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Europe & You: An interesting new Brexit poll and what’s Switzerland’s problem with the EU?

Here's our latest Europe & You newsletter covering everything from a French warning for Boris Johnson, an interesting new Brexit poll and a look at Switzerland's problem with the EU.

Europe & You: An interesting new Brexit poll and what's Switzerland's problem with the EU?
What's Switzerland's problem with the EU? Photo: happyalexDepositphotos

Hi to all our readers,

First of all a call to help.

British in Europe are hoping to launch a legal campaign over the fact many Britons in the EU were denied a vote in the recent European elections either via their postal or proxy votes.

Did you have problems casting your vote back in the UK? If so read this.

Despite what many Leave voters might have you believe things are not all rosy between Switzerland and the EU.

In fact the Swiss have a big problem with Brussels right now which is preventing them putting pen to paper on a new deal. This article explains all you need to know about the deadlock.

Earlier this month the results of an extensive new Brexit survey were published by YouGov (see below). It makes for interesting viewing and Sue Wilson from Bremain in Spain looks at what it all might mean, especially for the new Tory leader.

All eyes are on the battle to become the next Prime Minister with Boris Johnson leading the race after the first round of votes.

EU leaders will no doubt be bracing themselves for the increasingly likely event that Johnson moves in to Number 10, not least because he said that he would refuse to pay Britain's divorce bill until the EU agreed better withdrawal terms.

We will see if he sticks to this stance but the French had a word of warning for him this week. There may be trouble ahead. In fact there definitely will be trouble ahead.

Another of the candidates to be Tory leader is Jeremy Hunt who has suggested German Chancellor Angela Merkel told him the EU would be open to renegotiating the Withdrawal Agreement. But did she really?

And the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier had this to say on the matter on Friday:  “I repeat calmly that the United Kingdom still wants to leave the European Union… so the agreement that is on the table is the only agreement possible for an orderly withdrawal.”

Everyone has had different ways of dealing with the Brexit vote. Some have taken up campaigning, other have buried their heads in the sand, while others reacted in more extreme ways, like one British man who is so angry about the Brexit he's decided to walk it off over several weeks.

Here are a selection of stories from around Europe that might interest you.

Spain: What you need to know if you are in a road traffic accident in Spain

France: How France killed its small towns and why money is not the answer

Germany: Why it's a myth you need to know German to get a job

Sweden: How teen activist Greta Thunberg is forcing the aviation industry to change

Denmark: How robots are helping out at Danish hospitals

Switzerland: Switzerland ranked worst in Europe for being family-friendly

Italy: The 25 stats that help explain Italy today

Remember, if you want to follow The Local more closely you can download our phone Apps from the Apple or Play store for both Android and Apple phones.

Thanks for reading and for your support.

Ben McPartland
[email protected]
Managing Editor, The Local Europe

 

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TRAVEL NEWS

Amber alert: Travellers to France warned of another busy weekend at UK ports

A week after chaotic scenes and 6-hour queues at the port of Dover, the British motoring organisation the AA has issued an amber traffic warning, and says it expects cross-Channel ports to be very busy once again this weekend as holidaymakers head to France.

Amber alert: Travellers to France warned of another busy weekend at UK ports

The AA issued the amber warning on Thursday for the whole of the UK, the first time that it has issued this type of warning in advance.

Roads across the UK are predicted to be extremely busy due to a combination of holiday getaways, several large sporting events and a rail strike – but the organisation said that it expected traffic to once again be very heavy around the port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel terminal at Folkestone.

Last weekend there was gridlock in southern England and passengers heading to France enduring waits of more than six hours at Dover, and four hours at Folkestone.

The AA said that while it doesn’t expect quite this level of chaos to be repeated, congestion was still expected around Dover and Folkestone.

On Thursday ferry operator DFDS was advising passengers to allow two hours to get through check-in and border controls, while at Folkestone, the Channel Tunnel operators only said there was a “slightly longer than usual” wait for border controls.

In both cases, passengers who miss their booked train or ferry while in the queue will be accommodated on the next available crossing with no extra charge.

Last weekend was the big holiday ‘getaway’ weekend as schools broke up, and a technical fault meant that some of the French border control team were an hour late to work, adding to the chaos. 

But the underlying problems remain – including extra checks needed in the aftermath of Brexit, limited space for French passport control officers at Dover and long lorry queues on the motorway heading to Folkestone.

OPINION UK-France travel crisis will only be solved when the British get real about Brexit

The port of Dover expects 140,000 passengers, 45,000 cars and 18,000 freight vehicles between Thursday and Sunday, and queues were already starting to build on Thursday morning.

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