The UK is starting to get real about Europe – POLITICO

Paul Taylor is a contributing editor at POLITICO. After six years of chaos and recrimination since Britons voted to leave the European Union, there are signs the country is showing an unexpected outbreak of common sense in its approach to the bloc. In his first weeks in office, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak — a Brexiteer … Read more

EU diplomats see ‘London talking to London’ as Westminster debates Swiss-style pact with Brussels – POLITICO

British politics might be abuzz with talk of a “Swiss-style” relationship with the European Union — but the mood on the Continent is one of polite bemusement. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was this week forced to push back at a report in the Sunday Times that “senior government figures” in his fledgling administration are … Read more

EU diplomats see ‘London talking to London’ as Westminster debates Swiss-style pact with Brussels – POLITICO

British politics might be abuzz with talk of a “Swiss-style” relationship with the European Union — but the mood on the Continent is one of polite bemusement. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was this week forced to push back at a report in the Sunday Times that “senior government figures” in his fledgling administration are … Read more

EU threatens COP27 walkout over weak deal – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — European Union ministers threatened to walk out of global climate talks here Saturday, with officials blaming China and Saudi Arabia for weakening the deal. “All ministers, as they have told me — like myself — are prepared to walk away … Read more

Elon Musk gives Europe’s digital watchdogs their biggest test yet – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. After Elon Musk bought Twitter — and fired almost anyone whose job it was to deal with regulators — the social networking giant is now facing a flood of legal challenges across the European Union. The question now is whether the EU’s watchdogs can … Read more

Remembrance Day: For one dissenting voice, this is his most dangerous day

CNN — For footballer James McClean, Remembrance Sunday is arguably his most difficult day of the year. Since he first refused to wear the poppy in 2012, McClean and his family have been subjected to abuse both in football stadiums across England and online. The Republic of Ireland international, who was born in Northern Ireland, … Read more

Bad Friday for Northern Ireland as UK confirms unwanted election — but when? – POLITICAL

Press play to listen to this article BELFAST — The Northern Ireland Assembly will face an overwhelmingly unwanted election soon following the collapse of power-sharing, Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris announced following a day of mounting confusion and uncertainty. Heaton-Harris confounded expectations by declining to confirm the widely briefed date of Thursday, December 15, for … Read more

Bad Friday for Northern Ireland as UK confirms unwanted election — but when? – POLITICAL

Press play to listen to this article BELFAST — The Northern Ireland Assembly will face an overwhelmingly unwanted election soon following the collapse of power-sharing, Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris announced following a day of mounting confusion and uncertainty. Heaton-Harris confounded expectations by declining to confirm the widely briefed date of Thursday, December 15, for … Read more

Harland & Wolff wins $ 65 million deal to fix up ex-British ship for Lithuanian Navy

Update: This story is updated with clarification about where work on the former HMS Quorn will take place, and comment from the British government. LONDON – Shipbuilder Harland & Wolff has inked a deal with the British government to give an ex-Royal Navy mine countermeasures vessel a new lease of life – with the Lithuanian … Read more

UK presses on with Brexit rules rewrite; EU calls it illegal

LONDON (AP) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signaled Monday that a plan to rip up parts of the post-Brexit trade deal he signed with the European Union could become law by the end of the year. Lawmakers began debating legislation that rewrites trade rules for Northern Ireland on Monday, the first step on what … Read more