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EU ‘close to the end of the road’ over Northern Ireland protocol
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EU ‘close to the end of the road’ over Northern Ireland protocol

The EU is close to the end of the road with the UK over the Northern Ireland protocol, accusing David Frost, the Brexit minister, of trying to undermine serious attempts to solve the problem, the Irish foreign minister has said. Simon Coveney said he had spoken to Lord Frost’s counterpart, the European Commission vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, on Sunday. They...

EU to widen criteria for possible Covid vaccine export bans
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EU to widen criteria for possible Covid vaccine export bans

The EU is expected to take into account the level of vaccination coverage in a country such as the UK and its record in facilitating exports to the bloc when deciding on whether to prohibit individual vaccine shipments. The revision of the export authorisation scheme, widening the criteria that will guide Brussels’ decisions on individual...

Fish could still sink Brexit deal, says EU’s Ursula von der Leyen
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Fish could still sink Brexit deal, says EU’s Ursula von der Leyen

A clash over EU access to British fishing waters could still sink hopes of a post-Brexit trade deal, Ursula von der Leyen has said, with agreement said to be “so close but yet … so far away”. In an address to the European parliament, the European commission president said the issue of domestic subsidies, so long a...

EU leaders approve sanctions on Turkish officials over gas drilling
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EU leaders approve sanctions on Turkish officials over gas drilling

EU leaders have agreed to impose sanctions on an unspecified number of Turkish officials and entities involved in gas drilling in Cypriot-claimed waters – but they deferred bigger decisions such as trade tariffs or an arms embargo until they have consulted with the upcoming Biden administration. The decision reached by the EU council after hours of...

Brexit backlash: Boris Johnson ‘forced to cave to EU’ as Tories fear Joe Biden
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Brexit backlash: Boris Johnson ‘forced to cave to EU’ as Tories fear Joe Biden

Joe Biden piled the pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the lead-up to his eventual US election victory last month. While campaigning, the Democrat criticised the UK for its approach to Brexit as the Government infuriated the EU with the Internal Market Bill. Mr Johnson wanted to make changes to the already agreed Northern Ireland protocol, sparking a legal...

EU army plot to fuel ‘antagonistic’ fury from global enemies and spark conflict threat
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EU army plot to fuel ‘antagonistic’ fury from global enemies and spark conflict threat

The European Union has been urging member states to agree to a more harmonised approach to security and defence through increased cooperation between sovereign armies. The increased push towards collaboration fuelled concerns the bloc may step away from NATO to pursue the creation of a fully-fledged EU Army in the coming years. But Baroness Goldie warned the “inadvertently antagonistic”...