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22/05/2022
Nadhim Zahawi Insists He "Doesn't Know" Who Initiated A Partygate Meeting Between Sue Gray And Boris Johnson
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi has insisted he “doesn’t know” who initiated a private meeting between Boris Johnson and Sue Gray, the civil servant who has carried out an inquiry into drinking and party culture in Downing Street during the pandemi...


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22/05/2022
Boris Johnson’s ‘oven-ready’ deal has left us with egg on our faces | Stewart Lee

The PM’s Brexit promises turned out to be not even half-baked

A corrupt and narcissistic leader has backed himself into a corner after a dirty campaign, driven by propaganda and lies; he has trashed international treaties, justifying his actions through deliberate political and historical falsehoods, propagated for decades by pliant client media; and now he is looking for a way out of a seemingly doomed situation.

But that’s enough of Boris Johnson’s Brexit disaster! Putin’s war in Ukraine isn’t going well either!! I’m here all week!!! Try the fish!!!! Sorry, you can’t. We’ve run out. Try the Own Brand I Can’t Believe It’s Not Fish Fish Substitute, you lazy extravagant peasant. But you’ll have to wait until later, after chef has done a 4pm emergency run to the yellow-stickered discount aisle. You might have to just have Party Eggs™®. Get a job! Then get another job!! And don’t forget to tip your waitress!!! Oh, there isn’t one. They’ve all gone back to Europe. Sorry.

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22/05/2022
Column: Post-Brexit world is a ‘pain’ for pet owners across Dorset | Dorset Echo

“With the old passports, you could travel as frequently as you wanted.” https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/20155341.column-post-brexit-world-pain-pet-owners-across-dorset/?ref=rss

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22/05/2022
Judy Ling Wong CBE: a life in art and environmental activism
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In this interview, Judy Ling Wong CBE describes her formative experiences as an artist and immigrant and how both affect her activism.

Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Judy Ling Wong CBE: a life in art and environmental activism


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22/05/2022
DIY warning for wooden pallets as ‘highly toxic’ treatment used – key stamp to look for | Express.co.uk

“Methyl bromide was used to treat wood in India. This treatment was banned in the EU years ago, but now…

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22/05/2022
Liz Truss rejects plea from Biden ally not to rewrite the Northern Ireland protocol

Foreign secretary tells Richard Neal, chair of the US Congress ways and means committee, that she cannot let the Brexit impasse drag on

Liz Truss is resisting pressure from a close ally of Joe Biden not to rewrite the Brexit deal’s Northern Ireland protocol, saying she will not let the impasse “drag on”.

The foreign secretary is facing concerted pressure from senior US politicians on the issue. Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, has already warned that she could endanger any hopes of a free trade deal with America.

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22/05/2022
Liz Truss rejects plea from Biden ally not to rewrite the Northern Ireland protocol

Foreign secretary tells Richard Neal, chair of the US Congress ways and means committee, that she cannot let the Brexit…

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21/05/2022
Disaster charity drafted in to rescue lorry drivers stuck in post-Brexit queues | Mirror Online

“Re:act Disaster Response has agreed a £180K six-month contract with Kent County Council to ease stuck truckers’ nightmare waits to…

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21/05/2022
Has xenophobia in Scotland spiked since Brexit vote? | The National

“Xenophobic abuse is under-reported in Scotland and incidents are becoming accepted as ‘everyday micro-aggressions’ post-Brexit, a Strathclyde University academic has…

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21/05/2022
SNP’s Pete Wishart: Even Tories now admit Brexit making cost of living crisis worse | The National

“Brexit is making the cost-of-living crisis worse and is contributing to the soaring bills and rising inflation hitting Scottish families,…

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21/05/2022
The US may finally have shown Johnson the consequences of Brexit | The Independent

“With Washington and Brussels united on the issue, the protocol is effectively non-negotiable, whatever the DUP or Truss might say.”…

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21/05/2022
NatWest’s Sir Howard Davies: ‘I’m quite pessimistic. Brexit was a significant mistake’ | The Observer

“The banker and former regulator has seen many crises in his career, but war and political division have him worried.”…

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21/05/2022
The Degrading and Renewal of UK Democracy – Part 2
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The number and range of Democratic System Failures in UK must be addressed to stop our slide into elective dictatorship.

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21/05/2022
Pet travel after Brexit: taking a dog to the EU could cost £300 a time | The Guardian

“With pet passports issued in GB no longer valid, owners fork out for health certificates and jabs.” https://www.theguardian.com/money/2022/may/21/pet-travel-brexit-eu-pet-passports-health-certificates?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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21/05/2022
How the UK became the sick man of Europe again | New Statesman

“UK GDP per capita has increased by just 10% since 2015, compared with 24% for Germany and 18% for France.”…

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21/05/2022
Norky’s Ramblings by Peter Norcliffe: a review
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Readers will be familiar with Norky’s Ramblings, which have been a regular feature at Yorkshire Bylines and are now available as a book.

Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Norky’s Ramblings by Peter Norcliffe: a review


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21/05/2022
Johnson’s Rwanda asylum scheme draws praise from fascists
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Mike Stafford looks at the conservative's plan to send Asylum seekers to Rwanda and finds it has some unsavoury supporters

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21/05/2022
Poorest households continue to be the hardest hit by the cost-of-living crisis
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The latest economic figures show that the cost-of-living crisis will continue to worsen, hitting the poorest the hardest

Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Poorest households continue to be the hardest hit by the cost-of-living crisis


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21/05/2022
Cambridge University astrophysicist loses space project role amid Brexit row

Nicholas Walton gives up leadership of €2.8m pan-European research after dispute over Northern Ireland protocol

A Cambridge University astrophysicist studying the Milky Way and hoping to play a major part in the European Space Agency’s (Esa) next big project has been forced to hand over his coordinating role on the scheme after the row over Northern Ireland’s Brexit arrangements put science in the firing line.

Nicholas Walton, a research fellow at the Institute of Astronomy, reluctantly passed his leadership role in the €2.8m pan-European Marie Curie Network research project to a colleague in the Netherlands on Friday.

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21/05/2022
Impatient Tory MPs Fear They'll Be Stitched Up By A U-Turn On Windfall Tax
There were uneasy looks on the faces of Conservative MPs as they made their way to the House of Commons to vote on a Labour amendment to the Queen's Speech on Tuesday night.


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20/05/2022
Unacceptable for one party to block Stormont, says Irish PM

Micheál Martin visits Belfast to try to break deadlock over DUP’s opposition to Brexit protocol

Ireland’s taoiseach has said it is unacceptable for one party in Northern Ireland to block others from taking power, as he visited Belfast to try to break the deadlock over the Brexit protocol and power-sharing at Stormont.

After meetings with party leaders, Micheál Martin said the Northern Ireland assembly and executive should be formed while negotiations continued between the UK government and the EU over the protocol. “Our view is there should be parallel discussions,” he said as he urged the DUP to abandon its decision not to return to power-sharing until “decisive action” was taken over reforms to Northern Ireland’s Brexit arrangements.

Earlier he said it was “unheard of in a democratic world” that a parliament could not convene after an election. “We can’t have a situation where one political party determines that the other political parties can’t convene in a parliament,” he said.

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20/05/2022
Irish PM says DUP cannot be allowed to block NI Assembly
Meanwhile, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the UK must not discard the protocol.


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20/05/2022
Bowls, beer, and battles: a not too serious guide to the capture of Wakefield, the Merrie City, May 1643
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Yorkshire had long been centre of the conflict between Royalists and Parliamentarians. But why is the Capture of Wakefield left out of history books?

Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Bowls, beer, and battles: a not too serious guide to the capture of Wakefield, the Merrie City, May 1643


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20/05/2022
Deadline extended for Government’s air pollution consultation
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The government's air pollution consultation deadline has been extended to June 27th

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20/05/2022
Economic Sentiment Deepens European Monetary Integration

Our paper focuses on several aspects of European monetary integration that have insofar been quite neglected in the literature. Even if the current composition of the EA is an OCA, how well do the future euro adopters fit into the OCA concept?

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20/05/2022
Hard-right Tories push to delay environmental land management scheme

Scheme to pay farmers for nature stewardship is seen by some as one of the few positive Brexit dividends

The government’s plans to pay farmers for their stewardship of nature could be delayed or scrapped, it is feared, as hard-right Conservative MPs join the campaign against the environmental land management scheme (Elms).

The rollout of Elms, seen by some as one of the few positive Brexit dividends, is due to begin this year, with more standards beginning incrementally between 2023 and 2025.

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20/05/2022
Has the WHO allowed the drinks industry to water down its alcohol plan?
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World health chiefs are set to approve the first international package of measures to cut deaths from alcohol.

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20/05/2022
Weird Yorkshire: the Skipwith Bear
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There are many stories of sightings of strange creatures in different parts of Britain. This is the tale of the Skipwith Bear.

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20/05/2022
Stanley Johnson ‘delighted’ after gaining French citizenship

Magnifique’, responds prime minister to news his father’s application has been successful

Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley, says he is “absolutely delighted” to retain a tie with the EU after Brexit as it was confirmed he had acquired French citizenship.

The former member of the European parliament said Boris responded to the news with one word: “Magnifique.”

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20/05/2022
Ex-Iran Detainee Anoosheh Ashoori Is “Extremely” Angry With Boris Johnson
Exclusive: Anoosheh Ashoori, who was detained in Iran for five years until his release alongside Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in March, has said he is “extremely” angry with Boris Johnson over his handling of the case.


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20/05/2022
Dominic Raab Admits “Mistakes Were Made” Over Partygate But Says Boris Johnson Has “Learned Lessons”
The justice secretary Dominic Raab has admitted “mistakes were made” in Downing Street after the police inquiry into lockdown parties concluded with 126 fines.


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20/05/2022
US delegation arrives in Europe for talks on Northern Ireland and Brexit

Nine-strong team led by close Biden ally will visit Brussels, Dublin and London in significant intervention on division over NI protocol

One of Joe Biden’s closest allies is due to arrive in London on Saturday as part of an influential US congressional delegation seeking to calm tensions over Northern Ireland.

The nine-strong delegation includes Democratic and Republican delegates from the House of Representatives and Senate including members of the powerful ways and means committee chaired by Richard Neal, who will lead the group.

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20/05/2022
Boris Johnson and I agreed on Northern Ireland. What happened to that good faith? | Leo Varadkar

The EU’s flexibility has been met by the UK government talking about scrapping the protocol and breaching international law

  • Leo Varadkar is Ireland’s tánaiste (deputy prime minister), and was taoiseach during Brexit negotiations

In October 2019 I met Boris Johnson in the Wirral. It was an appropriately “neutral” venue, and I was happy to meet the prime minister in the north-west of England. At the time, controversy surrounded the backstop, which the European Union had negotiated with the former prime minister Theresa May. This mechanism was designed to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland, and to protect Ireland’s place in the EU single market while respecting Northern Ireland’s place in the UK’s internal market. It would have kept the whole of the United Kingdom close to the European single market on regulations and customs rules, thus removing the need for many of the checks between Britain and Northern Ireland that are currently required.

May’s commitment to the union was so strong and genuine that she was willing to opt for a “soft” Brexit to protect it. I was keen to hear whether Johnson had any suggestions that could resolve the impasse, and perhaps develop into an alternative to the backstop. We had a very good meeting, much of it conducted in private, one-on-one. We both wanted a deal. I felt that we understood each other’s needs and red lines. A crucial point was democratic consent: we both agreed that only the Northern Ireland assembly should be allowed to revoke any solution that we agreed.

Leo Varadkar is Ireland’s tánaiste (deputy prime minister), and was taoiseach during Brexit negotiations

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20/05/2022
Pelosi warns changes to Northern Ireland protocol could affect US trade deal with Britain

Bluntly worded intervention comes as tensions rise over plans by Liz Truss to nullify parts of the protocol

The US House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has warned that unilateral UK legislation affecting the Northern Ireland protocol could endanger British prospects for a free trade deal with the US.

Pelosi’s bluntly worded intervention came two days after the UK foreign secretary, Liz Truss, confirmed that the government was planning to table legislation that would nullify parts of the protocol by exempting some goods moving between Great Britain and Ireland from EU customs checks.

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20/05/2022
The Rundown Podcast: The Government's War With The Civil Service
Labour’s Justin Madders and the Institute for Government's Alex Thomas join PoliticsHome’s Alain Tolhurst and Suzannah Brecknell, co-editor of PoliticsHome's sister publication Civil Service World to pick through the government’s plans to shake up Wh...


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19/05/2022
Angry Civil Servants Say They Were Blindsided By Plans To Suspend Graduate Scheme
Boris Johnson's plan to significantly downsize the civil service, spearheaded by minister Jacob Rees Mogg, has caused consternation and confusion in Whitehall, a number of officials have told PoliticsHome.


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19/05/2022
Labour Compares Government To P&O Ferries Over Plan To Cut 91,000 Civil Service Jobs
Shadow minister for employment rights and protections Justin Madders has compared the government's decision to axe 91,000 civil service jobs to shamed ferry contractor P&O Ferries's recent sacking of hundreds of staff without warning.


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19/05/2022
EU ambassador rejects Liz Truss’s demand to rewrite NI protocol

João Vale de Almeida warns of retaliation if UK passes law disapplying aspects of agreement

The EU ambassador to the UK has rejected Liz Truss’s demand that the Northern Ireland protocol be rewritten, and issued a blunt warning of retaliation if the government passes a law disapplying aspects of the agreement.

“Unilateral calls for unilateral; action calls for action,” João Vale de Almeida told journalists at Westminster.

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19/05/2022
Local band to play at Whitby Abbey Guinness World Record attempt
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Westenra to play at Whitby Goth Festival on 26 May as part of the attempt to break the world record for the most people dressed as vampires

Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Local band to play at Whitby Abbey Guinness World Record attempt


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19/05/2022
Of Course I’m a European – A Poem by William Lewis
William Lewis reading his Poem at Cheltenham for Europe's Europe Day - With permission from William

Of course I’m a European.How could I not be?You gave me language,Art, literature, poetry, music,Philosophy, science,Landscapes, food, friendships.It’s in me, all through me.The work of these EuropeansThey made me.Of course I’m a European.How could I not be? That’s not to deny the land I grew up in.The land my parents believed in, fought for,But I […]

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19/05/2022
Egg on their faces: Thatcher’s Grantham is a reminder of the division she helped create
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Richard Hall reacts to the news that Margaret Thatcher's newly unveiled statue has attracted not a few yolks as people protest her divisive legacy.

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19/05/2022
Downing Street Confirms Boris Johnson Will Not Get Any More Fines Over "Partygate"
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed to Boris Johnson that he will receive no more fines over parties held at Downing Street and Whitehall, the Prime Minister's spokesperson has said.


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19/05/2022
Does Emmanuel Macron have a plan for the EU?

For our weekly “Ideas on Europe” editorial by UACES, the University Association for European Studies, we welcome Prof Simon Usherwood, from the Open University, in England.

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19/05/2022
Drax Power Station: a burning issue
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How helpful is Drax Power's biomass use in the fight to beat climate change and secure the UK’s energy supply?

Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Drax Power Station: a burning issue


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19/05/2022
Met Police Concludes Downing Street Investigation Having Issued 126 Fines
The Met Police has announced that it has concluded its investigation into breaches of Covid regulations at Downing Street and Whitehall, and has issued 126 fines in total.


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19/05/2022
Minister Says Police Should Not Show "Discretion" To People Stealing Food During Cost Of Living Crisis
The policing minister has said officers should not use discretion when deciding whether to prosecute people who are caught stealing food to eat amid the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.


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19/05/2022
Linton-on-Ouse: Home Office set to repeat previous asylum accommodation failures
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The government seems intent on repeating its past mistakes with housing refugees and asylum seekers

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19/05/2022
Smells wonderful
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A new Eau de Cologne is set to enliven the atmosphere at the Festival of Europe.

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18/05/2022
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18/05/2022
REPower EU Plan
The European Commission has presented the REPowerEU Plan, its response to the hardships and global energy market disruption caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. There is a double urgency to transform Europe's energy system: ending the EU's dependence on Russian fossil fuels, which are used as an economic and political weapon and cost European taxpayers nearly €100 billion per year and tackling the climate crisis. By acting as a Union, Europe can phase out its dependency on Russian fossil fuels faster.


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18/05/2022
EIGE Gender Equality Forum 2022


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18/05/2022
Help for Musicians with Mental Health Issues
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As we know, issues around mental health can affect anybody at any time. But, recent studies have shown that people working in the music industry are more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population. One survey found that an astonishing 80% of musicians suffer feelings of depression, anxiety and stress.  Some of […]

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18/05/2022
Parliament Accused Of Neglecting Victims By Not Banning MPs Facing Misconduct Allegations From Estate
Unions, MPs and parliamentary staff have criticised the government and estate authorities for failing to protect alleged victims after an MP accused of sexual misconduct was not banned from the parliamentary estate.


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18/05/2022
Local Government Figures Back Flexible Working To Improve Diversity And Save Money
Exclusive: A vast majority of local councillors back a return to hybrid meetings saying it will improve diversity in local government as well as save money.


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18/05/2022
Boris Johnson ‘choosing to let people struggle’ with cost of living says Keir Starmer – as it happened

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Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the international trade secretary, has warned that inflation will experience a further “bump” before prices are likely to stabilise.

In a Q&A after delivering a speech on green trade at Bloomberg’s HQ in London, she said countries around the world were facing a “a global battle against inflation”. She went on:

This is something we have to tackle across the board.

And the worry we always have is that inflation tends to have two bumps to it.

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18/05/2022
Why does the UK have the highest inflation in the G7?

Analysis: UK among hardest-hit countries thanks to perfect storm of war in Ukraine, Covid and Brexit

Britain’s inflation rate has soared to the highest level since the early 1980s. After a record increase in gas and electricity bills in April, inflation is the highest in the G7. Having reached 9% last month, it is above the 8.3% rate in the US and Germany’s 7.4%. Japan, an economy characterised by low inflation for decades thanks to an ageing population, has the lowest rate at 1.2%.

Here are some of the reasons why prices are rising faster in the UK than in other major economies.

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18/05/2022
Inside Australia’s unpredictable election
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As voting day approaches in Australia's election, the race is too close to call between Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese

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18/05/2022
Keir Starmer Blames Lack Of "Trust" In Boris Johnson For Northern Ireland Protocol Stalemate
Keir Starmer has said a lack of trust in Boris Johnson is a crucial reason why the UK government and the European Union remain at an impasse over the Northern Ireland Protocol.


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18/05/2022
UK must accept border on Irish Sea is inevitable, says ex-WTO chief

Pascal Lamy says row is solvable if PM stops using emotional Brexit politics to solve ‘technical problem’

Boris Johnson’s row with the EU over Northern Ireland’s Brexit arrangements is “absolutely solvable” but only if the UK accepts that a border is inevitable, the former head of the World Trade Organization has said.

But Pascal Lamy said the prime minister could only achieve a breakthrough if he stopped mixing “oil and vinegar” and throwing emotional Brexit politics on to what he said was essentially a technical problem.

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18/05/2022
Keir Starmer Accuses Boris Johnson Of Doing The “Hokey-Cokey” Over Windfall Tax
Labour leader Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of doing the “hokey-cokey” over a windfall tax on oil and gas companies and urged the Prime Minister to implement one now.


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18/05/2022
Steer clear of baby deer!
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The British Association for Shooting and Conservation and the British Deer Society have joined forces to raise awareness of this important issue.

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18/05/2022
Senior Labour MPs Told To Step Back From Tiverton By-Election Campaign To Make Way For Lib Dems
Labour has instructed frontbenchers not to travel to campaign for the forthcoming Tiverton & Honiton by-election in an apparent attempt to give the Lib Dems a better chance of victory over the Tories.


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18/05/2022
A winning formula? Why F2 champions may struggle to break into F1
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F2 champions Nyck de Vries and Oscar Piastri have yet to break into Formula 1. Myles Campbell Drummond looks at the reasons why.

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18/05/2022
UK threat over NI Brexit deal ‘breeding mistrust in EU capitals’

Anger and disbelief within EU at UK’s position given goodwill Boris Johnson has built up over Ukraine

The UK government’s plan to walk away from parts of the Northern Ireland Brexit deal is destroying the repaired relationship with the EU, political leaders and diplomats have said.

Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s deputy prime minister, told a business dinner in Dublin on Tuesday night that the move was “breeding mistrust in EU capitals”.

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18/05/2022
Liz Truss Insists UK Won't “Scrap” Northern Ireland Protocol After Pledging Law To Change It
Foreign secretary Liz Truss has denied the UK intends to “scrap” the Northern Ireland protocol, which governs the movement of goods post-Brexit, and instead “change the bits that don’t work”.


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17/05/2022
Relief and reconstruction in Ukraine
The Commission has set out plans in a Communication for the EU's immediate response to address Ukraine's financing gap, as well as the longer-term reconstruction framework. This Communication follows from the European Council call to address the consequences of the war in Ukraine via a dedicated Europe-led effort.


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17/05/2022
Irritation all round at handling of move against Brexit protocol

Analysis: leak blindsided US officials, caused shock waves in Europe and appears to have annoyed No 10

Given that it has just announced a bill that could spark a trade war in the middle of a cost of living crisis, it is remarkable how often members of the government say that what they want is for everyone to calm down.

The intention to legislate is now formally announced but when the bill will be seen by MPs is intentionally unclear. The Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, says it was never meant to be this week. Of course it wasn’t. Now the only commitment is “before the summer”.

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17/05/2022
The Guardian view on the Northern Ireland protocol bill: provocative and needless | Editorial

At a time of economic crisis, Liz Truss has risked a downward spiral in relations with the EU for no good reason

At the recent Stormont elections, a majority of voters supported parties that broadly back the Northern Ireland protocol. Local business leaders have urged Boris Johnson to abandon the threat to unilaterally tear parts of it up, which would risk a trade war with the European Union when inflation rates are soaring and recession is looming. Sadly, what is truly best for Northern Ireland has rarely been allowed to disrupt this government’s choreographed games of Brexit brinkmanship with Brussels.

Tuesday’s Commons statement on the protocol by the foreign secretary, Liz Truss, was more measured in tone than some of the confrontational briefings around last week. But the tabling of a bill to abandon aspects of a treaty signed less than three years ago – when it was described as “oven-ready” – is irresponsible and recklessly destabilising. Ms Truss airily stated that the proposed legislation would not be in breach of international law, but failed to offer any evidence for that assertion. The EU was swift to warn that whatever legal casuistry may be forthcoming, it could respond to such a move with “all measures at its disposal”, which could mean shelving the entire post-Brexit free trade deal.

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17/05/2022
Conservative MP Arrested On Suspicion Of Rape And Sexual Assault
A Conservative MP has been arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual offences that took place over a period of seven years.


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17/05/2022
Any correlation between the truth and what Liz Truss said was entirely coincidental

Tories’ Brexit derangement syndrome was in full swing as Truss gave statement on plan to disapply Northern Ireland protocol

There was going to be hell to pay when Liz Truss found out who had negotiated, agreed and signed the Northern Ireland protocol. What’s more, no one had ever said there was an election-winning, oven-ready Brexit deal on the table back in 2019. That was the kind of shameless lie only opposition parties could tell …

Boris Johnson has the knack of bringing everyone down to his level in the end. Corrupt, narcissistic, incompetent. The foreign secretary is just the latest – if entirely complicit – victim in this. So when she came to the Commons to give her statement on government plans to disapply the Northern Ireland protocol, Truss was in a full-on state of denial. Any correlation between what she said and the truth was entirely coincidental. And if she had accidentally mouthed the odd truth she would definitely make sure that she never made that mistake again.

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17/05/2022
All You Need To Know About The Northern Ireland Protocol And Why The UK And EU Are Rowing Over It
Well over two years since the UK left the European Union, and nearly six years since the in-out referendum of June 2016, the government and EU are at loggerheads and Brexit is back in the headlines once again.


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17/05/2022
Reality check: the Northern Ireland protocol isn't the problem, Brexit is | Rafael Behr

The Tories are addicted to conflict with the EU, for fear of taking responsibility for the consequences of liberation

The Conservative party was happy with Brexit, but not for long. A deal that was great in 2019 is now not great. What could fix it? What change would bring enduring satisfaction? The answer is obvious to anyone familiar with the patterns of English Euroscepticism – nothing. There is no concession big enough, no deal good enough, just as no single fix can end the cravings of a drug addict. The long-term solution is to get sober.

That is not on Liz Truss’s agenda. On Tuesday, the foreign secretary informed parliament of a government plan to assert its own version of the Northern Ireland protocol. That is a threat designed to prod the EU into renegotiating the 2019 withdrawal agreement, which was itself the outcome of a renegotiation made necessary because Theresa May had done a deal that Conservative MPs also didn’t like.

Rafael Behr is a Guardian columnist

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17/05/2022
UK wants to fix Northern Ireland trade treaty, says Johnson – video

Speaking at an event to mark the completion of London's new Elizabeth tube train line, Boris Johnson said he wanted to fix the Northern Ireland protocol and would work with EU partners to do so. The prime minister added that the government's 'higher duty' was to the Good Friday agreement and peace process, and that he would work to 'ensure the east-west trade and the integrity of the UK internal market'

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17/05/2022
Tory MPs Are Struggling To Justify No New Cost Of Living Support To Worried Constituents
Backbenchers and ministers are receiving a barrage of emails from constituents desperate for financial help as the UK faces a spiraling cost of living crisis.


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17/05/2022
Jacob Rees-Mogg Accused Of "Blind Ideology" After Previously Backing Civil Service Working From Home
Jacob Rees-Mogg has been accused of chasing "cheap headlines" with his push for civil servants to return to the office having previously supported flexible working as part of government efforts to minimise the need for office space used by civil serv...


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17/05/2022
Government will change parts of Northern Ireland protocol, Liz Truss says – video

Liz Truss has said the government will announce 'in due course' how a law to amend the Northern Ireland protocol implementation that the government is proposing does not breach international law. 

The government will announce new legislation 'in the coming weeks', but said she is open to further talks with the EU. Speaking for Labour, shadow Foreign Office minister Stephen Doughty said it was 'deeply concerning' the government would break the treaty and put the relationship between the EU and UK in a downward spiral

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17/05/2022
Brexit: What is the Northern Ireland Protocol?
The Northern Ireland Protocol is at the centre of a dispute between the UK and the EU.


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17/05/2022
Liz Truss Confirms Bill To Override The Northern Ireland Protocol Will Go Ahead "In The Coming Weeks"
Foreign secretary Liz Truss has confirmed the government's plan to override the Northern Ireland Protocol through legislation, setting up another summer of intense negotiations with the European Union.


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17/05/2022
Three ways EU could retaliate if UK ditches Northern Ireland protocol

Analysis: Bloc has various retaliatory weapons available including returning to no-deal Brexit scenario

The EU could impose tariffs on UK fish and agricultural goods in just seven days if Boris Johnson goes ahead with moves to disapply parts of the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol, legal experts have said.

The short, sharp shock is one of the three key retaliatory weapons available through the trade agreement, according to Catherine Barnard, a professor of EU law at Cambridge University.

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17/05/2022
Exploring Europol – the agency’s reaction to its own limitations (Part 2)

A country’s location at the EU’s Southern and South-Eastern border is an important factor when it comes to smuggling. Naturally, migrant smuggling is much more common in these areas adjacent to non-EU states than in landlocked states and/or countries in Europe’s North. The importance of cooperation for information sharing Europol is reliant on information from […]

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17/05/2022
A Field Trip to Berlin to Better Understand the Role of NEMO

This field trip to Berlin supported by the UACES Scholarship investigated the role of networks in shaping museum practice internationally and national museums’ role in citizens’ identity formation and the challenges this presents to national museums in EU member states. The aim of this project was to contribute to the fieldwork for my PhD thesis […]

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17/05/2022
Northern Ireland Secretary Says Legislation To Overhaul Protocol “Was Never On The Cards” This Week
The Northern Ireland Secretary has dismissed suggestions the UK planned to overhaul its the post-Brexit trade agreement with the EU this week, despite Boris Johnson and other Cabinet ministers indicating this could be the case.


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16/05/2022
Labour Insiders Dismiss Accusations Of "Chaotic" Wakefield By-Election Selection Process
Labour insiders have played down accusations of a chaotic process to select their candidate for the upcoming Wakefield by-election which saw local members walk out in protest.


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16/05/2022
Bailey sets alarm bells ringing while barely mentioning the B-word

As the Convict hoped for a fudge in Northern Ireland, the Bank of England governor explained how screwed the economy is

The noises coming out of No 10 ahead of the prime minister’s visit to Northern Ireland had been rather more conciliatory. Obviously, there was no admission from Boris Johnson that he had actually negotiated and signed the deal involving the NI protocol, but that was always going to be a step too far. There’s only so much reality the Convict can take at any one time. And the bigger the truth, the harder he finds it to accept.

But at least Johnson had this time bothered to get someone with a working knowledge of some of the sensitivities endemic to Northern Ireland to write the 2,000-word opinion piece on his behalf for the Belfast Telegraph. Normally, he’d have just scribbled something off the top of his head in about 30 minutes. This time there was an awareness that he needed to produce something that in some way acknowledged the presence of both the nationalists and the unionists. Not to mention the EU.

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16/05/2022
EU Cautiously Welcomes UK Bid To Dial Down Northern Ireland Protocol Rhetoric
An apparent attempt by Boris Johnson to take the heat out of the Northern Ireland Protocol debate has been cautiously welcomed on the EU side after the Prime Minister met with the Northern Irish party leaders on Monday.


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16/05/2022
Top Tories Are Quietly Making Moves For A Leadership Bid Despite Boris Johnson Seeming Safe For Now
Conversations about the Prime Minister's successor are continuing quietly behind the scenes in Westminster – with former health secretary Jeremy Hunt sparking significant speculation in recent weeks.


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16/05/2022
Brexit protocol row: what are the issues dividing UK and EU?

British government is threatening to override Northern Ireland rules if bloc does not show ‘requisite flexibility’

The UK is saying it will have to take unilateral action to override part of the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol unless the EU shows the “requisite flexibility”. The EU has said it believes a deal can be done but only through negotiation.

So what are the differences between the two sides and is the latest row more about politics than substance?

Removal of checks on British sausages and other chilled meats. She also cited barriers to the supply of “Thai green curry ready meals, New Zealand lamb and Brazilian pork”.

Removal of customs declarations for parcel post, which would mean the restoration of online shopping for some of the big high street chains that have stopped delivering to Northern Ireland.

Removal of veterinary certificates for pets travelling from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK.

Ability to control the VAT rate in Northern Ireland. Truss complained that the protocol means some VAT cuts, including the relief on energy bills, which apply in the rest of the UK cannot be applied in Northern Ireland because of the protocol.

Removal of the European court of justice as the arbiter in disputes.

A green lane and red lane at ports to distinguish between goods destined for Northern Ireland and those travelling onward into the Republic of Ireland and the single market.

It offered to do away with the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) checks on chilled meats with a new “national identity” exemption for British sausages and other goods destined for Northern Irish supermarkets. It offered a “bespoke solution” it claimed would get rid of 80% of the SPS checks on food. In exchange the UK would have to complete the construction of border controls and ensure a new “for Northern Ireland” labelling system.

It offered to reduce customs declarations by 50%.

It offered an “express lane” out of ports for goods destined for Northern Ireland only.

It offered an “enhanced” role for Stormont, business and civic stakeholders in the implementation of the protocol including attendance at meetings of specialised committees charged with overseeing the operation of the protocol.

An uninterrupted supply of medicines was offered.

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16/05/2022
The Early Women of European Integration

For our weekly “Ideas on Europe” editorial by UACES, the University Association for European Studies, we have the pleasure to welcome again Dr Simona Guerra, from the University of Surrey, in the UK.

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16/05/2022
Government Claims They Won't Retaliate If EU Punishes UK For Overhauling Northern Ireland Protocol
Downing Street has said the government will not retaliate if the EU seeks to punish the UK for overhauling the Northern Ireland protocol.


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16/05/2022
Minister Says People Should Work More Hours Or Get A “Better Paid Job” To Beat Cost Of Living Crisis
A government minister has said that people struggling with the cost of living crisis should work more hours in order to overcome financial difficulty.


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16/05/2022
The Tooth Fairy

A limerick on tooth economics by AB Wyze

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15/05/2022
Nicola Jennings: the harp and the lyre – cartoon
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15/05/2022
The new Education White Paper – is it really ‘Opportunity for All’?
The new Education White Paper - is it really ‘Opportunity for All’?

The new Education White Paper is a flawed response to the challenges posed by austerity and Covid.

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15/05/2022
UK Has “Scope” To Overhaul Northern Ireland Protocol Without Breaking International Law, Kwasi Kwarteng Claims
The government can change the Northern Ireland Protocol without breaking international law, a senior Cabinet minister has insisted.


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15/05/2022
The Northern Ireland protocol is said to be a blight on regional economy. That’s just not true

After an initial shock to businesses, manufacturing jobs are growing four times faster here than the UK average

Whenever Boris Johnson’s government wades into battle over the Northern Ireland protocol, it wields one assertion like a broadsword: that the protocol is ruining the region’s economy. Checks on goods entering Northern Ireland are disrupting trade, increasing prices and bankrupting businesses, and the damage will worsen unless the protocol is changed, goes the argument.

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a rightwing thinktank, joined the fray last week with a report that estimated the annual cost of the agreement at £850m.

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15/05/2022
Cambridge spies and Brexiters have a lot in common

As Simon Kuper points out in his excellent book, both groups betrayed us to Moscow – but the former did it deliberately

The chaos caused by Brexit is here for all but the most pigheaded Brexiters to see. Why, no less a figure than the minister for Brexit “opportunities”, one Jacob Rees-Mogg, finds himself having to delay further implementation of customs bureaucracy because of the damage even he can see in front of him. Bringing in full checks the government had agreed in order “to get Brexit done” would, said Rees-Mogg, have been “an act of self-harm”, adding an extra £1bn to the already enormous cost of Brexit. No, I am not making this up.

There was another priceless example of what a nonsensical government we have when Conor Burns, the minister of state for Northern Ireland, appeared on Channel 4 News last Wednesday.

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14/05/2022
The attorney general’s office was worthy of respect. Suella the stooge disgraces it | Nick Cohen
Indulging the PM on the Northern Ireland protocol is to hold her own role in contempt

Ireland was the scene of a Boris Johnson masterclass in deception. In the 2019 election, he fooled millions into believing his “oven-ready deal” would “Get Brexit Done!” and we need not worry about the warnings of John Major, Tony Blair and Theresa May of the threat to the Northern Ireland settlement. Johnson’s straight lie that his withdrawal agreement would not put a border in the Irish Sea – “over my dead body,” he cried and yet the border is there and Johnson still lives – fooled the supposedly hard-nosed Democratic Unionist party. Finally, he conned the European Union into believing he was a man of his word when he signed a treaty confirming Northern Ireland’s special status that he had no intention of honouring.

At every stage, the attorney general, Suella Braverman, has covered his back. She has disgraced herself, her office, her profession and her country.

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14/05/2022
Downing Street Is Wary Of Weighing In On Keir Starmer’s Resignation Pledge
Boris Johnson allies have been forced onto the back foot by Keir Starmer’s pledge to resign if he’s fined by Durham police over a lockdown breach, a clear attempt by the Labour leader to take the moral high ground as both party leaders face police in...


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13/05/2022
EU-UK Relations Deteriorating Rapidly
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EU-UK Relations deteriorate to new low point with British threats to renege on the Northern Ireland Protocol.

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13/05/2022
The Impact of Progressive Cooperation in the recent Local Elections
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Three examples in West England where Electoral Cooperation helped or could have helped progressive parties win more Council seats.

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13/05/2022
DUP 'punishing public' with Northern Ireland politics stalemate, says Michelle O'Neill – video

Sinn Féin’s vice-president has condemned the Democratic Unionist party for paralysing Northern Ireland's Stormont assembly and executive over the Northern Ireland protocol. Michelle O’Neill said the DUP was 'denying democracy' and 'punishing the public' after the party announced earlier on Friday that it would refuse to nominate a speaker.

Under power-sharing rules, the assembly and executive cannot function without a unionist party, and the row turned what was supposed to be the inaugural day of the assembly into a stalemate; newly elected representatives signed the roll – and become eligible to collect salaries – but faced being left without duties, functions or power

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13/05/2022
Ministers Accused Of “Failing” Afghan Refugees After Major Delays To Resettlement Scheme
Exclusive: Just one in four applications for the government’s resettlement scheme have been processed in the last six months despite risk of Taliban reprisals.


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13/05/2022
What now for Northern Ireland as Stormont assembly grinds to halt?

The DUP has moved to stall power sharing by refusing to back the election of a new speaker

The Democratic Unionist party has chosen not to back the election of a new speaker for the Northern Ireland assembly as members gathered for the first time after last week’s elections.

The move, which leaves the assembly unable to function, marks an escalation after the party previously indicated it would not nominate for the position of deputy first minister because of its hostility to the post-Brexit trading arrangements.

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12/05/2022
Boris Johnson says NI governance has collapsed as row over Brexit deal deepens – video

Boris Johnson has said Northern Ireland's 'institutions of democracy have collapsed', as the row with the EU over the UK potentially scrapping parts of the Northern Ireland protocol deepens. The foreign secretary, Liz Truss, had earlier warned the EU that the UK could revoke some parts of the Brexit agreement and asked for flexibility

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12/05/2022
Midlands blue plaques part 1: Vera Brittain in Buxton
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The first in a series exploring the people behind the blue plaques in the Midlands region. Vera Brittain lived in Buxton at the beginning of the last century.

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12/05/2022
A good Egg: a preview of the play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Peter Nichols’ funny and moving masterpiece, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, is the extraordinary play inspired by the author’s own experience of raising his daughter.

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12/05/2022
Brexit: Ignoring parts of Northern Ireland Protocol is legal, says attorney general
UK legal advisers say the Brexit deal can be overridden to preserve the Good Friday Agreement.


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11/05/2022
Commission to establish Solidarity Lanes to help Ukraine export agricultural goods
As part of the EU's solidarity response with Ukraine, the Commission today presented a set of actions to help Ukraine export its agricultural produce. Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its blockade of Ukrainian ports, Ukrainian grain and other agricultural goods can no longer reach their destinations. The situation is threatening global food security and there is an urgent need to establish alternative logistics routes using all relevant transport modes.


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11/05/2022
Breaking Bread Together: Community Food Initiatives
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As the cost of living crisis grows, there is little sign that the government is taking effective action to help those who are in real need. In a pre-election interview on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, the Prime Minister failed to articulate what help may be available to a pensioner struggling to make ends meet. Shortly after, […]

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11/05/2022
UACES Chair’s Message — May 2022

In the few months since my last message to you, Europe has changed, perhaps fundamentally.

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11/05/2022
Brexit: why has row over Northern Ireland protocol resurfaced?

UK has threatened laws to disapply parts of deal as negotiations with EU on food checks are due to restart

The UK is set for another bust-up with the EU over Brexit, testing the patience of European leaders trying to maintain a united front against Vladimir Putin.

What is the UK threatening, why now and what are the consequences?

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10/05/2022
New EU strategy to protect and empower children in the online world
The Commission has adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online.


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10/05/2022
How much do Nations deserve their Leaders?
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A nation's leaders are products of its democratic safeguards or lack of them and the historical development of that nation.

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09/05/2022
What is the Northern Ireland protocol and why is it back in the news?

What might the UK government do next and where would this leave Northern Ireland?

The protocol was part of the UK’s 2019 Brexit divorce deal with the European Union. To avoid imposing a trade-and-customs border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland it put one in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which in effect remained part of the EU trading bloc. It requires checks on some goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain. Unionists say this undermines Northern Ireland’s position in the UK and could lead to an economic united Ireland. The issue has returned to centre stage because the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) says it will not join a new executive at Stormont unless Boris Johnson’s Tory government alters the protocol.

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08/05/2022
The Conference on the Future of Europe concludes its work
In a closing ceremony in Strasbourg, President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola, on behalf of the Council Presidency, President Emmanuel Macron, and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen received from the Co-Chairs of the Conference Executive Board the final report on the outcome of the Conference.


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06/05/2022
A Defeat

For our weekly “Ideas on Europe” editorial by UACES, the University Association for European Studies, we have the pleasure to welcome again Nick Startin, from the University of Bath, in the UK.

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06/05/2022
Grappling with online interviews: the costs of confidentiality

A UACES Microgrant report by Marianna Lovato, PhD candidate, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin.

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05/05/2022
The Unreliability of Compassion

For our weekly “Ideas on Europe” editorial by UACES, the University Association for European Studies, we have the pleasure to welcome again Mechthild Roos, from the University of Augsburg, in Germany.

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03/05/2022
European Health Data Space
The European Commission launched the European Health Data Space (EHDS), one of the central building blocks of a strong European Health Union. The EHDS will help the EU to achieve a quantum leap forward in the way healthcare is provided to people across Europe. It will empower people to control and utilise their health data in their home country or in other Member States. It fosters a genuine single market for digital health services and products.


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03/05/2022
Europe Day 2022
This May the EU institutions invite you to a wide range of online and on-site activities across the EU Member States, as well as in the home of the EU institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg. As the 2022 European Year of Youth shines a spotlight on Europe’s young people and with citizens’ voices amplified by the Conference on the Future of Europe there’s never been a better time to come together, discuss the challenges we all face and create a better future for Europe that works for everyone. 


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02/05/2022
Summary: Discussing the emergence of the EU in the field of vaccination using a reputational approach, with Dr Thibaud Deruelle

On Wednesday 27 April 2022 EUHealthGov hosted the fourth event in its quarterly seminar series. We were delighted to be joined by Dr Thibaud Deruelle (University of Lausanne) to discuss the EU’s role in vaccine policy, and how a reputational approach can help to explain the growing relevance and involvement of the EU in this […]

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02/05/2022
The Degrading and Renewal of UK Democracy – Part 1
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Some Examples and Consequences of a Failing UK Democracy Once leaders of nations have broken laws and rules to gain power, they then have to break more of them to retain it and make use of it. This slippery slope is seen very clearly with Putin’s Russia, committing vile crimes against innocent people in Ukraine, […]

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29/04/2022
Conference on the Future of Europe: Debate and vote on resolution
At its final meeting, that took place on Friday and Saturday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the Conference Plenary reached a consensus on its final draft proposals. It has now adopted 49 proposals, which include more than 300 measures on how to achieve them, across 9 themes, based on 178 recommendations from the European Citizens’ Panels, input from the National Panels and events, and 43 734 contributions on 16 274 ideas recorded on the multilingual digital platform. 


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28/04/2022
Brexit import checks delayed for fourth time
New post-Brexit controls, due in July, are postponed amid rising inflation and supply chain disruption.


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27/04/2022
Brexit: UK government 'squarely responsible' for protocol deal
A former top civil servant has attacked the handling of the Northern Ireland part of the Brexit deal.


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26/04/2022
Commission tackles abusive lawsuits against journalists and human rights defenders ‘SLAPPs'
The European Commission is taking action to improve protection of journalists and human rights defenders from abusive court proceedings. Strategic lawsuits against public participation, commonly known as ‘SLAPPs', are a particular form of harassment used primarily against journalists and human rights defenders to prevent or penalise speaking up on issues of public interest.


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26/04/2022
COVID-19: Commission calls on Member States to step up preparedness for the next pandemic phase
The Commission is proposing a set of actions to manage the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for the next one. By working together, the EU has so far saved hundreds of thousands of lives thanks to COVID-19 vaccines, kept its single market operational, minimised travel restrictions and mobilised manufacturing capacity of critical products when supply chains were disrupted.


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26/04/2022
Visa Digitalisation: Visa travel to the EU becomes easier


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26/04/2022
Legal migration: Attracting skills and talent to the EU
As part of the comprehensive approach to migration set out in the Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission is proposing legal, operational and policy initiatives that will benefit the EU's economy, strengthen cooperation with non-EU countries and improve overall migration management in the long term. The set of proposals also includes specific actions to facilitate integration of those fleeing Russia's invasion of Ukraine into the EU's labour market.


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26/04/2022
Commission decides to register new European Citizens' Initiative


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26/04/2022
New Brexit rules caused major shock to UK-EU trade - report
A new study found that imports from the EU fell by 25% relative to those from elsewhere.


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24/04/2022
Ukrainian Refugee Crisis: What Is West England doing?

Watching the Ukrainian refugee crisis unfold, I was reminded of Mr Rogers of American children’s television fame who said: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’”. The War in Ukraine […]

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23/04/2022
French Election 2022 – The Power of Narrative

The narrative surrounding an election becomes that election itself, or at least that’s the sense I got discussing French electoral politics with Dr Aurelien Mondon, a senior lecturer at the University of Bath and expert in Comparative French politics. That is the power of the narrative. For France the choice is clear, a Centralist President […]

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20/04/2022
Brexit: Cross-border permits will damage industry, say NI Tourism
The proposal will require non-British and non-Irish EU citizens to apply for pre-travel clearance.


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11/04/2022
Brexit: Tonnes of beetroot left to rot as EU firms look elsewhere
Staffordshire farmer Will Woodhall says the lack of demand in Europe will cost him up to £90,000.


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08/04/2022
Stand Up For Ukraine: 9.1 billion euros pledged in support of internally displaced and refugees
The “Stand Up for Ukraine” global pledging event and campaign has raised 9.1 billion euros for people fleeing the Russian invasion, inside Ukraine and abroad, including €1 billion from the European Commission. On top of that, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced an additional €1 billion in loan to cover the needs of the people displaced by the invasion.


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06/04/2022
Ukraine: EU must protect all children fleeing the war
MEPs call for children fleeing war in Ukraine to be given safe passage and for assistance for those internally displaced or unable to leave areas under siege. “Every child has the right to be protected from violence, exploitation and abuse”, say MEPs, calling on EU countries to protect children from the risk of trafficking, illegal adoption and other types of abuse.


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06/04/2022
Brexit expert Aodhán Connolly to lead NI Executive's Brussels office
Aodhán Connolly has been a key figure in expressing the views of NI business to the UK government.


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04/04/2022
Question time with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen


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04/04/2022
Green Deal: Modernising EU industrial emissions rules to steer large industry in long-term green transition


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04/04/2022
Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council discussed the implementation of the sanctions imposed by the EU on Russia, their effectiveness (with the aim of preventing any circumvention) and their strengthening. The ministers also discussed the economic issues related to the reception of Ukrainian refugees.


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03/04/2022
Ukraine: €17 billion of EU funds to help refugees
The Council adopted legislative amendments making it possible for member states to redirect resources from cohesion policy funds and the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived (FEAD) to assist the refugees escaping the Russian military aggression against Ukraine.


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30/03/2022
Destination Earth – new digital twin of the Earth will help tackle climate change and protect nature


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29/03/2022
Future of Europe: first debate on Conference proposals wraps up


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29/03/2022
New European Bauhaus: support to cities and citizens for local initiatives


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29/03/2022
Green Deal: New proposals to make sustainable products the norm and boost Europe's resource independence
The Commission is presenting today a package of European Green Deal proposals to make sustainable products the norm in the EU, boost circular business models and empower consumers for the green transition. Together with this proposal, the Commission has also adopted an Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan 2022-2024 to cover new energy-related products, update and increase the ambition for products that are already regulated, as a transitionary measure until the new regulation enters into force.


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28/03/2022
Main results of the extraordinary meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Ministers met to discuss further coordination of the reception of refugees from Ukraine. Since 24 February 2022, around 3.8 million people, mainly women and children, have arrived in the European Union after fleeing from the war in Ukraine. Ministers also addressed the implementation of the decision on temporary protection and expressed their support for further coordination of guidance and travel within the EU.


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24/03/2022
EU strengthens partnership with WHO to boost local manufacturing and access to vaccines, medicines and health technologies in Africa


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24/03/2022
European Council: Support for Ukraine and strengthened transatlantic cooperation
The European Council adopted conclusions on the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, security and defence, energy, economic issues, COVID-19 and external relations. On the first day of the summit, EU leaders were joined by US President Joe Biden, in person, to discuss support for Ukraine and the strengthening of transatlantic cooperation, and by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, via video conference.


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24/03/2022
Digital Markets Act (DMA): agreement between the Council and the European Parliament


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23/03/2022
Ex-Ukraine president asks Boris Johnson not to compare war with Brexit – video

'How many citizens of the United Kingdom died because of Brexit? Zero,' said Petro Poroshenko after the British prime minister likened Ukraine's resistance to the Russian invasion to the UK 'choosing freedom' in leaving the EU

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22/03/2022
Commission outlines options to mitigate high energy prices with common gas purchases and minimum gas storage obligations
Following up rapidly on the REPowerEU Communication and the Versailles Declaration, the Commission has set out ideas today for collective European action to address the root causes of the problem in the gas market and ensure security of supply at reasonable prices for next winter and beyond. Leaders will continue the discussion on these options at this week's European Council.


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22/03/2022
Commission acts for global food security and for supporting EU farmers and consumers
The European Commission has presented a range of short-term and medium-term actions to enhance global food security and to support farmers and consumers in the EU in light of rising food prices and input costs, such as energy and fertilisers. The surge in global commodity prices, further accelerated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, highlights again the need for EU agriculture and food supply chains to become more resilient and sustainable, in line with the Farm to Fork strategy.


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22/03/2022
Ukraine: EU support to help Member States meet the needs of refugees
Today, the European Commission outlines the actions being taken to support Member States in meeting the needs of those fleeing the war against Ukraine and its people. Since the unprovoked and unjustified Russian invasion, some 3.5 million people – mainly women and children – have arrived in the EU in the space of just four weeks.


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21/03/2022
Main results of the General Affairs Council


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20/03/2022
Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council


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17/03/2022
Ukraine refugees: Operational guidelines to support Member States in applying the Temporary Protection Directive
Since the start of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, more than 3 million people have fled the country, with UN estimates suggesting that more than half of them are children. To respond to this unprecedented situation, the EU agreed in record time to activate the Temporary Protection Directive to help people fleeing war in Ukraine. The Directive became immediately applicable on 4 March and now offers immediate protection and a clear legal status to millions of people.


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15/03/2022
Capital Markets Union: Commission proposes simpler rules to make settlement in EU financial markets safer and more efficient
The European Commission has proposed changes to the Central Securities Depositories Regulation to enhance the efficiency of the EU's settlement markets, while safeguarding financial stability. Today's proposal is a key component of the 2020 Capital Markets Union Action Plan.


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14/03/2022
Ukraine: EU agrees fourth package of restrictive measures against Russia
The European Commission welcomes today's agreement by the Council to adopt a fourth package of restrictive measures against Russia in response to its brutal aggression against Ukraine and its people. These sanctions will further contribute to ramping up economic pressure on the Kremlin and cripple its ability to finance its invasion of Ukraine. They have been coordinated with international partners, notably the United States.


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13/03/2022
Brexit Adjustment Reserve: Commission approves €2 billion of pre-financing for 12 Member States
The Commission has approved the disbursement of more than €2 billion under the Brexit Adjustment Reserve to a group of 12 Member States. This funding will help the economies of the Member States in mitigating the adverse impact of Brexit on their economies and regions, through support to regions and economic sectors, small and medium sized companies as well as job creation and protection, such as short-time work schemes, re-skilling, and training.


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10/03/2022
Plenary highlights: Ukraine, foreign interference, golden passports
MEPs discussed Ukraine and the EU’s future security, marked International Women’s Day, and proposed measures to combat foreign interference during the plenary session in March 2022.


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10/03/2022
Informal meeting of heads of state or government in Versailles
EU leaders adopted a statement on the Russian aggression against Ukraine, discussed its consequences and the EU response. They also discussed how to strengthen European sovereignty, reduce dependencies and design a new growth and investment model.


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07/03/2022
European Commission and EIB Group sign InvestEU agreements unlocking billions for investment across the European Union


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07/03/2022
Ukraine: EU steps up solidarity with those fleeing war
In the face of Russia's unprovoked and unjustified military invasion of Ukraine, European solidarity in action is helping people through direct humanitarian aid, emergency civil protection assistance, support at the border, as well as a clear legal status allowing those fleeing the war to receive immediate protection in the EU.


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07/03/2022
International Women's Day 2022: Commission proposes EU-wide rules to combat violence against women and domestic violence
The new rules also strengthen victims' access to justice and encourage Member States to implement a one-stop shop mechanism, meaning that all support and protection services would be located in the same place. The victims should be able to claim compensation in the course of criminal proceedings.


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07/03/2022
Putin’s fingerprints are all over Brexit

Brexit has Putin’s fingerprints all over it. We’ve increasingly been suspicious of this for some time, but the evidence is mounting. Motive is the key incentive for any crime. There have never been any benefits for Britain doing Brexit. Not even one. Any apparent motive for leaving the EU was based on a pack of […]

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06/03/2022
REPowerEU: Joint European action for more affordable, secure and sustainable energy
The European Commission has proposed an outline of a plan to make Europe independent from Russian fossil fuels well before 2030, starting with gas, in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This plan also outlines a series of measures to respond to rising energy prices in Europe and to replenish gas stocks for next winter. REPowerEU will seek to diversify gas supplies, speed up the roll-out of renewable gases and replace gas in heating and power generation.


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02/03/2022
Europe is better with the EU than without

If the EU did not exist, it’s highly likely that the countries and continent of Europe would now be in a far worse situation. For hundreds of years, European countries were more used to resolving their differences by violence, war, and subjugation. There was no easy, let alone democratic, means to decide the running and […]

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01/03/2022
Ukraine: Commission proposes temporary protection for people fleeing war in Ukraine and guidelines for border checks
The Commission is proposing to activate the Temporary Protection Directive  to offer quick and effective assistance to people fleeing the war in Ukraine. Under this proposal, those fleeing the war will be granted temporary protection in the EU, meaning that they will be given a residence permit, and they will have access to education and to the labour market.


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28/02/2022
The Russian attack on Ukraine marks a new era for Europe, MEPs say
The European Parliament held an extraordinary plenary session in Brussels to assess Russia’s military assault on Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the Speaker of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (parliament) Ruslan Stefanchuk spoke live from Kiev. European Council and Commission Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen, as well as the EU’s Foreign Policy chief Josep Borrell, also participated in the debate.


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28/02/2022
NextGenerationEU: First annual report on the Recovery and Resilience Facility finds implementation is well underway


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28/02/2022
Future of Europe: final set of European Citizens' Panel recommendations


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27/02/2022
Main results from the Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council on the situation in Ukraine
At an extraordinary meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 27 February, home affairs ministers took stock of the response to provide to the consequences of the Russian military attack against Ukraine.


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27/02/2022
Back to the USSR?

After the EU referendum, many of us were suspicious about the role of Russia in clinching the narrow ‘win’ for Brexit. Evidence was mounting that there had been deep involvement and interference by Russian ‘agents’ whose aim was to destabilise the EU by enabling Britain’s departure from it. It was no secret that Russia’s Prime […]

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23/02/2022
Main results of the Special European Council
The European Council condemned in the strongest possible terms Russia's unprecedented military aggression against Ukraine and expressed full unity with international partners and full solidarity with Ukraine and its people. The EU has reacted swiftly and decisively to Russia’s recognition of Ukraine’s self-proclaimed separatist entities and deployment of its armed forces by adopting restrictive measures in response, including a package of sanctions adopted on 23 February.


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22/02/2022
Data Act: Commission proposes measures for a fair and innovative data economy
The Commission proposes new rules on who can use and access data generated in the EU across all economic sectors. The Data Act will ensure fairness in the digital environment, stimulate a competitive data market, open opportunities for data-driven innovation and make data more accessible for all.


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22/02/2022
Commission presents an updated in-depth review of Europe's strategic dependencies


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22/02/2022
Just and sustainable economy: Commission lays down rules for companies to respect human rights and environment in global value chains
The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence. The proposal aims to foster sustainable and responsible corporate behaviour throughout global value chains.


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22/02/2022
Commission sets out strategy to promote decent work worldwide and prepares instrument for ban on forced labour products


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21/02/2022
COVID-19: Council updates recommendation on non-essential travel from third countries


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20/02/2022
Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Foreign Affairs Council held a discussion on the European security situation. The Council decided on a series of measures to support Ukraine's resilience. It adopted the decision to provide €1,2 billion in macro financial assistance, and decided to provide support to Ukraine’s professional military education under the European Peace Facility. The EU will also increase its support against cyber-attacks and countering disinformation by sending a mission of experts to the country.


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20/02/2022
Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council


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20/02/2022
Don’t blame voters for Brexit

Just 24-hours after the EU referendum on 23 June 2016, I posted this on my blog: ‘Just over half of those who voted bought manky lies dressed up as a better life after Brexit. They were told they’d get their country back. Their lives would be transformed.  ‘More jobs, homes, schools and hospitals. Less migrants. No […]

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20/02/2022
Broken Britain

I need some work done at home and invited firms to quote. “That’s a smart van,” I said in passing to the managing director of a limited company that visited last week. “Oh, we’ve got six of those,” he replied. We went through the project. In the past, companies had sent me quotes with the […]

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17/02/2022
Europe and Africa: joint vision for a renewed partnership
At the sixth European Union - African Union summit, the leaders of the EU and AU committed to a joint vision for a renewed partnership for solidarity, security, peace and sustainable and sustained economic development and prosperity.


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17/02/2022
Brexit: Simon Coveney plays down NI Protocol breakthrough prospects
The Irish foreign minister says UK-EU joint committee talks next week will be more of a "staging post".


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16/02/2022
Green Deal: EU invests over €110 million in LIFE projects for environment and climate in 11 EU countries


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16/02/2022
The Court of Justice dismisses the actions brought by Hungary and Poland against the conditionality mechanism


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16/02/2022
Jacob Rees-Mogg says little evidence Brexit hit trade
The Brexit benefits minister says Covid is behind trade falls, and Brexit is helping the economy.


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16/02/2022
Boris Johnson: A dangerous clown

Boris Johnson is “not a complete clown”, his new communications director, Guto Harri, said this month adding, “he’s a very likeable character.” Really? I would say instead that Boris Johnson is a completely dangerous clown, and nothing he’s done for the country is at all likeable. Angela Rayner, the deputy Labour leader, questioned the seriousness […]

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15/02/2022
Russia’s threats against Ukraine are a wake-up call for Europe, MEPs say
On Wednesday morning, MEPs took stock of the latest developments related to Russia’s military threats against Ukraine in a plenary debate with European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell.


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15/02/2022
Brexit: Northern Ireland goods exports to Republic 'reached €4bn in 2021'
Ireland's Central Statistics Office (CSO) says that represents an increase of 65% compared to 2020.


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14/02/2022
Space: EU initiates a satellite-based connectivity system and boosts action on management of space traffic for a more digital and resilient Europe
The EU is acting on its space ambitions by tabling two initiatives - a proposal for a Regulation on a space-based secure connectivity and a Joint Communication on an EU approach on Space Traffic Management (STM). Today's initiatives will help safeguard the efficiency and security of our current assets while developing European cutting-edge space technology to the benefit of our citizens and economy.


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14/02/2022
Commission unveils significant actions to contribute to European Defence, boost innovation and address strategic dependencies
The Commission puts forward a number of Commission-led initiatives in areas critical for defence and security within the European Union. These comprise a Contribution to European defence, covering the full range of challenges, from the conventional defence industry and equipment on land, sea and air, to cyber, hybrid and space threats, military mobility and the relevance of climate change; and a roadmap on critical technologies for security and defence.


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12/02/2022
EU referendum broke ‘rules’ set by former Brexit secretary

The EU referendum was entirely flawed according to criteria set by former Brexit Secretary and ardent Brexiter, David Davis, on how referendums should be “done properly”. In July 2016, Tory MP, Mr Davis, accepted the result of the EU referendum and the dual-role of Brexit Secretary and Chief Brexit Negotiator in Theresa May’s new government. […]

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09/02/2022
European Health Union: HERA launches first work plan with €1.3 billion for preparedness and response to health emergencies in 2022


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09/02/2022
Winter 2022 Economic Forecast: Growth expected to regain traction after winter slowdown
The Winter 2022 Economic Forecast projects that, following a notable expansion by 5.3% in 2021, the EU economy will grow by 4.0% in 2022 and 2.8% in 2023. Growth in the euro area is also expected at 4.0% in 2022, moderating to 2.7% in 2023. The EU as a whole reached its pre-pandemic level of GDP in the third quarter of 2021 and all Member States are projected to have passed this milestone by the end of 2022.


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08/02/2022
Protecting biodiversity: EU takes action to prevent introduction of invasive alien species that would damage European nature


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07/02/2022
Digital sovereignty: Commission proposes Chips Act to confront semiconductor shortages and strengthen Europe's technological leadership
The Commission proposes a comprehensive set of measures to ensure the EU's security of supply, resilience and technological leadership in semiconductor technologies and applications. The European Chips Act will bolster Europe's competitiveness, resilience and help achieve both the digital and green transition.


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07/02/2022
First transition pathway co-created with industry and civil society for a resilient, green and digital tourism ecosystem


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03/02/2022
NI Protocol: Irish Sea border ongoing despite order, says Downing St
Downing Street says checks remain despite DUP minister Edwin Poots' directive for them to stop.


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01/02/2022
New approach to enable global leadership of EU standards promoting values and a resilient, green and digital Single Market
The Commission is presenting a new Standardisation Strategy outlining our approach to standards within the Single Market as well as globally. The Strategy is accompanied by a proposal for an amendment to the Regulation on standardisation, a report on its implementation, and the 2022 annual Union work programme for European standardisation.


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01/02/2022
European Citizens' Initiative: Commission decides to register initiative on European football and sports


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01/02/2022
EU Taxonomy: Commission presents Complementary Climate Delegated Act to accelerate decarbonisation


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31/01/2022
New rules on the EU digital COVID certificate enter into force
To facilitate safe travel in the EU, vaccination certificates will now be valid for 270 days after 14 days have passed following completion of the primary vaccination cycle. The certificate will also include booster shots.


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25/01/2022
Commission puts forward declaration on digital rights and principles for everyone in the EU
The draft declaration on digital rights and principles aims to give everyone a clear reference point about the kind of digital transformation Europe promotes and defends. It will also provide a guide for policy makers and companies when dealing with new technologies.


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24/01/2022
COVID-19: Council adopts new recommendation on travel measures in the EU
Under the new recommendation, COVID-19 measures should be applied taking into account the person's health status rather than the epidemiological situation at regional level, with the exception of areas where the virus is circulating at very high levels (dark red areas). This means that a traveller's EU digital COVID certificate should be the key determinant.


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24/01/2022
Future of Europe: Europeans see climate change as top challenge for the EU


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24/01/2022
European Health Union: a stronger role for the European Medicines


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23/01/2022
Main results from the Foreign Affairs Council
The Foreign Affairs Council was updated on the latest developments in Russia’s military build-up around Ukraine and had a discussion on the European security situation, covering also the situation in Belarus and Kazakhstan.


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18/01/2022
New Pact on Migration and Asylum: new mandate, new start for the European Union Agency for Asylum


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17/01/2022
Higher education: making EU's universities ready for the future through deeper transnational cooperation
Today, European society needs the contribution of universities and other higher education institutions more than ever. The two new initiatives adopted today, a European strategy for universities and a Commission proposal for a Council Recommendation on building bridges for effective European higher education cooperation, will support universities in this endeavour.


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17/01/2022
Roberta Metsola elected new President of the European Parliament
Roberta Metsola won the election in the first voting round, where she received an absolute majority of 458 votes out of 690 cast in the remote secret vote, among three candidates. At the beginning of the day’s proceedings, Kosma Złotowski (ECR, PL) withdrew his candidacy, bringing the number of candidates down to three.


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17/01/2022
Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council


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16/01/2022
Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The French Minister for Agriculture and Food, Julien Denormandie, presented the presidency’s priorities in the area of agriculture and fisheries. These priorities include, on the one hand, the reciprocity of trading standards – in other words, ensuring (chiefly by means of ‘mirror clauses’) that agri-food products imported into Europe abide by the EU’s environmental and health standards, particularly as regards the sustainable use of phytopharmaceutical products – and, on the other hand, low-carbon agriculture, in particular carbon sequestration in agricultural soils.


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16/01/2022
Memorial for President Sassoli: “Your fight for democracy will live on”
MEPs honoured the memory of Parliament’s late President David Maria Sassoli in a ceremony during the Plenary in Strasbourg on Monday. Opening the ceremony, Parliament’s acting President Roberta Metsola said: “Europe has lost a leader, democracy has lost a champion and we have all lost a friend. He always knew how to translate the values he believed in into concrete action.”


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16/01/2022
Main results of the Eurogroup meeting


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14/01/2022
Brexit: NI Protocol talks to intensify next week
The EU and UK are set for intensified negotiations as the foreign secretary hails "cordial" talks.


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12/01/2022
The Commission steps up action for high quality and inclusive youth volunteering
As one of the first concrete initiatives under the 2022 European Year of Youth, the Commission published its proposal for a Council Recommendation on youth volunteering to facilitate transnational youth volunteering under the European Solidarity Corps or other schemes at national level.


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12/01/2022
Creative Europe: Increased budget in 2022 to support cultural and creative sectors
The Commission has adopted the 2022 work programme of Creative Europe, which will be followed by the launch of the relevant calls for proposals. With a budget of around €385 million, nearly €100 million more compared to 2021, Creative Europe strengthens its support to creative and cultural partners taking due account of the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and the growing global competition.


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10/01/2022
Statement by President von der Leyen on the passing of David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament


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10/01/2022
President Sassoli to be honoured in Plenary


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10/01/2022
NI Protocol: Government must publish protocol timetable - DUP
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson was speaking after meeting the UK Brexit negotiator Liz Truss on Monday.


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09/01/2022
European Media Freedom Act: Commission launches public consultation


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09/01/2022
€47 million fund to protect intellectual property of EU SMEs in their COVID-19 recovery and green and digital transitions
Today, the Commission and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) launched the new EU SME Fund, which offers vouchers for EU-based SMEs to help them protect their intellectual property (IP) rights. This is the second EU SME Fund aiming at supporting SMEs in the COVID-19 recovery and green and digital transitions for the next three years (2022-2024).


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09/01/2022
Liz Truss 'willing' to override Northern Ireland-part of Brexit deal
The foreign secretary issues a warning over the Northern Ireland-part of the deal if negotiations fail.


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06/01/2022
Farmers could be paid for post-Brexit 'rewilding' land changes
"Radical plans" could see large areas of land in England turned into nature reserves.


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05/01/2022
Brexit: Did the EU ban crown marks on pint glasses?
The government said restoring crown stamps to pints was one of the "key successes" of Brexit so far.


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04/01/2022
UK steel future uncertain without US tariffs deal
Europe has reached an agreement over Trump-era taxes but the UK is still facing 25% tariffs.


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01/01/2022
Brexit: A year of storms over the Northern Ireland Protocol
How Westminster and Brussels tussled over the Northern Ireland Protocol throughout 2021.


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23/12/2021
Brexit: Why is there a row over fishing rights?
Fishing licences near Jersey are threatening trade relations between the UK and France.


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21/12/2021
Council approves EU-UK fishing deal


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21/12/2021
Fair Taxation: Commission proposes to end the misuse of shell entities for tax purposes within the EU


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21/12/2021
The Commission proposes the next generation of EU own resources
The new own resources proposed today will help to repay the funds raised by the EU to finance the grant component of NextGenerationEU. The new own resources should also finance the Social Climate Fund. The latter is an essential element of the proposed new Emissions Trading System covering buildings and road transport, and will contribute to ensuring that the transition to a decarbonised economy will leave no one behind.


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20/12/2021
European Health Union: An empowered HERA in future health emergencies


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20/12/2021
Global Europe: the European Union sets out priority areas for cooperation with partner countries and regions around the world
The Commission has adopted the Multiannual Indicative Programmes (MIPs) of Global Europe setting out priority areas for cooperation with partner countries and regions around the world for 2021-27. This also includes the financial allocation for 2021-2024 (country level) and for 2021-2027 (regional level) that will support this cooperation for a total of almost €26.3 billion.


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20/12/2021
EU Digital COVID Certificate: Commission adopts binding acceptance period of nine months for vaccination certificates
A clear and uniform acceptance period for vaccination certificates will guarantee that travel measures continue to be coordinated, as called for by the European Council following its latest meeting of 16 December 2021. The new rules will ensure restrictions are based on the best available scientific evidence as well as objective criteria.


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20/12/2021
David Frost says his resignation is not about PM's leadership – video

David Frost says his resignation as Brexit minister was over policy not Boris Johnson's leadership. 

In his resignation letter (pdf) Lord Frost cited two policy issues he said had prompted his resignation: Covid restrictions, and the 'current direction of travel' in terms of taxation and regulation, generally. But many commentators thought he was being disingenuous and that a dispute over Brexit policy was the key factor

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19/12/2021
Main results of the Environment Council


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19/12/2021
European Commission authorises fifth safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19
The European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine Nuvaxovid, developed by Novavax, the fifth COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU. This authorisation follows a positive scientific recommendation based on a thorough assessment of the safety, effectiveness and quality of the vaccine by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and is endorsed by the Member States.


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17/12/2021
Brexit: NI will get medicine at same time as GB, EU proposes
Under plans to simplify the NI Protocol, the EU says medicines will continue to be available.


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17/12/2021
Brexit: UK indicates European court may have NI Protocol role
It could mean the European Court of Justice ruling on EU law but not having a final say in disputes.


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16/12/2021
Plenary highlights: Sakharov Prize, digital policy, gender equality
Alexei Navalny was awarded the 2021 Sakharov Prize, MEPs voted on laws shaping the digital world, and pushed for gender equality in the last plenary of 2021.


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15/12/2021
EU institutions agree priorities for 2022 for a resilient and reinvigorated EU


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09/12/2021
Brexit: Non-Irish EU citizens could face Irish border travel checks
Non-Irish EU citizens living in the Republic would need clearance under the proposed UK bill.


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03/12/2021
Brexit: No breakthrough in latest NI Protocol talks
Maroš Šefčovič says it is "time to get medicines across the finish line" but again no deal is struck.


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02/12/2021
UK plays down Brexit link in US steel tariff row
Reports suggesting a US decision to maintain tariffs on UK steel is linked to Brexit are rejected.


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02/12/2021
Brexit: Special goods category 'would improve NI Protocol'
A think tank suggests "Northern-Ireland-approved goods" could be exempt from some EU rules.


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01/12/2021
Brexit: EU could move unilaterally on NI medicines issue
Maroš Šefčovič says the EU is ready to move on its own over Northern Ireland's medicines problem.


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19/11/2021
The news changed and we got Brexit

Brexit used to sit on the far side lines of politics. Indeed, the word ‘Brexit’ was only invented in 2012, and until the referendum, most people didn’t know what it meant. (Now it’s in the Oxford English dictionary.) Prior to 2011, tabloids such as the Daily Mail and Daily Express were more fixated on false […]

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08/11/2021
What they want: The end of the EU

They want to see the end of the EU altogether. That’s been the aim of prominent Brexiters from the start. And it’s certainly the aim of the guy who started Brexit: former UKIP leader and MEP, and now President of the Reform Party, previously the Brexit Party, Nigel Farage. In September 2017, Mr Farage received […]

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05/11/2021
'Serious consequences' if UK suspends post-Brexit deal, warns EU – video

Britain and the EU appear on the brink of a trade war after Brussels accused Boris Johnson of lacking sincerity in negotiations over Northern Ireland’s future. After the latest talks, the EU commissioner Maroš Šefčovič said that despite Brussels’ attempts to find a compromise, 'we have seen no move at all from the UK side'

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05/11/2021
The party’s over

Only the Tories can now save Britain from the Tories. That may seem a strange thing to say, but even Tories know when things have gone too far. The Conservatives have dominated the 19th, 20th and, so far, the 21st centuries. Since the 1830s, the Conservatives have been in the business of winning. They are […]

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02/11/2021
UK welcomes France's reprieve on fishing row – video

The environment secretary has welcomed France's step back from threats to impose a blockade on British boats and goods in a dispute over post-Brexit fishing licenses. George Eustice denied the UK had acted in any way improperly and said it continued to abide by its obligations. France has been infuriated that some of its small boats are being denied permission to fish in waters around the UK and Channel Islands. 'We had an agreement on fisheries that we all concluded at the end of last year. We've been implementing that in good faith,' Eustice said

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01/11/2021
Liz Truss says France is behaving 'unfairly’ in Brexit fishing row – video

The British foreign secretary criticises the French, accusing Paris of making unreasonable and unwarranted threats and again hinting that President Emmanuel Macron is playing to the crowd, with the forthcoming election in mind. 'The French have behaved unfairly. It’s not within the terms of the trade deal,' she adds. 'And if someone behaves unfairly in a trade deal you’re entitled to take action against them and seek some compensatory measures'

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29/10/2021
'Two can play at that game': UK threatens retaliation in France fishing row – video

George Eustice, the environment secretary, has said the UK is considering retaliatory measures against French vessels as a row over fishing rights escalates. 'It is always open to us to increase the enforcement we do on French vessels, to board them, if that is what they do to our vessels,' Eustice said.

The UK has summoned France's ambassador in London and put two Royal Navy patrol vessels on a state of 'high readiness' to tackle potential port blockades after France reacted with fury over reduced access to post-Brexit fishing permits. On Thursday, French maritime police seized a British trawler found in its territorial waters without a licence 


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12/10/2021
Brexit: What has the European Court of Justice got to do with the NI Protocol?
The UK government wants the European Court of Justice removed from oversight of the NI Protocol.


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01/07/2021
Checkatrade boss warns of shortage of skilled trade workers
Richard Harpin says it should be made easier for EU bathroom fitters and kitchen installers to come to the UK.


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30/06/2021
Brexit: What is a level playing field?
What is a level playing field in trade and what has it got to do with Brexit?


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31/03/2021
How tampon tax, hedgerows and sanctions have changed since Brexit
Tampon tax, hedgerows and sanctions: what's changed since Brexit?


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12/03/2021
Turing Scheme: What is the Erasmus replacement?
What will Brexit mean for students in the UK wanting to work or study abroad?


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01/02/2021
Brexit: How much disruption has there been so far?
It has been a month since the rules changed in the UK's relationship with the EU.


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30/12/2020
Brexit: What you need to know about the UK leaving the EU
The UK and EU begin a new relationship on 1 January 2021.


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30/12/2020
Brexit: How will it affect my holiday to Spain? And other questions
We answer some of your questions about Brexit.


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30/12/2020
Brexit: What are the key points of the deal?
These are the most important aspects of the UK-EU deal, and what they mean for people's lives and businesses.


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11/12/2020
Article 50, backstop etc: Brexit jargon explained
From free trade agreement to no deal, find out what the key terms mean.


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04/09/2020
Brexit: Where are we now?
It's been out of the headlines for the past few months, but Brexit is back on the political menu


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23/07/2020
Post-Brexit deal: What's happening in the UK-EU talks?
Both sides will soon have to decide when and how they compromise, or whether they are willing to walk away.


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13/07/2020
Brexit: What happens now?
Brexit officially happened on 31 January but the UK is now in a transition period until the end of 2020.


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27/02/2020
Brexit trade deal: What do the UK and EU want?
The UK and EU have set out their stalls for negotiations on their future relationship.


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31/01/2020
Brexit timeline told through culture
We take you through what's happened in the world since the EU referendum was announced.


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31/01/2020
Brexit: How did we get here? The past four years in two minutes
It's been more than three years since the UK voted to leave the European Union but how did we get here?


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13/09/2019
Brexit Basics: What is the backstop?
Confused by Brexit jargon? Reality Check unpacks the basics.


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30/07/2019
Brexit: Your simple guide to the UK leaving the EU
Feeling a little lost about what's going on with Brexit? Here's our basic guide.


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15/11/2018
Brexit video explainers
BBC correspondents on the background, jargon, (and some of the) questions and answers as the UK prepares to leave the EU.


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