PM Boris Johnson and his cabinet meet in the city that first declared for Brexit in the referendum, but no official events have been organized to mark the occasion. In Brussels, however, Brexit Party members of the European Parliament celebrated.
Germany takes over the rotating presidency of the EU, for the last time under Chancellor Merkel. The bloc is facing immense challenges: A global pandemic and resultant recession.
The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says Britain has failed to engage, with two key issues proving particularly troublesome to resolve. The UK now faces a real risk of quotas and tariffs, he said.
An intense round of post-Brexit negotiations ended early in Brussels with European Commission chief Barnier citing "serious divergences" between the two sides. A new round begins next week in London.
The UK government has said it intends to regain control of its borders and reduce low-skilled migration. London also said it will spend nearly €800 million on border infrastructure to intensify checks and regulation.
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