Tony Connelly

Tony Connelly

RTE Europe Editor, Author Brexit & Ireland, co-presenter Brexit Republic Podcast

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3/ “Technical discussions will continue next week and we will meet again next Friday

@dgmoore75  @gawanorniron7  @cathyby / @pcadogan  @Aaron_Rankin87So , to say Article 16 had been "triggered " is not entirely correct. To trigger it, the EU would have to formally notified the UK and there would be a month of consultations etc.

NEW: Ursula von der Leyen on new Covid variant: "The European Commission has today proposed to Member States to activate the 'emergency brake' on travel from countries in southern African and other countries affected to limit the spread of the new variant.

2/ "All air travel to these countries should be suspended until we have a clear understanding about the danger posed by this new variant. "And travellers returning from this region should respect strict quarantine rules."

NEW: UK/Lord Frost statement on latest @DavidGHFrost  @MarosSefcovic  mtg: “European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič and I met today in London to take stock of discussions on the NI Protocol. We discussed the full range of issues causing difficulties in Northern Ireland.

How concerned should the world be over Omicron variant? Great explainer here from @EIMcM  via @RTENews 


BREAKING: The EU will take legal action today against the UK over its unilateral move to change the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol, @rtenews  understands.

Some damning testimony from @alexhallhall , former Brexit counselor at the British Embassy in Washington who resigned in 2019 over having to perpetrate what she saw as increasing disingenuous UK lines on Brexit, esp on NI, once @BorisJohnson  took over

NEW: The UK is liable to pay €47.5 billion to the EU as part of its post-Brexit financial settlement, @rtenews  has learned. The figures are contained in the EU’s consolidated budget report for 2020.

As the ECJ row deepens, I'm in Dunkirk where Ireland's Europe Minister@ThomasByrneTD  is inaugurating a new Irish terminal. Since Jan 1 there have been 50,000 freight units moving from here to Rosslare, sidestepping the UK landbridge

So, some interesting developments on the controversy over the EU's request for an office in Belfast, which has now been twice rejected by the UK

After Michel Barnier's briefing of EU ambassadors this afternoon, here's where things stand:

BREAKING: Olaf Scholz (on UK trucks crisis) says the free movement of labour is part of the EU and “we asked the Brits not to leave the EU”