European Union open to Brexit reversal - Tusk

Wednesday, 17 Jan, 2018

The success of Britain's universities can be credited to the access to talented European researchers, and from years of European cooperation through schemes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus; which have now been placed at risk as a result of the mishandling of Brexit.

Mr Henkel said: "It is so obvious, Brexit will result in a lose-lose situation for both, Britain and the European Union".

The other 27 European Union countries meet later this month to finalise their guidelines for Michel Barnier, the EU's Brexit negotiator, ahead of the start of formal talks.

"Tusk said our door still remains open and I hope that that will be heard clearly in London", he said.

The second phase of Brexit negotiations, which will shape the future trade relations between the United Kingdom and the bloc will begin in March.

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European Council President Donald Tusk delivers a speech during a debate on the last December European summit and Brexit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, January 16, 2018.

Manfred Weber, the leader of the largest political group in the European Parliament, said there was nothing in EU rules that demanded passports be of a certain colour.

Although the United Kingdom would still be the biggest loser from crashing out of the EU single market and customs union without a new trade deal - with a cost to the economy of £125bn by 2020 - the EU would also suffer a bigger economic hit than previously thought by the end of the decade, according to the consultancy Oxford Economics.

However, recognising that change of heart is unlikely, Tusk called for "more clarity on the UK's vision" when it comes to future relations. "So tell us what you want", Timmermans added.

In an interview with the Guardian, leading Brexiteer and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has dismissed the prospect of a second referendum.

After publishing a paper about future customs relations with the European Union last August, the United Kingdom government stated that its goal was to replicate the EU's existing free trade agreements (FTAs) and other arrangements by the time the United Kingdom exits the European Union in March 2019.

In an exclusive interview with The Guardian newspaper, Johnson said up to 438 million pounds could actually be made every week in the United Kingdom once Brexit was finalised, a figure even higher than his original prediction that had been emblazoned on campaign buses and disproved by experts.

Speaking at a press conference in London about reducing health inequalities, Professor Sir Michael Marmot was asked what he made of Johnson's claim.

"It's a ridiculous thing to say".

Sir Michael added: "He does say "gross". I think Victor Orban is giving the lead and those countries are proud of the fact they've lived under Nazism, they've lived under Communism, they've lived under brutalism and they lived under repression.