EU ready to replace European Arrest Warrant after Brexit with new treaty: Brexit News for Saturday 26 May

EU ready to replace European Arrest Warrant after Brexit with new treaty: Brexit News for Saturday 26 May
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EU ready to replace European Arrest Warrant after Brexit with new treaty

The EU has told Britain that it will consider a new extradition treaty to replace the European Arrest Warrant after Brexit but warned it will not apply in full to all 27 remaining countries in the bloc. 18 countries have constitutions that bar the extradition of their own nationals to anyone outside of the EU. The EAW, the brainchild of then Home Secretary Jack Straw, replaced bilateral agreements between member states with quicker judicial proceedings. Asking those countries, which include France and Germany, Bulgaria and Poland, to change their consitutions just for Britain’s benefit was “a big ask”, according to a senior EU official, who definitely ruled out the UK staying in the scheme. Without a replacement treaty for the EAW, the UK will fall back on 1956 rules for extradition which are more cumbersome and far slower. But even the replacement will increase the risk of foreign criminals escaping British justice.Telegraph (£)

>Previously on BrexitCentral: Staying in the European Arrest Warrant is a compromise too far

Norway seeks trade talks on fishing and gas with Brexit Britain before the end of the transition – but warns Brussels must agree

Norway wants to open trade talks about fish and gas with Britain before the end of the Brexit transition, it emerged today. Britain is Norway’s biggest trading partner and is the nearest significant economy not in the European Union. Brussels has signalled it will accept Britain negotiating trade deals during the Brexit transition – but it will only be confirmed when the exit deal is finalised. Norway is a member of the union’s common market for goods, services, capital and labour via the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement, but Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected this option for Britain after Brexit. – MailOnline

UK will ‘go it alone’ and build own satellite system after Brexit, says Chancellor…

The UK will build its own “competing” satellite navigation system if frozen out of the European Union’s Galileo project, Philip Hammond has said. The European commission has threatened to shut British firms out of the €10 billion (£8.8bn) programme, citing legal issues about sharing sensitive information with a non-member state. The UK cannot accept such a decision, Mr Hammond told reporters while arriving in Brussels for a meeting of finance ministers on Friday. – Telegraph (£)

…as David Davis accuses EU of ‘public posturing’ and ‘point scoring’ over public security

David Davis has accused the European Union of “public posturing” and “point-scoring” over public security after a breakdown in Brexit talks. On Thursday the European Union accused the Government of “chasing a fantasy” and mounted an outspoken attack over Britain’s offer to co-operate on security after Brexit. Brussels is threatening to shut British firms out of the £8.8billion Galileo satellite navigation system and has also ruled out the UK’s continued involved in the European Arrest Warrant extradition system. – Telegraph (£)

  • UK seeks deal on sharing of ‘top secret’ information – BBC News
  • Eurocrats accused of undermining Brexit talks after they unleash furious rant at UK – The Sun
  • Toughen up now, Mrs May — you have two weeks to save Brexit and your Government – The Sun editorial

British MEPs will be required to work for eight weeks after Brexit day, European Parliament says…

British MEPs will not be able to quit on Brexit day, a report for the European Parliament has said.  They will be “legally required” to complete their mandates and work for about eight weeks after the UK leaves the European Union. Elections for Members of the European Parliament are due to take place next May, after the UK leaves the European Union. A new report, entitled “The institutional consequences of a ‘hard Brexit’” by Professor Federico Fabbrini of Dublin City University, argues MEPs represent EU citizens as a whole, not individual countries – and will therefore be required to serve out their full terms. “The European Parliament today represents European citizens and not citizens of the EU Member States,” the report says. – Telegraph (£)

…as Ukip plan Brexit Day bash in Brussels

The UK Independence Party is planning to throw a Brexit party in Brussels at the EU taxpayer’s expense on the last day of Britain’s membership of the European Union. Ukip MEPs have plotted to bus in supporters from the UK to hijack the ceremonial lowering of the Union Flag outside the European Parliament on 29 March 2019. Grim-faced British MEPs from the other parties will trudge outside the building in the heart of Brussels euro quarter on Brexit Day to witness the UK flag being hauled down for the last time. – Telegraph (£)

  • 4 biggest risks to Europe’s 2019 election – Politico

Big Ben won’t ring out to mark Brexit day

Brexiteers voiced anger today after the Commons authorities ruled that Big Ben will not ring out to mark Britain’s departure from the EU. The House commission, chaired by Speaker John Bercow, has made clear the famous bongs will not sound to mark the historic event on March 29 next year. The decision comes despite a plea from Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, who had argued that parliament’s bell should ‘absolutely’ peal as a ‘celebration’ of the historic moment. Tory MPs told MailOnline it showed the ‘Remain element’ at parliament were ‘in denial’ about leaving the EU. – MailOnline

Rapist on the run after arrest because EU freedom of movement allowed him to flee UK without passport

A concert pianist who raped a woman at one of Britain’s most prestigious music colleges is on the run after he used an ID card to flee the UK under EU freedom of movement rules. Polish-born Jacek Serafin, 30, had his passport confiscated by police after he was arrested for the sexual assault of his 22-year old victim who had her drink was spiked before being raped. But on April 26 just days before he was due to face a retrial for rape, Serafin – who studied piano performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester – used an ID card to board a Eurostar train bound for France and vanished. – Telegraph (£)

The six tricks Mark Carney used to cook up his ‘Brexit costs you £900’ figure

Mr S has always been a great admirer of creative accounting: the tricks our politicians use to dress up 50p as £1. It’s not lying, per se. All the techniques need to be valid. But their net effect is to mislead. Ed Balls was the great master of this dark art, George Osborne his even-less-subtle apprentice. Now both have gone so it seems that Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, is stepping in, trying his hand at statistical tricks. After getting Brexit badly wrong (predicting a crash in exports and a sudden halt to rising employment) Carney needs to save face.- Steerpike for The Spectator

Restore power-sharing to get a voice in Brexit talks, Corbyn urges North

Northern Ireland needs a voice in Brexit discussions, Jeremy Corbyn has said. The British Labour leader visited an Irish border bridge on Friday as part of his two-day tour of the region. The porous 300-mile frontier is one of the most vexed issues facing negotiators in Brussels but Northern Ireland has no ministers to intervene since devolved government at Stormont collapsed more than a year ago. Mr Corbyn addressed a meeting of business leaders in Derry. “Please, to the parties in Stormont: you have to come together to re-form a government there,” he said. “It is impossible to go through a period so crucial as Brexit negotiations without a voice for Northern Ireland being made at the table by the political classes in Northern Ireland. I hope they understand that message and I hope that we can make very rapid progress on that. – The Times (£)

  • Corbyn in north west NI for border visit – BBC News

GDPR chaos as new EU law means churches stop prayer requests and charities prepare to halt meals on wheels

Friday’s data protection crackdown has sparked chaos as small companies, charities and religious organisations are misinterpreting the rules.  The new rules, called GDPR, which stands for General Data Protection Regulation, are designed to better protect consumers’ data and stop businesses bombarding them with unwanted marketing material. Companies that break the rules can now be fined up to 4 per cent of their turnover by privacy watchdogs. The Telegraph has heard from a number of organisations who have felt confused and stressed after speaking to the Information Commissioner’s Office helpline or seeking independent legal advice to ensure they continue to be law abiding. – Telegraph (£)

New FTSE records, could signal further gains

This week we’ve seen both the FTSE100 and FTSE250 make new record highs, and while some of these gains have been down to the recent rebound in commodity prices pushing the basic resource component of both benchmark indexes higher, there still seems to be a prevailing narrative that the economic outlook is more geared to the negative than the positive. – City A.M.

  • UK services industry sees modest growth in first quarter – City A.M.

Fintech leaders join business group backing second Brexit referendum…

Over 80 UK tech leaders have signed up as supporters of a new business group called Tech For UK that’s calling on the government to back a second referendum on the terms of Brexit, including an option to remain in the EU.The group includes some big brands like Deloitte Digital, Samsung and TechCrunch, business leaders like Martha Lane Fox as well as major fintech players like Zopa founder Giles Andrews and Tide Bank CEO George Bevis. Mike Butcher, co-founder of TechHub, and co-organiser of Tech For UK said: “It’s time the people had the chance for a meaningful vote, or through parliament, on the terms of Brexit.” – City A.M.

…but anti-Brexit party gives up after three months

Sad news: anti-Brexit ‘party’ Renew is in trouble after its founder resigned just three months after the party launched. Referendum result denying Renew – which compares itself to Macron’s En Marche – was set up to great fanfare among less reality-based Remainers in  February. Despite having a handful of supporters it called itself a ‘movement’ and announced ambitious plans to field hundreds of anti-Brexit candidates at the next election. – Guido Fawkes

Three in five Britons support a ‘hostile environment’ for illegal immigrants, poll shows

Three in five people want the Government’s immigration policy to make it as “difficult as possible” for illegal immigrants to remain in the UK, according to a new poll. But the Ipsos MORI research also shows that, in the wake of the Windrush scandal, three in five of us believe that priority should be given to ensuring that people who do have the legal right to remain are not wrongly forced to leave. – Telegraph (£)

New hardline Italian finance minister Paolo Savona wants to quit the Euro

Italy’s new eurosceptic government are to appoint a hardliner Finance Minister who wants to quit the Euro. Increasing the chances of plunging the EU in crisis the Five Star Movement and League alliance are poised to appoint a new money boss who wants to make preparations to quit the single currency.Their 81-year-old pick Paolo Savona has has described joining the eurozone as a “historic error” and says it is tailor-made for Germany. The move has sparked fury in Berlin, where the leader of the liberal Free Democrats party urged Brussels to open deficit proceedings against Italy. Christian Lindner fumed: “For far too long, Brussels has watered down the rules and been guided by political expediency.” Mr Savona’s appointment would have to be approved by Italy’s europhile president Sergio Mattarella, who is determined to protect the euro. – The Sun

Andrea Jenkyns: Brexit is more important to me than my job in Government – which is why I quit

Politics, they say, is the language of priorities. I once told one of the government whips that Brexit was far more important to me than my job, or even theirs: this was our country’s future and we need to get it right. I stand by that comment, and it is ultimately why I have decided to stand down from my role as parliamentary private secretary to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government so I can concentrate on my work for the Commons Brexit committee. – Andrea Jenkyns for the Telegraph (£)

John Redwood: Does the EU favour No Deal?

Reading the spin coming out of Brussels from the talks, it sounds as if the EU favours No Deal. Their rejection of every helpful and sensible proposal to let them export more easily to the UK is bad enough. When coupled to their demands that we pay them money we do not owe them, obey laws we might want to modify, and avoid trade deals with faster growing countries elsewhere it means No Deal will be better than the Deal on offer. I regularly stress to government to need to be ready to leave on 29 March 2019 given this background. – John Redwood’s Diary

Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor: UK should roam free with Asian tigers, not Brussels hedgehogs

It is an interesting time to be a businessman in Asia – and particularly when the business in question trades significant volumes both with the European Union and with the United States. Perhaps it was inevitable that electing a businessman as the world’s most-powerful leader would lead to business and trade news moving away from the inside pages, and onto the front pages. That comfort of hindsight does not, however, help one to navigate the current trade & investment climate. – Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor for City A.M.

Damien Phillips: Brexit Britain must dare to be different, and find its voice again

Anyone watching the tortuous process of Britain’s negotiations with the European Union could be forgiven for wallowing in despair at our seeming inability to articulate a positive vision of the future and then single-mindedly pursue that goal without being diverted. But while Britain might seem like an incompetent General struggling to marshal their forces, and the EU may appear a formidable adversary by comparison, this is a golden opportunity for our great nation to get back in the strategy game. – Damien Phillips for the Telegraph (£)

Comment in Brief

  • A No-Deal Brexit, Our Best Hope – John Longworth for Briefings for Brexit
  • Alexander Woolf: How young people could help the Government transform aid – Alexander Woolf for ConservativeHome
  • The Anglo-American ‘Special Relationship’ in the Post-Brexit Era – Thomas Mills for Briefings for Brexit
  • In defence of Jacob Rees-Mogg – Iain Martin for Reaction
  • Gauke makes a start on prison rehabilitation – the neglected conservative mission – Mark Wallace for ConservativeHome
  • Rebalance Britain’s immigration system to attract global talent – Jonathan Roberts for Reaction

News in Brief

  • Majority of EU27 favour ‘simple’ approach on Britons’ residency – Guardian
  • Vote to quit the EU ‘driven by migration surge in areas that heavily backed Leave’ – The Sun
  • World Trade Organisation could meddle with Brexit deal after UK and EU reach agreement – Express 
  • Labour MP faces mocking laughter from Question Time crowd after saying party is ‘consistent’ on Brexit – despite history of screeching U-turns – The Sun
  • Tory EU rebels to bring forward major Brexit showdown with Theresa May – The Sun
  • Tories plot for Gove to be caretaker Prime Minister before Scot Ruth Davidson steps in – The Sun