At 10:38 last night, MP Yvette Cooper’s ‘European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill’ passed into law, receiving Royal Assent in record time. The Act restricts the Prime Minister’s discretion about whether and when to seek an extension to the two-year negotiating period under Article 50 of the Treaty of European Union.
As Theresa May set off for meetings with in Germany with the Chancellor and France with the President ahead of tomorrow’s European Council meeting, Michel Barnier, following his visit to Ireland, yesterday, was in Luxembourg to brief a meeting of EU Ministers: "The Withdrawal Agreement is not going to be reopened, is not up for negotiation again. That continues to be the case.”
The cross-party talks between the Government and Labour Party remain at an ‘impasse’ meaning UK has not yet met the criteria for an extension beyond 12 April.
European Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan announces latest EU preparations for a possible ‘no-deal’ scenario for agriculture - updates on no-deal tariff that will apply and financial support for EU 27 farmers that may be suffer losses due to Brexit.