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Last efforts in Brussels to help the British get out of Europe?

  • April 17th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

The European Union Heads of Government, week ending 12 April, had good reason to throw the British out so they could get on with important business concerning their joint future.

As Lee Duffield reports, they took over, telling the United Kingdom to finally make a plan for leaving the EU and ruling on a timetable for that — to 31 October. … Read More »

“Brexit” log-jam in London: new plans, same problem

  • March 29th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

The British parliament has voted to extend the deadline for seceding from Europe from Friday until mid-April – but has failed to vote for a consensus on what to do.

Lee Duffield says he stopped making a straw-poll of Australian observers after getting a very early consistency of comments: “silly pommie parliament”, “incompetent mob”, and so on.

In this up-date he says there is surprise and exasperation in Europe also. … Read More »

EU-UK “Brexit”: Parliament says “No” a second time

  • March 12th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

The House of Commons has again on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected the Withdrawal Agreement for Britain to leave the European Union.

Lee Duffield writes that the vote came after a week of the usual confusion and bumble over so-called “Brexit”, which produced a revised agreement – in the end not revised-enough to satisfy hold-out MPs.

The vote was NO 391, YES 242.

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Dealing in Billions: Tough trade talks with European negotiators who broke the Brits over “Brexit”

  • February 14th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

Things have come to a push-and-shove stage in talks between Europe and Australia over trade – with the EU’s head man in agriculture taking a tough position in Australia this week.

Lee Duffield caught up with the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development (equivalent to a federal minister), Phil Hogan (picture), and members of his negotiating team on the Gold Coast.

He says European Union officials who got the British in a tight corner over their secession from Europe – committing them to pay Brussels €39-billion (A$62.09) – aren’t backward putting their own interests forward. … Read More »

British mess over Europe

  • December 12th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

Teresa May’s postponement of the show-down vote over leaving Europe, in the British parliament, has highlighted a full-scale conflict over ideologies and wills – and high risk for the country’s future.

Lee Duffield who has a long background reporting European affairs says walking out which looked simple has proved complicated and dangerous.

In the first of two articles he documents the agreement between the British government and European Union, and the fight over it which has paralysed politics in the United Kingdom. … Read More »

British walk-out from Europe has been a long time coming

  • December 12th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

Debate in the British parliament over the Draft Agreement with Brussels, for Britain to leave the European Union, has produced above all fresh conflict, confusion and uncertainty.

In this second of two reports, Lee Duffield, a long-time specialist on European affairs, says British involvement with the EU has always been a love-hate liaison. … Read More »

APEC Wars: No communique of idiocy

  • November 26th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

People of the Pacific states got money out of this month’s summit of the APEC organisation – Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation – but might have felt walked-over in the scrum for power.

Lee Duffield reports the Pacific is a new discovery of the 21-member inter-governmental free trade forum, set up on the initiative of Australia’s Hawke – Keating government in 1989. … Read More »

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