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EU leaders harden stance against Brexit concessions: Europe’s leaders have dug in their heels over uncontrolled migration in the single market, scotching UK hopes for a favourable deal in a direct snub to prime minister David Cameron’s plea to recognise British voters’ concerns. The move to damp Westminster expectations to curb free movement came after the EU’s remaining 27 members met in Brussels for the first time without the UK — a political watershed after 43 years of British membership. “There will be no single market à la carte,” said Donald Tusk, the EU Council president, as the group met to set out the terms of engagement for any divorce talks following the Brexit referendum. Diplomats said the joint statement was deliberately toughened up after Mr Cameron said he would have avoided Brexit if European leaders had let him control migration.

The Guardian

Turkey declares day of mourning as suicide attack death toll rises: Turkey has declared a day of national mourning after more than 40 people were killed in suicide attacks on Istanbul’s main airport, the deadliest and most high-profile in a string of killings and explosions that have shaken the country this year. The violence has crippled Turkey’s tourism industry and threatens its ambitions as a global hub, as the violence in neighbouring Syria increasingly spills over into a country that once promoted itself as a stable base in a restive region. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blamed Islamic State for the late-night attack on one of the busiest air travel hubs in the world, and called on the international community to make the attack a turning point in the global fight against terrorism.

The Economist

Both parts of Ireland have been hurt by Brexit: The road-blocks and army watch-towers that once dotted the 499-kilometre border dividing Northern Ireland from the Irish Republic were among the most visible, and hated, symbols of its long-running civil conflict. But since the Good Friday peace agreement of 1998, crossing that border has come to mean nothing more than changing currency and remembering that road signs switch between miles and kilometres. With greater trade and travel, the two societies have intertwined, making the question of whether Ireland should eventually be reunited seem less important, and helping to forestall any return to violence. All that has been put at risk by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Northern Ireland has been set against the British mainland: it came down 56%-44% for Remain. It will become much poorer, losing not only some cross-border trade but EU farm payments and a big “peace dividend” in other EU grants. The moment that Britain leaves it will be in breach of the Good Friday Agreement, which sets out how the governments in Westminster and Dublin are to co-operate in matters pertaining to Northern Ireland—as members of the EU.

 

 

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