Putin: re the 12 indicted. President Trump mentioned it, I will look into it. We have an existing treaty between US and Russia, mutual assistance on criminal cases, it’s in full effect, works efficiently.
This treaty has specific legal procedures. We can offer that an appropriate commission headed by Mueller, he can use this treaty and send a request to us and we can interrogate this individuals who he believes are privy to some crimes.
We can permit official reps of the US, including members of Mueller’s team and they can be present at the questioning. The Americans should reciprocate, including officers of US intelligence who have done illegal stuff in Russia.
The ERG amendments run headlong into the June European Council conclusions on the backstop: “[the Council] recalls the commitments undertaken by the UK in this respect in Dec 2017 and March 2018, and insists on the need for intensified efforts so that the Withdrawal Agreement...
“...including its provisions on transition, can be concluded as soon as possible in order to come into effect on the date of withdrawal. It recalls that negotiations can only progress as long as all commitments undertaken so far are respected in full.”
The ERG amendment states: “It shall be unlawful for HMG to enter into arrangements under which Northern Ireland forms part of a separate customs territory to Great Britain.”
.@HughRBennett on the Irish backstop + what wd happen if the UK diverged from the common rulebook: "The fact that the govt has already accepted the EU’s flawed logic on the issue indicates they are taking the position that it is imposs to keep the border open if the UK diverges.
"Indeed, the early signs from Brussels are that, despite the monumental concessions already made by the UK, the EU will still try to force some sort of backstop protocol into the deal.
Here's what the March EU Negotiating Guidelines say about Ireland: The European Council recalls that other issues still require agreement and negotiations can only progress as long as all commitments undertaken so far are respected in full...
...and welcomes in this respect Prime Minister May's written assurances notably regarding Ireland/Northern Ireland.
Here's what Theresa May just told the HoC: First there is what is provided for in the EU’s negotiating guidelines in March of this year. This amounts to a standard free trade agreement for Great Britain, with NI carved off in the EU’s customs union and parts of the single market.
ECJ Poland case: Advocate General says that Irish High Court is required to postpone the execution of a European arrest warrant only where it finds not only that there is a real risk of flagrant denial of justice on account of deficiencies in the Polish system...
...but also that the accused will be exposed to such a risk. Even assuming that there is, in Poland, a real risk of flagrant denial of justice on account of the govt reforms of the judiciary this doesn't mean that NO Polish court is capable of hearing any case whatsoever...
Therefore, in order to show that the individual concerned is exposed to the risk of flagrant denial of justice, it is necessary to establish that there are particular circumstances relating either to that person or to the offence in respect of which he is being prosecuted...
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar gets the full Guernica explanation at the Reine Sofia in Madrid after meeting the new Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez. Will file more details shortly.
Varadkar on UK and Irish backstop: “Putting this off doesn’t make it any easier for the United Kingdom. The European Union is fully united. 27 member states standing together with a common position, led very ably by Michel Barnier and the EU task force.”
Varadkar denies telling FG that Brexit has brought a United Ireland closer. “Talk about a United Ireland isn’t helpful because it gets mixed up with talks around Brexit and there is a concern among the Unionist community that the Irish govt has a hidden agenda.
.@MESandbu: UK wants 2 both benefit from the EU’s current & future FTAs while the backstop applies (& its interest to be taken into a/c in its trade talks with others), & to be able to strike its own trade deals, just suspending the parts that affect the backstop until it expires
“Either one of these is preposterous enough on its own; together they are laughable.”
BREAKING: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says that the British Prime Minister Theresa May shd table a new proposal on the future customs relationship between the EU & UK within the next 2 wks, hints it cd see continued alignment btwn whole of UK and EU on customs into the future
the Taoiseach said the prime minister had given him some insights into what he called “new thinking” on the British side.
Varadkar: I said to the prime minister that any move that helped to align all of the EU and the UK in terms of customs into the future would be beneficial.
Ireland's EU Commissioner @PhilHoganEU has issued scathing criticism of Brexiteers during a speech to Seanad Eireann (the Irish Senate), accusing them of wanting a civil war in the Tory Party which "leaves no building standing"
Hogan: "One thing the Brexit story has shown is that the UK does not have an alternative policy to EU membership. Not by a long shot. Even Brexiteers are happy to keep one foot in the EU: security, transport agreements +continued participation in some EU agencies spring to mind
"But there is another, strategic, level for us to consider. When the EU talks security eyes normally turn east or south. For us, bordering the Atlantic Ocean security questions sometimes seem remote. But is this a moment to review our thinking on these wider, strategic questions?
Here are the observables from David Davis’s appearance at the @CommonsEUexit. It’s a long thread folks, but I hope a handy digest of his thoughts.
1. Davis does not believe the Irish backstop will require NI to have any different arrangements to the rest of the UK, nor does he believe the rest of the UK will have to align with EU rules for the backstop to work
2. Davis regards June as an artificial deadline for the backstop to be operationalised in the legal text, and says @campaignforLeo agrees with this
Some thoughts on the @dailytelegraph story: in the negotiations since the March #EUCO the UK has not put forward a formal paper. So, hard to see how there can be a “forensic annihilation” of something that hasn’t been commited to paper.
Acc to EU sources, the UK *has* been putting forward “reheated” versions of the August customs papers which were largely dismissed at the time as “magical thinking”. So in that sense, they would most likely be rejected again.
However, a definitive rejection of British proposals would not be a call that EU Task Force officials would have made on Wednesday. That kind of call is normally made by EU leaders following a recommendation by @MichelBarnier via the General Affairs Council.
Senior EU officials tells @rtenews the Irish border dilemma will remain “one of the very difficult” issues in Phase II of the Brexit negotiations.
Senior EU official: This is and will remain one of the very difficult issues, and we know that. Both because of the issue itself, on its own merits, but also because it exposes the contradictions in the UK position.
Senior EU official: And with the single market, [which was created] very much at the insistence of the Brits.