0 Comments UK 'at risk of crashing out of EU' with no deal due to border issue BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Britain risks a "disorderly" Brexit after failing to offer up any workable solutions for the Irish border, Michel Barnier has warned. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/uk-at-risk-of-crashing-out-of-eu-with-no-deal-due-to-border-issue-36828451.html Email Britain risks a "disorderly" Brexit after failing to offer up any workable solutions for the Irish border, Michel Barnier has warned. The EU chief negotiator issued the stark warning after Theresa May's vision for a new customs arrangement was demolished in five rounds of technical negotiations in Brussels. Sources in the Republic said the Irish government may now have no choice but to stall the talks completely in June. Officials believe the next 10 weeks must bring "significant and measurable progress" or the entire Brexit timeline will be derailed. The ultimate deal between the UK and EU is due to … [Read more...] about UK ‘at risk of crashing out of EU’ with no deal due to border issue
AUSTRALIA has warned Remainer MPs that staying in the EU customs union would kill an Oz trade deal. It came as Singapore offered a rapid agreement with Britain to prevent a “hard stop” after Brexit. Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop said her government also sees “enormous opportunities for more trade and investment”. But she warned rebel MPs in Westminster not to blow the chances when they vote next week on whether to try to keep Britain shackled to Brussels tariff and customs rules. She said that would mean “the opportunity for us to enter a free trade agreement with the UK standing alone would not be achievable”. Wealthy Asian city state Singapore’s foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan said he was aiming for “continuity arrangement” as soon as Britain leaves the EU. MOST READ IN POLITICSHOME SEC HITS BACK Amber Rudd defends note to PM vowing to deport more illegal immigrants Border toll Brexit negotiators … [Read more...] about Australia tells Remainer MPs that staying in EU customs union would kill trade deal
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is under increasing pressure to face European Union lawmakers over the recent privacy scandal that has engulfed his company. The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, has called on Zuckerberg to appear for questioning, adding that sending another executive would not be sufficient.“Let me also stress that one of the Parliament’s future priorities will be to reinforce the regulatory framework to ensure a well-functioning digital market with high-level protection for our citizens,” he wrote in a letter to Facebook. The body’s Justice Commissioner, Vera Jourova, also urged Zuckerberg to attend the parliament following a conversation with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.“This case is too important to treat as business as usual,” Jourova said this week. “I advised Sheryl Sandberg that Zuckerberg should accept the invitation from the European Parliament. [EU digital chief] Andrius Ansip refers to the … [Read more...] about Zuckerberg Facing Calls to Answer EU Lawmakers over Facebook Data Scandal
Facebook has made moves to shrink their legal responsibilities under new EU data laws by storing as much international user data as possible in the United State instead of Ireland Facebook is reportedly making a change to their Terms and Conditions that will be pushed out next month which will see the user data of all non-EU international users processed by Facebook USA rather than Facebook Ireland, meaning that approximately 1.5 billion Facebook users located in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America will not be subject to the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) data laws which take effect on May 25, according to Reuters.The new GDPR will allow European regulators to fine companies that collect or use personal data of their users without their permission. The GDPR allows for fines of up to 4 percent of global annual revenue for infractions by companies, making Facebook’s decision to push 1.5 billion users outside of the reach of the GDPR … [Read more...] about Facebook Shrinks Legal Responsibilities Under New EU Data Laws by Shifting User Info to U.S.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The European Union needs to be exempted from steel and aluminium tariffs announced by the United States in order to work with Washington on trade with China, France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday. “We are close allies between the EU and the United States. We cannot live with full confidence with the risk of being hit by those measures and by those new tariffs. We cannot live with a kind of sword of Damocles hanging over our heads,” Le Maire told a press conference during the International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings. “If we want to move forward … if we want to address the issue of trade, an issue of the new relationship with China, because we both want to engage China in a new multilateral order, we must first of all get rid of that threat,” he said. U.S. President Donald Trump announced a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and 10 percent tariff on aluminium imports last month to … [Read more...] about EU needs ‘full’ exemption from U.S. tariffs