European Institutions

  • UK Official Points to Brexit Delay as Negotiating Tool

    February 14, 2019

    ITV News reports on comments from UK Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins indicating that Prime Minister Theresa May will present her current Brexit deal to Parliament as the only way to avoid a “long” delay in withdrawing from the EU and that the Irish border backstop was intended as a “bridge” to a future close relationship with the EU.

  • UK Official: Brexit Delay “With No Clarity” Benefits No One

    February 14, 2019

    The Guardian reports that the UK Secretary for Brexit Stephen Barclay has stated that his government is not planning to delay the Brexit process, arguing that it is in neither the UK’s nor the EU’s interest to extend negotiations “with no clarity” on how they will proceed.

  • BoE Chief: Brexit Is Test of “New Global Order”

    February 14, 2019

    Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carney has characterized the UK’s withdrawal from the EU as “the first test of a new global order” in which governments attempt to find ways “to broaden the benefits of openness while enhancing democratic accountability.”

  • Luxembourg Leads Opposition to Overhaul of EU Tax Rules

    February 14, 2019

    Reuters reports that a group of governments led by Luxembourg has rebuffed a European Commission proposal to phase out the requirement under EU rules of unanimity among EU member states to revise the bloc’s tax rules.

  • EU Plans Transport Links with Ireland in Case of No-Deal Brexit

    February 14, 2019

    As EU institutions ramp up preparations to manage a no-deal Brexit, the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, currently held by Romania, has agreed with the European Parliament to a set of contingency plans to establish transport links between Ireland and other EU members in case the UK and EU do not reach a withdrawal deal.

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