Tuesday

26th May 2020

Ticker

May offers to resign, MPs reject eight Brexit options

UK prime minister Theresa May offered on Wednesday to Conservative MPs to resign if in turn they guaranteed parliament's backing for her withdrawal agreement with the EU, in a third and final attempt to pass the deal. Meanwhile, MPs rejected all eight proposed Brexit options, with a commitment for the government to negotiate a customs union with the EU coming closest. It was voted down by 272 votes to 264.

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Agenda

Recovery plans unveiled This WEEK

Tough negotiations start this week on both the EU's recovery fund and its revised long-term budget, which are likely to determine the entire future of the bloc.

Malta patrol boat 'intimidates' capsized migrants

Alarm Phone, a hotline service for migrants in distress, has released video footing showing an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) boat making dangerous manoeuvres next to people swimming for their lives at sea. Malta does not deny the footage.

Opinion

How coronavirus might hit EU defence spending

Among the casualties of coronavirus - worldwide and in the EU - is the defence sector. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has not made the world a less dangerous place and there is no alternative to having a functioning defence system.

Coronavirus

EU links access to recovery fund to economic advice

Most EU countries are now breach the common fiscal rules, as governments tackle the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The commission plans to link recovery funds to countries following its budgetary advice - but sanctions seem to be few.

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