4 month ago
@VP: An honor to welcome the courageous parents of little Charlie Gard, Chris and Connie, to the @WhiteHouse to discuss the life and legacy of their son. Their parental love and devotion to their son is inspiring and a reminder of how precious all lives are.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson expressed "grave concerns" to the government of Myanmar over the arrests. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the arrests were a 'threat to a democratic and peaceful development of Myanmar and that region'
Senior EU officials tells the Irish border dilemma will remain "one of the very difficult" issues in Phase II of the Brexit negotiations
Britain eyes closer Belt and Road cooperation with China
Spanish PM @marianorajoy: transition period will not be agreed until the nature of the future UK-EU is outlined. During transitional period the UK will have to follow EU rules but will not have voting powers
: I hear anything from Canada plus…to Norway plus …and it's impossible to know what those meanif you leave the CU and SM it's not possible to retain all the benefits it is a sad reality but as UK holds that position they are going to lose things
: I want to make sure what we agreed in Brexit joint report last week is stitched in the withdrawal agreementthat will be a legally binding international agreement
: many leaders agreed reason why EU got a good outcome in 1st phase of Brexit is because of European unity and we now need to maintain that unitywe agreed that there wouldn't be bilateral negotiations
on what a 'hard border' means to him: no physical infrastructure no associated checks or controls
: there is a view around the table that we shouldn't be spending the transition phase negotiating new EU-UK relationship we should try to have that done, or as much possible have it done, before UK leaves the EU in March 2019
Irish Taoiseach @campaignforleo: view of EU is Brexit transition period should run about 2 years, it should not be renewable, should not roll over, it should be time limited during that period UK would remain bound by rules of CU, SM and ECJ
Theresa May: There's still more to do, but we're well on the road to achieving the Brexit that the UK voted for sufficient progress
Prime Minister Theresa May: Sufficient progress decision is an important step to achieving an orderly Brexit, I'm pleased that there is agreement that we need rapid progress to agree an implementation period that will bring certainty
Juncker: the negotiations on the second phase will start in March next year; I cannot say when they will be concluded
Juncker says responds: the first issue is the drafting of the withdrawal agreement, this political text assembles what we agreed and what still needs to be resolved, we need to have it ratified after October 2018
Tusk (asked about the PM's goal of getting an agreement by March '19): still realistic but dramatically difficult, the second phase will be a more difficult negotiation
Manchester United defender Eric Bailly will be sidelined for "two to three months" because he needs surgery on an ankle injury
Italian PM @PaoloGentiloni says 2nd phase of negotiations will be difficult but praises UK government for its approach to negotiations since PM Theresa May's Florence speech
Juncker: It is up to us to draft the withdrawal agreement together with the UK, I hope it will be approved by the European and British parliaments
President @JunckerEU speaking at the European Council summit: Prime Minister Theresa May was a tough, smart, polite and friendly negotiator, we were able to conclude that sufficientprogress has been made
Asked about the Irish border issue, Merkel says "it is not up to us to present wishes of Britain, it has to tell us what it wants that is in accord with the Irish"
Tusk: opening the second phase of talks wouldn't have been possible without the unity of the EU27, the hard work of Michel Barnier and the constructive efforts of Prime Minister Theresa May
Merkel on 2nd phase of Brexit: If everyone wants to go his or her own waythen we will not come to a good positive outcome
President @donaldtusk speaking at the European Council summit: It is now time for internal EU27 preparations and exploratory contacts with the UK to get more clarity on a vision; we should adopt guidelines and start negotiations next year
Macron: There will be no seperate agenda of bilateral talks with UK the goal is to have by March 2018 conclusions which shall be very specific and will provide for 2nd phase a very specific mandate to @MichelBarnier so he can finalise future relationship
Macron: there will be "no separate agenda of bilateral talks with the United Kingdom"
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to marry on May 19: palace
on first phase of Brexit negotiations: we managed to keep the unity of EU27 and integrity of single market and in future we will do what it takes to do the same
Angela Merkel: phase 2 of Brexit negotiations is an even tougher negotiation
EU set to back Brexit's next stage after May's plan wins praise
Theresa May has said Britain is working to secure the best trade deal with the European Union while regaining control over issues like immigration
Britain First deputy leader is released on bail
PM @theresa_may : "Thank you to Presidents @JunckerEU and @donaldtusk. Today is an important step on the road to delivering a smooth and orderly Brexit and forging our deep and special future partnership."
Irish Foreign Affairs Minister suggests Brexit transition period should be closer to five years
David Davis: UK must have right to negotiate trade deals during transition period
Britain says West must defend undersea cables from Russian navy
British military chief warns Russia could cut off internet to Nato countries as Moscow continues to perfect unconventional capabilities and information warfare: @guardian
Britain says best way forward on North Korea is to intensify economic pressure
Manchester United have found a £40m replacement for Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Theresa May says 'disappointed' by UK parliament vote but 'on course to deliver Brexit'
NATO boss: Brexit will change UK relationship with EU but not relationship with NATO - for me Brexit highlights importance of NATO-EU cooperation
Belgian PM @CharlesMichel on Brexit: There is still much work to do in the coming weeks and monthsbut here we have passed a stage that a few weeks ago many thought we wouldn't
: We have the commitments that the British Government has made to both Ireland and the rest of the EU. Those commitments are cast-iron in my view
: Businesses need time to adapt to any new realities in the context of Brexit. I have said that I think a transition period should be closer to four or five years
_Bettel: We should not punish British citizens because they have decided to leave but we should not punish the other countries too because one is leaving
Tusk: The real test of our unity will be the second phase of Brexit talks
Donald Tusk: This EUCO is a very clear illustration of the fact that only when we are united can we successfully deal with most difficult issues like with European defence or Brexit
4 month ago
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Delhi
Theresa May to meet with EU27 hours after Commons Brexit defeat
Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow: it was regrettable that material had been exiled from the papers, and that the reports took so long to be published, but says there has been no contempt of Parliament
Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow: ministers could have been "considerably clearer in their statements" regarding the Brexit sectoral analysis reports, but the argument that there has been a contempt of the House "has not been met"
Speaker of the UK House of Commons says David Davis not in contempt over Brexit impact assessments
David Davis: (asked if the UK will pay the Brexit bill if there's no free trade deal) "the withdrawal agreement is written in the light of Article 50, which says 'taking into account the future relationship', if that doesn't happen the whole deal falls away"
David Davis: (asked about polls showing a majority in favour of a referendum on the final Brexit deal) "no opinion poll comes anywhere near the votes of seventeen and a half million people, which we will respect"
Pakistan PM Abbasi, Shehbaz, Khawaja Asif meet Nawaz in London
David Davis: (on transparency) the EU's own fact sheet on transparency in trade negotiation notes "a certain level of confidentiality is necessary"… it is right that we take a similar approach
David Davis: (asked about transparency during the negotiations) we are committed to keeping Parliament and public informed…We will be as open and transparent as possible, subject to not revealing any information which could undermine negotiations
Brexit Secretary David Davis: last night's vote will result in a "very compressed timetable" when implementing the UK's exit from the EU, but the government takes the outcome of the vote seriously
Brexit Secretary David Davis: a no-deal is now "massively less probable" after last week's deal with the EU
Brexit Secretary David Davis: the implementation period must be finite, we want to achieve the right to negotiate and sign free trade deals during the period
Brexit Secretary David Davis speaking in the House of Commons: I welcome president Tusk's recommendation that talks on an implementation should start immediately and be agreed as soon as possible
May to urge EU leaders to move Brexit talks on to a second phase
Former Swedish Prime Minister: Negotiating Brexit deal will take longer than the UK expects