About: Irish backstop

Brexit 22-08-2019

Johnson to hold Brexit talks with Macron after Merkel offers glimmer of hope

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Paris on Thursday (22 August), a day after Berlin offered a glimmer of hope that an agreement could be reached to avoid a chaotic "no deal" Brexit.
Brexit 20-08-2019

EU’s Tusk rejects Johnson’s plea to scrap Irish backstop

European Council President Donald Tusk has rejected Boris Johnson’s pleas to scrap the Irish backstop and instead offered veiled criticism of the UK prime minister for not presenting “realistic alternatives”.
Brexit 20-08-2019

Johnson tells EU he wants Brexit deal but without Irish backstop

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote Monday (19 August) to European Council President Donald Tusk reaffirming his desire to conclude a Brexit deal as well as his opposition to the controversial "backstop" on Ireland.
Brexit 25-07-2019

Johnson purges the no deal non-believers

Having promised to deliver Brexit on October 31 ‘do or die’, Boris Johnson's cabinet have all signed up to his plan to take the UK out of the EU on ‘no deal’ terms if necessary.
Brexit 22-07-2019

Boris Johnson says trade deal can break Brexit deadlock

Boris Johnson, favored to become Britain’s new prime minister, said on Sunday (21 July) the country could agree a free trade deal to leave the EU that would remove the need for one of the more problematic parts of a previous agreement.
Brexit 19-07-2019

Boost Irish backstop with new protocol, says Tory-backed group

The controversial Irish border backstop should not be scrapped but instead bolstered by a protocol, according to a report published on Thursday (18 July) by an influential group of Conservative politicians.
Brexit 27-06-2019

UK keep faith on scrapping Irish backstop but supporters stumped on costs

The UK continues to entertain the prospect of replacing the Irish backstop with technological alternatives, but one of its leading proponents admitted to MPs on Wednesday (26 June) that he could not provide a precise estimate on the cost of these alternatives.
Brexit 13-06-2019

Johnson takes step towards Downing Street, tops leadership ballot

Boris Johnson moved a step closer to becoming the next UK prime minister on Thursday, after topping the first ballot of Conservative MPs who are seeking a successor for Theresa May.
Brexit 28-04-2019

May government rules out Brexit vote before local polls

Theresa May is likely to make one last attempt to pass her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement in a bid to avoid having to hold European elections next month, but not before UK local elections on Thursday (2 May).
Brexit 12-03-2019

May’s lawyer leaves her without a backstop

Ahead of Theresa May’s latest push to win last-minute changes to her Brexit deal on Monday (11 March), a UK official told EURACTIV the only thing that could get it over the line was if the UK Attorney General could conclude that the threat of having an indefinite Irish border backstop has now been removed.
Brexit 12-03-2019

May gets ‘legally binding’ assurances on backstop from last-ditch Strasbourg trip

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has secured "legally binding" assurances to her Brexit plans in a bid to win over Brexit rebels in the House of Commons, a day before a meaningful vote takes place amongst MPs.
Brexit 11-03-2019

Britain braces for decisive week of Brexit votes

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to reveal Monday (11 March) what changes, if any, she has secured to her EU divorce deal, on the eve of a crucial vote in parliament less than three weeks before Brexit day....
Brexit 07-03-2019

UK confirms Brexit vote, MPs set to reject the deal again

The House of Commons appears set to reject Theresa May's Brexit deal next week after government ministers conceded that little progress had been made on the Irish backstop, a key issue for London that has thwarted the process for months.
Brexit 04-03-2019

Brexiteers spell out three tests for EU deal, scale back opposition to Irish backstop

A group of Brexit-supporting lawmakers who rejected British Prime Minister Theresa May's European Union exit deal in January have set out the changes they want to see to her agreement in return for their support.
Brexit 27-02-2019

May to seek MPs’ approval for new Brexit strategy

Prime Minister Theresa May will on Wednesday (27 February) face a vote by MPs over her newly revised Brexit strategy, which could allow them to approve an eventual delay to Britain's EU departure.
Brexit 22-02-2019

Not there yet but closer: Britain and EU haggle over Brexit compromise

Britain and the European Union on Thursday (21 February) played down the chances of clinching an immediate Brexit divorce deal but diplomats said they were edging closer to a legal compromise that Prime Minister Theresa May hopes will win over...
Brexit 21-02-2019

May hails Brexit talks ‘progress’ but no breakthrough

Prime Minister Theresa May said she had made "progress" in talks with the EU on Wednesday (20 February) as she sought to extract concessions on the terms of Britain's divorce, but as expected there was no major breakthrough.
Brexit 18-02-2019

May to speak to every EU head in bid for Brexit deal changes

Theresa May plans to speak to every European Union leader and the European Commission chief to seek changes to her EU withdrawal agreement, days after another defeat from her own lawmakers and as businesses brace for a no-deal Brexit on 29 March.
Brexit 11-02-2019

May rejects pivot towards Brexit customs union compromise

British Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected the idea of targeting a customs union with the European Union, pouring cold water on hopes from some that she could shift her Brexit policy to win over the opposition Labour Party.
Brexit 07-02-2019

Irish backstop will stay in Brexit deal, May assures MEPs

Prime Minister Theresa May has promised EU lawmakers that she had no plans to remove the controversial Irish backstop from a final Brexit deal as she met with a series of EU leaders in Brussels. But prospects of the UK's orderly withdrawal from the EU on 29 March remained bleak.
Brexit 07-02-2019

Work urgently with me on Brexit – Britain’s May appeals to EU

Prime Minister Theresa May will call on the European Union on Thursday (7 February) to work with her to change a divorce deal and help her win the support of a divided parliament to smooth Britain's departure from the bloc.
Brexit 06-02-2019

May and Varadkar visit Brussels in search of Brexit solution

Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Brussels on Thursday (7 February) to tell European Union leaders they must accept legally binding changes to the Irish border arrangements of Britain’s divorce deal or face the prospect of a disorderly no-deal Brexit.
Brexit 04-02-2019

Merkel drops hint of a ‘creative’ Brexit Irish backstop compromise

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday (4 February) offered a way to break the deadlock over the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, calling for a creative compromise to allay concerns over the future of Irish border arrangements.
Brexit 04-02-2019

May will seek ‘pragmatic’ solution to Brexit deal in Brussels

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday (3 February) she would seek a "pragmatic solution" to a parliamentary impasse over the terms on which Britain leaves the European Union when she tries to reopen talks with Brussels.

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