‘Dear Brits, ze door is schtill open’: European newspapers react to UK triggering Article 50 – The Independent
Britain has officially started the process of leaving the EU, with the triggering of Article 50 dominating front pages across Europe.
“Dear Brits, ze door is schtill open,” read the headline in German broadsheet Die Welt, emulating a “typical German accent” to get its message across to the UK.
It said that although Theresa May had started the split from the EU, many in Brussels and Berlin did not want Brexit to become reality.
“Ultimately, the EU’s second-largest contributor can correct its historic error at any time in the negotiations phase,” it added.
The front page of Die Welt’s “Kompact” sister edition featured headline “Farewell” with a picture of the Prime Minister sailing on a “voyage into the unknown” inside a paper boat made of a union flag.
Other German newspapers were similarly cutting, with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung warning that “divorce hurts” and the Stuttgarter Zeitung likening the upcoming negotiations to a “poker game”.
In France, Libération’s front page read “We miss you already! Or not…” warning that Britain could face a “rosy” future or a much gloomier alternative.
Le Monde also raised the alarm over the “consequences of the split” while in Belgium La Libre’s front page read: “Brexit: the cost of divorce”
Brussels-based Le Soir said Theresa May was signing “to end the Europe of 28”.
Aftonbladet said Brexit was a “strike against Sweden”, while Dagens Nyheter said Britain had pushed the EU to the “risk of collapse”.
Newspapers in Spain and Italy focused on Brexit’s impact on the rest of the EU and the UK itself, noting calls for Scotland and Northern Ireland to secede.
“London launches the process that will decide the future of Europe,” said El Pais, while La Repubblica warned that Scotland was “challenging London”.
In Poland, the Gazeta Wyborcza said it was sure that more than a million Poles already living in the UK would retain their rights but urged others to carefully consider such a move.
Mrs May launched negotiations with a letter to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council.
She said the vote to leave the EU in June was “no rejection of the values we share as Europeans” or an attempt to harm the EU or its member states.
“The referendum was a vote to restore, as we see it, our national self-determination,” the Prime Minister wrote.
“We are leaving the European Union, but we are not leaving Europe – and we want to remain committed partners and allies to our friends across the continent.”
The letter set out principles for discussions, including that they should be carried out in the “spirit of sincere cooperation” but that citizens should “always be put first”, with disruption minimised and as much certainty given as possible.
“We want to play our part to ensure that Europe remains strong and prosperous and able to lead in the world, projecting its values and defending itself from security threats,” the Prime Minister wrote.
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ealth Secretary Jeremy Hunt dropped the bombshell , when he said he expected the UK would quit the EMA – because it is subject to rulings by the European Court of Justice.
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Andreas Dombret, who is an executive board member for the Bundesbank—Germany’s central bank—told a private meeting of German businesses and banks earlier this week in Frankfurt that even if banking rules were “equivalent” between the UK and the rest of the EU, that was still “miles away from [Britain having] access to the single market”, the BBC reports.
The number of financial sector professionals in Britain and continental Europe looking for jobs in Ireland rocketed in the months after the UK voted to leave the European Union
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ritish equities got a boost since the June vote because the likes of Rio Tinto, Smiths Group and WPP generate most sales abroad and earn a fortune when they convert these revenues back into the weakened pound. Sterling’s fall also made UK stocks more affordable for overseas investors.
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Lead campaigner Gina Miller and her team outside the High Court
Raymond McCord holds up his newly issued Irish passport alongside his British passport outside the High Court in Belfast following a judges dismissal of the UK’s first legal challenges to Brexit
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood leaving the High Court in Belfast following a judges dismissal of the UK’s first legal challenges to Brexit
Migrants with luggage walk past a graffiti on a wall as they leave the ‘Jungle’ migrant camp, as part of a major three-day operation planned to clear the camp in Calais
Migrants leave messages on their tents in the Jungle migrant camp
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (Adra) which distributes approximately 700 meals daily in the northern Paris camp states that it is noticing a spike in new migrant arrivals this week, potentially linked the the Calais ‘jungle’ camp closure – with around 1000 meals distributed today
Migrant workers pick apples at Stocks Farm in Suckley, Britain
Many farmers across the country are voicing concerns that Brexit could be a dangerous step into the
unknown for the farming industry
Bank of England governor Mark Carney who said the long-term outlook for the UK economy is positive, but growth was slowing in the wake of the Brexit vote
The Dow Jones industrial average closed down over 600 points on the news with markets around the globe pluninging
Immigration officers deal with each member of the public seeking entry into the United Kingdom but on average, 10 a day are refused entry at this London airport and between 2008 and 2009, 33,100 people were detained at the airport for mainly passport irregularities
A number of global investment giants have threatened to move their European operations out of London if Brexit proves to have a negative impact on their businesses
Following the possibility of a Brexit the UK would be released from its renewable energy targets under the EU Renewable Energy Directive and from EU state aid restrictions, potentially giving the government more freedom both in the design and phasing out of renewable energy support regimes
A woman looking at a chart showing the drop in the pound (Sterling) against the US Dollar in London after Britain voted to leave the EU
Young protesters outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, to protest against the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU following the referendum
Applications from Northern Ireland citizens for Irish Passports has soared to a record high after the UK Voted in favour of Leaving the EU
NFU Vice President Minette Batters with Secretary of State, Andrea Leadsome at the National Farmers Union (NFU) took machinery, produce, farmers and staff to Westminster to encourage Members of Parliament to back British farming, post Brexit
The latest reports released by the UK Cabinet Office warn that expats would lose a range of specific rights to live, to work and to access pensions, healthcare and public services. The same reports added that UK citizens abroad would not be able to assume that these rights will be guaranteed in the future
A British resident living in Spain asks questions during an informative Brexit talk by the “Brexpats in Spain” group, about Spanish legal issues to become Spanish citizens, at the town hall in Benalmadena, Spain
The collapse of Great Britain appears to have been greatly exaggerated given the late summer crowds visiting city museums, hotels, and other important tourist attractions
The U.K. should maintain European Union regulations covering everything from working hours to chemicals until after the government sets out its plans for Brexit, said British manufacturers anxious to avoid a policy vacuum and safeguard access to their biggest export market
“The task before us is momentous but it should not be beyond us.”
Negotiators have two years in which to reach an agreement before the UK’s final withdrawal, under a process set out by the EU’s foundational treaty but not yet put to the test.
Amid concerns over rights for both immigrants and ex-pats, the value of the pound, single market access, security cooperation and waning international influence, the talks will remain divisive.
A new poll suggested the UK remained split over Brexit on Wednesday, with 44 per cent saying the decision to leave was right and 43 per cent wrong.
The YouGov survey found little appetite for a second referendum on the deal the Prime Minister secures in Brussels, with just 21 per cent backing the idea.