Email By Europe bureau chief Samantha Hawley Updated December 06, 2019 20:14:33 Photo: The case for Scottish independence has split voters across the small nation. (Reuters: Russell Cheyne) Related Story: 'Any change from what it is now would be worth it': Thousands march for Scottish independence Related Story: Boris Johnson greeted with loud boos and a frosty handshake in Scotland Related Story: Boris Johnson could go down in history as the man who won Brexit and lost Scotland Map: Scotland Scottish Borders farmer Heather Anderson is trying to negotiate 150 turkeys out of her main shed.They gobble in unison and defiance as they refuse to go.They'll be gone soon enough — all have been pre-sold and fattened for Christmas lunch.Ms Anderson hopes Scotland's 300-year membership of the United Kingdom will soon be gone too. Photo: Heather Anderson owns an organic farm and is also and SNP councillor. (ABC News: Andrew Greaves) Independence, she is adamant, is the only … [Read more...] about Will Brexit and the general election see Scotland leave the United Kingdom?
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EMMANUEL Macron has said a Brexit deal can be signed off tomorrow as Boris Johnson told MPs the "summit" is near. The French President raised hopes earlier of getting an agreement over the line as negotiations go down to the wire but a government source has revealed that no deal would be finalised tonight. Govt source says no Brexit deal tonight, because of unresolved issues with both the DUP and EU: "Everyone will be working into the night but there won’t be a deal this evening".— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) October 16, 2019 The source announced that there were still unresolved issues with both the DUP and the EU and said that "everyone will be working into the night but there will be no deal this evening." The French President said earlier today: "I want to believe an agreement is being finalised and that we will be able to endorse it tomorrow." And German Chancellor Angela Merkel said this evening: "The news we are getting from Brussels could be worse". The Prime … [Read more...] about ‘No Brexit deal tonight’ as Boris Johnson fails to win over DUP but EU confident agreement can be reached
BRUSSELS bosses have warned that Britain could be locked into the EU until 2020 as they finalise plans for a Brexit deal. Sources in the bloc said a breakthrough is on the cards - but the technical details may not be finalised until next year, paving the way for a THIRD extension. The move could wreck BoJo's "do or die" promise to have Britain out by October 31st. According to The Times, Johnson's allies said that the EU nations were split over suggestions of a further delay but said there was a "strong desire among powerful forces to get this sorted". Michel Barnier last night said it was "still possible" to do a deal this week but said now was the time to thrash out a legal text to seal it. Talks went on until midnight for the second day in a row.The tired-looking EU negotiator Michel Barnier raised hopes after weeks of pessimism in Brussels. Ramping up the pressure, the Frenchman told EU ministers that a draft legal text was needed by midnight. Mr Barnier said: "Let me add that it … [Read more...] about Britain might not leave EU until 2020 even if Boris Johnson gets a deal, Brussels warns
Boris Johnson has this lunchtime rejected the claims contained in a new leaked Treasury analysis of the impact on Northern Ireland of his new Brexit deal. In characteristic Mr Johnson style, he also admitted he hasn't read it.Notwithstanding those two things, the new leak of an internal government presentation from Labour may be the most significant document to enter the public domain during this campaign, and perhaps the most important leak since "Yellowhammer" no deal planning documents - even if it does not change a single result in next week's election.The most controversial element of the prime minister's revised Brexit deal, struck in mid-October, relates to Northern Ireland. This leaves Ulster tied closer to the rest of the European Union than the rest of the United Kingdom.However, the exact nature of those ties - and the consequences both for citizens and businesses in Northern Ireland that flow from them - have been shrouded in mystery and confusion. Advertisement … [Read more...] about This could be the most significant leaked document of the campaign