Friday

24th Nov 2017

Ticker

Scotland puts second referendum on hold

First minister Nicola Sturgeon, speaking on Tuesday at Scotland's parliament in Holyrood, confirmed that the Scottish government has put plans on hold for a second referendum on independence from the UK. The last vote took place in 2014, with 55.3% of voters rejecting a separation. Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), said Scots should have a choice on the country's future at the end of Brexit negotiations.

UK has 10 days to make Brexit progress

British prime minister Theresa May was told to make progress on the financial settlement, and Ireland, before talks can move to the next phase.

Tusk: Poland risks harming EU appeal

EU Council president said anti-democratic 'interventions' in Poland and the US could harm Western soft power in its contest with Russia.

Agenda

Africa and EU summit This WEEK

Billed as a new partnership, the EU and Africa summit in Abidjan will focus on youth and jobs. The gathering takes place against the backdrop of migratory flows towards Europe and reports of open slave auctions in Libya.

Trade talks could only start post-Brexit

Substantive negotiations on an EU-UK free trade deal would only start once Brexit is a reality. The main issue could be how much the UK would want to retain elements of the single market, and what the EU agrees to.

News in Brief

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  3. Only seven EU states have 'advanced' stage climate plans
  4. EU dashes integration hopes of eastern countries
  5. EU approves joint Irish electricity scheme
  6. German president to launch 'Grand Coalition' talks
  7. Irish opposition 'threatens national interest', says minister
  8. SPD drops opposition to grand coalition in Germany

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