In the article the following is mentioned ‘ “The European Commission suggested yesterday that European fishermen could continue to fish in British waters after a no-deal. Do you, Mr President, want to have your cake and eat it?,” Daily Mail journalist James Franey asked.
So, in the referred UK Territorial waters the issue of fish would be under the jurisdiction of the UK, not France or the EU, so Macron’s comment about ‘cake’ does not hold water. It is up to the UK to state if they wish to amend the jurisdiction, so it is UK cake not French cake. Therefore it is not Macron’s cake to give or retain.
Now what about the money we are expected to give to the EU, surely if you give an agreed notice of termination, and we have given more than 4 years, no money should be given to the EU, especially with a ‘No Deal’ situation.
I appreciate that we left on 31 December 2019, but the giving of termination money should be dependent on receiving a Trade Deal, so if it is ‘No Deal’ then any giving of money should be terminated.
Source: Macron on EU-UK fishing feud: ‘I’m not giving my piece of cake away’ | Euronews
EU to invest €2bn on vaccines now being tested but UK officials say scheme benefits are ‘limited’
Source: UK has opted out of EU coronavirus vaccine programme, sources say | World news | The Guardian
MILAN (Reuters) – The European Commission will launch disciplinary procedures against Italy on Wednesday with a letter stating that Rome’s fiscal policies lack prudence and could expose the nation to a shock loss of market confidence, newspaper La Repubblica said.
The newspaper quoted from what it said was a draft of a letter to be sent to the Italian government, which has embarked on major new welfare initiatives in an effort to boost the euro zone’s third-largest economy.
The daily also said the commission would ask Rome to make budget cuts of around 3-4 billion euros (2.6-3.5 billion pounds) to avoid EU sanctions, though it did not source this to the letter.
“The absence of prudent budget policies exposes the country to a shock loss of confidence on markets, with a negative impact on the real economy and growth,” the letter was quoted as saying by La Repubblica.
Italy narrowly averted such disciplinary action late last year, when it reached an agreement with the commission over its 2019 budget. The commission had initially rejected the budget, saying it would not cut Italy’s large debt.
Source: EU to start infringement procedure against Italy – paper – Reuters
The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, has said social media firms are doing much more to remove flagged illegal content more quickly, the Financial Timesreports.
Specifically: Figures due to be released later today will show that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on average 72% of posts containing illegal hate speech within 24 hours of being notified, up from 28% two years ago.
Top of the class: The commission singled out Facebook for praise for achieving a 82% takedown rate. It’s a rare piece of good news for the social media behemoth, which celebrates its 15th birthday today (see below for more on that.)
But…There’s always a risk that platforms could swing too far to appease policymakers, impinging upon legitimate free speech. “We don’t want 100% take downs,” an EU official told the Financial Times.
Source: Facebook is doing better on hate speech : MIT Technology Review
The Irish government will demand hundreds of millions of euros in emergency aid from Brussels if there is a no-deal Brexit.
Dublin has told European Commission officials it will apply for the cash to mitigate the impact of no deal on its beef, dairy and fishing sectors, the Irish Independent reported on Thursday.
“You’re looking at hundreds of millions here. Between the beef industry and the fishing industry we’re talking mega-money,” said Michael Creed, the agriculture minister.
Mr Creed told the Irish independent that drops in the value of sterling because of uncertainty around Brexit had hit the Irish food sector, which is highly dependent on the British market.
“A hard Brexit would make that look like a teddy bears’ picnic,” he said.
Ireland is the EU country apart from the UK which is most exposed to the economic risk of a no-deal Brexit. Britain takes half of annual Irish beef exports and 80,000 tonnes of cheddar a year, and one-third of the fish in value terms caught by Irish boats comes from UK waters.
The EU is infamous for its Common Agricultural Policy, a complex and inefficient web of agricultural subsidies and grants, which is worth billions of euros every year. It also has funds to aid the agricultural sector in emergency situations, which it has deployed in the past.
Source: Ireland wants hundreds of millions in EU aid to mitigate damage of no-deal Brexit : The Telegraph
The European Union has taken its first step towards disciplinary procedures against Italy over its budget plans.
The bloc’s legislative arm, the European Commission, announced on Wednesday that Italy should face action from the EU to reduce its deficit.
“With regret, that today we confirm our assessment that Italy’s draft budget plan is in particularly serious non-compliance with the Council recommendation of 13 July,” the European Commission said in a statement.
The Commission said the expansionary budget, which raises the deficit to 2.4% of gross domestic product from 1.8% this year was “a particularly serious case of non-compliance” with its recommendations.
The EU executive therefore launched an “excessive deficit procedure” based on the fact that projections showed Italy’s public debt would not come down as required by EU rules.
An “excessive deficit procedure” requires the country in question to present a plan to correct the non-compliance detailing the policies it will follow with deadlines.
“The impact of this budget on growth is likely to be negative in our view. It does not contain significant measures to boost potential growth, possibly the opposite,” European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said.
“With what the Italian government has put on the table, we see a risk of the country sleepwalking into instability.”
The Commission, which checks that draft budgets put forward by EU members comply with limits of deficits and debt before they are voted on by parliaments, reject’s Italy’s argument that by expanding the budget it can boost economic growth and revenues, bringing down the debt as a proportion of GDP.
Italy has said it had no intention of changing its plans, setting up a confrontation that could last months and eventually lead to fines.
The government of Rome’s right-wing League and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement remained defiant.
Source: EU takes first step towards disciplinary procedures against Italy over budget plans | Euronews
Germany has asked for less detail on the UK’s future economic and trade ties with the EU, according to Bloomberg.
It comes as European Commission officials attempted to block EU27 diplomats from joining UK government “technical seminars”.
The EU is concerned that any bilateral talks could derail the bloc’s Brexit negotiating strategy and allow Brussels to be sidelined at a time when both sides have admitted that a no-deal Brexit is a real possibility.
The UK’s Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has said that if there were to be a breakdown of talks, there would be various mini-deals to mitigate the seriousness of a no-deal Brexit.
A diplomat from the European Commission told Politico: “We’ve explained everything that you should know, if you have more questions we’re always ready to provide answers. There’re absolutely no need to go to these seminars.”
Source: Brexit Latest: Germany CAVES IN – Merkel drops demands in MAJOR deal breakthrough | Politics | News | Express.co.uk
A source within the European Commission told The Sun that the plans exist, but claimed they are being kept secret to increase the pressure on the UK to accept a soft Brexit deal.
They said: “The EU doesn’t want 20 mile tailbacks as much as the UK doesn’t.
“The thinking is we’ll keep things as they are because the regulatory platform is the same.
“This will stay in place for a few months and then there’ll be a mad dash to get a new agreement in place.”
Source: Brexit news: EU no deal plan revealed after Domonic Rabb releases UK advice papers | UK | News | Express.co.uk
Mr Seehofer appeared to back Theresa May as he blasted the European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier for declaring Britain will be excluded from counter-terrorism initiatives across the bloc once the UK leaves the EU.
In a penned letter to the European Commission, the first of its kind from a senior European politician, Mr Seehofer criticised the EU for its hard line in negotiations, warning their stance would prevent Bruseels from reaching an “unlimited” security deal once Britain leaves the bloc.
This comes after Mrs May was rejected by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and other leaders during Brexit talks, when she insisted the commission’s plans to restrict cross-border security measures would risk lives.
Mr Barnier said the UK would be out of key crime-fighting and anti-terrorism initiatives, including Europol, the EU’s police intelligence agency, the Schengen information system, which enables members countries to transmit shared intel on criminals and missing people and the European Criminal Records Information System.
Source: Merkel’s minister BACKS Theresa May’s Brexit plan in shock EU intervention | UK | News | Express.co.uk