EU’s Barnier deplores lack of progress in Brexit trade talks | AFP

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier deploreS a lack of progress in the latest round of post-Brexit trade talks, accusing Britain of stalling negotiations. Barnier says “The UK cannot refuse to extend the transition and, at the same time, slow down discussions on important areas.” SOUNDBITE

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Rory Stewart: the Mayor of London candidate offering sleep-overs | AFP

Former government minister Rory Stewart, who famously walked across Afghanistan on his own in 2002, is running for Mayor of London as an independent candidate. Formerly a Conservative, he was removed from the party for not supporting the government’s hard-line Brexit position. His campaign is notable for his pledge to sleep-over with Londoners who’ve invited him on one night each week, which he says enables him to get to know people and issues better.

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Migrants holed up in camp in northern France determined to reach UK | AFP

Brexit is no obstacle for people living at a sprawling migrant camp in Grande Synthe near Dunkirk, with migrants as determined as ever to reach the United Kingdom, “whatever the cost”. The NGO Doctors of the World, which runs a medical unit in the camp, is worried about rumours spreading that it would now be “easier in England”.

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EU continuing ‘no deal’ Brexit preparations: spokesperson | AFP

The European Commission is continuing to prepare for a “no deal” Brexit, according to a Commission spokeswoman, as negotiations are due to open next week. SOUNDBITE

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Ireland starts vote to form next government | AFP

Ireland begins voting in a general election on Saturday, with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar hoping to secure a new term on the back of Brexit. Around 3.3 million people are eligible to vote and elect 159 members of the Dail, the lower chamber of parliament in Dublin. IMAGES

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The border between N. Ireland and Ireland | AFP Animé

Videographic locating the Irish border. Ireland goes to the polls on Saturday, with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar touting his successful handling of Brexit, but facing pressure over housing and healthcare.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Brexit: French fish merchants eager to see their fishermen back in Guernsey waters | AFP

The merchants at the Lequertier workshop in Mondeville prepare fish products for shipment to fish merchants. The business of about a hundred employees could suffer from the effects of Brexit if French fishermen continue to be deprived of the waters off the Channel Island of Guernsey. Secretary of State for European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin assured that this would no longer be the case by the end of the week. IMAGES

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Brexit Day: Britain has left the EU — but how did it all come about? | AFP

After 47 years, Britain is leaving the European Union. But Britain’s European membership has never been easy. From the accession of the UK to the European common market, to the shock Brexit referendum result and to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bitter standoff with parliament, here are the milestones on Britain’s rocky road out of the European Union.

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Calls for Scottish independence at Edinburgh Brexit protest | AFP

A protest against Brexit is held outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh with the crowd waving Scottish flags and chanting for independence from the United Kingdom.

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Brexit backers revel in Paliament Square as UK leaves EU | AFP

Brexit supporters celebrate in Parliament Square at the moment the UK officially leaves the EU, going into a one-year transition period. Revellers sang, let off small rockets and climbed on a statue of Winston Churchill.

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Scenes from the Port of Calais as Britain bows out of EU | AFP

Images of the Port of Calais. Locals are resigned to Brexit but hopeful that the port will continue to be a linchpin in cross-Channel relations. IMAGES

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‘Leave’ supporters count down to Brexit at “Big Brexit Bash” celebration in London | AFP

‘Leave’ supporters count down the seconds before Brexit officially kicks in at a ‘Big Brexit Bash’ celebration in london, attended by ex-MEP and anti-EU populist Nigel Farage, who has spent decades campaigning to leave the European Union. IMAGES

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Clock counts down minutes until Brexit on wall outside 10 Downing Street | AFP

A clock counts down the minutes until Brexit on the walls outside 10 Downing Street in London, as the UK officially leaves the European Union. IMAGES

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Last Eurostar before Brexit leaves Paris for London | AFP

As the UK marks its final hours in the EU, the last Eurostar train before Brexit leaves Gare du Nord train station in Paris for London St Pancras International. IMAGES

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Brexit: Europe on the menu at British pub in Paris | AFP

With mere hours to go until Britain splits from the European Union, the Bombardier pub in Paris is serving up European dishes like Hungarian Goulash and Swedish meatballs in honour of the continent, one final ‘adieu’ before Brexit.

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Brexit: UK flag removed from European Council’s Europa Building in Brussels | AFP

Officials remove the British flag from the ceremonial entrance of the European Council’s Europa Building in Brussels ahead of Brexit. IMAGES

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Brexit: UK flag removed from European Council’s Europa Building in Brussels | AFP

Officials remove the British flag from the ceremonial entrance of the European Council’s Europa Building in Brussels ahead of Brexit. IMAGES

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EU supporters hold small march in London as UK prepares to officially Brexit | AFP

Supporters of the European Union hold a small march from outside Downing Street to Parliament Square in London, while supporters of Brexit gather to celebrate nearby as the UK prepares to officially exit the EU. IMAGES

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Brexit Day: Britain is leaving the EU — how did it all came about? | AFP

After 47 years, Britain is leaving the European Union. But Britain’s European membership has never been easy. From the accession of the UK to the European common market, to the shock Brexit referendum result and to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bitter standoff with parliament, here are the milestones on Britain’s rocky road out of the European Union.

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