About: Irish backstop

Brexit 28-09-2020

EU repeats legal warning to UK over treaty breach

The European Commission has repeated its warning of legal action unless the UK government withdraws its controversial Internal Market Bill which would break the Withdrawal Agreement that took the UK out of the bloc in January, Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said on Monday (28 September).
Brexit 15-09-2020

Johnson survives Tory rebellion as bill breaking Brexit deal advances

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a rebellion by more than 30 Conservative lawmakers on Monday night (14 September) as his controversial Internal Market bill moved a step closer to becoming law.
Brexit 12-09-2020

MEPs vow to veto UK trade pact if its breaks Withdrawal Agreement

EU lawmakers threatened on Friday (11 September) to veto any trade deal with the UK unless Boris Johnson’s government withdraws its plans to tear up parts of its Withdrawal Agreement with the bloc, as negotiations on a future trade deal teetered on the brink of collapse.
Brexit 11-09-2020

EU issues ultimatum to UK: withdraw bill or trade talks collapse

The EU issued a stern ultimatum to the UK on Thursday (10 September) to withdraw its bill overriding the Irish Protocol or talks on an EU-UK trade deal will collapse.
Brexit 09-09-2020

Johnson’s plan to break Brexit agreement triggers angry EU backlash

Boris Johnson’s UK government put itself on collision course with the EU on Wednesday after publishing a bill that would breach key parts of its Withdrawal Agreement with the bloc.
Brexit 08-09-2020

UK plans to break Withdrawal Agreement, senior minister confirms

The UK is preparing to break the terms of its Withdrawal Agreement with the EU if it does not secure a new trade deal with the bloc before the end of 2020, a senior government minister confirmed on Tuesday (8...
Brexit 07-09-2020

Johnson threatens to override Irish protocol ahead of EU-UK trade talks

Turning up the pressure on the EU, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is threatening to table new legislation and override requirements for new Northern Ireland customs arrangements, intended to prevent the return of checks at the Irish border from next year.
Brexit 20-05-2020

UK accepts customs checks in plans for Northern Ireland protocol

The UK has accepted that there will be new checks on some goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK, according to the plans it set out on Wednesday (20 May) to implement the controversial protocol on the province
Brexit 31-01-2020

Ireland, May and disloyalty the main causes of Brexit impasse, says senior Tory

The United Kingdom simply underestimated Ireland's clout and the importance of the border backstop. Add to that Theresa May's unpopularity and cabinet disloyalty and you have all the main causes of the mess Brexit turned into, according to one of the ex-prime minister's key allies in government.
Brexit 06-12-2019

Labour uses leaked document to accuse Johnson of lying about post-Brexit customs checks

The opposition Labour party has used a leaked government document to accuse Boris Johnson of lying about new customs checks between Northern Ireland and Britain..
Brexit 16-10-2019

Brexit deal within reach in last-ditch talks, but doubts remain

Britain and the EU made headway on Tuesday (15 October) in last-ditch talks on a Brexit deal ahead of a leaders' summit, but with just hours left to clinch an agreement it was still unclear if London could avoid postponing its scheduled departure on 31 October.
Brexit 11-10-2019

New Brexit hopes after Johnson and Varadkar say ‘pathway to deal’ exists

Hopes of a Brexit deal were dramatically revived on Thursday (10 October) following three hours of talks between Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Brexit 09-10-2019

Britain’s Brexit talks with EU on verge of collapse

Brexit talks between Britain and the European Union teetered on the brink of collapse on Tuesday (8 October), with tit-for-tat claims of intransigence and sabotage before an end of October deadline.
Brexit 08-10-2019

EU says Britain needs new plan as Brexit clock runs out

European officials warned Monday (6 October) that Britain's latest Brexit proposal cannot serve as a basis for a breakthrough before next week's Brussels summit.
Brexit 02-10-2019

‘We are European’, says Johnson as he softens tone on Brexit plans

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson struck a conciliatory tone towards the EU on Wednesday (2 October) as he set out his government’s new alternative to the Irish backstop.
Brexit 01-10-2019

Ireland dismisses reported UK Brexit border proposal

Britain is proposing to set up "customs clearance centres" on both sides of the Irish border after Brexit, Irish national broadcaster RTE reported on Monday (30 September), an idea Ireland's foreign minister quickly dismissed as a "non-starter".
Brexit 24-09-2019

No Brexit breakthrough as Tusk, Johnson meet in New York

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated a call for "flexibility" from the EU in Brexit talks during a meeting with Council President Donald Tusk in New York Monday (23 September) that failed to yield a breakthrough.
Brexit 19-09-2019

Northern Ireland’s DUP calls for Brexit ‘refit’ of Good Friday Agreement

Northern Ireland's largest party, the Democratic Unionist Party, on Wednesday called for a "refit" of the British province's 1998 peace accord "to take account of any new Brexit deal."
Brexit 12-09-2019

Irish backstop must be part of Brexit deal, says EU Parliament chief

There will be no Brexit deal without an Irish backstop, European Parliament President David Sassoli said on Thursday (12 September). However, the EU is willing to revive a proposal that would keep only Northern Ireland in the bloc’s orbit to...
Brexit 11-09-2019

‘Donnez-moi un break’: Johnson says he seeks Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted Tuesday (10 September) he was working hard to strike a divorce deal with the European Union, after he suspended parliament following a series of bruising clashes with MPs over his Brexit plan.
Brexit 10-09-2019

Johnson tells parliament: You can tie my hands, but I will not delay Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday (10 September) he would not request an extension to Brexit, hours after a law came into force demanding that he delay Britain's departure from the European Union until 2020 unless he can strike a divorce deal.
Brexit 02-09-2019

Johnson mulls snap election as MPs seek to block no-deal Brexit

Boris Johnson is moving closer to calling a snap election this week, if UK lawmakers adopt legislation aimed at preventing a No Deal Brexit.
Brexit 23-08-2019

Boris Johnson starts the long Brexit campaign

August is typically the month when Westminster goes silent and lawmakers go on holiday, leaving reporters to fall back on stories about the holiday plans of the royal family. This summer, with the Brexit date approaching fast, has been much more hectic.
Brexit 22-08-2019

Macron gives Johnson one month to produce Irish backstop alternatives

French President Emmanuel Macron put the ball squarely in Boris Johnson’s court on Thursday (22 August), urging the UK Prime Minister to present detailed proposals to re-write the Irish backstop and avoid the UK crashing out of the bloc without a deal after 31 October.
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