- Seven members of the British government, including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, have resigned in protest to Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
- They — and many Conservatives — object to a potentially indefinite “backstop” in the withdrawal agreement that would keep the United Kingdom in a customs union with the EU in order to avoid closing the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Read more
The United Kingdom has reached a provisional agreement with the EU about its withdrawal from the bloc in March 2019.
Here is a summary of what you need to know. Read more
After Britain voted to leave the EU in 2016, I argued here that the only alternative to a “hard” Brexit was a Norway-style deal under which Britain would stay in the EU customs union and single market.
I got it half-right. The draft agreement that is due to be published later today would — according to British media — see the United Kingdom exit the single market but remain in the customs union until a better solution can be found to prevent the return of a border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Britain would also respect the rights of the roughly three million EU nationals in the country. The one million Britons who live and work on the continent would be treated similarly. Read more
- British prime minister Theresa May has won her cabinet’s support for a withdrawal agreement with the EU.
- The challenge now is getting the treaty approved by her ruling Conservative Party and its allies in Northern Ireland. Read more
Northern Ireland’s conservatives have threatened to withhold their support from Theresa May’s 2019 budget proposal if the prime minister crosses their “red lines” on Brexit.
May needs the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland for her majority in Westminster. Read more
The EU summit in Salzburg, Austria has driven home two truths about Brexit:
- The United Kingdom cannot cherrypick the conditions of its future relations with the EU. If it wants to stay in the single market, it must accept the same terms as Iceland and Norway.
- There is no point in going over Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier’s head and appealing directly to EU leaders.
None of this should be news. Read more