing board and … [Read more...] about Exclusive: EU rejects Theresa May’s Brexit Irish border solution as doubts grow over whether UK can leave customs union
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Whether Brexit Wonderland, Lincoln ,ever opens we can but wait and see, but if it does, we hope it will have an exhibit on how Brexit Wonderland, Lincoln, itself ever came to be. For nothing could ever sum up better the full dizzying wonder of Brexit itself. The idea of a National Brexit Museum, which is under serious consideration by leading Brexiteers, appears to have started life as an April Fool’s joke on a Manchester community blog. Such is the disappointment 10 days later that plans for a Snog, Shag or Punch stall featuring Ken Clarke, Chuka Umunna and Jacob Rees Mogg were not in fact real, that they are planning on setting one up themselves. Initial plans are to open Brexit Wonderland in Lincoln, to honour its revered status as the most Eurosceptic town in the country. It is hoped that by the time Brexit Wonderland opens, the Eastern European agricultural labourers who keep Lincoln's economy alive will have all gone home, decimating the town and in turn, Brexit … [Read more...] about The first look inside Brexit Wonderland! The UK’s new museum to leaving the European Union
THE UK and the European Union are now on a countdown to B-day as both sides try to reach a deal before the clock strikes midnight on March 29, 2019. Discussions are underway to the future relationship between the Britain and EU following months of negotiations. What is Brexit? Brexit is the merging of the words "Britain" and "exit" following the vote to leave the EU. The term has been widely used ever since the idea of a referendum was put forward. More than 30million people voted in the June 2016 referendum with a turnout of 71.8 per cent. Leave won by 52 per cent to 48 per cent. People now talk about “soft” and “hard” Brexit in reference to how close the UK will be to the EU post separation. The road to triggering Article 50 - which saw Britain officially start the process of leaving the EU - had been paved with complications for the PM, including a Supreme Court case ruling MPs needed to vote on Brexit negotiations. But it was triggered on March 29 2017, … [Read more...] about What is Brexit, when does Britain leave the European Union and what will happen after March 29 2019?
If you were to single out one mistake (of so many) that the UK government has made in its Brexit negotiations with Brussels it would be the apparent assumption that one day the EU 27 would crack. All we had to do was wait: then the old colonial practice of divide and rule would come into its own and our imperial carriage would ride right through. That calculation was wrong. As we enter what may or may not be the last two months of this agonising process, not only have the EU 27 still not cracked, they are ridiculing the disarray they observe on the other side of the Channel. Join Independent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent Without the ads – for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free … [Read more...] about Opinion: It’s not just the UK that will be dramatically altered by Brexit – the EU will feel it too
Amber Rudd has risked a fresh cabinet row over Brexit after refusing to confirm the UK will leave the customs union after Brexit . The Home Secretary was asked by journalists whether it was more or less likely that the UK will leave the CU after we quit the bloc. But the under-fire politician said she did not want to be drawn and that conversations within cabinet are still ongoing. Speaking at a press gallery lunch for journalists Ms Rudd, who is under pressure to resign over the Windrush fiasco, said: “I’m afraid I’m not going to be drawn on that”. Her comments contradict official Government policy that the UK will leave the customs union when we leave the EU. Within minutes of the lunch ending the Home Secretary, who admits she is battling to keep her job, tweeted to clarify her comments. She said: "Thanks to the Press Gallery for hosting me at a challenging yet enjoyable lunch. "I should have been clearer - of course when we leave the EU we will be leaving … [Read more...] about Amber Rudd refuses to confirm the UK will leave the Customs Union after Brexit
How much does the European Union actually care about keeping the UK inside the Union? I ask this because Britain’s destiny now lies in the hands of 27 “foreign” governments, our partners in the EU. Assuming – as things stand it is reasonable to do so – that Mrs May fails again to win support in the Commons for her “deal”, or even pulls the vote so certain is defeat, then things move, once again, into Brussels’ court. The EU Council then has a choice. They can offer the UK a short extension to the Article 50 process to sort out the details of a Brexit deal that hasn’t actually been agreed. Or they can offer Mrs May a far longer day – 21 months – in which, basically, to start again. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now If they opt for the latter they hand Mrs May the “threat” … [Read more...] about Opinion: Years or months? How long Brexit goes on for is now down to the European Union