Friday 23 August 2019

The week that was: Leaking roofs, narrow margins and leader visits

French President Emmanuel Macron, right, shakes hands with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar after a media conference at the Elysee Palace. Photo: AP
French President Emmanuel Macron, right, shakes hands with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar after a media conference at the Elysee Palace. Photo: AP
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

:: MONDAY

The House of Commons voted against a series of alternatives to Theresa May's Brexit deal. A proposal for the UK to stay inside a customs union and a second referendum were rejected.

:: TUESDAY

French President Emmanuel Macron promised to "never abandon" the Irish. But he also warned France would be against a Brexit extension unless the UK held a general election, second referendum or changed its red lines. Meanwhile, in London, Theresa May turned to her nemesis Jeremy Corbyn in a desperate bid to find a way forward.

:: WEDNESDAY

Proposals to further delay the date of Brexit squeaked through the Commons by just one vote.

:: THURSDAY

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with 15 representatives of the Border community during a visit to Dublin. She spoke afterwards about her own experience of growing up behind the Iron Curtain and said the EU will "simply have to" find a way of avoiding a hard Border. In London, the Commons had to be suspended due to a leaking roof. An official statement was released to clarify that the leak was not sewage.

:: FRIDAY

Theresa May formally confirmed preparations for EU elections would begin and asked for an extension until the end of June. However, Donald Tusk indicated he would issue one until March 2020.

Irish Independent

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