Pascal Lamy

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President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen takes part in a video conference with other EU leaders.

Ursula von der Leyen delivered a stark message to the EU’s commissioners on Thursday evening at their first in-person meeting for many weeks. She told(...)

Low-paid workers in precarious employment took the hit after the 2008 crash. They will not be willing to do so again. Photograph:  Thomas Samson

Peer through the fog and the world after coronavirus takes on different shapes. Some of the boundaries have been drawn. The economic legacy of the pan(...)

Fishing could be the biggest obstacle to a deal in the upcoming trade talks.

Michael Cavanagh stands on the quayside in Killybegs, Ireland’s largest fishing harbour. He points at a docked trawler in Co Donegal port to give a se(...)

UK secretary of state for health and social care Matt Hancock and prime minister Boris Johnson in Worksop, England. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/WPA Pool/Getty

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was undoubtedly right when he said the quickest way for the UK to negotiate a trade deal after Brexit was for it to stay as clo(...)

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg: engaging in a tactic to try to blame somebody else for the consequences of Brexit.  Photograph: PA

In the long-running British TV show Call My Bluff , one team of “celebrity” contestants presents an obscure word and gives three competing definitions(...)

“This decision is not only illegal, it’s an error on several counts,” – French President Emmanuel Macron responds to decision by US administration to impose tariffs on EU steel and aluminium imports to US. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer / EPA

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he “deplores” US President Donald Trump’s “illegal” decision to impose tariffs on European steel and alumini(...)

‘Northern Ireland could not mirror Hong Kong and become a link between the EU and the UK.’ Photograph: Getty Images

One of the great British delusions is that the UK is a bridge between Europe and America. This belief seems so culturally self-evident it is barely qu(...)

Theresa May:  One of the more astonishing aspects of the Brexit process is the persistence with which the UK government keeps negotiating with itself rather than Brussels. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

According to the tabloids and the headbanger wing of the Tory party, to voice doubt about the wisdom of Brexit is akin to treason. Judges and anyone e(...)

Former trade chief Pascal Lamy. “This is not poetry. This is business, and we have to be realistic.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The idea that there will be a frictionless border between the Republic and Northern Ireland when Britain leaves the European Union (EU) is a “fairy ta(...)

‘The fundamental difference between the UK vision of what this is about and the Franco-German view is that the British still think this is a negotiati(...)

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