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The Brief from Brussels: Brexit triggers and jitters


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The Brief from Brussels: Brexit triggers and jitters

Should the British government or the parliament be responsible for triggering Brexit? That’s the question that the High Court in London must rule on Thursday. The decision will have serious consequences for the split between the EU and the UK.

The prime minister aims to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty by the end of March. For Theresa May, the parliament’s role is limited to a simple debate. However, if MPs are given a say, they could decide to hold a vote, risking to delay or even stop Brexit from happening altogether.

The Irish premier is doing little to hide his concerns over the tough negotiations between London and Brussels. For Enda Kenny, talks need to be frank and firm to avoid political chaos.

On the topic of freedom of movement in the UK, it still remains inextricably tied to European migration policy. London and Paris are fighting over the resettlement of the last migrants of the Calais jungle. On Tuesday, it was the turn of unaccompanied minors in the camp, but many remain hopeful that one day they will make across the Channel.

The Russian Foreign Affairs Minister was in Athens for a two-day trip. Sergei Lavrov met the president, prime minister and his Greek counterpart. The visit aimed to reaffirm ties between Athens and Moscow, but it comes at a time of heightened tensions between the Kremlin and the EU, as well as Nato regarding the situation in Ukraine and Syria. These meetings go beyond simple bilateral relations, according to our Athens correspondent.

As the European Commission is dealing with a new scandal over racist and homophobic comments from the EU Commissioner for Digital Economy, President Jean-Claude Juncker may take the opportunity to address the controversy during a debate in Vienna on the future of Europe.

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