Brexit: Crunch Time for the German Presidency

On 1 July, Germany takes over the EU Council Presidency and faces a major agenda. [Part 4]

The 1 July deadline for the UK to apply for an extension of the Brexit transition period coincided with the start of Germany’s six-month rotating EU Presidency. Germany took the helm at a time of unprecedented political and economic challenges, ranging from the COVID-19 response to the already tense negotiations on the EU’s next multiannual financial framework (MFF). However, with just six months of negotiation time left, Brexit is also set to be high on the Presidency’s agenda.

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Brexit: The Ship has Sailed

Failure of the negotiations becoming more likely

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The ship has sailed. This sentence probably best describes the general interest in Brexit and the state of the British opposition. Yet the important decisions are being made only now.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won the landmark House of Commons elections last December and led his country out of the European Union on 31st January. Since then, the Brexit is no longer a spectre of political debate, but a fact.

The general interest in the UK’s withdrawal from the EU has waned noticeably on both sides of the English Channel. This is all the more true since the coronavirus pandemic has swept across Europe and its catastrophic consequences have overshadowed other events. Continue reading

Next Exit: Third Country

Brexit is on its way, but the exciting part comes later

 

 

The word Brexit has almost become a synonym. For the last almost three years it seemingly stood for all sorts of things: for tough and fruitless negotiations; for the waste of precious work time of politicians, officials and journalists; for parliamentary drama and political navel-gazing; and for ever new extensions with uncertain outcomes. Now, however, the word will return to describe what it originally meant: the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. After more than 47 years, its membership in the institutions of the European Community ended. Continue reading

Why Brexit Will Not Happen and How the EP Might Help

As seen on The Parliament Magazine 19th October

 

As the results of the UK’s 2016 referendum came in, my strong sense was – and remains – that Brexit will not happen. To confirm such a sentiment in a week in which Boris Johnson may triumph at the European Council might appear to invite ridicule. Yet the fundamentals remain unchanged. Continue reading