Tusk Recommends EU Leaders Back Brexit Extension

European Council President Donald Tusk speaks during a debate on the results of October EU summit at the European Parliament on October 22, 2019 in Strasbourg, eastern France.
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The president of the European Council Donald Tusk said Tuesday that he will recommend to EU leaders that they postpone Brexit beyond the current October 31 deadline.

“Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to pause the process of ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, and in order to avoid a no-deal Brexit, I will recommend the EU27 accept the UK request for an extension,” he tweeted.

“For this I will propose a written procedure,” he said, which means that the 27 other member state leaders would not have to convene an emergency summit.

EU Chief Consulting Leaders On Brexit Extension

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The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is consulting EU leaders about Britain’s request to delay Brexit until January 31, a spokeswoman for the European Commission said Tuesday.

The official, Mina Andreeva, was reacting after British MPs voted to prevent Prime Minister Boris Johnson from pushing the withdrawal agreement through before the end of the month.

She tweeted that the Commission “takes note of tonight’s result and expects the UK government to inform us about the next steps” while Tusk “is consulting leaders on the UK’s request for an extension until 31 January 2020.”

EU’s Tusk, PM Johnson To Hold Brexit Talks Monday In New York

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EU Council President Donald Tusk and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold Brexit talks on Monday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

A European official told AFP Friday that the talks are set for Monday afternoon.

They take place as both sides are at pains to make progress in tense divorce talks.

Tusk’s job is to coordinate EU summits and EU leaders will gather for a make-or-break meeting in Brussels on October 17, two weeks ahead of Britain’s October 31 Brexit deadline.

EU Council, Tusk To Offer Flexible 12-Month Brexit Delay – Official

European Council President Donald Tusk speaks during a debate on the priorities of the European Council meeting of 21 and 22 March 2019 and UK’s withdrawal from the EU during a plenary session at the European Parliament on March 27, 2019 in Strasbourg, eastern France.
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EU Council president Donald Tusk will suggest to member states Friday that they offer Britain a flexible 12-month Brexit delay to allow it time to prepare an orderly withdrawal.

“This is Tusk’s idea,” a senior EU official told AFP, confirming news reports. “It will be presented to member states today.”

As things stand, Britain is due to leave the European Union at midnight on April 12 next week. Under the suggested extension, Britain would be able to delay this.

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If the House of Commons ratifies the withdrawal agreement that Prime Minister Theresa May has already signed with the EU members, London could leave before the year is up.

But if Britain is still a member when the bloc holds elections to the European Parliament on May 23, it will need to take part in the poll and send another batch of MEPs to Strasbourg.

According to British press reports, May is due to write to member states on Friday to lay out her request for an extension.

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27 EU Leaders Approve Terms Of Brexit Deal – Donald Tusk

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European Union’s President Donald Tusk

 

The leaders of the 27 other European Union members states on Sunday approved the terms of a historic Brexit deal with Britain, at a special summit in Brussels.

“EU27 has endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relations,” EU Council President Donald Tusk announced on Twitter.

It follows more than 18 months of negotiations between the two sides, which began when the UK triggered Article 50 in the wake of the 2016 referendum.

The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 29 March 2019.

The UK Parliament is expected to vote on the deal in early December but its approval is by no means guaranteed, with Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP, the DUP and many Conservatives MPs set to vote against.

Prime Minister Theresa May has appealed to the public to get behind the agreement, arguing it is the best deal she could have struck and honours the result of the Brexit referendum.

EU Will Not Accept UK Brexit Offer If Ireland Disagrees – Tusk

European Leaders Agree To Defence Cooperation
European Union’s President Donald Tusk

The European Union will not accept any Brexit offer from Britain that is unacceptable to Ireland, EU President Donald Tusk said on Friday in Dublin after talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

“If the UK offer is unacceptable for Ireland, it will also be unacceptable for the EU,” Tusk said.

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Migrant Crisis: EU, Turkey Close In On Deal

Migrant- Ahmet Davutoglu and Donald TuskThe EU and Turkey said that they are close to reaching a deal on how to ease the migration crisis at a summit in Brussels.

European Council President, Donald Tusk on Tuesday, said that irregular migrants arriving in Greece will be returned to Turkey.

For each migrant returned, Turkey wants the EU to accept a Syrian refugee on a one-for-one basis, and offer more funding and progress on EU integration.

Mr Tusk said that leaders had made a “breakthrough”, and he was hopeful of concluding a deal next week.

He said the progress sent “a very clear message that the days of irregular migration to Europe are over”.

Talks would continue ahead of an EU meeting scheduled for March 17 and 18.

Europe is facing its biggest refugee crisis since world war two. Most migrants came via Turkey, which is already sheltering more than 2.7 million refugees from the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

David Cameron To Warn Of EU Exit

david cameronPrime Minister, David Cameron says he will warn European leaders about having a re-think concerning the UK staying in the EU, if his demands for reform are ‘met with a deaf ear’.

The PM would deliver his warning on Tuesday to coincide with a letter to the European Council President Donald Tusk, setting out the changes he wants for the UK.

The letter to Mr. Tusk would mark the start of the UK’s formal re-negotiation of its EU membership.

A report said that Cameron’s letter to Tusk would include demands such as barring in-work benefits for EU migrants for four years, an exemption from any closer EU integration, and more powers for national governments to block EU legislation.

However, Eurosceptic Labour MP, Austin Mitchell has dismissed Mr Cameron’s threat as mere bluffing. The conservatives had promised an in-out referendum on the EU by 2017.

Mr Cameron said that he is ready to campaign to stay in the EU, but only if the terms are right.

The PM had faced criticism both at home and abroad for not spelling out details of the concessions he sought from other European leaders, with detailed discussions expected to accelerate before a summit next month.

While Cameron has never ruled out campaigning to leave the EU if he failed to secure any agreement, some media said that the tone of the speech was his strongest assertion to date that the status quo was unacceptable.

However, in his speech, Cameron would also repeat that he wanted Britain to remain in the 28-nation bloc, which it joined in 1973 and was confident a deal could be struck which would suit Britain and its partners.

He would also deliver a strong message to both those campaigning for a British exit and for those who want to stay in the EU regardless of whether reform could be achieved.

“Those who believe we should stay in the EU at all costs need to explain why Britain should accept the status quo. I am clear that there are real problems with this”,  he will say, according to the report.

“Those who think Britain should just leave now also need to think hard about the implications of their arguments. What would being outside the European Union mean for our economic security?”

Opinion polls showed that most Britons favour staying within the EU although, support for the bloc for remaining versus leaving has narrowed in recent months.

Migrant Crisis: EU Announces Refugee Quota Plan

euThe European Union has finally figured out a quota system for distributing migrants landing on the continent on an hourly basis.

A total of 120,000 of the migrants are said to be distributed as soon as possible.

Germany remains the main destination for the migrants, and is a huge supporter of the quota system, but the other countries, still consider it unfair.

Meanwhile, the European Council President, Donald Tusk, has met with the Israeli leadership on peace in the region.

Earlier today, the European Commission President, Jean-claude Juncker, threw the European policy into disarray.

Mr Juncker opened his speech, saying it was “not a time to take fright”.

He was heckled by UK anti-European Union politician, Nigel Farage, but dismissed his comments as “worthless”.

Mr Juncker’s fresh migration proposals would expand upon quotas for the relocation of 40,000 migrants in Italy and Greece proposed in May, though, governments only agreed to take 32,000.

EU Leaders Agree To Relocate 40,000 Migrants

eu on migrantsEuropean Union (EU) leaders have agreed to relocate tens of thousands of migrants who have arrived in Italy and Greece.

At a late-night meeting in Brussels, the summit Chairman, Donald Tusk, said 40,000 migrants will be relocated to other EU states over the next two years.

However, there will be no mandatory quotas for each country.

New figures from the United Nations (UN) refugee agency, UNHCR, show that 63,000 migrants have arrived in Greece by sea this year and 62,000 in Italy.

The summit Chairman had earlier called on EU member states to share the burden of the loads of illegal migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean.

Media reports says that leaders have agreed to resettle another 20,000 refugees who are currently outside the EU.

It is also reported that French President, Francois Hollande, said he expected most of the refugees to be Syrians and Iraqis.

Meanwhile, details of where the refugees will go is yet to be decided.

Mali Nightclub Attack Kills Five In Bamako

Mali NightclubThere’s been a deadly gun and grenade attack on a Mali nightclub leaving five people dead in the West African country’s capital, Bamako.

Reports say a French national was shot dead at La Terrasse Bar. Two Malian men were also killed as the gunmen fled the scene.

In addition, a Belgian man died when a grenade was thrown at his car in a nearby street and a third European died in hospital.

Witnesses say the attackers shouted “god is great” in Arabic.

Police sources said two people connected to the Mali nightclub incident had been detained.

French President, Francois Hollande, condemned the attack, referring to it as “cowardly”, while his Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, said that it would strengthen the former colonial power’s resolve to “fight terrorism in all its forms”.

Belgian Foreign Minister, Didier Reynders, also called it a “cowardly act of terror”.

The European Council President, Donald Tusk, said that the EU would “not be intimidated by terrorism, at home or abroad” and would “remain steadfast in support of Mali and its people”.

Nigeria’s Infrastructural Deficit Is A “Gold Mine” Aganga Tells Polish PM

The Ministry of Trade and Investment today labelled the infrastructural deficit in the country as a ‘gold mine’.

The Ministry, led by the Minister, Mr. Olugbenga Aganga, made this known to Polish businessmen during an interactive session to discuss business opportunities in the country.

Aganga listed power, solid minerals, agriculture and construction among others as viable sectors for investments.

Prime Minister of Poland, Mr Donald Tusk, expressed his interest in having both nations take advantage of their strengths to build more successful and diverse economies.

Tusk noted that the move by Nigeria towards industrialization should be seen as a huge opportunity for foreign investors.

The two nations signed several agreements after the session to cement the bi-lateral talks.

A letter of intent with Bayelsa state government was also signed on the development of projects in maritime education.