The European Union provides Fiji with a US$23.4 million budget to help the Pacific country fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This move comes after Fiji closed its embassy in Brussels amid a closure of several Fijian embassies around the world.
The House of Commons of the United Kingdom votes 358–234 to pass the government's Brexit withdrawal agreement for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union on 31 January 2020. The bill will now head to the House of Lords for final approval. The bill also rules out extending trade talks with the EU beyond 31 December 2020, known as the "transition period".
French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian says that, under current conditions, the European Union would not grant the United Kingdom an extension beyond October 31 to negotiate its exit from the Union.
The House of Commons of the United Kingdom votes 412 to 202 to seek a delay to Brexit of three months if UK Prime Minister Theresa May's deal can be passed at a third attempt next week, else significantly longer. The delay, which means the UK will no longer leave the European Union on March 29, will have to be unanimously approved by all other 27 EU member states.
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat says that migrant rescue ship MV "Lifeline", stranded in international waters with over 200 rescued people on board for five days, has been granted permission to dock on the island and will do so later today. Muscat says that those on board will be split among Malta and seven other European Union nations.
Polish environment minister Henryk Kowalczyk says Poland alone should decide the fate of the protected Białowieża Forest, ahead of a European Court of Justice ruling on whether additional logging allowed by the Polish government at the UNESCO world heritage site breaches European Union rules.
The United Kingdom votes, 52% to 48%, to leave the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron, who called the referendum three years ago, announces his resignation indicating he will leave office by October.
Some 26 migrants are feared missing after a dinghy carrying them sinks off the coast of the Greek island of Lesbos. The Greek Coast Guard rescued 20 people who were spotted in the water by Frontex, EU's border agency. [http:--www.rte.ie-news-2015-0920-729049-migrants- (RTE)], [http:--www.wsbtv.com-news-ap-top-news-greek-coast-guard-searching-for-26-missing-migrant-nnjZ8- (AP via WSB-TV2)]date=August 2019