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Simon Coveney says there is no chance of backstop being scrapped under new UK leader

A change in British prime minister will not shift the fundamental realities of Brexit, Ireland’s deputy PM has warned, saying there is no chance of the EU ditching or watering down the Irish backstop.

Wholesale changes to Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement have been suggested by some as a way of avoiding a no-deal Brexit, but Coveney told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday: “If the approach of the new British prime minister is that they’re going to tear up the withdrawal agreement, I think we’re in trouble. I think we’re all in trouble, quite frankly.

In a ‘no deal’ scenario, the UK would leave the single market and the customs union immediately with no ‘divorce’ arrangement in place. The European court of justice would cease to have jurisdiction over the UK, and the country would also leave various other institutions including Euratom and Europol.
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Officials unsure of next Tory leader’s true views on EU or whether MPs will back them

While Westminster has been gripped by the Tory leadership race, Brussels has been on a Brexit break.

That respite will soon be over. And despite rumours of Brussels compromises in the works, the EU has no off-the-shelf Brexit plan for the new prime minister, who is expected to be announced on Tuesday.
Incoming prime minister poses a Brexit puzzle for Brussels
#Brexit #Article50 #EuropeanUnion #Foreignpolicy #Politics #Europe #Worldnews #UKnews #BorisJohnson #JeremyHunt
 
Marietje Schaake recalls unwanted advances, inappropriate remarks and being mistaken for an intern

When Marietje Schaake was elected to the European parliament for the Dutch liberal D66 party a decade ago, she knew what she wanted to do – protect people’s rights online and promote transatlantic relations.

Schaake had not bargained for comments on her clothes and weight, or unwanted advances from male colleagues. As she left parliament after 10 years as an MEP this month, she wondered if her younger self would have been “courageous enough” to run for office had she understood “what I was getting myself into”.
Former MEP berates 'culture of sexism' in European parliament
#EuropeanUnion #Netherlands #Europe #Worldnews
 
Pro-Europe grassroots groups to voice opposition to a Johnson premiership

Protesters will take to London’s streets on Saturday for a “No to Boris. Yes to Europe” march days ahead of Boris Johnson’s widely anticipated move into No 10.

In a message aimed at the new prime minister, the March for Change will demand an end to Brexit.
Boris blimp to join 9ft Nigel Farage on anti-Brexit march in London
#BorisJohnson #Politics #UKnews #JeremyHunt #Conservativeleadership #Conservatives #Brexit #EuropeanUnion #Article50 #Europe
 
Tehran calls for lifting of punishing US sanctions in exchange for talks but also dangles threat of more enrichment. #MiddleEast #Iran #UnitedStates #DonaldTrump #EuropeanUnion
 
Amputee in France ‘betrayed’ by photograph of his disability found displayed on packets

A man living in France has lodged a complaint after claiming an image of his amputated leg was used as a health warning on tobacco packets through the EU without his permission.

The sixty-year old man, who lives in Metz, eastern France, was reported to be stunned after finding a picture of his amputated leg on a packet of rolling tobacco, alongside the message “smoking clogs your arteries”.
Amputated leg image on tobacco warning 'used without consent'
#France #Advertising #Europeancommission #Health #Tobaccoindustry #Business #Europe #EuropeanUnion
 
Investigation into possible anti-competitive behaviour is likely to spark US anger

The European Union has launched a formal investigation into Amazon, opening a new front against US tech giants.

Announcing the decision, the European commissioner for competition, Margrethe Vestager, said she wanted to take “a very close look” at whether Amazon’s business practices broke EU anti-trust rules.
Amazon faces EU inquiry over treatment of small retailers
#Amazon #Europeancommission #MargretheVestager #E-commerce #Internet #Technology #EuropeanUnion #Europe #Worldnews
 
Former German defence minister wins narrow backing of MEPs to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker in the EU’s top job

Ursula von der Leyen has been confirmed as the European commission’s first female president and the first German in the top EU job for over 50 years.

In a secret ballot, MEPs voted narrowly to support her as a replacement for Jean-Claude Juncker when he steps down on 31 October.
Ursula von der Leyen elected first female European commission president
#EuropeanUnion #Europeancommission #UrsulavonderLeyen #Europe #Worldnews
 
Hong Kong showed China is a threat to democracy. Now Europe must defend Taiwan | Anders Fogh Rasmussen
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/16/hong-kong-china-democracy-europe-taiwan-beijing-eu
#Taiwan #Worldnews #AsiaPacific #HongKong #China #EuropeanUnion #Europe
 
Number of new applicants from Great Britain alone has risen from 6,000 to 31,000 in period

The number of first-time applications for Irish passports from Great Britain has risen sharply since the referendum with five times as many people interesting in acquiring one.

In Northern Ireland, where all citizens are entitled to an Irish passport, the number of first-time applications has more than doubled.
First-time applications for Irish passports up sharply since 2015
#Ireland #NorthernIreland #Brexit #NorthernIrishpolitics #Europe #Politics #UKnews #EuropeanUnion #Foreignpolicy #Worldnews
 
The former German defence minister is the nominee for EU Commission president, but she doesn't have universal support. #Europe #EuropeanUnion #EuropeanElections2019
 
The EU commission president candidate Ursula von der Leyen was booed by Brexit party MEPs as she spoke of her openness to extend the UK’s membership of the EU after 31 October. Speaking in Strasbourg before a vote on Tuesday evening to confirm her position, the outgoing German defence minister said: 'I stand ready for a further extension of the withdrawal date, should more time be required for a good reason.' The leader of the Brexit party, Nigel Farage, accused Von der Leyen of wanting to build 'a centralised, undemocratic, updated form of communism where nation state parliaments will cease to have any relevance at all'
Ursula von der Leyen booed by Brexit party MEPs over Brexit extension – video
#EuropeanUnion #UrsulavonderLeyen #Brexitparty #Brexit #Europe
 
Next PM will be told in ‘no uncertain terms’ that axing backstop amounts to no deal

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt’s Brexit plan to axe the Irish border backstop from the withdrawal agreement will be rejected outright by the European Union, EU sources have said.

Informed sources say that it is doomed to failure and if the next prime minister goes to Brussels with such a plan, he will be told in “no uncertain terms” that it amounts to a declaration of no deal.
EU expected to reject outright Johnson and Hunt's backstop plan
#Brexit #EuropeanUnion #Conservativeleadership #Conservatives #BorisJohnson #JeremyHunt #Politics #UKnews #Foreignpolicy #Europe
 
Statement by foreign ministry comes after EU takes punitive steps against Ankara's activities in eastern Mediterranean. #Turkey #Cyprus #MiddleEast #Europe #EuropeanUnion
 
Charity accuses government agencies of ignoring ‘rampant’ rule-breaking in industry, and encourages whistleblowers

A website for whistleblowers to expose illegal or unethical practices in the fishing industry has been launched by a charity campaigning to end overfishing in European Union waters.

“Fishyleaks” has been set up by Our Fish to provide an anonymous and secure way for people working in the industry, enforcement bodies and others to shine a light on bad practice.
‘Fishyleaks’ website hopes to land those guilty of overfishing
#Environment #EuropeanUnion #Fishing #Conservation #Marinelife #Worldnews #Europe
 
‘I want my country’s image to be good’: has Romania’s ruling party moved on?
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/16/i-want-my-countrys-image-to-be-good-has-romanias-ruling-party-moved-on
#Romania #Europe #Worldnews #EuropeanUnion #UKnews
 
Don’t let nationalism win – we can create a better Europe from within | Magid Magid
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/15/nationalism-europe-eu
#EuropeanUnion #Europe #Brexit #Politics #Worldnews #UKnews
 
Legal experts condemn ‘disgraceful and illegal manipulation of system’

The Home Office lied to EU member states to remove victims of human trafficking and modern slavery in breach of European law, according to whistleblowers.

Legal experts have said the practice is “unthinkable” and “a disgraceful and illegal manipulation of the system”. The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has urged the sources to contact Yvette Cooper, chair of the home affairs select committee. “These are clearly serious allegations which must be properly investigated,” said Khan’s spokesperson.
Home Office lied to EU countries so it could deport slavery victims, say whistleblowers
#HomeOffice #Immigrationandasylum #Humantrafficking #Slavery #Law #Politics #UKnews #Worldnews #EuropeanUnion #Europe
 
Leftwing parties must grapple with victory as well as defeat | Letters
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/14/leftwing-parties-must-grapple-with-victory-as-well-as-defeat
#Europe #Syriza #Labour #EuropeanUnion #Greece #YanisVaroufakis #Portugal #JeremyCorbyn #Politics #Brexit
 
Police fire tear gas at protesters during a tense standoff in capital Paris following the annual military parade. #Europe #France #EmmanuelMacron #EuropeanUnion
 
As a correspondent, the likely future PM produced exaggerated tales that were lapped up at home

It was a classic Boris Johnson dispatch from Brussels – funny, mocking and only partially based on fact.

Under the headline “Italy fails to measure up on condoms”, Johnson revealed in the Daily Telegraph that “Brussels bureaucrats have shown their legendary attention to detail by rejecting new specifications for condom dimensions”, despite demands from the Italian rubber industry for a smaller minimum width. Readers were informed the decision had left “Italian egos smarting”, and he quoted an official spokesperson – Willy Hélin – who insisted “this is a very serious business”.
How Boris Johnson's Brussels-bashing stories shaped British politics
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President Macron uses France’s national day to celebrate European defence cooperation

France’s annual Bastille Day parade showcased European military cooperation and innovation on Sunday, complete with a French inventor hovering above Paris on a jet-powered flyboard.

The former jetskiing champion and military reservist Franky Zapata clutched a rifle as he soared above the Champs-Élysées on his futuristic machine, which the French military has helped to develop.
Jet-powered flyboard soars over Paris for Bastille Day parade
#France #EmmanuelMacron #EuropeanUnion #Paris #Europe
 
UN refugee agency and International Organization for Migration demand restart of rescues and a halt to returns to Libya. #UnitedNations #Refugees #Migrants #Libya #Italy #Europe #EuropeanUnion #MiddleEast #Africa
 
We investigate why Hungary, under its authoritarian leader Viktor Orban, has repeatedly clashed with the European Union. #TheFarRight #Hungary #Europe #Democracy #Immigration #Racism #EuropeanUnion #Refugees #Law #HumanRights
 
Two women won the backing of EU leaders to head the European commission and the European Central Bank, breaking with more than 60 years of male dominance
Andrzej Krauze on top EU jobs – cartoon
#EuropeanUnion #Europe #ChristineLagarde #UrsulavonderLeyen #EuropeanCentralBank #Economics #Business #Worldnews #Women
 
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