DUBLIN (Reuters) – Britain and the European Union need to avoid engaging in the blame game for the “truth of Brexit” and the next challenge becomes clear, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Monday.
He added that there was a big incentive to complete the deal, but that there were two big issues that had not been resolved.
“The truth of Brexit is now being revealed in terms of the challenges,” Coveney told Radio Ulster. “This is something the UK and EU should find further ahead than focusing on the blame game with respect to who is guilty.”
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and the EU are running out of time to reach a Brexit trade deal but if good progress is made this week then talks could be extended, Environment Minister George Eustice said on Monday.
With more than four weeks remaining until Britain finally exits EU orbit on December 31, the two sides are demanding concessions from the other on fishing, state aid and how to resolve future disputes.
“We are really running out of time now, this is a crucial week, we need to get a breakthrough,” Eustice told Sky.
“I really think we are now in the last week or 10 days, of course if big progress is made this week and you are almost there, it is always possible to extend those negotiations,” he said.
Britain officially left the EU on January 31 but has been in a transition period since then with trade, travel and business rules remaining unchanged. From early 2021, Brussels will be treated as a third country.
Talks between EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and UK chief negotiator David Frost continued through Sunday. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it was a very important week for Brexit.
“David Frost has made it clear that we are continuing negotiations because we still think there are prospects that we can get a deal and in the meantime we have to stick with that,” said Eustice.
Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton; edited by James Davey
MILAN (Reuters) – The cash takeover offer announced by Credit Agricole Italy’s branch for rival Creval is “fair” and there would be no reason to change it, the head of Credit Agricole Italy said in a newspaper interview Monday.
France’s Credit Agricole this month offered 10.50 euros ($ 12.57) per share to buy an Italian third-tier lender, for an overall investment of 737 million euros. Creval said the offer was “unexpected and previously not approved” and sources said it would fight for it to get a better price.
Giampiero Maioli told Il Corriere della Sera L’Economia that the Credit Agricole offer takes full account of Creval’s turnaround and offers one of the highest premiums in the industry.
“This is a fair offer, why should we change it ?,” he said when asked if there was still room to increase prices.
“This is the only cash offering in Italy for the last 20 years … We consider it friendly because it generates value for everyone: shareholders, customers and employees”, he added.
Reporting by Giulio Piovaccari; edited by Valentina Za
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is scrambling to catch fish in Brexit negotiations with the European Union, demanding an end to what its environment minister considers to be the EU’s unfair fishing system in its waters.
Britain wants a “zonal engagement” to agree on the total allowable catch for UK waters – a move that would give it a much larger share of the quota than if the fish math were worked out according to the EU proposal.
“What we are asking … is there an annual negotiation based on science and also there is a movement towards a more equitable and more scientific method of sharing which is called broad zone engagement where fish are present. found, “Environment Secretary George Eustice told BBC radio.
“Based on that analysis, we currently only have access to about half of the fish in our own waters, which is very unfair to our fishermen, we’ve made it clear that needs to change.”
In Russia, Europe dominates the 2018 World Cup with Belgium, Croatia, England and France in the top four. France then won the all-European final 4-2 against Zlatko Dalic’s side. Next week, Blues and other European nations will find out about their fate en route to the Qatar 2022 World Cup with the draw for European qualifiers.
World soccer governing body FIFA confirmed the seeds for the European part of World Cup qualification Qatar 2022, with England, Belgium and the world champions holding out in Pot 1. The draw will take place as a virtual event on December 7 in Zurich, Switzerland. .
The seedlings are allocated based on the latest FIFA rankings, following the completion of the Nations League group stage in November. In Pot 1, world number one Belgium joins France, England, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. This means that no heavyweight will join the same group.
France is seeded for the first time in 12 years. On a trip to Brazil in 2014, they finished behind Spain in qualifying and beat Ukraine in the playoffs to reach the World Cup. In their subsequent qualifying campaign, Didier Deschamps’ team topped a group that included Sweden and the Netherlands. Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, but is back as the top seeds in this campaign.
Switzerland came close to missing out on Pot 1 after their recent poor results in the Nations League. Poland and Sweden are among other heavyweights in Pot 2. The 2018 World Cup will host Russia as well as Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland in Pot 3.
In Pot 4, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Bosnia & Herzegovina are the teams that stand out the most. The next pot contained more teams from the periphery of the European game, including the Faroe Islands, Latvia and Lithuania. Pot 6 groups all minor teams, including the low-ranked UEFA San Marino nation, and they will be drawn to sixth place in groups F through J.
Europe will have 13 representatives at the next World Cup finals. The ten group winners will qualify directly for Qatar 2022, with the ten runners-up advancing to the play-offs. The two best cNations League group winners who don’t finish in the top two will complete the playoffs, with the 12 nations divided into three tracks forming two semifinals and one final in each.
World Cup qualification in Europe will start in March. The Qatar World Cup will be the first World Cup in winter, scheduled to take place from 21 November to 18 December 2022. It will be the last global final with 32 teams. In 2026, when the United States, Mexico and Canada stage a tournament, 48 countries will participate.
Pot 1: Belgium, France, UK, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.
Pot 2: Switzerland, Wales, Poland, Sweden, Austria, Ukraine, Serbia, Turkey, Slovakia and Romania
Pot 3: Russia, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Czech Republic, Norway, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Scotland, Greece and Finland
Pot 4: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Israel, Belarus, Georgia and Luxembourg
Pot 5: Armenia, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia and Andorra
Pot 6: Malta, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar and San Marino