Removing the highest court in Europe from the Brexit protocol is ‘an impossibility’ – POLITICO

Turning the European Court of Justice into a Brexit “bogeyman” threatens Northern Ireland’s place in the EU’s single market for goods, and removing it from the protocol treaty is “an impossibility”, according to leading figures of the EU. European Commissioner for Financial Services Mairead McGuinness and EU Ambassador to the UK João Vale de Almeida … Read more

The transatlantic relationship turns into a food fight – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article. Get ready for the next superpower showdown on the other side of the Atlantic. This time around, the ideological clash is about how we grow our food. In the race to reduce the damage agriculture is doing to the climate, the EU and the US are veering into … Read more

Poor countries warn of difficult access to climate talks in Glasgow – POLITICO

The world’s least developed countries have issued a warning against the barriers that COVID restrictions and a lack of vaccines impose on their participation in the upcoming climate conference in Scotland, the UN COP26 talks. “LDC Group delegates remain concerned about the logistics to get to Glasgow” for the meeting, Sonam Phuntsho Wangdi, Chairman of … Read more

Brussels raises the stakes in rule of law dispute with Poland – POLITICO

Brussels is increasing pressure on Warsaw in their protracted confrontation over the rule of law. The European Commission, in a move it called “quite exceptional,” urged the Higher Court of the EU impose daily fines on Poland to comply with an order to suspend the operation of a controversial body for the discipline of judges. … Read more

Nokia halts 5G project for fear of US sanctions – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article. Finnish telecommunications equipment maker Nokia has suspended its work at a key industry group due to fears that it could face US sanctions for working with Chinese tech companies on Washington’s blacklist. Nokia informed a group called O-RAN Alliance that “we have no choice but to suspend all … Read more

Brussels will not allow Brexit to ruin its summer holidays – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article. The UK is pushing for a big Brexit restart, but don’t expect Brussels to sideline its summer plans. Britain’s David Frost explained his latest proposal to reform Northern Ireland’s divorce protocol on Wednesday. However, although the UK spoke harshly, the EU’s response was polite: “Well, we will talk, … Read more

UK Brexit Minister Pressures EU to Review Northern Ireland Trade Rules

LONDON – The UK and the EU “cannot continue as we are” in Northern Ireland after Brexit, the British minister in charge of implementing last year’s deal said on Wednesday. Cabinet Office Minister David Frost told the House of Lords that the UK government had concluded that Britain could justify the overriding arrangements for Northern … Read more

UK’s Frost says EU is dodging ‘heart of the problem’ in post-Brexit trade – POLITICAL

The latest EU concessions to enforce post-Brexit trade rules in Northern Ireland ports do not touch “the heart of the problem,” as Brussels still seeks to impose an incredibly stringent trade border there, according to the Brexit man from the UK, David Frost. Frost told the Policy Exchange think tank on Thursday that he is … Read more

The EU seals an agreement on important reforms of agricultural policy – POLITICO

The European Parliament and the governments of the EU agreed today a reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, the European Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski saying. The agreement sets out how € 270 billion of budget funds will be spent on farms until 2027. The final agreement, which has already been delayed for two years, … Read more

UK-Australia trade deal could complicate post-Brexit fix in Northern Ireland, officials fear – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article. Officials on both sides of the Canal fear that the UK-Australia trade deal risks undermining efforts to ease post-Brexit tensions in Northern Ireland by securing a food and plant safety deal between Brussels and London. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison announced a … Read more