Tony Connelly

Tony Connelly


RTE Europe Editor, Author Brexit & Ireland, co-presenter Brexit Republic Podcast https://t.co/HFfuap3jND

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2/ According to one diplomat, there is a growing feeling among some member states (neither frugal nor southern), that the longer the summit goes on the more concessions the Frugals are demanding

9/ On the €5bn cut to Rural Development, down from €15bn, it's understood this would mean a reduction of €125m for Ireland over a seven year period from the original Recovery Fund offer

4/ The governance issue seems to be close to resolution: if there are concerns about a recipient country abandoning its reform program one or more MS has 3 days to raise concerns at ECOFIN level, and if no resolution there it goes up to the European Council (ie, heads of govt)

5/ The solution is still being digested by the Italians and it took a lot of legal analysis by the European Commission legal services due to its complicated nature

6/ Further irritating middle countries is the push by the Frugal four to get more money for their rebates, approx €400m each to be precise. As one source points out, this wd give them bigger rebates than they wd have had if the UK hadn't left the EU

8/ On rule of law, some suggestion the can might get kicked down the road, but that wd anger a lot of people

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Breaking: EU finance ministers have reached agreement on a European rescue plan. The ESM element has been agreed, the European Commission's SURE package, mobilising up to 100bn has been agreed, + the EIB pan European guarantee scheme has been agreed. Netherlands on board: source

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

To add to the numerous threads out there on Brexit, Dublin’s reading of the UK positioning is as follows:

BREAKING: EU warns that Britain will not have any decision-making role in the EU's foreign and security policy, despite promises in the Political Declaration of "flexible consultation" and meetings at "ministerial, senior official, and working" level. Report on shortly

BREAKING: UK will concede that there will be no "regulatory divergence" on the island of Ireland on the single market and customs union, acc to a draft text seen by

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