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

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

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

EU sues UK over move to rewrite post-Brexit trade rules

BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union sued Britain on Wednesday over its move to rewrite the trade rules agreed to when the country left the EU two years ago, ratcheting up tensions between the major economic partners. Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government proposed legislation that would remove customs checks on some … Read more

UK prompts EU backlash over plans to rip up Northern Ireland protocol

The UK government has pushed ahead with plans to unilaterally override parts of the Northern Ireland protocol it agreed with the EU in 2019. Liam Mcburney – Pa Images | By Images | Getty Images LONDON – The UK government has pushed ahead with controversial plans to unilaterally override post-Brexit trade rules, ratcheting up the … Read more