Brexit

20-10-2017

#EUCO wrapup: EU summit agrees on ‘Leaders agenda’ despite Brexit

EU leaders wound up two-days of high-level talks in Brussels on Friday (20 October). Digital single market, migration, defence, but also Catalonia and Turkey, were discussed on Thursday. On Brexit, the leaders welcomed 'some progress' in the talks, but said it was not enough to move to phase two, postponing that assessment for December.

20-10-2017

May pleads for Brexit deal she can sell at home

British Prime Minister Theresa May pressed EU leaders on the first day of the EU summit yesterday (19 October) for a Brexit deal she can "defend" at home as her counterparts said at a summit in Brussels that there were encouraging signs of progress in the talks.

EU agrees on Brexit-proof emissions trading amendment

EU lawmakers and member states agreed on Wednesday (18 October) a measure to guard the carbon market in case of a breakdown in Brexit talks as well as extending the exemption of international flights from the bloc's charges for carbon emissions until the end of 2023.

Brexit and the breaking of environmental promises

Brexit will have more immediate impact on the UK’s ability to manage growing stresses on the environment than any other single political development of the past 50 years, writes Tom Burke.

18-10-2017

Blind forces are in play in the Brexit talks

Anxieties and obsessions, arising from historic divisions in the British Conservative Party, have led to an artificially inflexible and brittle interpretation of the meaning of the 2016 Referendum result, writes former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton.

Elections 18-10-2017

Parliament poll: Public confidence in the EU is growing

A clear majority of EU citizens now believe that EU membership is good for their country, according to a survey of how they view the EU and its institutions, released on Wednesday (18 October).

18-10-2017

Firms must prepare for hard Brexit, Irish central bank says

It is entirely possible that Britain will leave the European Union without a transition agreement, and companies need to do more to prepare for an abrupt departure, Irish Central Bank Deputy Governor Ed Sibley said yesterday (17 October).

Future EU 18-10-2017

Tusk proposes two-year EU reform blitz, new working methods at summits

EU President Donald Tusk on Tuesday (17 October) proposed an ambitious timeline of 13 summits over the next two years to reboot the European Union after the shock of Brexit and other setbacks.

17-10-2017

The Brief: Accelerating the Brexit circle

Theresa May was dispatched to Brussels last night for dinner with Jean-Claude Juncker but the outcome of the “friendly” meet-up only served to illustrate nicely the Brexit talks so far: completely lacking in substance. A free meal's a free meal though.

17-10-2017

UK supports staying in Euratom nuclear treaty after Brexit

A majority of British people oppose the government's plan for the UK to leave the Euratom nuclear treaty after Brexit, a new survey has found.

17-10-2017

May and Juncker agree to ‘accelerate’ stalled Brexit talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said they agreed after talks Monday (16 October) to "accelerate" efforts for a Brexit deal ahead of a decisive EU summit this week.

16-10-2017

Macabre Juncker speaks of Brexit and autopsy

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was asked today (16 October), as he faced the press together with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, what is expected from his meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May to be held this evening.

16-10-2017

May and Corbyn now say yes to Europe – sort of

So now we know that the main party leaders in Britain would vote to stay in the EU if there was a second referendum - hence the growing attacks on the government from those in the Brexit camp, writes Denis MacShane.

16-10-2017

Guess who’s coming for dinner? Theresa May in Brussels today

UK Prime Minister Theresa May travels to Brussels on Monday (16 October) for talks with Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker after deadlock in Brexit talks appeared to dash British hopes that a summit later in the week could launch negotiations on future trade ties.

13-10-2017

The Brief, powered by Eurogas – Squaring the circle of the Irish border

One of the three big issues in the first phase of Brexit talks, next to the financial settlement and citizens’ rights, is the problem of the Irish border – the UK’s only physical contact with the rest of the EU.

13-10-2017

EU summit to offer May hope of talks on post-Brexit relationship

European Union leaders could hand Theresa May an olive branch in deadlocked Brexit negotiations next week by launching their own internal preparations for a transition to a new relationship with Britain.

13-10-2017

Tweets of the Week: Weinstein, Brexit ball games, and Catalonia

This week, Harvey Weinstein the world’s most hated man? Brexit ball games, Barnier’s no fan. And watch this space if you’re Catalan.

12-10-2017

Brexit talks hit cash impasse, Barnier worried about ‘thousands of projects’

British and EU negotiators hit a dead-end over money in four days of talks, the European Union’s Michel Barnier said today (12 October) as he ruled out discussions on future trade being allowed to start by EU leaders next week.

Agrifood 11-10-2017

Farmers face ‘cuts agenda’ as Brexit unravels EU farm subsidies

Brexit raises big questions about the viability of agriculture on both sides of the Channel, as the sector currently relies on the EU for around half of its income. UK farm profits may fall dramatically as the sector adjusts but EU farmers will also feel the squeeze as the bloc searches for budget savings.

11-10-2017

EU lawmakers tentatively back Brexit clearing law that could clobber Britain

European Union lawmakers on Tuesday (10 October) gave broad support to a law that could end the City of London's global dominance in clearing euro-denominated financial contracts after Brexit.

10-10-2017

Britain sketches out customs powers if Brexit deal fails

Britain on Monday (9 October) outlined proposals for new laws to set tariffs and quotas including if Britain leaves the European Union with no agreement in place, as it prepares for a post-Brexit customs system.

Agrifood 10-10-2017

UK shadow minister: Britain needs a real food policy after Brexit

After Brexit, the UK should develop a real food policy focused on consumer health and self-sufficiency, while ensuring public money gets to the farmers who need it, David Drew told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

09-10-2017

UK’s May to talk up Brexit outcome, meet business leaders

British Prime Minister Theresa May, weakened by a disastrous party conference last week, will give Parliament on Monday (9 October) a bullish prognosis for negotiations over the UK's exit from the European Union, but will stress that it is up to Brussels to make the next move. In a separate development, May will also meet leaders …

09-10-2017

Brussels alarmed by UK leadership crisis as Brexit talks resume

Brexit negotiations enter a critical round on Monday (9 October) with British Prime Minister Theresa May saying the ball is in the EU's court, but the bloc fearing her domestic political woes threaten the talks.