For the first time since June last year, the joint UK-EU Committee to deal with Brexit will meet again soon, reports Politico. A preliminary deal may be made on one of the loose ends in the agreement on trade with Northern Ireland. That would be about medicine. The remaining points of conflict are expected to be put on hold until after the parliamentary elections in Northern Ireland on 5 May...
Paul Givan has resigned as Prime Minister of Northern Ireland after eight months. Reason: dissatisfaction with the agreements made in the Brexit deal on the border between his country and the rest of the United Kingdom. Givan’s resignation comes three months before elections that could potentially have major implications for the future of the entire island of Ireland.
Ursula von der Leyen is getting further and further in the narrow by ‘sms-gate’. The European Ombudsman is demanding that her messages to Pfizer boss Albert Bourla be made public.
The European Parliament voted by a large majority on Thursday for new rules that should limit the power of large internet companies and better protect consumers.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s employees celebrated two farewell parties last spring at the official residence at 10 Downing Street. This happened on the eve of the funeral of Prince Philip. At both parties there were about thirty people present. Johnson himself was not there.
British Brexit minister David Frost threatens to withdraw the Brexit agreement on Northern Ireland again if a “sustainable solution” to the trade dispute with the EU over the British part of the country is not found.
The Netherlands and five other EU countries are fighting against the relaxation of state aid rules for companies in the European Union. They fear that the European Commission is paying too much attention to countries like France and Germany that want to strengthen their industry.
In Rathcoole near Belfast, Northern Ireland, four masked men hijacked and set fire to a passenger bus. Local police confirm that the bus driver and passengers were allowed to safely leave the bus.