Brexit: UK position paper opposes Irish border posts

Brexit: UK position paper opposes Irish border posts

The government has said it does not want any border posts between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in its new position paper on Brexit. The paper is part of its negotiations with the European Union and the broad ideas in the document appear familiar. It says the government does not want to see any physical infrastructure at the Irish border, such as customs posts. But Brexit critics have complained that the UK’s proposals…

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Brexit: UK suggests 'temporary customs union' with EU

Brexit: UK suggests 'temporary customs union' with EU

The UK has set out the “ambitious new customs arrangement” it wants to secure with the EU after Brexit. Ministers said the plans would mean the “freest and most frictionless possible trade” with the rest of Europe. This could include a “temporary customs union” after Brexit to prevent border problems as the UK leaves the EU. Businesses have called for clarity since the UK said it was leaving the customs union – the EU’s tariff-free…

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Brexit transition must end by 2022, says Hammond

Brexit transition must end by 2022, says Hammond

Media playback is unsupported on your device Chancellor Philip Hammond has said any “transitional deal” in the period after Brexit must end by the time of the next general election. He said there must be “business as usual, life as normal” for Britons as the UK exits the EU. “Many things would look similar” the day after Brexit – on 29 March 2019 – as the UK moved gradually towards a new relationship with the…

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Brexit EU migration study launched by Amber Rudd

Brexit EU migration study launched by Amber Rudd

The government is commissioning a “detailed assessment” of the costs and benefits of EU migrants as it plans how to manage immigration after Brexit. A new set of rules is needed for when EU free movement ends in the UK. Home Secretary Amber Rudd has asked the Migration Advisory Committee to study current migration trends and asses the impact of a cut in numbers. She said it would be a “major step in ensuring we…

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Brexit: UK and EU at odds over 'exit bill'

Brexit: UK and EU at odds over 'exit bill'

The UK and EU are still at odds over citizens’ rights and the amount the UK will pay to leave the bloc, at the end of the second week of Brexit talks. EU negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK had not been clear enough about where it stands on these issues and that was hampering progress. UK Brexit Secretary David Davis said the negotiations on the so-called divorce bill had been “robust”. He said progress…

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Brexit talks resume: Get down to business, David Davis urges

Brexit talks resume: Get down to business, David Davis urges

Brexit Secretary David Davis has called on both sides in the negotiations on the UK’s departure from the European Union to “get down to business”. Mr Davis is in Brussels for a second round of formal talks on Brexit. He said his priority was to “lift the uncertainty” for EU citizens living in the UK and Britons living in the EU. The EU says there must be substantial progress on this – and on a…

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Brexit: Repeal Bill to be published by the government

Brexit: Repeal Bill to be published by the government

MPs must “work together” on Brexit, the minister in charge of the UK’s EU exit has said, as he publishes a bill to convert EU law into British law. The legislation, known as the Repeal Bill, will ensure the same rules apply in the UK after Brexit, while giving UK parliaments the power to change them. Brexit Secretary David Davis said he will “work with anyone” to make it a success, but he faces opposition….

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Brexit: May unveils 'fair and serious' offer on EU citizens

Brexit: May unveils 'fair and serious' offer on EU citizens

About three million EU citizens living in the UK would be allowed to stay after Brexit, Theresa May has proposed. A new “UK settled status” would grant EU migrants who had lived in the UK for five years rights to stay and access health, education and other benefits. Proposals were unveiled at a Brussels summit but are dependent on EU states guaranteeing Britons the same rights. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the plan a “good…

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