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Euroscepticism 24-02-2017

Victory for May as Labour suffers historic defeat

Britain's main opposition Labour Party defeated UKIP's leader in a Brexit bastion, but in a second by-election suffered a landmark defeat to Prime Minister Theresa May's governing Conservatives on Friday (24 February).

Politics 24-02-2017

Sources: Scottish government considering independence vote next year

The Scottish government is increasingly convinced it can win a new independence referendum and is thinking seriously about calling one next year as Britain exits the European Union, sources close to the Scottish government said on Thursday (23 February).

Future EU 24-02-2017

WhyEurope: ‘Brexit was the trigger. We had to do something’

Brexit was the trigger for a group of students to start a communication project called WhyEurope, based on what they call “positive populism”. Now they want to use their skills in the lead up to the Dutch and French elections.

Politics 23-02-2017

Rise in Eastern Europeans leaving UK since Brexit vote

Migrants from eight Eastern European countries are increasingly leaving Britain after the Brexit vote but the number arriving from Bulgaria and Romania has jumped, official data released today (23 February) showed.

Politics 23-02-2017

Labour fights for post-Brexit future in crunch UK by-election

Britain's ailing Labour party was battling on Thursday (23 February) to avoid defeat in two parliamentary by-elections, fighting off UKIP in one Brexit bastion and fearing a historic loss to the governing Conservatives in the other.

Banking union 23-02-2017

HSBC prepares for Brexit, ECB bond programme pays off

British multinational bank HSBC could transfer 1,000 of its employees from London to Paris within the next two years. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank’s bond-buying programmes continue to impress. EURACTIV’s partner Milano Finanza reports.

Economy & Jobs 23-02-2017

Spanish oil, wine, meat and horticultural products: Four success stories

Spain's agricultural sector has used exports as a way to escape from financial crisis and it has emerged as a real engine of the economy since 2008. Growth continues unabated and numerous records have been broken. EURACTIV's partner EFEAgro reports.

Future EU 22-02-2017

Commission postpones new vision for Europe until December

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission will put forward five proposals this semester to forge a “new identity” in time for the December European Council summit, EURACTIV has learned.

Africa 22-02-2017

Attacks on UK aid budget are ‘fake news’, says Miliband

The President of the International Rescue Committee, David Miliband, has condemned British media attacks on the UK’s aid budget as “fake news”.

Elections 22-02-2017

In London, Macron vows to stand up for EU

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron told British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday (21 February) not to expect any favours from the European Union during Brexit talks, and drew big cheers for his pro-EU message from French nationals in London.

Agrifood 22-02-2017

Spanish food exporters on edge over resurgence of protectionism

Influenced by events like Brexit and protectionist moves by US President Donald Trump, the EU’s trade in food is going through a period of change. EURACTIV's partner EFEAgro reports.

Future EU 21-02-2017

UK to be hit with ‘very hefty’ Brexit bill, says Juncker

Britain will have to pay a "very hefty" bill to leave the European Union and negotiating a new relationship with the bloc will take years, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker warned today (21 February).

Economy & Jobs 21-02-2017

Robots and Brexit: Indicators of the EU’s future?

Many British people voted to leave the EU because they felt like they had been abandoned by the European project. The Union cannot afford to let the same happen when it comes to robotisation, warns Nomi Byström.

Politics 20-02-2017

‘That bus has gone’: EU sees no Brexit U-turn now

Tony Blair wants fellow Britons to "rise up" and block or soften Brexit, but it may now be out of their hands – many Europeans just want them to get on and get out.

Central Europe 17-02-2017

Saryusz-Wolski: Trump is not the end of the world

Europe’s military abilities are useless if there’s no political will to use them in the face of danger, Civic Platform MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski told Euractiv Poland.

UK & Europe 17-02-2017

Juncker warns Brexit deal will take longer than two years to negotiate

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker believes it will probably take longer than two years to agree on all the arrangements for Britain to leave the European Union, he said on Thursday (16 February).

Agrifood 16-02-2017

Shetland Islands toy with idea of post-Brexit independence

Of all the consequences of the Brexit vote, the fate of the Shetland Islands in the North Atlantic and their oil fields and fisheries may not top the list for negotiators in Westminster and Brussels. But it soon might.

Global Europe 14-02-2017

Farage disparages Muslim immigration, says Europeans agree

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage expressed anger at the European Union in a heated debate this morning (14 February). Farage stated that leaders are ignoring the true wishes of Europeans.

Future EU 14-02-2017

Verhofstadt accuses Brexiteers of destroying Churchill’s legacy, calls for ‘EU government’

The European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator has accused British eurosceptics of destroying Winston Churchill’s legacy by taking the UK out of the EU.

UK & Europe 14-02-2017

A cocktail of risks: Brexit a ‘danger’ to environmental laws, Greens warn

Just five days after the House of Commons voted to trigger Article 50 and take formal steps to leave the European Union, a new report from Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has warned that Brexit forms a "cocktail of risks" for the UK's environmental protection. Euractiv’s partner edie.net reports.

Global Europe 13-02-2017

Tajani: The ‘UK will always be a European country’

President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani (EPP) told Euractiv Spain that austerity policies must go hand-in-hand with growth and that the United Kingdom will not be "an enemy" of the EU after Brexit.

UK & Europe 13-02-2017

UK employers worry EU workers will leave this year

More than a quarter of employers in Britain say staff members from other European Union countries have considered leaving their firms or the country in 2017 after last year's Brexit vote, an industry group said on Monday (13 February).

House of Lords
UK & Europe 10-02-2017

UK House of Lords to attach strings to Brexit legislation

Members of Britain's upper house of parliament said today (10 February) they would try to attach conditions to legislation giving Prime Minister Theresa May the power to trigger the country's exit from the European Union.

UK & Europe 10-02-2017

Apple CEO: Britain will be ‘just fine’ after Brexit

Britain will be "just fine" after it leaves the European Union, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook said in an interview broadcast on Friday (10 February).