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Brexit Briefing No.22 - The EU after Brexit

There were no formal Brexit negotiations this week but the European Parliament was meeting in Strasbourg and both Commission President Jean Claude Junker and Council President Donald Tusk addressed MEPs.

Brexit Briefing No.21

Brussels burst back into life this week as the city’s European institutions starting filling up after the Christmas break.

There were no Brexit negotiations this week but on both sides of the channel there were plenty of preparations for the talks that lie ahead.

Brexit Briefing No.20

Brexit transition and trade relationship negotiations, continued uncertainty in Germany, French domestic strife and a Catalan crisis that only seems to deepen. 2018 promises to be an interesting year in the EU and a critical one for Brexit.

Brexit Briefing No.19 - A Christmas truce?

Brussels has all but broken up for Christmas, however, given the conclusion of the first phase of negotiations and the agreement to start discussing the second phase, there is plenty to ponder as we enter the Christmas break, even as the attacks from Brussels on Poland threaten to poison the fest

Brexit Briefing No.18

Finally the magic words "Sufficient Progress" were uttered by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker before dawn in Brussels on Friday morning, after the Prime Minister's middle of the night flight to Belgium following an evening of phone calls between London, Brussels, Dublin and Belf

Why staying in the customs union is a bad idea

The customs union has become a very hot topic over the last 18 months. Many people have suggested that the UK, or parts of it, can remain in the customs union even after the UK leaves.

“Sufficient Progress” - What The Deal Means

“Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”

This caveat is in the opening remarks. This deal is conditional on the outcome of phase two talks. If they collapse, so most likely does much of this text.

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Brexit Briefing No.17

It has been a tumultuous few days in the world of Brexit. On Monday morning it seemed as if a deal on sufficient progress in the divorce proceedings was very likely, meaning that the UK and EU could move onto discussing the key issues of the future transition and trade deal.

Brexit Briefing No.16

A rumoured divorce bill deal and crisis averted in Dublin even as Ireland appears a major stumbling block to a Brexit agreement; it has been another fascinating week as negotiations move head first towards the crucial December 15th Council meeting where the EU governments will decide whether enou