Brexit becomes reality as UK quits EU single market

LONDON: Britain has finally severed its turbulent half-century partnership with Europe, quitting the EU single market and customs union four-and-a-half years after its shock vote to leave the economic bloc. Brexit became a reality as Big Ben struck 11:00 pm

UK parliament approves Brexit trade deal with EU

LONDON: British lawmakers approved Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union, as both sides looked to begin a new chapter of relations. Britain and the European Union signed the deal on Wednesday and the British parliament

EU safety ban – Will PIA regain its lost glory?

Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar has expressed hope that the ban on the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to operate flights to and from the European countries would be lifted soon. The ban on flight operations have not only tarnished Pakistani’s image

EU and Britain clinch narrow post-Brexit trade deal

LONDON: Britain and the European Union struck a trade deal after ten months of intense negotiation allowing them to soften the economic shock of Brexit, just seven days before it exits one of the world’s biggest trading blocs. When the

Exposure of Indian network vindicates Pakistan’s position: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said the revelations by the European Union’s DisinfoLab on the widespread Indian network of subversive activities vindicated Pakistan’s position and exposed its detractors. “The international community needs to take notice of a rogue Indian regime

US warns Turkey of imposing fresh sanctions over east Mediterranean crisis

ISTANBUL: The European Union (EU) has warned Turkey of fresh sanctions over the Eastern Mediterranean crisis. The EU has threatened Turkey with sanctions including tough economic measures in case the situation with Greece and Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean is

Pakistan to appeal against flight ban in Europe: Aviation Minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan has said Pakistan will file an appeal for the resumption of flight operations in Europe by the end of this month. Responding to a call attention notice in the Senate, the minister said

EU to provide Rs3.6 billion for ‘Rule of Law’ support to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The European Union will provide 20 million euros (approx. Rs3.6 billion) for ‘Rule of Law’ support to Pakistan. An agreement to this effect was signed by Secretary Ministry of Economic Affairs Noor Ahmed and EU Chargé d’ Affaires Anne

FM Qureshi discusses PIA flight ban with Danish counterpart

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has held a video conference with Danish counterpart Jeppe Kofod and conveyed concern on temporary suspension of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights into Denmark. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has decided to

FM Qureshi calls for reviewing PIA flights ban in Europe

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has stressed on reviewing the decision to suspend Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights into Europe. In a telephonic conversation with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell,

EU bans PIA flights

The national carrier has been already from operating all flights to the Europe and UK for six months over flight safety standards. This marks a new low for an airline already suffering from a financial crisis who reputation is at

PIA allowed to operate Europe, UK flights till July 3

ISLAMABAD: The European Union has given permission to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to temporarily operate flights till 3rd July. The permission was given to bring back Pakistanis stranded abroad after hectic efforts by the government. European Union has relaxed the

USA excluded as European Union reopens borders

BRUSSELS: The European Union has excluded the United States from its initial “safe list” of countries from which the economic bloc will allow non-essential travel from Wednesday. The 27-member bloc gave majority approval for leisure or business travel from fourteen

EU urges US to reconsider decision to cut ties with WHO

BRUSSELS: The European Union urged the United States to reconsider its decision to cut ties with the World Health Organisation over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. “In the face of this global threat, now is the time for enhanced

EU spearheads $8 billion virus fundraiser

BRUSSELS: World leaders, philanthropists and celebrities pledged some 7.4 billion euros ($8.1 billion) on Monday for research into coronavirus vaccines, treatments and testing during an EU-led videoconference snubbed by the United States. European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, who

Coronavirus and our economy

The coronavirus has brought China, an economic superpower, to its knees. The world’s second-largest economy has been brought to a virtual shutdown to stop the relentless coronavirus outbreak. As China’s prepares to reopen its shuttered factories and offices, after claiming

Mazari raises human rights issues with EU special representative

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari has met European Union Special Representative on Human Rights Mr Gilmore in Geneva. During the meeting, the federal minister raised her concerns over violations of Human rights in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Its high time to begin trade negotiations seriously with EU: Trump

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said Monday it is high time to start trade talks with the European Union which he said places extraordinary restrictions on US products. Following a number of trade agreements with Canada, Mexico, and Japan, and a

Goodbye, Europe

After almost half a century, the United Kingdom is finally out of the European Union. The Union Jack has been removed from the regional bloc’s headquarters in Brussels. Now Britain has embarked on an uncertain future outside Europe. Britain became

The story of Brexit

The United Kingdom has officially left the European Union (EU) after 47-year of membership, embarking upon a new but still uncertain future. The UK becomes the first country to leave the EU since joining it in 1973. The exit was

Brexit confirmed

After nearly three years of political divisions and bitter disputes, which saw two prime ministers being pushed from office and a divisive general election last month, the UK is finally expected to quit the European Union on January 31. UK

Queen Elizabeth gives approval for Britain to leave EU

LONDON: On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II extended her official assent to Britain leaving its decades of membership in the European Union and seeking a more independent but uncertain future at the end of the month. The ceremonial acceptance of the

Brexit in limbo as British PM pushes for election

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday told opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to “man up” and accept a snap election as EU members delayed a decision on how long to postpone next week’s Brexit deadline. Britain is currently scheduled

EU debates Brexit delay as Johnson eyes election

LONDON: European leaders were deciding whether to postpone Brexit and for how long on Wednesday, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s eyes turned towards a snap general election. In tense parliamentary votes on Tuesday, Johnson won preliminary backing for the divorce

British PM sends unsigned letter seeking Brexit delay

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reluctantly wrote to Brussels late on Saturday asking for a Brexit extension after MPs voted to force him into seeking a delay beyond October 31. But Johnson, who has pinned his premiership on getting

Britain and EU strike Brexit deal ahead of summit

BRUSSELS: Britain and the European Union reached a last-ditch Brexit deal on Thursday, just hours before an EU summit that is expected to give it a seal of approval. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will still have to take the accord

EU, Britain scramble to reach Brexit deal before summit

LONDON: British and EU negotiators on Tuesday scrambled to put together a draft text for a Brexit deal with just two days to go before a key European summit. Both sides voiced cautious optimism that an outline agreement could be

Tax Haven galore

The EU has removed Switzerland, UAE and Mauritius from the list of countries considered as tax havens, once again, giving a clean-sheet to the elite who have used these financial centres to launder their wealth. The bloc had set up

EU removes UAE, Switzerland, Mauritius from tax haven lists

BRUSSELS: European Union finance ministers agreed to remove the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland and Mauritius from the bloc’s lists of countries deemed to be acting as tax havens. The 28-nation EU set up a blacklist and a gray list of

EU tells British PM to stop playing Brexit blame game

LONDON: The European Union accused Britain of playing a “stupid blame game” over Brexit on Tuesday after a Downing Street source said a deal was essentially impossible because German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made unacceptable demands. With just 23 days