Brexit: the federal government fears "security gap" in case of serious withdrawal


At the moment, a solution to Brexit does not seem to be in sight. Meanwhile, the federal government fears problems in security policy in a difficult exit. All the news in the live ticker.

  • In the summer of 2016, 51.89 percent of the British voted in favor of a Brexit in a referendum.
  • The lower house rejected the Brexit agreement by Prime Minister Theresa May with a clear majority
  • A day later, Theresa May passed a vote of no confidence. To date, it is expected that Britain will leave the EU on March 29 – a "disorderly Brexit" threat
  • The British Labor Party has now proposed Tuesday to vote in parliament for a second referendum.

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Update from 13:05: A difficult Brexit would also severely restrict the exchange of data with the United Kingdom in the field of security and cross-border travel. The one after a weekly report The weather from an internal document of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. The Ministry is therefore pushing for a "fallback" to prevent data loss.

If the United Kingdom leaves the EU without a contractual agreement, the country should be "decoupled from the EU systems" on 30 March, according to the report. The UK data should therefore be deleted from these systems, according to the Europol EIS information system, Europol EAS and the SIS II Schengen Information System.

Although the British do not belong to the Schengen area for free travel, they still use the Schengen Information System and include their data there. This cooperation would then end with a hard Brexit also in the Eurodac system, which includes the fingerprints of asylum seekers, as well as the PNR system for collecting passenger data. Britain would no longer be bound by European arrest warrants.

In the interior ministry, according to the time of a threatening "Sicherheitsgau". The required standard should therefore "prevent decoupling and loss of data". Already last June, the Federal Minister of Internal Affairs Horst Seehofer (CSU) warned in a letter to the European Commission of the security consequences that a disorderly Brexit could have.

"Hypocrisy" and "Betrayal": the exciting defender of Brexit leaves England

Update at 9.45am: The entrepreneur James Dyson is considered a leading figure of the British economy and was an important supporter of Brexit. Dyson, who became known among others with a bagless vacuum cleaner, but now wants to move his headquarters from British Malmesbury to Singapore – which brings him strong criticism in London. All of his company's production sites are already in Asia, where Dyson also wants to build electric cars in the future.

The entrepreneur James Dyson plans to relocate his headquarters to Singapore. Another blow to the head of Prime Minister Theresa May.

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The Labor MP, Wes Streeting, accused him of "hypocrisy". Conservative MP Sam Gyimah speaks of a "betrayal". "The outrageous hypocrisy of Brexit's main supporters is boundless: today it has been revealed that one of Brexit's biggest supporters, James Dyson, is retiring from the UK," the People & # 39; s campaign said. vote. second Brexit referendum.

Dyson had complained before the referendum on the exit from the EU that strict rules by Brussels would have made it difficult to economize.

Voting: should there be a second Brexit referendum?

"The Times" sees benefits in another Brexit referendum

Update from January 23rd to 9:20 am: The famous Londoner "The Times" is open to a second Brexit referendum. The Journal writes: "Undoubtedly, it would cause a division and prolong the uncertainty of several months, and it is not clear what the question should be, but more and more often it seems that a second referendum is the only way to go. The exit from the situation in Parliament. "The Times recommends to the Prime Minister Theresa May another referendum. It would be the "best option to regain control".

Video: no "tax on Brexit" for foreigners of the EU

Battle over the May succession within the party: dismissal from the minister of the environment?

Update from January 22nd to 9:19 pm: Theresa May will be tense: because Brexit is becoming increasingly chaotic, the struggle for its successor has already begun inside the party: "The struggle for his successor has clearly begun , even if it is still being conducted behind closed doors, "said Professor Iain Begg, 65, a Brexit expert at the London School of Economics image,

Boris Johnson, however, should have no chance. He has a miserable condition with part of his party friends. As a promising candidate, however, is the Minister of Environment Michael Grove (51).

He can still believe in having a plan, Begg says: "May continues to stick to his unicorn belief that he can assert his Plan A if he only gets nice words from Brussels."

But nothing has changed in the situation: "You may know that you lose the moderate when you approach the eurosceptics – and vice versa." May must change at least 116 deputies – at the last vote had from 202 to 432 lost.

The expert also estimates the probability of possible scenarios: a new agreement, which is adopted by the deputies, according to Begg has a probability of 15%. Begg believes that a "Brexit exit" is likely to be 30-40 percent. It would also be conceivable to have a "Norwegian" inscription in the UK – for Begg, the probability for this is 40-50%. For a messy "Chaos Brexit" Begg gives only five percent chance.

Secretary of State Pompey: Brexit and Trump examples of global "positive development"

Update from January 22nd to 19:22:

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has welcomed political upheavals in various parts of the world as a "positive development". "A new wind is blowing all over the world," Pompey said in a video message at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday.

Among the positive examples of such "interruptions", Pompeo cited the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, the British decision to leave the EU, the participation of the five-star populist government in Italy and the recent victory of the Brazilian neoeletto President Jair Bolsonaro, who represents the extreme right positions.

In recent years, voters have punished politicians and political alliances, who have said they do not represent their interests, said the US chief diplomat. He recognized that Trump's criticism of international institutions had caused irritation. Sometimes, others are worried when "difficult questions" are asked, said Pompeo. He denied that the United States was more isolated than it used to be.

In Davos, the Trump government is not represented this year. The president of the United States had canceled his trip to the meeting of economic and state leaders in Switzerland due to the suspension of the budget and the partial closure of the federal authorities currently in force in his country. He also ignored the participation of other US officials.

Update January 22nd, 5:59 pm:

According to officials of the European Parliament, a postponement of the Brexit scheduled for 29 March raises problems. It is clear that an extension is not "easy", said Brexit coordinator of the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, Tuesday in Brussels. It would be "even more difficult" if the new exit date were only after the constituent meeting of the new European Parliament after the European elections.

Only one shift could be possible "if the United Kingdom can indicate how long and, above all, for what", said Liberal Verhofstadt from Belgium. Moving Brexit "without a clear plan" supported by the majority in the lower house "seems to me very difficult".

The Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann (Greens), expressed concern during a visit to Brussels. He heard "no good news", he said after a meeting with the Brexit vice-negotiator, Sabine Weyand. "My instinct is not good." Although events in the UK are difficult to predict, the EU must prepare "in the worst case", that is to say, a Brexit without agreement.

Poll: no Brexit strategy would have a majority in the United Kingdom

Update 22 January 17:36:

No compromise in sight: according to the polls, British voters can not agree on a strategy for the exit of the United Kingdom from the EU. Neither a hard Brexit, nor the contract negotiated with Prime Minister Theresa May with Brussels or the holding of a second referendum would have arrived in the polls by a majority, he said in a study presented Tuesday in London.

For the study entitled "Brexit and Public Opinion 2019", scientists evaluated recent surveys. John Curtice from Strathclyde University in Scotland summarized the result: none of the options "seems to be widely popular and able to overcome the Brexit division".

The problem that afflicts the government is the lack of a political center in the Brexit dispute. Therefore, a small majority of respondents were in favor of renewed negotiations with Brussels. But none of the possible results of these negotiations would subsequently have a majority in the population.

A survey released on Sunday by the ICM research institute revealed that Brexit without agreement achieved maximum recognition. At 28 percent, however, this option was far from the approval of the majority of respondents.

According to Curtice, the campaign for a second referendum has recently gained momentum. However, this option is "not as popular as it is sometimes heard". With few opportunities in the public, Curtice recognized a "soft" Brexit in which the United Kingdom remains in some EU institutions.

The scientists also pointed to the profound fracture caused by the one-month Brexit controversy in British society. They cited a study that found that only 9% of Brexit adversaries are connected to Brexit followers. In other words, it's 21 percent.

Brexit has apparently also consequences for love: a poll published by the pollster company Yougov on Monday revealed that more than a third of Brexit's opponents would be outraged if a close relative married a Brexit extremist.

Objective: Easyjet aims at the emergency plan

15.12 clock: In light of Brexit, the low-cost airline Easyjet is considering tough strikes against its British shareholders to continue serving the entire EU market. According to an unplanned Brexit emergency plan presented Tuesday, UK owners may be suspended or shareholders may even be forced to sell their shares to the owners of the European Economic Area.

At the end of December, the London-based Luton-based airline stated that it holds 49% in the hands of shareholders in the European Economic Area, excluding the United Kingdom. With the steps that are taken into account, it could increase this quota to over 50%, thus satisfying the requirements for flight operations within the EU. Irish rival Ryanair has been trying for weeks to get rid of some of its British shareholders.

At the Brexit date the licenses should be transferred to a subsidiary

Easyjet has already transferred 130 of its 318 Airbus aircraft to a subsidiary in Austria. Until the Brexit date of March 29, crew licenses should be transferred, as announced by the company.

13:58: The actor Gollum Andy Serkis of The Lord of the Rings parody Theresa May and his debacle at the Brexit. Watch the video of his brilliant parody here.

13:05: In the struggle to break out of the Brexit stalemate, the British Labor Party has for the first time proposed a parliamentary vote on a second referendum. In a request presented by the opposition party on Monday evening, the government is invited to give the House of Commons time to deliberate to avoid an exit that is not regulated by the EU.

The work proposes to renegotiate the Brexit treaty negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May with the EU, which will therefore include a new customs union and a "firm" link with the EU's single market. It also proposes a plebiscite "on an agreement or plan".

Theresa May rejected requests for a second Brexit referendum

Requests for a second Brexit referendum were rejected Monday afternoon by British Prime Minister Theresa May, as well as the postponement of the EU's exit scheduled for March 29th.

Next Tuesday, the lower house will continue to discuss their proposals. MEPs can then vote on requests for another solution. However, the job proposal has little chance of success, because even May conservatives should vote for it. It is highly unlikely to support a proposal by Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Opponents of Brexit are happy to openly discuss a second referendum

Nevertheless, the Brexit opponents were pleased that a second referendum should be openly discussed in Parliament. Labor MP David Lammy spoke of a "big step forward". His party has admitted for the first time in a parliamentary motion that a "referendum could be the only way forward".

Brexit: Federal Minister of Justice Barley calls Theresa May a "number zero" "Plan B"

10:41: Federal Justice Minister Katarina Barley (SPD) has criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May's recent Brexit proposals as "a good number". "If you announce, to present a plan B, then you should do it too", said the leader SPD leader for Tuesday's European elections Germany Radio, He accused May of playing on time. That was "a game with fire".

May failed to promote a "broad agreement" on the exit agreement negotiated with the European Union. "She's always focused on very few people she talked to," Barley said. The unions were "practically not involved" by May.

Brexit: barley is against substantial amendments to the exit agreement

The corrections to the contents of the withdrawal agreement have rejected Barley. "The content of the agreement has not changed, which is quite clear," said the minister, who also has British citizenship. A second referendum is a way to "fix the situation" around Brexit, "Barley said, in which case there would also be" scope "for departure times.

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Brexit: "Plan B" by Theresa May – The European Commission wants to react

January 22, 7:34 am: Following the recent statement by Theresa May on her so-called "Plan B" on Brexit, the European Commission intends to officially comment on the British Prime Minister's proposals on Tuesday. In a first reaction, however, the EU had already reacted reluctantly to May's attempt to renegotiate. Since last week, nothing has changed, said a spokesperson for EU Council President Donald Tusk. "We are always ready to meet and talk." But the remaining 27 states of the EU had already declared in December that the exit agreement negotiated with May could not be renegotiated.

Brexit – the news of Monday 21 January 2019

22:44: The disorder surrounding the Brexit also has an effect on Germany. The leader of the CDU, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, then warned against speculation about early parliamentary elections. In this context, it is also about the stability and ability to act in politics, he said on Monday evening at "New Year's Eve" in Berlin. In light of this scenario, "Germany, without a good reason, is once again concerned with the question of who could govern with whom now, I think it is relatively irresponsible".

"We have already lost when we start the election year with the goal: how strong are the populists?" He warned Kramp-Karrenbauer. Angela Merkel was elected for the entire legislature.

The Chancellor invited the British Government to submit rapid and consensus-based proposals in the Brexit dispute. "The federal government expects the British government to soon accept the proposals supported by the lower house majority," a German spokeswoman said Monday night after Prime Minister Theresa May's request to renegotiate the Irish question. "The federal government continues to campaign for an orderly withdrawal of Britain from the EU".

21:33: MEP Elmar Brok has long expressed disappointment with the speech by the British premier on Brexit, Theresa May. "I did not hear plan B. I just learned that the government and the opposition in the UK now want to talk to each other," the CDU politician said on Monday.

Brok warned of the consequences of the lack of compromise between the various camps in the British Parliament. "If everyone continues to insist on their positions, nothing works, then the accident happens, the hard Brexit, even if nobody wants it".

Brexit: Mays "Plan B" is heavily criticized – MPs with alternative plans

20:43: While Theresa May's "Plan B" is not full of creativity, some MPs have already proclaimed alternative ideas. A group around the Labor MP Yvette Cooper wants to exclude Brexit without an agreement against the resistance of the government. Their motion is forcing the government to postpone the Brexit date if a Brexit emerged without agreement.

Conservative MP Dominic Grieve wants to tear government control over Parliament's agenda for a day. He wants to force a series of votes on various alternatives to the Prime Minister's Brexit agreement.

18.08 clock: Franziska Brantner, an expert in green Europe, has criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech on her Brexit plans as a "disappointment". "Instead of presenting a plan B, he went on to say only what he does not want," said Brantner on Monday in Berlin.

"The fact that you are neither devoted to the population nor professes at the end of the Hard-Brexit, is worrying," said Brantner. "Because there is not much time left and the EU has few opportunities to go further".

Brexit: May wants to renegotiate with the EU on Northern Ireland – and immediately gets a brake

17:47: … and the most tangible part of Theresa May's "Plan B" seems to have returned to an unreachable distance: the European Union rejects the new initiative of British Prime Minister Theresa May for the Brexit negotiations. Since last week, nothing has changed, said a spokesman for the President of the EU Council, Donald Tusk, on Monday. "We are always ready to meet and talk." But the remaining 27 states of the EU had already declared in December that the exit agreement negotiated with May could not be renegotiated.

Brexit: May introduces "Plan B" – leaving many observers at a loss

17:27: In addition, numerous requests from Members in the lower room on Monday afternoon have brought little clarity. Specifically, Theresa Mays "Plan B" remains the announcement to renegotiate again with the EU on the backstop in Northern Ireland. The EU had always ruled out further negotiations – however, the statements of various players on Monday had quietly fueled hopes for another round of talks.

At the same time, May wants to involve European parliamentarians more in talks on a trade agreement with the EU. May wants to avoid an "exit from Brexit", but also to postpone the withdrawal and another referendum – this was already known before. Formally, however, May did not want a change for Brexit. The fact that marginal corrections and offers are sufficient to drag the lower room on their side remains questionable.

16:52: Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn (Labor) has no impressions in his reply: "Nothing has changed," he says. Apparently the May administration has not yet taken note of his serious defeat in the lower house.

Brexit: May presents "Plan B" in the lower house – says the Prime Minister

16:49: MEPs are likely to have a say in an upcoming EU-UK trade agreement. He wanted to consider more input from authorities and companies. A change in the "Good Friday Agreement" with Northern Ireland precludes in May – in terms of a "backstop" on the Irish-Northern Irish border, it wants to speak with MPs and to present EU requests. Here May indicates possible renegotiations.

16:41: Now Theresa May presents her "Plan B" in the lower room. There's concern about a possible messy resignation among the parliamentarians you say – the only correct answer is to break the agreement, May says.

The alternative is to resume the ominous article 50, ie stay in the EU. Another possibility is to postpone the withdrawal – but this does not guarantee a "no-deal-brexit" and the EU is not ready to extend the deadline just to give the British more time.

"We can not find a solution without invoking Article 50," says May, if we do not now agree. The prime minister has indirectly once again put pressure on his agreement.

Brexit: Dramatic voice in Brussels – is Brexit postponed for years?

15:10: Ten weeks before the Brexit date, British Prime Minister Theresa May is making another attempt on Monday afternoon to use her "Plan B" to win MPs in the House of Commons. However, according to British newspapers, the alternative plan is very similar to the project rejected by Parliament less than a week ago. In this context, several foreign ministers from EU Member States have expressed skepticism that May can get away with their project.

According to the information of Sunday Times You can plan a bilateral agreement with Ireland to find a solution to the question of Northern Ireland. The prime minister wanted to circumvent the recovery solution. Conservative MP Graham Brady told the BBC that if the security lock problem can be resolved, the withdrawal agreement should be approved by Parliament.

He does not believe that May could save the Brexit plan "with marginal adjustments," Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said in Brussels. According to him, now there is speculation that the Brexit will be postponed "for a long period of five years" so that the British would have had time for a second referendum or new election. May wants to present her Brexit plans at 4.30pm in the lower house.

14:28: In addition to Romania, Poland also supports the Brexit dispute for a major concession to Britain: it is in favor of limiting the so-called back-stop for Northern Ireland to five years, said Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz on Monday, according to the British BBC channel. It differs from the previous line of the European Union.

The EU has so far rejected a time limit. Czaputowicz said that he had spoken about the limitation with the Irish and British Foreign Affairs Minister. "I do not know if it's feasible if Ireland is ready to make such a proposal, but I have the impression that it could solve the blockade in the negotiations."

On the other hand, Ireland continues to insist on the Brexit dispute over a permanent guarantee for an open border with Northern Ireland. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney confirmed this on Monday in Brussels. Coveney said that Czaputowicz's statements do not reflect the EU's opinion. "I made it very clear that limiting reinsurance, that is back-up, ultimately means that it is no longer a backstop." But he understood the Polish concern of finding a solution and avoiding an exit of the United Kingdom unregulated by the EU.

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Brexit: the Romanian presidency of the EU suggests concessions

00:15: The Romanian Presidency of the EU was open to changes in the Brexit agreement with Great Britain. With clarity on the London course, the EU will try to "adjust its position," said Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu in Brussels on Monday. Although the EU continues to be behind Ireland, it is also possible to talk about the controversial Northern Ireland recovery solution: "The backstop, everything is open, is on the agenda ".

Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, however, excluded changes to the withdrawal agreement. "I would not touch him," he said. Everyone would lose to Brexit. He does not want "that the EU will be a bigger loser than the United Kingdom".

10:40: The head of the European Green Party, Reinhard Bütikofer, has accused British Prime Minister Theresa May of wanting to break Ireland from the solidarity of the EU states. He referred to reports from the British press that May wants to negotiate with Ireland for a bilateral agreement on the Ireland-Ireland border after the British withdrawal from the EU. "Two are needed for an audition," Bütikofer said in the SWR Discourse on Monday. So far, however, Ireland has done very well with the solidarity of the other 26 Member States and should not be affected. "Recognizable now is Mrs. May's thinking and aspirations, which aims to bring Ireland out of this solidarity, and I do not think it is a particularly promising endeavor," says Bütikofer.

Mays "Plan B" for Brexit: In the afternoon he wants to explain it

10.09 clock: British Prime Minister Theresa May wants to present her statement on Plan B for the EU exit this Monday at 16:30 (CET) as soon as possible. This was confirmed by a government spokesman on Monday of the German news agency in London.

In fact, she has other things to do: Theresa May arrives Monday as Prime Minister of New Zealand Ardern at 10 Downing Street.

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It is not clear whether the head of the conservative government will actually present a concrete concept. Parliament is more likely to present a consensus roadmap in London in May.

Shuddering with Brexit: Maas requires clarity from the British

09:52: Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) is expecting clarity from Britain on the further Brexit roadmap as soon as possible. "Now we know what you do not want in London Now we have to finally know what we want in London and what the majority consists of in Parliament," he said Monday in the margins of a meeting of the EU in Brussels. So you could talk to colleagues in London about how to prevent a Brexit without an agreement. "Because that's what everyone seems to want." Maas said he had "high expectations" on May's announcements.

Brexit: the British government launches the smartphone app

9.20: The British government has launched a new smartphone app on Monday for EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit. About 3.5 million European citizens currently living in the UK will have to apply after Brexit to continue working in the country and receive benefits from the state.

The latest news on Brexit are available in this article.

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