Brexit Blog

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IIEA UK Group5th January 20181min

On 20 December 2017, the European Commission published its Recommendation for a Council decision on the opening of the next phase of negotiations with the United Kingdom. Issue 33 of the IIEA Brexit Brief highlights the important points from the Commission document, and notes relevant developments in Ireland, the UK and the rest of the EU.

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IIEA20th December 20171min

The European Council on 15 December 2017 declared that ‘sufficient progress’ had been made in the Brexit negotiations for the talks to move to Phase Two. This phase will focus on the critically important topics of the UK’s transitional arrangements, as well as the framework for the future relationship. Issue 32 of the Brexit Brief describes the latest developments in the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, as well as reactions from Ireland, the UK and the rest of the EU.

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Andrew Gilmore8th December 20176min

On Friday, 8 December 2017, after a night of intensive negotiations, the EU announced that sufficient progress had been made in the UK’s withdrawal negotiations to move to Phase 2 of the negotiations. This blog covers the key negotiating points of the Northern Ireland border and the Good Friday Agreement as presented in the joint report from the negotiators.

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IIEA UK Group30th November 20171min

At the upcoming European Council meeting on 14-15 December, European Heads of State or Government will assess whether sufficient progress has been made to move forward to Phase II of the EU-UK negotiations. Issue 31 of the Brexit Brief describes the latest developments in the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and highlights some possible issues for the December Council.

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IIEA UK Group16th November 20171min

Six rounds of negotiations have now taken place in the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, but the ‘sufficient progress’ required to move to the next phase of the talks for now remains elusive. The UK’s financial settlement continues to present difficulties for the negotiators. Meanwhile, the issue of the Ireland – Northern Ireland border has been the subject of renewed attention, following the publication of the European Commission’s Dialogue on Ireland/Northern Ireland on 8 November. Issue 30 of the IIEA Brexit Brief examines these issues, and highlights relevant developments in Ireland and the other Member States.

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IIEA2nd November 20171min

The European Council Summit of 19-20 October 2017 concluded that insufficient progress had been made in the first phase of the UK’s withdrawal negotiations, and EU leaders were unable to recommend the opening of talks on future relations between the EU and the UK. The focus now moves to the sixth round of negotiations on November 9-10, and the subsequent European Council summit in December. Issue 28 of the IIEA Brexit Brief highlights the latest developments in the UK’s withdrawal negotiations, and collates reactions from the UK, EU and Ireland.

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IIEA UK Group19th October 20171min

The fifth round of negotiations in the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union took place between 9-12 October 2017. While some gradual progress continues on the issues of citizens’ rights and Northern Ireland, but the issue of the UK’s financial settlement remains deadlocked. Issue 28 of the IIEA Brexit Brief examines these developments and draws together the developments in the UK, EU and Ireland.

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IIEA18th October 20175min

Comments from UK Prime Minister Edward Heath and Taoiseach Jack Lynch at a 1972 summit of European Heads of State or Government have a particular resonance today, writes IIEA Senior Fellow, Tony Brown.