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.
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
This week the Irish government reportedly threatened to block EU/UK trade talks if the UK did not agree to Northern Ireland staying in the single market and customs union, even if the rest of the UK left both.
An ultimatum from Brussels, talk of a mutiny in the Commons on the EU Withdrawal Bill, and confirmation that Parliament will have a binding vote on the final exit deal before March 2019 - it has been a whirlwind few days for the Brexit process.
In marked contrast to the situation in the UK, it has been a relatively calm political week in Brussels with the main item of interest being the ex-Catalan leader’s continued residence in the city seeking sanctuary from Spanish government prosecutors.
Financial apocalypse, the sky literally closing down, and three amigos in Brussels - this week has seen the vacuum in the absence of formal Brexit talks filled with a plethora of Halloween horror stories.