Donald Tusk, president of the European Council with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin last March
Brexit: Boris Johnson says ‘anti-democratic’ backstop must be scrapped (BBC)
Last night: Contact
European Council president Donald Tusk speaking at a press conference in Brussels today.
It follows the EU last night agreeing to postpone Brexit until May 22 – as long as MPs in Westminster approve British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal next week.
If MPs don’t approve her deal, Britain will leave on April 12.
Ms May had sought an extension until June 30.
‘Hope dies last’ – Europe reflects on Brexit shambles after Brussels summit (The Irish Times)
Previously: Tusk Tusk
British PM Theresa May’s letter to the president of the European Council Donald Tusk in which she asks that the Brexit process can be delayed until June 30, 2019.
Britain was scheduled to leave on March 29, 2019.
Via Faisal Islam
Theresa May is seeking a short Brexit delay – what happens next? (The Guardian)
Yesterday: He Is Among Us
May to bring twice-defeated deal back to parliament (RTE)
At Government Buildings in Dublin.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets European Council President Donald Tusk for talks ahead of the European Council summit later in the week.
Beats Juncker, spose.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is shown where to stand by European Council President Donald Tusk before their meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Belgium this morning.
Tusk, speaking at a joint news conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar after their talks in Brussels, reiterated the European Union’s stance that the Irish border backstop in the withdrawal agreement had to stay.
“I’ve been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely,” Tusk said.
Varadkar said the Brexit deal, which has since been rejected by the UK parliament, was “the best possible”. He said Britain’s recent political instability was yet another proof of why the backstop was needed.
EU won’t re-open Brexit deal, hopes May will have new proposals: EU’s Tusk (Reuters)
Tusk says ‘special place in hell’ for Brexiteers who didn’t have plan (RTÉ)
University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4
President of the European Council Donald Tusk became an Honorary member of University College Dublin (UCD) Law society.
Mr Tusk gave a speech addressing his vision of Europe, Politics and Brexit , the future of European integration beyond the completion of the Monetary and Banking Union and his personal experience as a student political activist in Poland.
Mr Tusk told the audience (including Louise Hogan, Law Society auditor, top):
“I don’t like Brexit. Actually, that’s an understatement: I believe Brexit is one of the saddest moments in twenty first-century European history. In fact, sometimes I am even furious about it.”
EU’s Donald Tusk Says He’s Sometimes Furious About Brexit (Bloomberg)
Ulster Hall, Belfast
The Freedom of the City of Belfast is bestowed by Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister (left) on former US President Bill Clinton and Senator George Mitchell, both in town to mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement
Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye
Government buildings, Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with President of the European Council Donald Tusk ahead of a meeting on Brexit.
Top: Taoiseach Leo Vardkar with Donald Tusk, President of the ERuropean Council in Brussels today
“That is ultimately a decision for them, however, and that may change. Countries can take positions, often very strong positions, they are often negotiating positions, and yet the final outcome might be more favourable.
While Britain says they intend to leave the customs union and the single market, they also say they want a Free Trade Agreement, and while many of the elements of a free trade agreement, while not being the same as the customs union, may not be that far from that.”
Taoiseach Leo Vardkar today following a meeting with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.
Varadkar says Ireland does not want UK to leave EU (RTÉ)
Pics via Donald Tusk
From top: A Kurdistan family of six who have been living in a tent in Piraeus port, Athens in Greece for more than 40 days; European Council president Donald Tusk
Ahead of his and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to a refugee camp in Gaziantep, Turkey tomorrow, the president of the European Council, in today’s Guardian, writes:
Only strong states are capable of supporting those in need on a large scale, without the risk of self-destruction.
Tough policies do not rule out humanitarian goals – quite the opposite: only determined policies enable their implementation. If we want Europe to remain open and tolerant, we can no longer allow ourselves to be helpless.
We need the solidarity and determination of all member states in every aspect of migration policy: relocation, humanitarian aid, external actions, and most crucially protecting our external borders.
What is at stake is not only the future of Schengen, but the future of our community.
Recent experience with Turkey shows that Europe must set clear limits to its concessions. We can negotiate money but never our values.
We cannot impose our standards on the rest of the world. Equally, others cannot impose their standards on us.
Our freedoms, including freedom of expression, will not be part of political bargaining with any partner. The Turkish president must heed this message.
By being tough on migration Europe can also be humane (Donald Tusk, The Guardian)
Previously: ‘We Can Bus The Refugees To Greece’
Pic: MSF Sea