Brexit News Blog: Merkel ties shift to British yes to the withdrawal agreement

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On March 29, Britain wanted to leave the EU. However, after the British House of Commons has rejected the Brexit deal by a large majority, it is unclear exactly how the withdrawal from the international community should proceed. The British government wanted to postpone the EU withdrawal by three months. But the European Union now offers less and sets conditions.

The events in the news blog.

Thursday, March 21st

EU wants to offer London Brexit postponement until May 22

The European Union is offering Britain a postponement of Brexit until May 22, when the British House of Commons will approve the EU exit agreement next week. If Parliament does not do so, the extension will only be valid until 12 April. In that case, Britain should say how to proceed until that date. This emerges from the decision of the 27 remaining EU countries on Thursday evening.

EU Council President Donald Tusk confirmed on Twitter that there was a unanimous decision by the 27 states. Now he will talk to British Prime Minister Theresa May. May actually wanted a deferral until June 30th.
With the agreement of the 27 EU countries, a chaotic Brexit on Friday next week initially seems off the table. However, it is doubtful whether the British House of Commons can actually reach an agreement on the EU-agreed Brexit Treaty.

Chancellor Angela Merkel had made clear at the beginning of the EU summit that she wants to prevent an unregulated Brexit on the announced date March 29th. “We should put up to the last moment everything to get an orderly Brexit,” said the CDU politician.

Over 1.7 million people petition for Brexit Exit

Many Britons now seem tired of the turmoil about leaving the EU. More than 1.7 million people signed a petition to the House of Commons by late Thursday evening demanding that they simply cancel Brexit and stay in the European Union. At times, the website was not accessible because of the onslaught.

“The government keeps claiming that leaving the EU is the” will of the people, “the petition reads. This must be put at an end by making clear the strength of public support for remaining. Parliament must consider the content of each petition with more than 100 000 signatories for debate.

The UK can theoretically unilaterally withdraw the declaration on leaving the EU. The way was confirmed by the European Court of Justice in a ruling in December. The country would remain as before a member of the EU. A further application would not be excluded.
Nevertheless, it is considered extremely unlikely that this will happen.

Brexit debate interrupted at the EU summit

The Brexit debate at the EU summit in Brussels was interrupted on Thursday evening. Subsequently, it should continue to dinner at the exit of Great Britain from the EU, said the spokesman of EU Council President Donald Tusk on Twitter. Actually, the Brexit debate should have ended around 19.00 clock.

Earlier in the session, several data had been discussed for a Brexit shift, including 7 and 22 May. In any case, should the actually scheduled for Friday next week, withdrawal before the European elections (May 23-26) be carried out, if the British lower house next week, the exit agreement still approves. British Prime Minister Theresa May had requested a much longer delay – until 30 June.

Merkel links Brexit shift with British yes to withdrawal agreement

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has linked a yes of the EU states to the Brexit postponement requested by the United Kingdom at the end of June with the prior approval of the British parliament for the exit agreement with the EU. “We can basically fulfill this wish if we get a positive vote on the documents leaving the British Parliament next week,” Merkel said on Thursday in a government statement in the Bundestag.

“You can talk positively about a short extension, then,” Merkel continued with a view to the beginning of the afternoon meeting of EU heads of state and government in Brussels. However, if it does not come to a positive vote of the British Parliament, it might have to come to another EU summit meeting. “As much as we work towards an orderly exit, we are also preparing for an unregulated exit,” said the Chancellor.

She pointed out that in this case precautions had been taken by Germany and the other EU states – both in terms of maintaining traffic and the rights of Erasmus students or British living in Germany. Nevertheless, “until the last hour, we will work to ensure that these emergency measures do not come to fruition,” emphasized Merkel. As a key issue for an agreement, Merkel reiterated the issue of the border rules between the United Kingdom’s Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

It backed the document negotiated between the EU and the United Kingdom of Strasbourg, which contains additional assurances on Britain on this issue. The British withdrawal from the EU will take effect on March 29, according to the current legal situation. For a shift, as requested by the British Prime Minister Theresa May, the consent of all other EU countries would be necessary.

Wednesday, March 20th

May sees responsibility for delay for MPs


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British Prime Minister Theresa May blames Parliament in London for the impending delay in the EU’s exit. “MEPs were unable to agree on a way to implement the UK’s exit,” May told a statement Wednesday at Downing Street 10 in London. The result is now that the Brexit could not take place as planned on March 29 with an agreement. “I personally regret that very much.”

Tusk considers a postponement only possible when accepting the contract

EU Council President Donald Tusk, in consultation with other European politicians, believes a “brief shift” in Brexit is possible if the UK Parliament approves the exit agreement. Tusk said this on Wednesday afternoon in Brussels. Before that, the foreign ministers of Germany and France, Heiko Maas and Jean-Yves Le Drian, had also made their governments’ approval of a postponement dependent on a regular exit from Britain from the European Union.

Maas demands clarification from Theresa May

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) has asked British Prime Minister Theresa May to clarify what she wants to do by extending the Brexit deadline. “With the letter of Theresa May no problem is solved at best, the solution of the problem is postponed or postponed,” said the SPD politician on Wednesday in Berlin. Previously, May had asked the EU to postpone its exit until June 30.

“Basically, the problem is not solved until we have a regulated Brexit agreed,” said Maas. Only if there is a chance, then a “lap of honor” is justifiable. “We’d like to know where that leads,” said Maas. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had also previously demanded that the British government fulfill clear conditions for a possible Brexit shift.

May asks for postponement until June 30th

British Prime Minister Theresa May has asked the EU to postpone Brexit until the end of June. May told parliament in London Wednesday that she had informed EU Council President Donald Tusk in a letter that the UK was seeking to extend the deadline under Article 50 of the EU Treaty by 30 June. The deadline actually expires on March 29th.

Juncker expects no decision this week

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is not expecting a decision to postpone Brexit this week at the EU summit. Presumably one will have to discuss it again next week, said Juncker on Wednesday morning on Deutschlandfunk.

May wants to postpone just three months

British Prime Minister Theresa May is reportedly asking the European Union only for a short Brexit reprieve of about three months. This would send them on Wednesday in a letter to the Council President Donald Tusk, reported several British media, citing unspecified government circles.

Downing Street declined any comments on request. Originally, Britain wanted to secede from the community of states on March 29.

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Angela Merkel at the CDU party congress


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Tuesday, March 19

Merkel wants to continue fighting for orderly Brexit

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has warned against a disorderly exit from Britain from the EU. “I will fight until the last hour of the term of a March 29, that we still come to an orderly exit,” said Merkel on Tuesday at a conference in Berlin.

Although there is not much time left, but there are still a few days left. Angela Merkel said she was “out of the woods” unable to say what she would do for Thursday’s EU summit. That depends on what British Prime Minister Theresa May claims. There is a lot in the river. May has to say what the wishes of Great Britain are, Merkel said. “We will try to respond.”

The exit agreement had been negotiated, it was “substantively” supplemented, she said with regard to the Irish border question. Merkel went on to say that even after Brexit, her very good relations with Great Britain are very important to her.

Monday, March 18th

No third vote possible

British Parliament President John Bercow rules out a third vote on the Brexit deal should there be no changes to the draft resolution. Bercow on Monday in the lower house referred to a rule from the early 17th century, according to which the same template can not be arbitrarily often put to the vote.

The government could not submit to the House of Commons “the same proposal,” or a proposal that was “substantially the same,” parliamentary president John Bercow told Parliament on Monday. If it is “a new proposal”, then “everything is fine”.

Maas advocates a delay

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas considers a postponement of the Brexit in case of another failure of the withdrawal agreement in the British Parliament for the best solution. “Before it comes to a hard Brexit, turning a lap of honor is still more useful than to deal with what a hard Brexit means,” he said on Monday on the sidelines of an EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels. These are “namely many disadvantages on both sides”.

Maas pointed out, however, that there is much to clarify before a decision. “We also need to know what the British want,” he explained. “How long? What should be the reason? How is this supposed to work? What is actually the goal of the extension? We’ll talk about that now. “

On the question of whether the exit date may possibly be put on the time after the European elections, Maas expressed restraint. “You will have to discuss this with each other. The longer the time is postponed, the more difficult it will certainly be, “he said, referring to the fact that the British would have to vote again for the European elections.

Thursday, March 14th

British Parliament for postponement of Brexit

Two weeks before the planned Brexit, the British Parliament voted in favor of postponing the EU exit. MEPs voted Thursday in London with 412 to 202 votes for a time extension. Britain originally wanted to secede from the European Union on 29 March.

Several amendments had previously been rejected: by an overwhelming majority, MEPs opposed a second referendum on the EU’s exit. For the time being, parliamentarians continued to give Prime Minister Theresa May control of the Brexit process.

Parliament against second referendum

The British Parliament did not speak out on Thursday for a second referendum on the country’s exit from the EU. An overwhelming majority rejected a request that evening for an independent group of former Labor and Tory MPs to postpone Brexit in order to organize another referendum.

For the proponents of a second referendum, this is a setback. Nevertheless, they should not give up. The decision has no legally binding effect. The vote is more likely to be a test run.

For a second referendum, four to six months of preparation would be needed

The British Parliament started Thursday with a debate about a postponement of the EU exit. So far, it is planned that the country leaves the community of states on 29 March.

According to Prime Minister Theresa May’s will, MEPs must decide between a short and a long delay in leaving the EU.

Only if the parliamentarians agree with the Brexit agreement, which has since been rejected twice, by 20 March – one day before the next EU summit – should there be a short extension of the withdrawal period until 30 June. If MEPs reject the deal again, they will have to wait for a long wait, including Britain’s participation in the European elections, as evidenced by the government’s draft resolution.

But it is unclear whether the Members will approve this roadmap. Parliament President John Bercow selected five amendments, which will be voted on in the evening. The demands include preparations for a second Brexit referendum and votes on alternatives to the Brexit agreement. An application seeks to deprive May of control of the trial. Another wants to prevent her from submitting her Brexit agreement to Parliament again.

According to the British Electoral Commission, a second Brexit referendum would require at least four, more than six months of preparation. Thus, a longer-term shift of Brexit would be necessary.

Tusk points out Britain’s “long” delay for EU exit

In the struggle for a regulated Brexit, EU Council President Donald Tusk has promised Britain a “long” postponement. He said before the EU summit next week, he would ask the 27 other EU leaders “to be open to a long-term extension if Britain considers it necessary to rethink and consensus its Brexit strategy “Tusk wrote on Thursday in the short message service Twitter. The British Parliament had voted on Wednesday evening against a hard Brexit without agreement. On Thursday there is a vote on a postponement of the withdrawal date. So far, Brexit is scheduled for March 29th. A shift is but more likely.

Prime Minister Theresa May has proposed a short stay until the end of June, should the members of parliament approve their withdrawal agreement until March 20. If the Brexit agreement also fails in the third vote, the government wants to postpone Brexit beyond June 30, according to a parliamentary motion by the government.

Wednesday, March 13th

Lower House does not want Brexit without agreement – May wants to vote once again on agreements

Only about two weeks before the planned Brexit, the British Parliament voted against an EU exit without an agreement. MEPs adopted an amendment on Wednesday, 312 to 308 votes in favor, rejecting a disorderly Brexit in any case. The decision is legally binding.

Should the decision be voted on in the evening’s voting session, MEPs will have to decide on a possible postponement of the withdrawal this Thursday. There is an extension of the period by several weeks or months in the room. However, this requires that all 27 other Member States agree. Britain really wants to leave the European Union on 29th March.

British Prime Minister Theresa May wants Parliament in London to vote for a third time on the agreement she negotiated with the EU on Brexit. A request for such a vote by March 20, May will submit on Thursday to the deputies, as the government announced on Wednesday evening. The agreement had already failed twice in the British House of Commons.

Great Britain wants to drastically reduce import tariffs

Britain wants to drastically reduce import tariffs in the event of a disorderly exit from the EU. As the London government announced on Wednesday morning, tariffs are set to drop to 87 percent of imports. In addition, customs checks were waived on the border with Ireland, it was said.

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Members of the British House of Commons at the second vote on the Brexit agreement on Tuesday evening.



Tuesday, March 12th

British Parliament votes again against Brexit agreement

The British House of Commons again rejected the Brexit agreement negotiated with Brussels despite improvements. The MPs voted against the treaty package on Tuesday with 391 to 242 votes. It is already the second major defeat for the deal that Prime Minister Theresa May had agreed with the EU last year.

In the debate over several hours, May, barely able to speak of hoarseness, urged Parliament in London to vote in favor of the belated Brexit agreement. “If this deal is not accepted, it may be that the Brexit is lost,” warned the head of government MEPs. “I’m sure we’ve made the best possible changes.”

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Michel Barnier welcomes Theresa May



Many parliamentarians of their Conservative Party and the Northern Irish Protestant DUP, on whose votes Mays minority government relies, criticized the revised agreement sharply. The necessary progress had not been achieved, complained the DUP.

The plan is for the country to leave the European Union on 29 March. May had announced, in the event of a defeat on Wednesday to vote on whether Britain should leave the EU without an agreement. A so-called no-deal-Brexit would hurt the economy and plunge millions of citizens into uncertainty.

Should this option also be rejected as expected, there is likely to be a third vote on Thursday as to whether the withdrawal should be postponed.

May had already crashed with her deal in mid-January in the British House of Commons. She had subsequently renegotiated Brussels. On Monday evening she traveled surprisingly to Strasbourg and presented there with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker new agreements. A legally binding supplemental declaration and two other documents should persuade skeptical MPs that Britain can not be held in close association with the EU by the exit agreement against its will.

Corbyn wants to continue voting against Deal

After concessions from the EU at the last minute, the British House of Commons will again vote on the Brexit agreement on Tuesday. The debate starts at 13.45 (CET) and the vote is expected around 20.00.

Prime Minister Theresa May had received legally binding commitments to the controversial backstop the night before in Strasbourg. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn nonetheless urged MEPs to vote against the Brexit agreement. The agreement reached contained nothing of what May had promised Parliament, the Labor chief said. “That’s why MEPs have to reject this agreement.”

Monday, March 11th

London announces breakthrough in Brexit dispute with the EU

The British government has announced a breakthrough in the EU’s renegotiation of the Brexit agreement. Deputy Prime Minister David Lidington informed Parliament in London on Monday evening. Prior to this, Prime Minister Theresa May had once again met EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU negotiator Michel Barnier in Strasbourg. With the compromise, May wants to secure a majority in the lower house for the disputed withdrawal agreement in London.

Juncker confirmed the agreement with London late Monday evening. Already on Tuesday, the British MPs will vote on it. Until recently, it was considered likely that the negotiated with Brussels deal will fail. After days of standstill in talks with the EU May sought the breakthrough at the last minute with the surprising trip to Strasbourg. It is unclear whether this is enough to gain enough support in the lower house.

As Lidington said, the British government wants to present two documents to Parliament: a joint, legally binding declaration on the exit agreement and the so-called backstop for the Irish border. And a joint statement supplementing the political statement in which Britain and the EU outline their future relationship. Ultimately, Britain could suspend the Irish border regime if the EU breached its obligations.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier



The backstop is the sticking point in the Brexit dispute. This is the guarantee requested by Brussels for an open border between the EU Member State of Ireland and Northern Ireland. So far, it is envisaged that Britain will remain in a customs union with the EU as a whole until a different solution is found. But reject the Brexit hardliners in May Conservative Party.

The EU had recently made legally binding assurances that the backstop should be used only briefly, if at all. Barnier also suggested that Britain leave the customs union unilaterally as long as special rules for Northern Ireland remain valid.

In case of a rejection of the contract on Tuesday, May wants to let the parliamentarians vote on a vote without a deal on Wednesday. If this is also rejected, the MEPs should decide on Thursday whether London should apply for a postponement of Brexit.

May travels to Brexit for talks in Strasbourg

British Prime Minister Theresa May travels to Strasbourg on Monday evening for talks on the Brexit agreement. This confirmed a British government spokeswoman in the evening on request of the German Press Agency. May is reported to meet EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for last-minute talks on the Brexit agreement.

Already on Tuesday, Parliament in London is to vote on the Brexit deal for the second time. At the first try, May had crashed. If the contract package is rejected again, they want to vote the parliamentarians on Wednesday for a withdrawal without a deal. If this is also rejected, the deputies should decide whether London should request a postponement of Brexit.

However, the chances of success for May are considered low. The result of the meeting in Strasbourg is therefore awaited with interest. The government has announced a statement in Parliament on Monday evening.

May does not reach any concessions in Brussels

British Prime Minister Theresa May has not reached any new concessions from the European Union to the Brexit Treaty until Monday morning. The Brussels talks were deadlocked and there were no plans to visit Mays to European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, said a British government official in Brussels. May and Juncker would have telephoned on Sunday evening. The negotiators remained in conversation.

This reduces May’s chances of UK parliamentary approval of the EU exit agreement this Tuesday. The head of government had pushed the EU to give in on Friday, so they get a majority in the lower house. The agreement had crashed in a first vote in mid-January crashes.

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Bundestag President Wolfgang Schuble



Friday, March 8th

Barnier offers London a “one-sided exit”

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has offered Britain not to be part of a customs union with the European Union on the controversial Northern Ireland catch-up solution. The EU gives London “the option of a one-sided exit” from the Customs Union, Barnier wrote on Friday in the short message service Twitter.

The Northern Ireland problem is the most difficult issue in the ratification of the withdrawal agreement, which was once rejected by the UK House of Commons. Both the EU and the UK want to prevent a “hard line” with controls between the British province of Northern Ireland and the EU member Ireland after Brexit.

The background is the fear that otherwise the bloody Northern Ireland conflict could flare up, which had been ended in 1998 by the Good Friday Agreement. Without any other solution, the United Kingdom would remain in a customs union with the EU for the time being, under the previous arrangements between London and Brussels to avoid a border.

May: “May mean that we may never leave the EU”

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called on the EU to make one final effort on the road to a Brexit compromise. “There’s only one push left,” May said Friday in a speech to workers in the harbor town of Grimsby.

A few days before the decisive vote in Parliament, the Prime Minister also warned MEPs that rejecting the exit agreement could ultimately mean “that we may never leave the EU” and that the planned Brexit will not happen.

The British House of Commons had rejected the withdrawal treaty negotiated with the EU in January. May wants to put the agreement back to parliament next Tuesday – just over two weeks before the planned withdrawal from the EU on 29 March.

Thursday, March 7th

Scholz sees German customs armed

Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) sees German customs well prepared for Brexit. Because of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU 900 additional employees would be set, said Scholz on Thursday during a visit to the freight hub of DHL in Schkeuditz near Leipzig. At present, customs has around 40,000 employees nationwide.

Which quantities have to be additionally cleared by Customs after a Brexit is difficult to predict, said the Federal Minister of Finance. However, the customs are prepared for both an exit with agreement and a hard Brexit. In the latter case, Britain would become a third country from one day to the next and, inter alia, EU tariffs would be due.

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The British Prime Minister and the EU Commission President met on the sidelines of a summit with the Arab League.


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Sunday, March 3rd

Wolfgang Schuble expects the British to stay in the EU

President of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Schuble (CDU), is increasingly likely to see Britain remain in the EU. “I think Britain will either not leave the EU at all or come back at some point,” said Schuble to the newspapers of the Funke Mediengruppe (Monday editions). “And I feel more encouraged by the recent developments in this belief.”

When it comes to European unification, however, Germany and France are particularly important, stressed Schuble. The agreed closer cooperation of the parliaments in Berlin and Paris helps to advance a European army “much faster”. “It is not enough with individual joint brigades,” he emphasized. “We need to convincingly state that defense is better together.

Thursday, February 28th

EU circles: agreement with British government possible until 12th March

In the Brexit dispute over the so-called backstop for Ireland, according to EU diplomats, an agreement could be reached with the British government before 12 March. Several EU representatives confirmed this to the German Press Agency on Thursday. However, a postponement of the Brexit date March 29 is now almost inevitable, EU diplomats said.

Even if Prime Minister Theresa May brought the treaty through the lower house, it would take a few weeks for ratification. An extension would most likely be accepted by the EU at the summit on 21 and 22 March, several diplomats said in Brussels.

EU demands backstop as a guarantee

The backstop is the EU-requested guarantee for an open border between the EU state of Ireland and the British Northern Ireland: until another solution is found, the whole of the UK should remain in a customs union with the EU. Many Brexiteers reject this because they fear a permanent close bond with the EU.

Looking for a more legally binding form of assurances given by EU Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that the backstop should not be used at all and, if possible, then as briefly as possible, an EU Diplomat. An additional declaration to the agreement is conceivable.

British Parliament votes again on Brexit Treaty

But the EU remains that the backstop can not be limited by a certain date. Even a unilateral right of termination of Great Britain was unacceptable, affirmed several diplomats. The withdrawal contract will not be opened again.

The UK Parliament is scheduled to vote once more on the withdrawal agreement on 12 March, which it rejected in mid-January. May had said Wednesday that she was about to get concessions from Brussels. After that, the lower house had the head of government determined to be allowed to vote on the rejection of the contract and a so-called no deal also on the option of postponing the Brexit. (AP)

Wednesday, February 27th

Merkel admits London more time

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is ready to allow Britain more time at Brexit. “If Britain needs more time, then of course we will not refuse,” said Merkel on Wednesday at a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

At the same time, however, they fully agree that the withdrawal agreement between the European Union and Great Britain applies, the Chancellor emphasized.
She had discussed this with British Prime Minister Theresa May on the sidelines of the EU summit with the Arab League in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt earlier this week, Merkel said. Of course, we want an orderly exit of Great Britain from the EU. “We regret this step, but it is reality. And we have to find a good solution now. “(Dpa)

Tuesday, February 26th

May Resists Bexit Shift

British Prime Minister Theresa May wants Parliament to vote on a Brexit shift. This said May on Tuesday in a statement in the House of Commons.

Should their agreement be rejected again by 12 March, May will first let MEPs decide whether to leave the EU on 29 March without an agreement. “The UK will exit without a deal on March 29 only with the express consent of the House of Commons,” said May.

If the parliamentarians reject an unregulated Brexit, May wants to vote on a postponement of the EU exit. On Monday, the Prime Minister said she was holding on the 29 March exit date.

May wants to offer parliament vote on Brexit shift

British Prime Minister Theresa May reportedly averts a revolt in her party with the prospect of postponing the EU’s exit. The reported among other things the “Financial Times” on Tuesday.

According to May, MEPs want to offer the choice between an unregulated Brexit or a “short extension” of the withdrawal period, should it fail until March 12, with their Brexit agreement again. On Monday, May said she was holding on the March 29 exit date.

But the head of government could lose control of the process Wednesday in a vote on the next Brexit steps. Several government officials openly threaten to vote for a motion that might force May to postpone the move. Whether the rebels will be deterred by May’s offer is unclear.

Monday, February 25th

Labor calls for second vote

After much hesitation, the British Labor Party has committed itself to calling for a new Brexit referendum. Such a referendum should prevent “that a harmful Tory Brexit is imposed on the country,” said party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Monday night. The Labor Party is ready to support a new referendum.

Tusk speaks openly about shifting the Brexit date


European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, British Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU’s chief negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier, in Brussels at the beginning of February



Barely five weeks before Britain’s plans to leave the EU, Council President Donald Tusk has brought a shift into play. Postponing Brexit to a later date would be a “reasonable solution,” Tusk said Monday on the sidelines of an international conference in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. According to previous planning, Britain is expected to leave the EU on 29 March.

Shortly before Tusk’s statement, a spokeswoman for the EU Commission said that President Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Theresa May had agreed in Egypt that the work should end “in time for the EU summit on 21 March”. (AP)

Merkel meets May

Chancellor Angela Merkel has exchanged views with British Prime Minister Theresa May on the next steps leading up to the planned final vote on the Brexit agreement in London’s parliament in mid-March. The difficult modalities in connection with the planned UK exit from the EU had been the focus of the discussion on the sidelines of the summit of the EU and the Arab League in the Sharm el Sheikh Egypt, a government spokesman said on Monday.

Further topics were the European relationship to the Arab world as well as the situation in Syria and Iraq. The EU’s two-day summit with the Arab League should also be continued on the final day with discussions on the ongoing crises in these countries, as well as in Yemen and Libya. The final declaration should emphasize similarities, for example in the fight against terrorism or for international crisis solutions.

Sunday, February 24th

May sets deadline for vote

There will be no vote in the British Parliament this week on the Brexit agreement negotiated between Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU. The meaningful vote will take place until March 12, May said Sunday on a flight to the EU summit with the Arab League in Egypt.

“It’s still within our reach to leave the European Union with a deal on March 29,” May said. Critics have long accused her of playing for time in the Brexit controversy.

The deputies had secured a kind of veto right for the agreement with Brussels: the government can only sign this if Parliament has previously agreed. The vote is therefore called a “meaningful vote”, a “meaningful vote”. After that, a legislative procedure is still necessary to make the contract legally binding.

Friday, February 22nd

Air traffic secured for the summer holidays

All-clear for the holiday season: Even with unregulated Brexit, air traffic in Europe should remain largely intact and safety standards maintained. European Union negotiators have agreed on temporary emergency measures in case Britain leaves the EU without a contract at the end of March. Both have yet to be formally confirmed by the Council of Member States and the European Parliament.

In fact, only airlines that are majority owned by owners from the European Economic Area are allowed to fly in the EU. However, the contingency plan gives UK companies a transitional period of six months to meet the requirements.

Thursday, February 21st

British Chancellor warns of “big black Brexit cloud”

British Chancellor Philip Hammond has called Brexit a “big black cloud” over his country’s economy. Only five weeks before leaving the EU, it was particularly unpleasant for companies to still have no clarity, Hammond said on Thursday the BBC.

The Chancellor warned urgently against the dangers of a no deal. An unregulated exit threatens chaos in all areas of life.

Hammond kept asking questions in the interview as to whether he would resign in the event of an unregulated exit. “I will always do what I think is the best interests of the UK,” he said.

Wednesday, February 20th

Three Conservative MPs denounce May’s allegiance

The three conservative lower house MPs Sarah Wollaston, Heidi Allen and Anna Soubry are leaving the Tory party in protest of the British government’s Brexit policy. The BBC reported via Twitter.

The three parliamentarians who voted in favor of a second Brexit referendum announced their decision on Wednesday in a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May. They explained that the Brexit dispute had changed the party and “eradicated all efforts to modernize They want to join the eight former Labor MPs who announced their withdrawal from the party on Monday and have since been sitting as an independent group in the lower house.

Thus, both major parties in the British party system now show signs of disintegration as a result of the dispute over Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Tuesday, February 19th

Federal Government urgently calls for “realistic proposals”

The Federal Government has called on Great Britain to make concessions in the Brexit talks. “Urgent” are needed “realistic proposals that the British government has to put on the table,” said European Affairs Minister Michael Roth (SPD) on Tuesday in Brussels. It makes no sense to make demands “that are completely unacceptable to us”. This is particularly true of the time limit imposed by London on the Northern Ireland catch-up solution, which is intended to prevent border controls on Ireland.

In Brussels, the chief negotiators of both sides met again on Monday. The British Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay then spoke of “productive talks” with his EU counterpart Michel Barnier. But nothing was known about progress.

Monday, 18th of February

Labor leaves due to Brexit dispute springs

In protest of the leadership style of British Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, seven prominent members of the party resigned on Monday. Above all, they criticize the Brexit course and the handling of anti-Semitic tendencies in the largest opposition party. The spin-off is seen as a symptom of a major crisis in the British party system.

The Social Democrats should be particularly hard hit by the resignation of charismatic MP Chuka Umunna. He is considered a young star of his party and leads a group calling for a second Brexit referendum.

The seven politicians will in future be represented as an “independent group” in parliament, as MEP Luciana Berger announced in London at a press conference.

For some time it has been feared that the party might break apart. The opinions about Corbyn, who is on new elections, are very different. Many accuse the Alt-Left to have taken no clear position in the dispute over the EU exit for too long. He is accused of lack of enthusiasm for the EU.

Saturday, February 16th

Uncertainty forces British airline Flybmi into bankruptcy

The British regional airline Flybmi has filed for bankruptcy, inter alia because of the Brexits. The airline said on Saturday night on their website. All flights were canceled with immediate effect.

Flybmi customers were asked to contact Flybmi’s credit card providers, travel agents or partner airlines for reimbursement of the fare. With 17 aircraft, the airline has offered flights to 25 European destinations, including Germany.

There were several reasons for the decision, including general difficulties in the industry, but also the planned UK exit from the European Union in late March, the company said. The continuing uncertainty also led to the airline having escaped valuable contracts.

In total, the airline has 376 employees in the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and Belgium. “With a heavy heart, we have to make this unavoidable announcement today,” it said.

British minister warns of no deal

An unregulated Brexit will, according to British Justice Minister David Gauke, have “very damaging effects” on the country’s economy and security in Northern Ireland. He hopes that over the next ten days – until the vote in parliament on February 27th – it will become clear that Britain is leaving the EU with a deal, Gauke said in a BBC interview on Saturday. Otherwise, in his view, the planned separation of 29 March from the European Union must be postponed.

Friday, 15th of February

Prime Minister May remains unperturbed

After the recent defeat of British Prime Minister Theresa May with her Brexit course in parliament, the fear of an unregulated EU exit from the country is growing.

MEPs in London on Thursday rejected a draft resolution from the government with 303 to 258 votes. Thus, it is again completely unclear how May, in time for the EU exit on 29 March, a majority in the lower house for the deal they negotiated with Brussels get together.

May was still undeterred. A statement from the government said Thursday evening that the prime minister is sticking to its strategy. “The decision of 29 January remains the only one in which the lower house has expressed what it wants.”

Thursday, February 14th

Theresa May loses vote again

Six weeks before Britain’s exit from the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May had to face a new Brexit defeat in parliament on Thursday. The MEPs voted in London with 303 to 258 votes against a draft resolution, which should confirm both a mandate for renegotiation of the Brexit deal and a rejection of the EU exit without agreement.

Two weeks ago, MEPs had asked May to renegotiate the agreement with Brussels. To the surprise of Brussels, the prime minister had backed the motion and had gone into the bargain with the Brexit hardliners. But the May now failed the followers.

The stumbling block was that at the same time another parliamentary decision from the first round of voting should be confirmed: the rejection of a Brexit without agreements with chaotic consequences for the economy and many other spheres of life. Although the vote had no binding effect, some Brexit hardliners did not want to support it.

Thus, the credibility of the head of government, but still to get a majority for a Brexit agreement in Parliament, clearly scratched. May wants the EU to withdraw legally binding changes to the Brexit Treaty, although Brussels is not ready to do so. (AP)

Tuesday, February 12th

Theresa May appeals to Members

Only about six weeks before Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May appeals to parliamentarians in London to “keep her nerve”. “The talks are in a decisive phase,” it said in the text spread in advance in excerpts, which the head of government wanted to keep on Tuesday in the lower house.

In the statement, May asks MEPs for more support. The withdrawal from the European Union must be completed on time. “I believe we can reach a deal that Parliament can support.” Among other things, this could be done through changes to the backstop and strengthening Parliament’s role in the next phase of negotiations, the Prime Minister said.

Monday, February 11th

Michael O'Leary

Ryanair bossMichael O’Leary



EU chief negotiator Barnier calls for flexibility from Britain

In the opinion of the EU’s Brexit chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, Britain has to move in the dispute over the conditions for leaving the European Union. “Something has to move on the British side,” Barnier said on Monday in Luxembourg, the day before a new statement by Prime Minister Theresa May in the British House of Commons.

Barnier responded to the Nein Mays on British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal for a permanent customs union with the EU. In a three-page letter to the Labor chief May showed at the same time but in the dispute over their Brexit course for further talks with the opposition ready. Barnier called the proposal of the Labor politician “interesting in tone and in the matter”.

A customs union could maintain an open border between the United Kingdom’s Northern Ireland and the EU Member Ireland after Brexit. On the other hand, a “hard” border on the island fears a resurgence of the bloody Northern Ireland conflict. Asked whether the EU Commission is preparing a “hard line” between Northern Ireland and the EU member state for the case of Brexit without an exit agreement, Barnier said after an interview with Luxembourg’s head of state Xavier Bettel: “We prepare the emergency measures with each capital. And we work with all capitals on all hypotheses. That’s all I can say. “

May rejects Corbyn’s proposal for a customs union

In the struggle for Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal to maintain a permanent customs union with the EU. In a letter to the Labor leader, from which British media quoted on Monday, she was also ready for further talks with the opposition. She agreed with Corbyn that there should be no new elections or a second referendum.

A customs union could maintain an open border between the United Kingdom’s Northern Ireland and the EU Member Ireland after Brexit. A “hard” border on the island, however, fears a resurgence of the bloody Northern Ireland conflict.

Sunday, February 10th

May wants more time again

According to British media reports, British Prime Minister Theresa May wants London to ask for more time for further negotiations with the EU on Brexit. May will make a statement in Parliament on the state of negotiations by Wednesday at the latest. On Thursday should be voted on the way forward.

A government spokeswoman confirmed that by now, however, the 27th of February is scheduled to be the date for a vote on how to proceed.

Brexit in chaos endangers 100,000 jobs in Germany

In Germany, according to one study, the jobs of more than 100,000 people are threatened by a Brexit without agreements. The study of the Leibniz Institute for Economic Research Halle (IWH) and the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg reported on the “Welt am Sonntag”. “In no other state is the effect on total employment so great as in Germany,” said one of the study authors, Oliver Holtemller, the newspaper.

After an unregulated Brexit tariffs would be raised again on imports to Great Britain. The simulation of the scientists recorded only job effects, which were due to the consequent export collapse. Further Brexit dangers for the job market, such as declining willingness to invest, did not reflect the figures.

In Germany, the decline in exports particularly affected the auto industry. Many jobs at the VW Wolfsburg site and at the Dingolfing-Landau BMW plant in Lower Bavaria are threatened. Many employees would also have to fear for their jobs in the Swabian district of Bblingen, where technology companies such as IBM or Siemens and companies in the auto industry are located. Similarly, the situation in the Mrkischer Kreis in southern Westphalia, where many medium-sized companies with foreign business sit.

Saturday, February 9th

British companies move to Netherlands

The Netherlands has already been able to woo more than 40 companies from the UK due to the impending Brexit. The investment for resettlement in the Netherlands amounted to about 290 million euros, and the companies bring nearly 2,000 jobs from the United Kingdom, said the Dutch Agency for Foreign Investment on Saturday. The government in The Hague expressly welcomed the decision of the companies. Given the “growing uncertainty about Brexit”, companies could rely on the “good economic climate” in the Netherlands, said Dutch Economics Minister Eric Wiebes.

According to the information, 42 companies from the United Kingdom have moved to the Netherlands since last year or are about to relocate. Most of the companies are British, but there are also branches of companies such as the United States or Asia among them. Among other things, the Japanese investment bank Norinchukin, the media company TVT Media, the financial service providers MarketAxess and Azimo as well as the marine insurer UK P & I are being outrageous.

The UK will leave the European Union as of 29 March. It remains unclear whether the breakup will be chaotic or whether there will still be a parliamentary majority in Britain for a contract with a regulated exit.

Friday, February 8th

May meets Varadkar

Following their renewed talks in Brussels, British Prime Minister Theresa May continues her Brexit diplomacy in Ireland. May wanted to fly to Dublin in the evening to meet with head of government Leo Varadkar for a dinner. The biggest hurdle for a regulated exit from Britain from the EU continues to be the question of how border controls at the Irish-Northern Irish border can be avoided.

Great progress has been made in the dispute over the so-called backstop – an emergency solution to avoid border controls – was not expected. The backstop stipulates that, if necessary, Britain remains in the customs union with the EU and Northern Ireland even in the EU internal market.

Thursday, February 7th

British central bank lowers growth forecast

The Brexit loss to the UK economy has increased, according to the Bank of England. The central bank has lowered its growth forecasts and warned against a significant decline in investment. Uncertainty has increased, the Bank of England said Thursday after its interest rate meeting. Britain is expected to leave the EU at the end of March. It is still unclear whether the exit takes place in an orderly form.

In the current year, the central bank now expects only economic growth of 1.2 percent. Three months ago she had assumed 1.7 percent. 1.5 percent growth is expected for the coming year. However, Brexit uncertainty is also hanging above this outlook, according to the BoE. The forecasts would have to be updated if there was more clarity about the nature of the EU exit. Without uncertainty, growth would have been at 1.6 percent this year and 2.2 percent next year, according to monetary authorities.

Chancellor Angela Merkel believes in a solution

Chancellor Angela Merkel assumes that an agreement with Great Britain for an orderly withdrawal from the EU is still possible without reopening the Brexit agreement. Merkel said on Thursday in Bratislava after a bilateral meeting with the Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini that they wanted to do everything possible to achieve an orderly Brexit. However, the EU must respect the integrity of its internal market and protect its member Ireland.

May met with Juncker in Brussels

In the Brexit dispute, British Prime Minister Theresa May met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. According to British sources, she wants to change the exit agreement with the European Union, which has not found a majority in the British House of Commons.

The EU has already rejected the call for correction of the treaty. The expectations of May’s Brussels talks with Juncker and later with EU Council President Donald Tusk and representatives of the EU Parliament were therefore low.

Wednesday, February 6th

British Cabinet secretly discusses Brexit delay

Shortly before the next trip by Prime Minister Theresa Mays to Brussels, there are discussions in the British Cabinet about the date for the planned EU exit from the United Kingdom. This was reported by the usually well-informed conservative “Telegraph” late Tuesday evening in its online edition, without giving more specific sources.

So, if May’s negotiated contract gets parliamentary approval, some ministers will call for a two-month grace period after the official exit date of March 29, to get the necessary legislation underway. Until May 24, Britain should continue to remain an EU member as before.

Prime Minister May, however, had repeatedly stressed that Britain would leave the EU as planned on March 29. Discussions about a delay in the withdrawal date are counterproductive.

Tuesday, February 5th

May comes to Brussels on Thursday

In the Brexit dispute, British Prime Minister Theresa May comes to Brussels on Thursday in order to find a solution for a regulated EU exit from her country. This announced a spokesman for the European Commission on Tuesday. It is planned to have a discussion with Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker.

May had announced that it would seek to amend the Brexit Agreement in Brussels. Particularly controversial in London is the so-called backstop, a guarantee for an open border between the EU state of Ireland and the British Northern Ireland. Britain wants to leave the EU on 29th March.

Wednesday, January 30th

Tusk wants to call May

Following the request of the British Parliament to amend the Brexit Treaty, EU Council President Donald Tusk wants to speak with Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday. The phone call is scheduled for the afternoon or evening, said a spokesman Tusks.

On Tuesday evening, the British House of Commons asked May to renegotiate the EU exit agreement and cancel the controversial guarantee for an open border between the EU state of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The EU rejects this.

McAllister calls for alternatives from the British

MEP David McAllister (CDU) believes that the Brexit deal is not negotiable. “The backstop is a very important part of the exit agreement,” said the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament on Wednesday in the ZDF “morning magazine”. “That can not be disputed.”

The backstop is designed to prevent bumpers and controls after Brexit at the border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland. It provides for Britain to remain in the customs union with the EU until another solution is found. “If that does not taste the British, they should really constructively say how the alternatives look like,” warned the CSU MEP Markus Ferber on Wednesday in Deutschlandfunk.

Tuesday, January 29th

British Commons is against no-deal Brexit

The British House of Representatives has basically opposed the withdrawal of Great Britain from the European Union without a Brexit agreement. The MEPs approved on Tuesday evening a request by the conservative MP Caroline Spelman, who rejects a so-called no-deal Brexit.

However, the decision has no legal consequences. A disorderly Brexit alone can not be averted. The departure date of 29 March 2019 is stipulated in the EU exit law. If there is neither an agreement nor a postponement of the Brexit deadline, Britain would nonetheless leave the EU without a deal.

Observers hope it will be clearer after the meeting how to proceed with the Brexit agreement following the government’s vote defeat on January 15th. MEPs received a total of seven applications. Only at the end will vote on the overall package. Should it be rejected, all changes are obsolete. (AP)

House of Commons rejects Scotland’s remaining in the EU

The proposal of the Scottish National Party SNP for a stay of Scotland in the EU despite Brexit was rejected on Tuesday evening by the British House of Commons. The motion by Group leader Ian Blackford also called for a postponement of the EU exit.
The deputies were present in the evening a total of seven applications. Observers hope it will be clearer after the meeting how to proceed with the Brexit agreement following the government’s vote defeat on January 15th. Only at the end will vote on the overall package. Should it be rejected, all changes are obsolete. (AP)

Theresa May: “What we want”

British Prime Minister Theresa May has asked Parliament in London to renegotiate the Brexit agreement. London must finally tell the remaining 27 EU states what the British want in terms of Brexit. “The world knows what this house does not want. Today, we must send a strong message on what we want, “the PM said Tuesday afternoon at the start of the important Brexit debate in the House of Commons.

There is no majority in parliament for a new election or a second referendum on the EU’s exit from the country, which should take effect in two months. On the clear defeat in the British Parliament for the withdrawal agreement that she had negotiated with the EU, the Prime Minister said that she understood this message.

May pleads for changes to the agreement

British Prime Minister Theresa May wants to revive the exit agreement with the EU. “We need to get a deal that can get Parliamentary support, and that requires some changes to the exit agreement,” May spokesman said Tuesday in London. He commented on the future Brexit course ahead of a series of votes in the British Parliament.

The debate in the British Parliament begins around one hour late at 3 pm (CET). The votes are still scheduled to take place at 8 pm (CET), according to a spokeswoman.

Brexit is the “stupidest idea in 100 years”

The head of the Irish low-cost airline Ryanair considers Brexit the “dumbest idea in 100 years”. “But I am sure that there will be no hard Brexit,” said Michael O’Leary on Tuesday in Vienna. For the airline, it makes no difference, however, which result will be achieved in the Brexit negotiations: Ryanair is less affected by the Brexit episodes than other airlines, as the company is registered in the EU. “The Brexit hits the UK registered airlines much harder.”

Theresa May Plan B

Despite a heavy defeat in parliament, has not yet given up hope for an agreement: Prime Minister Theresa May.



For the best solution, O’Leary sees a transitional relationship between the UK and the EU that “London is changing its mind and staying in the EU,” O’Leary said. If there is a second referendum, O’Leary believes in a different outcome than in the 2016 vote, as in his view, more younger people would participate. “But it would also lead to more political problems in the UK.”

Monday, January 28th

Brexit hardliners want to renegotiate on Ireland issue

More and more Brexit hardliners in the British Parliament are behind demands for renegotiations of the difficult issue in Ireland in the EU exit agreement.
Former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, in his weekly Telegraph column on Monday, welcomed a push by several Conservative MPs calling for a time limit or a one-sided termination right for the so-called backstop. Even the influential backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg has been hoping for some time, he could warm up for the deal, should the controversial backstop fall away.
The purpose of the backstop is to guarantee that the border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland can remain open despite Brexit. It is envisaged that Britain will remain in the European Customs Union as a whole until a better solution to the question is found. Northern Ireland should also remain in parts of the internal market.

This is to prevent a resurgence of violence in the former civil war region. But critics in parliament fear that Britain will be able to remain permanently tied to the EU through the regulation.

May wants to cancel vacationers deputies

Detention for Brexit: The UK government of Prime Minister Theresa May is calling for an extension of the session times and the deletion of days off for MEPs to bring eight important laws on Britain’s exit from the EU in due time.


Cheered on by demonstrators, the Irish-Catholic Sinn Fein party leader, Mary Lou McDonald (m.) Martina Anderson (left) and Michelle O’Neil, are using a big hammer to tear in a wall dummy on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, to protest against future border controls.



Already on Tuesday, the House of Commons is to vote on numerous new requests from parliamentarians for further action following the rejection of the Brexit Agreement.

Saturday, January 26th

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Easyjet Flyer in London Gatwick



Demonstration against EU exit in Northern Ireland

Hundreds of protesters warned against the Brexit dangers for the ex-civil war region on Saturday, on the border between Northern Ireland and the EU member Republic of Ireland. Many of them were disguised as soldiers and customs officers.

The protesters fear that Britain’s exit from the EU could once again lead to a strong border and fuel old conflicts in the region.

Thursday, January 24th

Airbus threatens the UK

Aerospace and defense group Airbus has threatened Britain to shut down factories in the event of an unregulated exit from the European Union. “If there is a Brexit without agreements, we may have to make very damaging decisions for the UK at Airbus,” said Airbus chief Tom Enders on Thursday in a video message. It is not possible to move the big British factories immediately to other parts of the world. But space is a long-term business, Enders continues.

“Please do not listen to the madness of the Brexites, who claim that because we have huge factories here, we will not move and will always be here.” There are countries in the world that would like to build wings for Airbus, stressed Enders. “The British aerospace industry is now on the brink. Brexit threatens to destroy a century of development based on education, research and human capital. “

Wednesday, January 23rd

Britons must comply with payment obligations in any case

In the opinion of the EU’s chief negotiator, Britain also has to pay billions in Brexit bills in the event of an EU exit without an agreement. This is what Michel Barnier urged in an interview with several European daily newspapers. “With regard to the EU budget, we have always said one thing: all liabilities that the UK has received during its time as an EU member are respected,” warned Barnier.

The British government is assuming commitments of 44 billion euros. While it would be harder in the case of a “no-deal” Brexit to get the British to honor their commitments. However, these are “binding under international law,” affirmed the EU negotiator. “I can not imagine that the UK will not keep its commitments.” The government of Prime Minister Theresa May does not question the payments listed in the exit agreement with the EU.

Easyjet wants to get rid of British shareholders

The British low-cost carrier Easyjet is pushing ahead with its preparations for the upcoming Brexit. The aim is to secure pan-European operations in the event of an unregulated departure from the EU. Like the Irish rival Ryanair, the company is trying to get rid of some of its shareholders from the UK and other countries outside the European Economic Area.

Easyjet boss Johan Lundgren wants to make sure that the airline owns majority of owners from the EU economic area by 29 March at the latest. This is a prerequisite for an airline to fly on routes within the EU.

Tuesday, January 22nd

Devastating echo on May’s Plan B

Following the recent statement by Theresa May on Brexit, the EU Commission plans to officially comment on the British Prime Minister’s proposals on Tuesday. In a first reaction, however, the EU had already reacted reluctantly to May’s attempt to renegotiate. Since last week, nothing has changed, said a spokesman for EU Council President Donald Tusk. “We are always ready to meet and talk.” But the remaining 27 EU states had already said in December that the exit agreement negotiated with May could not be renegotiated.

The SPD European politician Udo Bullmann described the situation in London as “nailed”.

Monday, January 21st

Merkel calls for majority proposals from London

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has called for the British government to quickly and in London consensus proposals in the Brexit dispute. “The federal government expects the British government to soon agree on proposals backed by a majority of the lower house,” a German spokesman said on Monday evening following Prime Minister Theresa May’s push for renegotiations on the Ireland issue. “The Federal Government continues to campaign for an orderly withdrawal of Great Britain from the EU.”

May had previously made it clear to the British Parliament that she wanted to reopen the difficult issue in Ireland from the Brexit talks. The so-called backstop regulation, as stipulated in the EU exit agreement, continues to raise concern in Parliament, May said. It intends to hold talks with parliamentarians on how to achieve “maximum support” in parliament this week. Then she wanted to go back to the EU. (AP)

Great Britain is launching app for EU citizens

The British government launched a smartphone app on Monday for the approximately 3.5 million EU citizens who want to stay in the country after Brexit. The software is designed to help make a new application to continue working in the UK and receive government benefits. The current launch is the start of a trial until the app is fully operational on March 30, one day after the UK plans to leave the EU. Depending on how the Brexit is designed, the app should remain in operation until 2020 or 2021.

May wants to negotiate with EU again about Northern Ireland catch-up solution

British Prime Minister Theresa May wants to re-negotiate with the EU on the Brexit Treaty resolution on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. She wants to consult with the deputies on the border question this week, said the head of government on Monday at the presentation of their “Plan B” in the lower house. She will then present the conclusions of the discussions in Brussels. The Brexit agreement negotiated with the EU was rejected by a significant majority in the House of Commons last week. May now wants to bring MEPs with her “Plan B” on their side to prevent an EU exit of the United Kingdom without agreement. In her speech in the lower house May turned against demands for a second Brexit referendum of British voters. The future border regulation between the EU member Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland is one of the sticking points in the negotiations. In the case of the Brexit hardliners, the catching solution encounters resistance. The so-called backstop provides for the United Kingdom to remain in a customs union with the EU unless otherwise agreed. May’s opponents fear that Britain would remain bound to the EU for an indefinite period of time.

Theresa May introduces Plan B.

British Prime Minister Theresa Mail wants to present on Wednesday her alternative plan for the failed agreement on the EU exit. It is unclear whether the conservative head of government will actually present a concrete concept as to how she wants to bring her Brexit deal through parliament. It is more likely in London that May presents a kind of roadmap to the Members.

Wednesday, January 16th

The government of Prime Minister Theresa May has passed the vote of no confidence in the British House of Commons. 325 MEPs expressed confidence in voting in London on Wednesday evening, 306 parliamentarians voted against them.

The House of Commons had voted by a large majority against the Brexit Treaty negotiated between the British government and the EU on Tuesday evening, and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn then requested the vote of no confidence.

Duty to lead the UK out of the EU

The 62-year-old considers her duty to lead Britain out of the EU. This is what May said during a nightly speech on Wednesday evening in front of the seat of government in London.

She has already had talks with opposition politicians on the country’s further Brexit course, May said. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn had denied discussions with May, however, as long as May did not rule out a disorderly Brexit.

Concessions, displacement or disorderly Brexit?

May invited the leaders of the opposition parties to a one-to-one talk on a new Brexit plan on Wednesday evening. The head of government has to submit a new plan to leave the EU by Monday. Several scenarios are possible: it could try to reach further concessions from Brussels and then re-vote the agreement.

Also conceivable is the demand for a postponement of the withdrawal date – or a disorderly Brexit on March 29. The vote of no confidence, the first against a British government in 26 years, survived the 62-year-olds with a majority of 19 votes.

In the vote on the Brexit agreement on Tuesday evening May, however, had suffered a historic defeat, such a bankruptcy had not existed for a British government since the 1920s. The northern Irish party DUP, which supports Mays minority government, had then but already announced that, unlike Tuesday on Wednesday to vote for May. Party critics had also announced this. (Afp / dpa)