Brexit: Backstop indispensable, Macron tells Johnson

Media captionBoris Johnson insists that with “energy and creativity” a Brexit deal can be struck Boris Johnson has met Emmanuel Macron in Paris for Brexit talks, with the French president saying the UK’s vote to quit the EU must be respected. But he added that the Ireland-Northern Ireland backstop plan was “indispensable” to preserving political […]

Migration: UK cannot end freedom of movement on Brexit day, experts say

Image copyright Getty Images Migration experts say the UK cannot end freedom of movement from the EU on Brexit day because it has no system to work out who is legally in the country. The Home Office said on 19 August that EU freedom of movement would end immediately in a no-deal Brexit. But Oxford […]

Brexit: Macron tells PM renegotiating deal ‘not an option’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption On Wednesday, Mr Macron (left) said reopening talks on the Irish border was “not an option” Boris Johnson is to meet Emmanuel Macron later, hours after the French president insisted reopening negotiations is “not an option”. Mr Macron said: “We have to help the British deal with this internal democratic […]

Johnson to meet Macron as French president downplays backstop hopes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption On Wednesday, Mr Macron (left) said reopening talks on the Irish border was “not an option” Boris Johnson is to meet Emmanuel Macron later, hours after the French president seemed to downplay hopes of solving the Irish backstop problem. On Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested a solution to the […]

Merkel: Backstop alternative ‘possible within 30 days’

Media captionBoris Johnson: “We do need that backstop removed” German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suggested an alternative to the Irish border backstop – a key Brexit sticking point – could be found within 30 days. Speaking at a news conference alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Berlin, she stressed it would be up to the […]

Merkel: Backstop alternative ‘possible within 30 days’

Media captionBoris Johnson: “We do need that backstop removed” German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suggested an alternative to the Irish border backstop – a key Brexit sticking point – could be found within 30 days. Speaking at a press conference alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Berlin, she stressed it would be up to the […]

HS2: Review to examine costs and benefits of rail project

Image copyright Siemens/ PA Image caption A proposed design for an HS2 train The government is launching a review of high-speed rail link HS2 – with a “go or no-go” decision by the end of the year, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said. It will consider whether and how the project to connect London, […]

Brexit: Michael Gove pledges to ensure traffic flows through ports

Media captionMichael Gove insists all necessary steps to prepare for no deal are being taken The UK government will do all it can to ensure traffic flows through ports after Brexit, its minister in charge of no-deal planning has said. Visiting Holyhead, Michael Gove again dismissed leaked Whitehall documents predicting chaos as being out of […]

Brexit: PM to meet Angela Merkel with call to scrap backstop

Image copyright Getty Images Boris Johnson is set to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin later, where he is expected to reiterate his call for the backstop plan to be scrapped. The PM has said the arrangement to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland is “anti-democratic” and must be removed to secure a […]

Brexit: ‘No prospect’ of a deal unless backstop is dropped

Media captionJohnson: EU ‘a bit negative’ over backstop demands Unless the UK’s withdrawal agreement with Brussels is reopened and the backstop abolished there is no prospect of a deal, Downing Street has said. The strong statement came after the EU pushed back against Boris Johnson’s proposal to implement “alternative arrangements” for the UK-Irish border. Mr […]

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