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presstv-‘eu maneuvering to stop britain exiting bloc’

The European Union (EU) is maneuvering to block Britain's exit from the bloc, even though London is becoming more inclined towards a soft Brexit, says a political analyst.Dr. Rodney Shakespeare made the remarks during an interview with press TV on Sunday, while discussing an opinion poll that indicated more Brits now wanted the country to stay in the EU.While 51 percent of Britons prefer to keep European Union membership, 41 percent want to leave the bloc, according to the BMG Research poll of 1,400 people conducted for The Independent.Shakespeare, however, dismissed the result as mere opinion polls that mostly involved so-called Remainers.“The political position within the UK and in Parliament is coming to reflect a consensus of opinion in favor of a soft Brexit,” he said.The EU, on the o

presstv-britain accuses eu of ‘bad faith’ over plan to punish uk

Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, has criticized the EU’s decision to publish a document that shows the bloc has the power to restrict UK access to the EU single market during a transition period after Brexit.“I do not think it was in good faith to publish a document with frankly discourteous language and actually implying that they could arbitrarily terminate, in effect, the implementation period,” Davis told Sky News on Thursday.“That’s not what the aim of this exercise is, it’s not in good faith, we think it was unwise to publish that,” he added. “I have to say I thought that document was hardly a legal document; it was a political document.”Davis was troubled by the tone of the document, as well as specific proposals that would allow Brussels to

presstv-mps say uk should consider delay in leaving eu

Britain should consider postponing its official departure from the European Union because many key negotiating issues still remain unresolved a year before the UK will leave the bloc, a key committee of British lawmakers has suggested.The House of Commons Exiting the EU Committee said on Sunday that if the government fails to resolve major aspects of the future relationship with the EU by October, Britain should opt for a "limited extension" of its EU membership.Britain and the EU are negotiating to strike a deal on future relations by the fall so national parliaments can approve it before Britain officially leaves the bloc on March 29, 2019, almost three years after the referendum vote for Brexi."If substantial aspects of the future partnership remain to be agreed in October 2018, the gov

presstv-uk seeking temporary trade deal after brexit

The UK government is seeking an interim trade relationship with the European Union in order to secure the "freest and most frictionless possible trade" with the EU after Britain exits the bloc.London plans to ask Brussels to establish a "temporary customs union" after Brexit in March 2019, the UK Department for Exiting the EU said in a statement on Tuesday."During this interim period, which will be negotiated with Brussels, Britain will look to negotiate bold new trade relationships around the world," the statement said."One possible approach would be a temporary customs union between the UK and the EU," it said. "Our goal is to secure as frictionless trade as possible with the EU alongside the ability to forge trade deals around the world."Britain’s membership in the EU customs union, whi

presstv-'uk not ready to pay eu divorce bill'

UK Brexit Minister David Davis has said that Britain will not pay £40 to the European Union as it leaves the bloc.According to The Times, a "Brussels source" said Saturday that Britain was prepared to pay such an amount, however, Davis told BBC television that "they sort of made that up.""I'm not going to do an actual number on air, it would be ridiculous to do that, but we have a fairly clear idea where we're going on this," he said.EU claims for Britain to contribute to the bloc’s future pension pot, he said, are "debatable to say the least.""The last time we went through line by line and challenged quite a lot of the legal basis of these things and we'll continue to do that."According to an August report by the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, the UK expressed its willingness to pay up to 40

necessary to stop 'damaging' brexit

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned against Britain's planned exit from the European Union, saying stopping Brexit was "necessary."It is necessary for Britain to remain in the EU bloc to fend off "severe economic damage,” Blair wrote in an article published on Saturday by his Institute for Global Change.Blair, who hailed from the Labour Party, suggested in the article that EU leaders might compromise and be willing to "reform and meet us half way" to stop Britain from leaving the bloc.Blair also told Sky News that "every day is bringing us fresh evidence" of Brexit's harm to Britain, with economic growth slowing and the value of the pound down sharply since the June 2016 EU membership referendum.The EU referendum, also known as Brexit, took place on June 23, 2016, in which the m

presstv-brexit minister backpedals on benefits promise

Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Brexit Secretary), David Davis, has backtracked on his claim that a Brexit deal can deliver the “exact same benefits” as EU membership, now acknowledging it was little more than an ambition.Davis said Thursday that what the UK achieves in the Brexit talks will be a matter for negotiations with the EU.Asked about the “exact same benefits” phrase on BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Davis said: “I make no apology for being ambitious about what we’re trying to do.”“The classical approach for a politician during a negotiation is to reduce expectations…that’s what people think is the ‘sophisticated’ way,” he added.Davis also said insisted the UK Prime Minster Theresa May’s linking of security cooperation to Brexit talks was not a threat to

presstv-brexit begins

Amina TaylorPress TV, LondonAfter 44 years of European Union membership, Prime Minister Theresa May has formally delivered an official notification to the 27 member bloc announcing Britain's withdrawal from the union. Addressing the MPs, May sought to reassure the country that Britain would be entering a new ‘global’ stage but with the European Union ready to engage in tough negotiations with Britain, uncertain times loom.

presstv-uk sets up eu row over post-brexit citizens' rights

UK Prime Minister Theresa May says European Union citizens arriving in Britain during its post-Brexit transition period should not be afforded the same rights as those who arrived earlier.The embattled premier appears set for a clash with EU negotiators after telling reporters on a trip to China that "there is a difference between those who came prior to us leaving and those who will come when they know the UK is leaving."She added that the status of such EU citizens would be "a matter for negotiation" when Britain meets with EU officials again in March to set the terms of the transition period, which is expected to last around two years after Britain officially exits the bloc in March 2019.Brussels on Monday warned London that "citizens' rights during the transition are not negotiable."Th

irish sun - uk food fuel medicine short under no deal brexit

LONDON - British civil servants have warned of shortages of food, fuel and medicines within weeks if the U.K. leaves the European Union without a trade deal, a newspaper reported Sunday.The Sunday Times said government officials have modeled three potential scenarios for a 'no deal' Brexit: mild, severe and 'Armageddon.'It said under the 'severe' scenario, the English Channel ferry port of Dover would 'collapse on day one' and supermarkets and hospitals would soon run short of supplies.Britain wants to strike a deal on future trade relations with the EU before it officially leaves the bloc on March 29, 2019, but officials are also drawing up plans for negotiations ending without an agreement.The U.K.'s Department for Exiting the European Union rejected the downbeat scenario, saying it was

presstv-uk says brexit talks to go ahead as planned

Britain has announced its government’s unchanged resolve to part ways with the European Union.This, despite the political turmoil caused in the British political scene by Prime Minister Theresa May's fail to win a clear majority in parliament."Our position is clearly set out, it is clearly set out in a number of places and there has been no change to that," May’s spokesperson said on Monday.Earlier in the day Britain’s secretary of state for exiting the EU (Brexit), David Davis, had threatened to walk away from the Brexit negotiations with no deal.The prime minister's spokesperson clarified the government’s position were in line with Davis’ statement. "Obviously there will be discussions in cabinet but he (Davis) also set out very clearly that we have set out our plans clearly and there is

presstv-brexit talks won't finish 'painlessly': eu

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator has announced that a deal with Britain over its departure from the bloc will not be reached "quickly and painlessly."“Some have created the illusion that Brexit would have no material impact on our lives or that negotiations can be concluded quickly and painlessly,” Michel Barnier said in a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday. “This is not the case.”“We need sound solutions, we need legal precision and this will take time,” Barnier said.The EU official made the comments as he outlined the negotiating guidelines for the first phase of Britain's withdrawal talks. He said the process would take time because the EU wanted Britain’s divorce to happen in an orderly fashion and with sound solutions.He added that negotiations would be complicated

presstv-may ready to 'intensify' brexit talks with eu

British Prime Minister Theresa May is prepared to intensify Brexit talks with the European Union but nothing has been formally agreed yet, her spokesperson said.A new round of negotiations with the bloc ended last week, but EU officials no progress had been made and that they needed to address issues like the future relationship between Britain and the EU.Negotiations appeared to stall after the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, accused the British government of seeking to retain the benefits of EU membership while leaving the bloc.“We are ready to intensify negotiations. Nothing has been formally agreed, but that is something that we can discuss,” May’s spokeswoman told reporters on Monday. “Typically in negotiations as time goes on you see the pace pick up.”The EU is expected to ann

presstv-uk must settle ‘what it owes’ before eu exit

Member states of the European Union have set a tough negotiating mandate for talks over Brexit, reiterating their stance that Britain has to settle its debts before withdrawal from the bloc.EU ministers met in the EU de facto capital Brussels on Monday and unanimously agreed to block post-Brexit trade deals with London until Britain settled “what it owes before leaving the bloc.”The ministers also tightened the legal wording of the mandate for Michel Barnier, who has been appointed to lead the Brexit negotiations with the UK, to launch talks on their behalf after Britain's June 8 election.Barnier told reporters at a Brussels press conference that the agreement was “a demonstration of determination and confidence” backed not only by all the EU members but also by the European Commission, Eu

presstv-eu cuts uk growth outlook due to brexit 'uncertainty'

The European Union has slashed UK’s economic growth forecast for this year and said the slowdown would continue through 2019 as uncertainties over Britain’s planned exit from the EU weigh on the economy.The EU said on Thursday that growth in Britain had "slowed markedly" in 2017 and was projected to fall to 1.5 percent for the year, down from its previous estimate of 1.8 percent.Brussels believes that the British economy will slow further to 1.3 percent in 2018 and 1.1 percent in 2019.The figures put Britain's economy lowest in the bloc with Italy, and far behind the growth rate predicted for the euro area, which is expected to be 2.2 percent this year and 2.1 percent in 2018."Economic growth in the UK has been slowing since the start of the year, as higher consumer prices constrained priv

presstv-uk and eu still disagree on citizens' rights

British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis has said there is a "moral imperative" to reach a quick deal on the rights of EU nationals living in Britain and UK citizens in the bloc.The British government took "very, very seriously" the need to end the anxiety and uncertainty of both sides, Davis said at a news conference after talks with Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek in Prague."We want to do this quickly as a moral imperative because we want to take away the anxiety of all of those four million people and give them some certainty in their future," he said.However, Davis again signaled that he is not willing to compromise over the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and said British courts should be responsible for the rights of EU citizens in the

presstv-uk prime minister triggers brexit process

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has triggered the formal, two-year process of withdrawing Britain from the European Union (EU), likely to be the most complex negotiations London has held since World War Two.The process of Britain’s exit from the EU, popularly known as Brexit, was announced by the prime minister on Wednesday at the UK Parliament, after more than 40 years of membership in the bloc.(To be continued)

irish sun - uk pm may signs article 50 letter to trigger brexit

PanARMENIAN.Net - Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday, March 29 signed the Article 50 letter, as she prepares to trigger the start of the UK's formal withdrawal from the EU, Belfast Telegraph reports.Signed personally by May, the exit letter will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk.The triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which governs EU law, will open a two-year window for Britain to negotiate the terms of its exit from the bloc, unraveling 44 years of ties. U.K. government officials say there is no going back from there."It is my fierce determination to get the right deal for every single person in this country," Prime Minister Theresa May will say in a speech to Parliament after the letter is delivered, according to excerpts from her office.The negotiat

irish sun - britain ready to release brexit proposals

LONDON - The British government is fighting back against criticism that it is divided and unprepared for Brexit, announcing it will publish a set of detailed proposals on customs arrangements, the status of the Ireland-Northern Ireland border and other issues.The Department for Exiting the European Union said Sunday that it would release the first set of position papers this week, more than a year after Britons voted in a referendum to leave the European Union.The government says it hopes to persuade the 27 other EU nations to start negotiating a "deep and special" future relationship that would include a free trade deal between Britain and the EU.Three issuesThe EU says those negotiations can't start until sufficient progress has been made on three initial issues: how much money the U.K.

presstv-eu reforms can change uk minds on brexit: tony blair

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair has urged European Union leaders to reform the EU so British people "change their mind" about Brexit, saying Britain will lose its influence if it exits the bloc.Speaking at the European Policy Centre in Brussels on Thursday, Blair argued that if "comprehensive" immigration reforms are offered, Brexit can then be "averted" via another referendum, this time on the final deal reached with the EU."Britain without Europe will lose weight and influence. But Europe without Britain will be smaller and diminished. And both of us will be less than we are and much less than we could be together," Blair said."And Europe, to retain the ability to protect its interests and values, will need to form a strong bloc with the power collectively to do what no European nati

presstv-uk must 'fully' leave eu customs union: johnson

Britain must be "fully out" of the EU customs union after Brexit in order to be a global trading nation, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday, piling further pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May."Now is our moment not to be less European -- we can do a great trade deal with the EU that will benefit both sides -- but to be truly global again," Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph.Speaking after a long tour of South America, Johnson said countries in the region had been "emphatic" and told him: "If this is to work, we must come fully out of the EU customs union".For Britain to be a "valid trading partner, then we must take back control -- as the PM has said -- of our tariff schedules, and do deals that are unhindered and uncomplicated," he said.With just one month to go until a c

presstv-eu gives theresa may new brexit ultimatum

European Union President Donald Tusk has warned Britain that it has two weeks to make “much more progress” on Brexit negotiations in order to begin talks by the end of the year about a future trade deal after the UK’s planned withdraw from the bloc.Tusk announced the deadline on Friday after talks with UK Prime Minister Theresa May on the sidelines of an EU summit in Sweden that was meant to focus on reforms for the bloc’s post-Brexit survival.The EU chief’s warning reflects Brussels’ growing impatience with London over its exit bill, EU citizens’ rights and the Irish border. The EU has for months demanded that Britain make “sufficient progress” on these issues.“We need to see much more progress on Ireland and on the financial settlement,” Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, said at a pr

presstv-uk lawmakers begin debate on eu withdrawal bill

UK lawmakers have begun debating legislation to end Britain's membership in the European Union, as the EU's chief Brexitnegotiator voiced skepticism about Britain's withdrawal proposals.UK Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition Labor Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn were in the Commons chamber in Parliament for the start of the debate on Thursday.The EU (Withdrawal) Bill would repeal the 1972 European Communities Act and convert directly-applicable EU laws and regulations into UK law.May’s government says the bill, designed to disentangle Britain from more than 40 years of EU lawmaking, is the first step in implementing last year’s EU referendum to leave the 28-member bloc.The Labor Party says it backs Brexit but says it will vote against the bill as it stands because it represents a "power g

presstv-may govt. wants frictionless trade with eu: rudd

Britain’s Interior Minister says the British government's main aim is to maintain “frictionless trade” with the European Union, be free to strike trade deals with other nations and avoid a hard border with Ireland.In an interview with the state-funded BBC, Amber Rudd claimed the UK economy will grow after leaving the European bloc.Rudd’s claim comes at a time a leaked government report has revealed the UK will be worse off in all possible scenarios after leaving the European Union.PressTV-UK worse off in all Brexit scenarios: Leaked reportThe UK's economic growth will take a hit under the most possible Brexit scenarios, according to a leaked government report.Rudd also maintained that the UK government is more united on Brexit than many say."I have a surprise for the Brexiteers, which is t

uk's may orders ministerial 'away-day' to sort out squabbling ministers

Prime Minister Theresa May will gather together squabbling British ministers at her country residence after this month’s European Union summit to hammer out the final details of a much-anticipated Brexit policy paper.With less than a year to go until Britain leaves the European Union, May has yet to agree some of the fundamental details of what type of trading relationship she wants to have with the bloc after Britain leaves in March next year.As a result, talks with the EU have all but ground to a halt, raising fears among businesses and in Brussels that Britain could end up crashing out of the bloc without an agreed deal.Read more“There’s going to be a lot happening over the next few weeks. You know, people want us to get on with it and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” May told reporter

presstv-eu's mogherini downplays uk's security role

The European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, has downplayed the impact of Britain’s exit (Brexit) from the EU on the bloc’s security status.Mogherini said at a NATO meeting in the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday that London was currently providing for only a fraction of the bloc's civilian and military missions, adding that the EU’s security would be perfectly intact without Britain’s contribution."Looking at the numbers, the UK contributes today only for three percent of our civilian capabilities in our EU operations and missions and five percent to the military ones so for sure it's a valued contribution but for sure a contribution without which the European Union defense and security can continue perfectly well," said the high representative for the EU’

presstv-may could trigger brexit process by tuesday

UK Prime Minister Theresa May could begin the formal process for exiting the European Union by triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty as early as Tuesday, according to officials in London and Brussels.May had pledged to trigger Article 50 by the end of March, which leaves less than three weeks to begin the Brexit process.One UK government official involved in Brexit discussions said the process could begin on Tuesday when May is due to address the House of Commons in Parliament, but would certainly start by the end of the week.  The EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is set to be debated by lawmakers in the Commons on Monday, when they will decide whether to accept two amendments added to the bill by the House of Lords.One of the amendments added by the House of Lords would force Dow

presstv-brexit agreement looks unlikely: eu officials

European Union officials have expressed doubt on the chances of reaching an agreement with the United Kingdom over Britain’s exit from the bloc, known as the Brexit."If you look where we are and where we need to be... it is a very big gap. It is unlikely that we will make major steps to close this gap," EU officials said on Friday, blaming London's "lack of substance" for delaying the process.London has published several papers on its Brexit positions over the past weeks. The papers come ahead of a scheduled third round of Brexit negotiations next week. However, EU officials have complained that the British side has failed, so far, to address three key points: EU citizen rights, Northern Ireland's border and the divorce bill."It is not the lack of time that is preventing us from advancing,

presstv-'uk to need 3,000 border officers after brexit'

Britain says it will need as many as 3,000 extra border patrol officers to stop illegal migrants from entering the country after the UK withdraws from the European Union.General Secretary of the UK Borders, Immigration and Customs Union Luce Moreton made the announcement in an interview with the Sun daily newspaper on Thursday, noting that “Britain's borders aren't secure.”“We don’t have enough staff to respond to all the small vessels spotted. We don’t have enough cutters to intercept small vessels at sea,” Moreton said. “We don’t have enough people to respond when there are lorry drops. More often than not we can’t get there.”The revelation comes as budget spending on border force has shrunk by an astounding 100 million pounds since 2012, with the number of people getting into Britain il

presstv-'uk to need 3,000 border officers after brexit'

Britain says it will need as many as 3,000 extra border patrol officers to stop illegal migrants from entering the country after the UK withdraws from the European Union.General Secretary of the UK Borders, Immigration and Customs Union Luce Moreton made the announcement in an interview with the Sun daily newspaper on Thursday, noting that “Britain's borders aren't secure.”“We don’t have enough staff to respond to all the small vessels spotted. We don’t have enough cutters to intercept small vessels at sea,” Moreton said. “We don’t have enough people to respond when there are lorry drops. More often than not we can’t get there.”The revelation comes as budget spending on border force has shrunk by an astounding 100 million pounds since 2012, with the number of people getting into Britain il

presstv-uk wants swift deal with eu on brexit transition

Britain says it wants a swift agreement with the European Union on the principles of a post-Brexit trading relationship to reassure businesses over trading rules after Britain exits the bloc in March 2019.UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said on Tuesday that London believes it can agree quickly with Brussels negotiators on a post-Brexit “implementation period.”“In terms of the broad outline of an implementation period, we believe that we can agree that quickly,” May’s spokesman said."The implementation period is about building a bridge, and obviously in order to do that you need to know what the future relationship is going to look like," the spokesman added. He did not provide further detail on when Britain hoped to reach such agreement.London is seeking a so-called implementatio

brexit: u.k. government will trigger e.u. exit on march 29

LONDON — Britain's government says it will trigger Article 50, signalling Britain's departure from the European Union, on March 29.The Department for Exiting the European Union said in a statement that Britain's permanent representative to the EU, Tim Barrow, informed the European Council President Donald Tusk of the timing on Monday morning. The notification of triggering Article 50 will come in the form of a letter.Brexit Secretary David Davis said in a statement that the country is "on the threshold of the most important negotiation" for a generation.

presstv-eu, britain clash over brexit citizen plan

A first item in talks between Britain and the European Union on the so-called Brexit, Britain’s exit from the EU, has appeared to be very problematic as EU leaders slam London’s plan to ensure the rights of EU citizens after Britain leaves the bloc.European Council President Donald Tusk warned on Friday that offers by British Prime Minister Theresa May on how the EU and Britain should ensure the rights of each other’s citizens risked leaving the two sides on more disagreements in the ongoing Brexit talks.“My first impression is that the UK’s offer is below our expectations, and that it risks worsening the situation of citizens ... It will be for our negotiating team to analyze the offer line by line,” Tusk said during a summit of EU leaders in Brussels.Tusk and other EU leaders urged Brita

presstv-‘uk government has no plans for brexit’

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s key speech about Brexit earlier this week showed she lacked meaningful plans to take Britain out of the European Union (EU), says a scholar in London.Dr. Rodney Shakespeare made the remarks while discussing May’s vision for Brexit, which she outlined during a speech in the Italian city of Florence on Friday.She stressed that the UK would leave the European Single Market, but noted that London still wants economic relations with the bloc and it will not turn its back on Europe.However, she also noted that the British people never felt comfortable as a member of the EU and want to make their own laws independently.“Overall, the government headed by Theresa May has no vision as regards the great forces of history,” Shakespeare told Press TV on Saturday.“It is v

presstv-debate: brexit fallout

Debate: Brexit falloutIn this episode of The Debate, Press TV has conducted an interview with Brent Budowsky, a columnist of The Hill from New York, and Ian Williams, with Foreign Policy in Focus from Washington, to discuss the impacts of Britain's exit from the European Union on the future of the bloc. 

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