Frost plays EU judges at own game – fix over major row in deal ‘within reach’

Farage praises ‘big victory for Brexit Britain’

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The compromise would involve a changing of the role of EU judges so that the European Courts of Justice would preside over questions of EU law in Northern Ireland in almost all cases involving the single market, except if the UK failed to implement EU law in Northern Ireland and thus had to be sent to a court based in Luxembourg.

Under the Northern Ireland protocol, Northern Ireland continues to follow around 300 EU rules, which prevent it from having a hard border with the Republic of Ireland and allow it access to the single market.

Brexit Minister Lord Frost has said that it is ‘highly unusual’ for a non-EU member to be judged by the ECJ, however, Brussels has warned that Northern Ireland will lose its access to the single market without ECJ oversight.

Additional reporting by Luke Hawker, Olivia Stringer and Paul Withers.

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  • Lord Frost crushes EU hopes of Brexit collapse and stands up to Brussels13:11
  • ‘Disruption would be catastrophic!’ UK told Article 16 should be ruled out before Christmas11:51
  • IMF report shows UK to outperform EU economies this year and next10:56
  • ‘Clear for many current implementation of Protocol continues to be very problematic’07:41
  • Angela Merkel issues chilling hospital warning – ‘We are full’

    The German chancellor has issued a chilling warning over hospital capacity as Germany braces for another coronavirus lockdown.

    She attended an emergency meeting with regional leaders on Thursday afternoon – after Covid cases rose to record highs. The 67-year-old is understood to have started the meeting by telling officials “we are full”, in an apparent reference to intensive care units.

    Germany recorded 65,371 new coronavirus cases on Thursday – a new daily record.

    The worrying figure came 24 hours after the nation recorded 52,826 infections.

    Ms Merkel acknowledged the fourth wave of coronavirus is hitting Germany with “full force”.

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    Macron taking ‘pragmatic approach’ on EU topics to focus on reelection campaign says expert

    The French will be tasked with electing their next president in April 2022.

    Worried that the firmly pro-EU stance for which he has become known could stunt his progress in seeking re-election, Mr Macron is believed to be distancing himself from the bloc.

    EU expert Mujtaba Rahman said the President would now “prefer to avoid a messy debate on existential questions about the EU”.

    Mr Rahman suggested this explains his “more pragmatic approach” to the ongoing row between Brussels and Warsaw.

    Mr Rahman goes as far as to suggest that the French President would support Brussels compromising with the Eurosceptic Government in Warsaw.

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    French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune has said that France will not support a proposal from 12 EU countries to fund a wall on the Polish-Belarusian border. He also added that the treatment of migrants must be humane.

    It has been reported by Politico that the Polish government plans to finish the wall by summer 2022.

    As a response to these accusations, Sebastian Kaleta tweeted: “Dear @CBeaune, if you don’t want to fund wall protecting Polish border which is at the same time EU border please send your planes to Minsk to take migrants to France.”

    He added: “Thousands of them want to go to France, not Poland. Show your humanity and respect to them.”

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    Contrary to Germany and Austria, Macron refused to lock down unvaccinated citizens

    On Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany will curb the freedoms of those who remain unvaccinated in an effort to bring down infection rates.

    The Chancellor said: “Many of the measures that are now needed would not have been needed if more people were vaccinated.

    “And it isn’t too late to get vaccinated now.”

    Mr Macron, speaking to daily regional paper La Voix du Nord, said: “Those countries locking down the non-vaccinated are those which have not put in place the (health) pass.

    “Therefore this step is not necessary in France.”

    For those out and about in public in France, the health pass is required to show proof of vaccination, recent recovery from COVID-19 or a recent negative coronavirus test result.

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    Patel blasts EU for plunging UK into ‘mass migrant crisis’

    The Home Secretary blamed the EU’s internal open borders for allowing millions of illegal migrants to move freely around the bloc.

    She said France is “overwhelmed” by the number of people heading to its shorelines to try to make the perilous crossing to England.

    Speaking to reporters in Washington DC, Ms Patel admitted for the first time the country is facing a “mass migration crisis”.

    She added: “The real problem on illegal migration flows is the EU has no border protection whatsoever.”

    Around 1,000 people are believed to have crossed the channel in small boats on Tuesday, taking the total so far this year to more than 24,000.

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    British troops to be deployed on the Polish border amid migrant crisis

    Ben Wallace, the Secretary of State for Defence, has announced on Thursday night that the UK will be sending more troops to support Poland at its border.

    At least 4,000 asylum-seekers from the Middle East are currently stranded at the Polish border in freezing weather as they try to enter the EU via Poland and Lithuania.

    The Telegraph reports that the British Government’s concerns are growing given the future influx of migrants into the EU who could try to cross the Channel to reach the UK.

    Around 100 soldiers from the Royal Engineers are set to be deployed at the Polish border.

    Whitehall reportedly believes that Moscow has “manufactured” the crisis.

    Taoiseach says UK and EU need to knuckle down in Northern Ireland talks

    Taoiseach Michael Martin has said that the UK and the EU need to knuckle down and resolve the disputes over the Northern Ireland protocol. 

    Mr Martin urged the UK not to trigger Article 16, which would suspend part of the Northern Ireland protocol. 

    In an interview with the BBC, the Taoiseach said he thought that serious talks were taking place between the UK and the EU.

    He said:”Where there is a will, there is a way, and I think both sides just need to knuckle down and get it resolved”.

    ‘We want to stop the French!’ Farage sees crowd cheer as he faces Tory on Brexit fishing

    Nigel Farage was cheered by a Devon crowd after he passionately called for the removal of French boats from UK waters and slammed the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs for not backing UK fishers.

    GB News presenter Nigel Farage took his show on the road to Brixham, Devon where he debated with local Conservative MP Anthony Mangnall about the population’s Brexit concerns. 

    Mr Farage asked how much “frustration” there has been in the fishing community in Brixham with Mr Mangnall explaining communities in the south west were always ignored by Westminster. 

    Mr Mangnall then referred to DEFRA’s financial support scheme which made millions of pounds of grants available to fishing business but said it only “scratched the surface” with Mr Farage exclaiming the UK wanted to get rid of the French which saw the crowd loudly cheer.

    Ken Clarke hits out at Brexit – ‘dreadful deal’

    Former Conservative Chancellor Ken Clarke sparked a Remoaner outcry as he dubbed the Brexit deal incomplete, saying “a lot more negotiation” is needed.

    Boris Johnson‘s Brexit deal has been slammed by Lord Clarke, who says the current talks about the Northern Ireland Protocol between the UK and the EU are “laughable”.

    Lord Clarke told The New European’s Tim Walker: “A lot more negotiation needs to take place in a civilised and sensible atmosphere, the present atmosphere is farcically acrimonious.

    “On our side, the domestic politics is making it very difficult.

    “Boris made a dreadful deal, but people voted for it because at that point they just wanted any deal.

    “They weren’t prepared, for instance, for the problems in relation to the Irish border.”

    French minister ignites fishing dispute over Jersey

    France as reignited their post-Brexit fishing war with Jersey, as a senior official branded the British territory “uncooperative”.

    Annick Girardin, French Minister of the Sea, said: “It is definitely obvious that Jersey does not respect the Brexit agreement, worse, it shows a lack of willingness to cooperate with us.”

    She claimed 46 licence requests were unanswered and 52 licences had expired on 31 October, “including 13 priority ones, depriving these fishermen of access to Jersey waters”.

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    Harriet Harman told MPs: “If the Government doesn’t move quickly some organisations will become unviable, some musicians at the top of their career will feel their best option is to relocate to Europe.

    “We don’t want them to have to do that and many of the next generation of musicians will never have the opportunity to get into the profession, to develop their career, without the financial and artistically important benefits of working in Europe.”

    Coveney hits out at UK over Brexit position

    Ireland’s foreign minister Simon Coveney has taken aim at the UK’s stance during Brexit negotiations with the EU. 

    He said: “This package represented a significant compromised for the EU. 

    “The lack of any evident reciprocal willingness to compromise by our UK partners to date has been deeply disappointing.

    “A lasting agreement can be found if we focus constructively on the issues that matter most to the people of Northern Ireland.”

    DUP MP rages EU has ‘destroyed’ Northern Ireland over enforcement of Protocol

    Ian Paisley (North Antrim) has urged the Government to invoke Article 16 and put businesses “out of the misery”.

    He told MPs in the House of Commons: “We now appear to have this Joan of Arc stand-off of the opposition, calling the protocol as if it is something precious when it is destroying businesses, it is costing businesses in Northern Ireland £850 million.

    “That is what is catastrophic: the friction of trade within the United Kingdom.

    “The Paymaster General mentioned sovereignty. I represent a constituency in the United Kingdom, so do all the members in this House. We should not be doing Brussels’ work from these benches.

    “Brussels has destroyed this part of the United Kingdom by insisting on the enforcement of a protocol in a disgraceful manner.”

    He added: “Invoke Article 16 and invoke it now, and stop dillydallying on this issue. Put business out of the misery in Northern Ireland.”

    Lord Frost crushes EU hopes of Brexit collapse and stands up to Brussels

    The UK’s Brexit minister has warned the EU not to mistake his “reasonable tone” in Brexit talks for a softening in his demands.

    He has insisted he is standing firm on his red lines in talks with the EU over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

    There have been suggestions he has stepped down from plans to suspend the treaty if a solution is not found before Christmas, but told Parliament there had been no change in his stance.

    He told peers: “We are trying to reach an agreement, that’s always been our position.

    “It’s been our position in July, it’s been our position now.

    “I would suggest our friends in the EU don’t interpret the reasonable tone that I usually use in my discussions with them as implying any softening in the substantive position.”

    ‘Disruption would be catastrophic!’ UK told Article 16 should be ruled out before Christmas

    Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael has warned Article 16 is a “legitimate part” of the Northern Ireland Protocol’s provisions.

    He told the House of Commons “At the very least, we would have wanted to hear some commitment today from the Government benches that there would be no triggering of Article 16 this side of Christmas.

    “The disruption that that would cause would be catastrophic, but still we hear nothing from them.”

    “Article 16 does not exist as a get-out-of-jail-free card for the Government when they do not like the deal that they have done.

    “To invoke it in the way in which Government ministers speak would be seen as an act of bad faith on the part of the UK Government.”

    Mr Carmichael called for “pragmatic solutions” and “not more posturing”, adding “the problems of which the Government now complain are all one of their own making”.

    IMF report shows UK to outperform EU economies this year and next

    Brexit Britain is set to outperform the European Union’s top economies and that of the Eurozone as a whole, according to the latest forecast from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

    Facts4EU.Org compared the UK to the top five EU economies with the largest forecast growth in 2021.

    This shows Britain with projected growth of 6.76 percent – more than double that of Germany (3.05 percent) – the EU’s largest economy.

    France is next with 6.29 percent, followed Italy (5.77 percent), Spain (5.74 percent) and the Netherlands (3.77 percent).

    Possible major breakthrough in Brexit impasse between UK and EU

    RTE Europe Editor Tony Connelly tweeted: “The EU is proposing that a 50pc cut in customs formalities on goods moving from GB to Northern Ireland become a legal obligation as opposed to a general aspiration, @rtenews understands.

    “EU negotiators want the offer to be legally enshrined in a formal co-decision with the UK in order to remove any doubt that the offer to cut customs formalities is meaningful.

    “The UK’s chief negotiator Lord David Frost has so far dismissed the EU’s offer to cut formalities by 50pc, arguing that it would not represent a significant cut in the process of moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    “However, in talks this week the EU has proposed a legal text that would be formally adopted by the EU-UK Joint Committee, that would put the 50pc cut on a legal footing.”

    EU shoots itself in foot with new Brexit travel fees

    A new EU scheme means holidays in the Schengen Zone will become more complicated and expensive from next year.

    From the end of next year, British holidaymakers will need to pay a fee to step foot in the Schengen Zone – a zone where 26 European countries abolished their internal borders for the free and unrestricted movement of people.

    The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is due to be rolled out next year.

    The visa-waiver scheme means all nationals from third-countries must complete a orm and pay a fee in order to travel to the EU.

    This is the latest in a growing list of pre-holiday admin, which currently includes proof of Covid vaccine certification, testing requirements, and possible quarantine, depending the traveller’s destination.

    Abbie Downes, International Account Manager at Jacobs Media Group, told Express.co.uk: “Covid combined with Brexit has created many additional layers to travelling abroad, from expensive Covid tests to lengthy entry forms with unique entry requirements per country.

    “It is hoped the ETIAS process and fee will not act as an additional deterrent for many Brits who have put off travelling since the pandemic.”

    ‘Clear for many current implementation of Protocol continues to be very problematic’

    Lord Frost has taken to Twitter following a two-day trip to Northern Ireland.

    He wrote: “I had a great two days in Northern Ireland meeting with community groups, political leaders and businesses like @musgravemktpl in Belfast.

    “Thank you also to Good Morning Ulster for the chance to talk to @SJBretty & @csbuckler.

    “While I heard a range of views, it’s clear that for many the current implementation of the Protocol continues to be very problematic.

    “The need to find sustainable solutions is as great as ever.”

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