Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Hard Brexit should hold no 'terrors' for Britain: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary believes a stalemate in the Brexit negotiations points to serious disruptions for airlines. REUTERS  Yves Herman Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary believes a stalemate in the Brexit negotiations points to serious disruptions for airlines. REUTERS Yves Herman
Ben Pena | 11 March, 2018, 19:41

Mr Tusk noted: "If in London someone assumes that the negotiations will deal with other issues first before moving to the Irish issue, my response would be - Ireland first".

"As long as the United Kingdom doesn't present such a solution, it is very hard to imagine substantive progress in Brexit negotiations".

The EU last week published a draft withdrawal text which sets out in great detail a so-called fallback option to avoid a hard border emerging on the island of Ireland after Brexit.

In a long awaited "Road to Brexit speech at Mansion House in London on 2 March 2018, Prime Minster May announced that she had set five tests against which any Brexit agreement should be judged".

The U.K. should present new text to the European Union to break the potential logjam in Brexit talks, according to Arlene Foster, the leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which props up May's government in London. The PM's proposal for a new "customs partnership" to crack the border problem has gone down badly with Member States who have dismissed it as fantasy.

Tusk also dashed UK's hope to include financial services in the future relation agreement, as demanded by UK's chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond on Wednesday. Having UK courts decide over matters that can influence the parameters in which EMA scientific assessments take place may simply be a deal-breaker for the EU.

"There are great prizes for our economy as we leave the European Union in this era of globalization if we have the courage to grasp them", he said.

It's hard for a star child to succeed in Bollywood: Kareena Kapoor
I said "no, Taimur means iron and if I give birth to a son, my son is going to be a fighter, I will produce an iron man". On the work front, Kareena Kapoor Khan will be seen in "Veere Di Wedding". "Nepotism does not exist".

May used her speech last week to call for an EU-UK deal that worked "more fully than any free-trade agreement anywhere in the world today", while acknowledging it was time to face "hard facts" about the economic consequences of Britain's shock 2016 vote to leave.

Tusk said he has spoken to all 27 European Union leaders and each one told him their priorities regarding Brexit are "protecting the peace process and avoiding the hard border".

Speaking at the British Chambers of Commerce annual conference in London, Mrs Foster said: 'I object in the strongest possible terms to people who have limited experience of the Troubles in Northern Ireland throwing threats of violence around as some kind of bargaining chip in this negotiating process.

But pro-EU politicians welcome Mr Tusk's tough talking, and accused the Government of failing to "come clean" over the impact of Brexit on the peace process.

The EU has thrown down an ultimatum to Theresa May in Brexit talks, warning that it will not open discussions about trade or other issues until the Irish border question is solved.

Green MP Caroline Lucas added: "This issue is too serious to be left to fantasy solutions".

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