May 19, 2024
It hasn’t gone away, you know
Yes, it’s still going ahead, negotiations are still deadlocked, and time’s running out.
Yes, it’s still going ahead, negotiations are still deadlocked, and time’s running out.

On January 31st this year, the European Union ruptured. After 3½ years of torturous politicking, reams of indigestible trade jargon and a veritable mountain of dire warnings, the UK left, marking perhaps the lowest point in the bloc’s 63-year history. We all took a large intake of breath. And then the biggest story in decades dropped off the face of the earth. Never has one dominating news story been so obliterated by another.

You’d be forgiven for thinking the Covid-19 crisis had cancelled Brexit given the lack of attention it’s got in recent weeks. The good news or bad news, depending on your standpoint, is that this phase of no Brexit news probably won’t last for much longer. The transitional arrangements, which has the UK out politically but still in economically, expires at the end of the year. If an extension is wanted, the deadline for seeking one is June 30th.

And – surprise, surprise – progress in the negotiations to reach a post-Brexit trade deal has, in the words of Tánaiste Simon Coveney, “ not been good”. Downing Street has previously said it will refuse an extension, even if the EU requests it. “Time is short and there’s an awful lot to do,” Coveney said in an interview on RTÉ Radio One on Tuesday.

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(2) Snitchers’ Paradise

(3) EU infighting on Brexit: European Parliament hand VDL letter demanding seat at trade talks

(4) Michel Barnier makes huge error as EU’s Brexit strategy crumbles

(5) Varadkar PANIC: Ireland dealt huge economic blow as EU issues terrifying forecast

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