No more ‘basket-case Britain’: Europe welcomes Starmer reset in UK-EU ties
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by Lisa O'Carroll, Deborah Cole and Sam Jones
13h ago
PM’s promise to draw line under years of factious relations greeted with plaudits and relief by European media Keir Starmer’s promised “reset” of the UK’s ties with the rest of Europe has drawn a positive response in European media, with one longtime journalist rejoicing that she will never again have to cover “Britain as a basket case”. The prime minister told leaders at a meeting of the European Political Community at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Thursday that he wanted to draw a line under years of fractious relations with the rest of Europe. The relaunch was greeted with a sense of re ..read more
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Keir Starmer says he is open to processing asylum seekers offshore
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by Kiran Stacey and Lisa O'Carroll
1d ago
PM wants to rethink UK’s immigration policies but did not make progress on returns deal at summit with EU leaders Keir Starmer is looking into plans to process asylum seekers outside the UK as part of a rethink of the government’s immigration policies, even as a returns agreement with the EU appears more distant than ever. The prime minister said on Thursday he was open to the idea of Britain processing claims offshore, after a day spent discussing illegal migration with fellow European leaders at Blenheim Palace. Those talks, as part of the European Political Community summit, included a meet ..read more
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EU biometric checks for foreign travellers delayed again
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by Gwyn Topham Transport correspondent
2d ago
Digital border system that will require fingerprint and facial scans postponed until November The date for the introduction of the EU’s new entry-exit system has been pushed back again until November, allaying fears of long queues at the border during the October half-term holidays. The launch of the new biometric checks for foreign travellers, including Britons, entering the EU, has been delayed from 6 October until at least 10 November, with many smaller airports yet to have facilities in place ..read more
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David Lammy says he can find common ground with JD Vance
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by Lisa O'Carroll and Kiran Stacey
2d ago
UK foreign secretary says he has talked to Trump running mate, who shares working class and Christian background • UK politics live – latest updates David Lammy has said he is already engaging with Donald Trump’s controversial running mate, JD Vance, and can identify with him because of their common working class and Christian backgrounds. The British foreign secretary was speaking just hours after the possible future US vice-president reiterated his “America first” views, pledging to the Republican national convention (RNC) that he would not send US soldiers to war abroad unnecessarily ..read more
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Starmer meets taoiseach in effort to end strain in UK-Irish relations
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by Lisa O'Carroll
2d ago
PM meets Simon Harris, the taoiseach, at Chequers on eve of European Political Community gathering Keir Starmer is hoping to reverse almost a decade of strained relations with Ireland over dinner with the taoiseach, Simon Harris, at Chequers on Wednesday on the eve of the biggest summit of European leaders in the UK. Greeting Harris, Starmer said he was “very pleased to have this very early opportunity to, what I see as resetting, strengthening and deepening our relationship ..read more
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The Brexit fantasists may be beaten, but Brexit reality is a far tougher foe | Rafael Behr
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by Rafael Behr
3d ago
Only when the blinkers of Eurosceptic ideology are removed does the full scale of the task of repairing EU relations become clear Rishi Sunak didn’t choose an early July election so that defeat might spare him the hassle of hosting tomorrow’s summit of the European Political Community (EPC), but it is a duty he was glad to forgo. Protocols of continental fellowship never came naturally to the Conservative leader and his party would have despised him for faking them. By contrast, Keir Starmer is grateful for the gathering in Blenheim as a chance to show how Britain under a Labour government is ..read more
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Trump’s running mate says UK could be ‘first Islamist country’ with nuclear weapons
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by Jessica Elgot Deputy political editor
4d ago
JD Vance’s criticism of Labour comes after David Lammy tried to build bridges with vice-presidential nominee Explainer: Who is JD Vance, Trump’s vice-presidential pick? Donald Trump’s vice-presidential pick, JD Vance, said the UK could become the first “truly Islamist country that will get a nuclear weapon” after Labour won the election, it can be revealed. Vance, the junior senator of Ohio and author of the memoir Hillbilly Elegy, was speaking at a conference for US Conservatives when he made the comments ..read more
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How can Keir Starmer keep Britain safe? As the US withdraws, he must renew the UK’s role in Europe
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by Mark Leonard
4d ago
When the PM hosts other European leaders this week, their old protector will be absent. A shared approach to security is now vital Keir Starmer is reeling from England’s defeat in European football, but he will hope to be more successful in European politics. This week more than 45 leaders will gather under his leadership in Blenheim Palace for the fourth meeting of the European Political Community (EPC). The EPC summit is the brainchild of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, who called for the format to demonstrate European unity after Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Starmer will wan ..read more
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UK ready to build ‘closer, more mature’ trade links with EU
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by Richard Partington Economics correspondent
4d ago
New business secretary set to tell international counterparts at G7 meeting ‘Britain is back on world stage’ Britain is taking its first steps towards forging closer trading links with the EU in meetings between the new business secretary, Jonathan Reynolds, and international counterparts in Italy. In his first overseas visit since Labour’s election landslide, Reynolds will tell a G7 meeting of trade ministers in the Italian city of Reggio Calabria that the new UK government wants to foster a “closer, more mature relationship with our friends in the EU ..read more
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EU leaders ‘open-minded’ about future relations with UK, says senior official
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by Lisa O'Carroll in London and Jennifer Rankin in Brussels
4d ago
Bloc sources say ball firmly in UK’s court regarding reset of ties as leaders prepare to meet at Blenheim for EPC forum European leaders are “open-minded” about how to reset relations with Britain and are not ruling rule out a UK-EU summit in the future, a senior EU official has said before a meeting of European leaders in Oxfordshire on Thursday. But they have indicated the ball is firmly in the UK’s court and they expect an offer from London on issues such as youth mobility and citizens rights to get things rolling ..read more
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