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  • Friday, August 31st 2018 - 08:46 UTC

    Decisive Brexit meeting in Brussels ahead of the October EU summit

    Mr Raab vowed to increase the frequency of talks with Mr Barnier when he took over the job in July, following the resignation of David Davis

    Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab is preparing for six hours of talks with the EU's chief negotiator. He will meet Michel Barnier in Brussels on Friday for the extended session ahead of an EU summit on 17 October. Both sides are hoping to agree a divorce deal and a statement on future trading relations before the summit.

  • Wednesday, October 4th 2017 - 08:09 UTC

    Good Friday agreement must not be damaged by Brexit, says EU parliament coordinator

    European Parliament's Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt admitted “shock” on his recent visit to Belfast when he saw the city's peace walls.

    European Parliament's Brexit coordinator has said he got a “shock” on his recent visit to Belfast when he saw the city's peace walls. Guy Verhofstadt described Northern Ireland as having a “frozen conflict”, and said the Good Friday Agreement must not be damaged by Brexit.

  • Thursday, September 21st 2017 - 16:05 UTC

    European Parliament Brexit negotiator visits Ireland to address border issue

    Verhofstadt is on a two-day visit to Ireland: he will meet Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and address a joint committee of the Irish Parliament today, Thursday.

    The European Parliament's Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, has said it is up to the UK to find a way to avoid new controls on the Irish border, which echoes the position already laid out by the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier. Mr. Verhofstadt is in Northern Ireland to meet political leaders at Stormont ahead of a visit to the Irish border.

  • Wednesday, August 16th 2017 - 10:29 UTC

    UK post-Brexit customs plan “is almost laughable” says Scottish First Minister Sturgeon

    Ms Sturgeon posted an initial reaction to the customs union plan on Twitter, saying: “Seems UK gov is back to its daft 'have cake and eat it' approach to Brexit”

    First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed the UK government's plans for a post-Brexit customs deal with the EU as a “daft 'have cake and eat it' approach”. UK ministers have set out plans for an “ambitious new customs arrangement” with the EU after the UK leaves.

  • Tuesday, July 11th 2017 - 05:49 UTC

    European Parliament rejects point blank PM May offer on citizens' rights

    Verhofstadt said the Prime Minister’s plan was a “damp squib” which carried a risk of creating “second-class citizenship”.

    European Parliament’s lead Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt has rejected Theresa May’s offer on citizens’ rights, claiming it was casting a “dark cloud” over people’s status. In a joint article with a cross-party group of senior MEPs, Mr Verhofstadt said the Prime Minister’s plan was a “damp squib” which carried a risk of creating “second-class citizenship”.

  • Monday, June 19th 2017 - 14:51 UTC

    UK starts Brexit negotiations from a weakened position

    In Germany “people who created this sort of chaos would be long gone,” Gabriel said in reference to PM May.

    Talks between the United Kingdom and the European Union to finalise Britain's exit from the continental block started Monday in Brussels, about one year after Britons voted that their country is to leave the bloc by March 30, 2019. But Europe is determined to set an example so that other countries will not be attracted to the idea, even if it includes leaving an open door for Britain to stay.

  • Saturday, June 10th 2017 - 10:30 UTC

    Europe “ready” to begin Brexit talks sticking to the time plan, says Angela Merkel

    Mrs. Merkel added she hoped Britain would remain a good partner following the talks, due to begin on 19 June.

    Angela Merkel has said she sees no obstacles in the way of beginning Brexit talks as scheduled after Theresa May failed to win a majority in Thursday's UK election. The German chancellor said she believed Britain would stick to the timetable, adding the European Union was “ready”.

  • Monday, May 15th 2017 - 07:46 UTC

    EU prepared to block Brexit talks unless citizenship measures are “reasonable”

    Guy Verhofstadt indicated the parliament would be prepared to veto any final deal unless the measures on citizenship were acceptable.

    The European Parliament could seek to block talks on a UK-EU trade deal unless guarantees are put in place for the rights of citizens, the MEP in charge of the process has indicated. Guy Verhofstadt, the parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator, said MEPs would have to decide whether sufficient progress had been made on issues including EU citizens’ rights in the UK and those of British expatriates on the continent before talks on Britain’s future relationship with Brussels could proceed.

  • Monday, April 24th 2017 - 11:26 UTC

    PM May's snap election driven by “political opportunism”, claims EU parliament Brexit negotiator

    Verhofstadt Brussels believed chances of a deal were being eroded by PM May's “tough negotiating red lines” and lack of “political room for manoeuvre”

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May's claims that a general election victory will strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations have been called “nonsensical” by the European Parliament's chief Brexit coordinator. Guy Verhofstadt, a long-standing critic of Brexit, wrote in The Observer that it was “irrelevant” whether the Conservatives increased their majority.

  • Wednesday, April 19th 2017 - 04:59 UTC

    The snap election and consequences seen from the European Union

    Most official EU reactions were non-committal. European Council President Donald Tusk, indicated that they had a “good phone call”

    Prime Minister Theresa May announcement of a June snap election could strengthen her hand in the Brexit negotiations but the rest of the European Union was firm about its position in the two-year talks, insisting that their stance would be unchanged whatever the result.

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