Tag Archives: European Union

EU: New blow for Uber as top court says it’s a taxi company

Source: US News & World Report

“Ride-hailing service Uber suffered a new blow Wednesday as the European Union’s top court ruled that it should be regulated like a taxi company and not a technology service, a decision that could change the way it functions across many countries in the continent. Uber, which is wrapping up a particularly punishing year, sought to play down the ruling Wednesday by the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice. The company insisted it will try to keep expanding in Europe anyway.” [editor’s note: Classifying Uber as a taxi company is like classifying TV Guide as a television network – TLK] (12/20/17)


God, Brexit, and EUtopia, part 3

Source: Acton Institute
by Stephen F Copp

“Faced with the rising power of the EU, many will be tempted to succumb and bow their knee to it. Yet Christian theology was forged in the furnace of the brute power of the Roman Empire. The apocalyptic writer John responded in graphic terms, seeing hope one day in a new heaven, a new earth, even a New Jerusalem — a beautiful city, shining with God’s glory, as brilliant as a precious jewel, made of pure gold — together with healing of the nations. Even in the worst of adversity, there is hope. It may be the eleventh hour, but it is not too late for Europe to turn back from the folly on which it embarked in the 1950s.” (12/18/17)


UK: May loses key Brexit vote as Parliament requires approval of final deal

Source: CNN

“British Prime Minister Theresa May has lost a key vote on the EU Withdrawal bill, her first serious parliamentary Brexit setback. Members of Parliament voted Wednesday for an amendment to the bill meaning lawmakers must approve the final deal with the European Union before withdrawal begins. May lost by a close margin of 309-305 votes. Amendment 7 to Clause 9 was tabled by May’s own Conservative MP Dominic Grieve, who leads a faction of ‘rebels’ within the party. … The result was yet another disappointment for May, who has been struggling ever since her decision to hold a snap election in June, which resulted in the loss of her governing majority and the need to negotiate a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland — which has 10 seats in Parliament — to remain in a position to pass laws.” (12/13/17)


How Brexit is turning into a disaster for Ireland

Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Jenkins

“The island of Ireland consists of both an independent republic of 26 counties, as well a six-county province — Northern Ireland, or Ulster — that is part of the United Kingdom. That division has through the years produced bitter conflicts, as the existence of the North remains offensive its Catholic minority who want a united Ireland. That both Great Britain and the Irish Republic were members of the European Union proved immensely beneficial at soothing tensions and effectively eliminating the internal border. But what will happen when Great Britain leaves the EU while Ireland remains? There will have to be some frontier between northern and southern Ireland to check goods and/or migrants entering ‘Europe.’ This can be done in two ways, each one desperately unpalatable to a major constituency.” (12/13/17)


Amnesty: EU governments complicit in Libya migrant abuse

Source: CNN

“Amnesty International has accused European governments of being complicit in the torture and abuse of migrants and refugees in Libya. In a new report, the human rights group criticizes European governments for supporting efforts by the Libyan coastguard to prevent migrants crossing the Mediterranean and returning them camps in Libya. … The Amnesty report also accused the Libyan coastguard of endangering migrants’ lives and of intimidating NGOs operating in the Mediterranean on rescue missions.” (12/12/17)


God, Brexit, and EUtopia, part 2

Source: Acton Institute
by Stephen F Copp

“The first part of this series rejected seductive dreams of utopian visions for society. From a Judeo-Christian theological perspective utopia conflicts with human nature as it is: fallen. Utopia needs to come from within, not without, through the transformative power of a renewed relationship with God. Fine as the utopian values on which the EU project is claimed to be based appear, there are good reasons to be sceptical of them. This second part evaluates what the Brexit negotiations reveal about the EU’s true values.” (12/11/17)


“Brexit breakthrough”: What you need to know about the new UK-EU report

Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“After frenetic all-night talks, the UK prime minister and the president of the EU announced early Friday morning that the first round of Brexit talks had made ‘sufficient progress’ to go forward. What does that mean for the UK, EU, and the future of economic liberty, deregulation, and reclaiming national self-determination?” (12/08/17)


Key Brexit advocate says voters can change UK deal with EU

Source: US News & World Report

“British voters will be able to change the final Brexit agreement with the European Union if they aren’t happy with what the British government delivers, a key Brexit supporter claimed Saturday. British Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s comments came after Prime Minister Theresa May compromised on issues such as Britain’s financial obligation to the bloc, the Northern Ireland border and the jurisdiction of European courts in order to reach a preliminary agreement on divorce terms with the EU. … ‘The British people will be in control,’ Gove wrote in Saturday’s edition of the Daily Telegraph. ‘By the time of the next election, EU law and any new treaty with the EU will cease to have primacy or direct effect in UK law. If the British people dislike the arrangement that we have negotiated with the EU, the agreement will allow a future government to diverge.'” (12/09/17)


Brexit: No deal in Brussels after DUP torpedoes May/Juncker Ireland agreement

Source: Independent [UK]

Theresa May’s Brexit strategy is in disarray after the Irish Prime Minister dramatically accused her of reneging on an agreement that would have ended the deadlock in the talks. On a day of drama, the Prime Minister pulled the plug on a deal on the Irish border after it was rejected by the Democratic Unionist Party which props her up in power — triggering claims she is being ‘held to ransom.’ The embarrassment left Ms May scrambling to arrange crisis talks with the DUP before she heads back to Brussels later this week, with the clock ticking on the negotiations. EU leaders have demanded she guarantee there will no hard land border in Ireland before a summit next week, if the talks are to move on to discussing future trade and a transitional deal. The unravelling of the deal also left many Conservatives questioning Ms May’s handling of the talks, amid disbelief that the DUP had not been squared off in advance.” [editor’s note: If the UK ends its occupation of the Six Counties, there won’t be any “Irish border problem” – TLK] (12/04/17)


Brexit talks reportedly on brink of breakthrough after May’s concession on Irish border

Source: The Herald [Scotland]

“The Brexit talks are on the verge of a breakthrough after Theresa May appears to have conceded to Dublin’s demands on the Irish border following a frantic weekend of diplomacy. As the Prime Minister sat down for lunch with Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, in the Brussels, details of the draft agreement emerged. They made reference to continued ‘regulatory alignment’ between Northern Ireland and the Republic post Brexit, which seems to reassure the concerns of the Irish Government over maintaining the open border and close relationship between Northern Ireland and the EU. … In Edinburgh, [Scottish First Minister] Nicola Sturgeon responded to the reports that Northern Ireland and the Republic could maintain regulatory alignment by saying there was no good reason that Scotland could not do the same with the EU and ‘effectively stay in the single market.'” (12/04/17)