Brexiteers slap down Guy Verhofstadt after Twitter dig ‘Still bitter!’ | Politics | News | Express.co.uk


BREXITEERS have slapped down Guy Verhofstadt after he made a dig about Brexit in a Twitter post.

Source: Brexiteers slap down Guy Verhofstadt after Twitter dig ‘Still bitter!’ | Politics | News | Express.co.uk

EU executive says ‘significant’ differences in Brexit talks – Reuters


BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s executive said on Thursday that “significant divergences” persisted in its talks with Britain on their new relationship from 2021.

Britain left the EU in January and is in a standstill transition period with the bloc to give the two sides time to forge a new relationship on everything from trade to security.

 

Source: EU executive says ‘significant’ differences in Brexit talks – Reuters

Coronavirus Briefing: Remember Brexit? It’s back : euronews


Four years ago this month, the British public narrowly voted to leave the European Union. What followed – years of protracted debate and animosity – painted a picture of a country utterly divided. But a deal was finally reached and the United Kingdom did leave on January 31 this year.

While the UK has settled its divorce, it remains in a transition period until the end of this year. A year in which it must abide by the rules of membership, while enjoying the privileges. Ultimately though, the transition period is about achieving an orderly settlement on what the future relationship will be.

 

Source: Coronavirus Briefing: Remember Brexit? It’s back : euronews

With a Brexit-sized hole in finances, EU leaders disagree on budget – Reuters


BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders began talks on Thursday on a joint 2021-27 budget that will need to fill a European Union leaders just as they face costly climate and other challenges.

 

Source: With a Brexit-sized hole in finances, EU leaders disagree on budget – Reuters

EU on alert as report warns of bankruptcies across bloc – Ireland at risk


This is the real reason the EU did and do not want the UK to leave the EU.

We were and still are until 31 December 2020 a major contributor to the EU, eventually our money will be sorely missed.

That is when they have fritted away the supposed Brexit penalty, sorry the leaving divorce bill payment of an assumed amount of £39 billion.

If we do leave with a deal then £39 billion ,ay keep the EU afloat for a month or two.

But if we leave with No Deal, would they receive a Penny.

The EU desperately need the UK or should I say our money if they have any hope of survival.

ukgovernmentwatch

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1238606/Brexit-latest-news-leave-eu-boris-johnson-brussels-uk-trade-single-market

GW: Basically the EUSSR is spending more money than [[[they]]] have got – always have – the accounts are unaudited – & unfortunately most of the money has gone into various blackholes. A good bit of it goes on keeping Brussels Bureaucrats in an opulent lifestyle while the tax payers struggle.  I talked with a colleague who was in Brussels on Brexit evening & he said that the whole place was rather depressing.  The architecture was especially unattractive but opulent & that very nearby there was a slum like district – cheek to jowl with the EU Parliament monstrosity????  He assumed that was where the ”staff” were housed – skivvies who support the various Bureaucratic Bar Stewards higher up the food chain who have their own wineries etc –  Verhofstadt & Co – I can’t verify because my trip there was just to the bijoux tourist bits.

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Germany wants to conclude Brexit talks by year’s end – minister – Reuters


BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany wants to do all it can to conclude negotiations with Britain on its future relationship with the European Union by the end of this year, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Friday.

 

Source: Germany wants to conclude Brexit talks by year’s end – minister – Reuters

The EU Parliament Decision to Recognize Jailed and Exiled Catalan Leaders, Junqueras, Puigdemont and Comín, Causes Political Turmoil


While I believe that Catalonia should gain independence, if that is really what they wish for and therefore the leaders who pushed for that should not be hunted and then go through the Spanish legal system. Therefore I agree with the EU and feel it is correct that they have the right to be MEPsand be allowed to fulfil their roles.

However, this does conflict with the Spanish Constitution and their legal process, but this again is in conflict with the way the EU is proceeding.

For it is my belief that the EU commissioners wish to gain overall control of most of the governing powers of the member countries of the EU.

So, therefore I also have a conflict as I believe the EU should not be taking these powers and is one of the reasons that I feel the UK took the route of Brexit.

It is, therefore that if Spain wishes to be within the EU, then they need to retreat from their current stance on Catalonia, release all the former Catalonian leader whom they have imprisoned and remove all charges and controls on those former leaders they have not been able to arrest.

To not do so. should mean that Spain itself, needs to Spexit, otherwise there will and is Conflicts of Interest, in that they abide by EU processes when they wish to and not when they wish to, which in effect means they are totally committed to the EU and could mean other countries are not also, thereby making a mockery of the EU and shows that in reality it should not exist.

But then again, Politics is a very dirty game.

Josep Goded

On Monday, the news that the exiled and jailed Catalan leaders Carles Puigdemont, Toni Comín and Oriol Junqueras will be allowed to take up their seats as Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) caused immediate political turmoil in Spain. The European Parliament officially announced that it will recognize the Catalan leaders as MEPs through a communique during the morning. This decision came after the European Court of Justice ruled on December 19 that the Catalans leaders have immunity.

While Catalan authorities celebrated the EU Parliament decision, the Spanish far-right and the right-wing, which had been attempting to prevent them from becoming MEPs, accused the EU Parliament of violating Spanish sovereignty and suggested that there had been an under the table agreement between the EU authorities and pro-independence forces, though no evidence was presented.

Regarding Spain’s Electoral Authority’s decision on barring Catalan President Torra from office and to veto Junqueras…

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Tony Blair ‘sought EU funding while lobbying for second referendum’ | London Evening Standard


Former prime minister Tony Blair was seeking funding from the EU while lobbying for a second referendum, it has been reported. The ex-Labour leader pushed this year for a second referendum and has

Source: Tony Blair ‘sought EU funding while lobbying for second referendum’ | London Evening Standard