Keir Starmer’s Brexit reboot
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by Jon Stone, Emilio Casalicchio, Laura Kayali
18h ago
LONDON — Keir Starmer wants to reset Britain’s relationship with Europe. Thanks to his Tory predecessors, he has the perfect opportunity. On Thursday — less than a fortnight into the new job — Britain’s new prime minister will host more than 40 of the continent’s leaders at a European Political Community (EPC) summit at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. The timing, so soon after the U.K. election, is something most new leaders could only dream of — but the summit is not part of a Starmer masterplan to ingratiate himself with Europe’s elite. It was his Tory predecessor Liz Truss who volunteered to ..read more
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Post-Brexit security pact with EU ‘will complement’ NATO, Starmer says
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by Jon Stone, Stefan Boscia
6d ago
WASHINGTON — A security pact between Britain and the European Union would be “complementary” to NATO, Prime Minister Keir Starmer has said at a meeting of the alliance. Speaking ahead of a summit marking 75 years of NATO in Washington, the U.K.’s new prime minister told reporters the plan for closer ties with Brussels on defense and security was “really important to us.” “I do think there is scope for a significant improving of our defense and security relationship with the EU,” he said. “I think this is complementary with NATO. NATO is still the cornerstone of defense in Europe and our approa ..read more
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Irish prime minister: EU open to Keir Starmer’s Brexit plan
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by Jon Stone
1w ago
LONDON — The European Union is “absolutely” open to Prime Minister Keir Starmer’s plan for an overhaul of the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit trading relationship, Ireland’s premier has said. Simon Harris said the EU would give a “fair hearing” to “any proposal that the British government has.” Labour, which won a historic majority in Thursday’s U.K. general election, has said it wants to negotiate a veterinary agreement with the bloc in a bid to smooth trade and reduce border friction for businesses, among other changes to the Brexit settlement. The Taoiseach said Ireland “will always be an ally ..read more
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City dreams of Labour win to deliver new Brexit deal
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by Hannah Brenton
3w ago
LONDON — Labour could play it safe with Brussels on financial services. Or it could stir up treason. Labour’s wannabe finance minister Rachel Reeves, set to take over the helm of the Treasury on July 4 if polls are correct, has made it clear she wants to improve the trading relationship with the EU. But Brussels won’t let that happen immediately. So Reeves will have a choice: be patient and put the hours in to get the bloc on side. Or, take the nuclear option: revive Brexit’s infamous “cherry picking” approach and plump for some side deals with Britain-friendly countries. To date, Brussels has ..read more
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Labour’s Brexit plan could leave it on the hook for millions
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by Sophie Inge
1M ago
LONDON — They shelled out millions of pounds building Britain’s repeatedly delayed new Brexit border. But the U.K.’s commercial ports could soon find all their hard work rendered redundant if a Labour government strikes its long-promised EU agreement to ease trade friction. Port operators have splashed around £100 million on high-spec inspection facilities across the U.K. in preparation for checks on EU food and plant imports. They want a guarantee they will get their money back if Labour wins the general election on July 4 — and manages to clinch an EU deal. One of Keir Starmer’s key election ..read more
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Getting flirty! Are the UK and EU falling into bed with each other again?
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by Hannah Brenton
2M ago
LONDON — She’s the British official who’s good at knocking bankers’ heads together. He’s the twinkly-eyed Irishman who’s an old hand at navigating the twists and turns of EU policymaking. Since Brexit they’ve not had much to do with each other.  But maybe — just maybe — an old flame is rekindling.  We’ll find out if there’s any chemistry on Wednesday. That’s when the U.K.’s Gwyneth Nurse and the EU’s John Berrigan discuss potential financial services cooperation. It’ll be only the second time the two sides have talked about the massively important sector since Britain’s departure fro ..read more
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Tory star Kemi Badenoch blasts David Cameron’s Brexit ‘dereliction of duty’
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by Noah Keate
3M ago
LONDON — Deep disagreements in the U.K. Conservative Party over Brexit? Surely not! Business and Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch continued the Conservatives’ EU forever war Thursday night as she accused David Cameron of failing to prepare sufficiently for Brexit as prime minister. “One of the most disappointing things was becoming an MP a year later and finding out there had been no plans made about how this was going to happen,” Badenoch told business lobby group the Confederation of British Industry Thursday. “I think that was the real dereliction of duty.” “If you’re offering people Leave vs ..read more
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Brussels wants post-Brexit talks with UK on new youth mobility rights
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by Jon Stone
3M ago
LONDON — The European Commission is eager to start talks with the United Kingdom over a post-Brexit deal to improve opportunities for young people to live, work and study abroad. In a statement issued on Thursday, the EU’s executive said it would ask member states on the EU Council for permission to negotiate a bloc-wide youth mobility agreement with London — while accusing the U.K. of attempting to cherry-pick select member states. “The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union has hit young people in the EU and the U.K. who would like to study, work and live abroad particularly har ..read more
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UK quit Erasmus because of Brits’ poor language skills
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by Jon Stone
3M ago
BRUSSELS — The U.K. decided to leave the EU’s Erasmus+ student exchange scheme because Brits’ poor foreign language skills made membership too expensive to justify, a senior British official has revealed. Lower take-up of the scheme by British students compared to other nationalities — put down to a weak aptitude for language learning — meant London expected to pay in nearly €300 million more a year than it received back, Nick Leake, a veteran senior diplomat at the U.K. Mission said this week. It comes as youth organizations on both sides of the channel launch a renewed push for the U.K. to r ..read more
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Brexit border leaves ‘gaping hole’ for animal diseases, UK warned
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by Jon Stone
3M ago
LONDON — The government’s new Brexit trade border system will create a “gaping hole” for animal diseases to enter the U.K., health chiefs overseeing the U.K’s busiest port have warned. In a letter to British MPs, the head of the Dover Port Health Authority accused ministers of being “complacent” to the risk of the spread of illnesses like African Swine Fever. The government “will create a gaping hole in this border that does not currently exist, and specifically when it comes to the entry of high-risk rest of world animal products,” Lucy Manzano, head of Dover Port Health Authority, said. The ..read more
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