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01/05/2016

Sturgeon says Scots won’t be taken out of EU against their will

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UK & Europe 29-04-2016

Live: Countdown to Brexit referendum

Britain will vote on its membership of the European Union on 23 June. Follow EurActiv's live feed for the latest developments.
UK & Europe 29-04-2016

Will there really be a ‘new settlement’ between Britain and Europe?

The opinion polls show a small but steady majority for Remain and the Leavers still lack a coherent prospectus for Brexit. Surely, as a Commission official told me this week, ‘things will be back to normal after 23 June’. But such wishful thinking is misplaced, writes Andrew Duff.
UK & Europe 29-04-2016

Pro-Brexit economists hail benefit of scrapping EU tariffs and rules

Britain would be richer if it left the European Union, a group of British economists said on Thursday (28 April), in contrast to warnings from leading global institutions of a big hit to output and living standards.
Sustainable Dev. 29-04-2016

Commission delays ecodesign strategy for fear of offending UK businesses

Central to the Circular Economy Package, the 2015-2017 ecodesign strategy will not be presented by the Commission until autumn 2016. Some see this as an attempt not to upset UK businesses. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 28-04-2016

UK expats lose legal battle for EU referendum vote

A British World War II veteran living in Italy on Thursday (28 April) lost his legal challenge against a rule barring long-term expatriates from voting in Britain's European Union referendum.

Lucas: ‘Worrying’ link between Leave camp and climate change denial

Energy policies would be rolled back, demand for environmental experts would drop and Britain's voice in global climate change talks would be lost if it votes to leave the EU, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas told EurActiv’s partner edie.net in an exclusive interview.
UK & Europe 28-04-2016

Brexit a threat to London's FinTech dominance, industry says

82% of British financial technology companies want the United Kingdom to stay in the European Union, according to recent a poll by the industry association. EurActiv’s partner La Tribune reports.
UK & Europe 27-04-2016

Britain would be less well off after Brexit: OECD

Britons would be less well off if they voted to leave the European Union than if they stayed, the head of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Wednesday (27 April).
UK & Europe 27-04-2016

Fear of Eastern European EU migrants fuels Brexit campaign

Curbing migration from Eastern EU countries is a key goal for many Britons who plan to vote to leave the EU in a referendum on June 23. But many small firms believe the economic cost would be large, according to a new survey.
UK & Europe 26-04-2016

Obama has not sealed the deal

The Remain camp will have to find different  enthusiastic advocates and reasons on than trade deal queues to convince voters if Brexit is to be defeated, Obama's trip was not a game-changer.
UK & Europe 26-04-2016

Britain's trade options after Brexit - no easy way out

Britain's status as a trade power has become a central issue in the build-up to its European Union membership referendum on 23 June.
Global Europe 26-04-2016

Obama says Putin undermines EU unity

US President Barack Obama said yesterday (25 April) that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is trying to undermine European unity, which he sees as a threat.


UK & Europe 25-04-2016

'Vote Leave' campaign leader calls for travel ban on Marine Le Pen

The leader of the official pro-Brexit campaign has asked the British Home Secretary to ban Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French National Front, from entering the United Kingdom. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 25-04-2016

End of roaming charges in EU, but what about UK?

Roaming charges will cease to exist for the EU as of 15 June. But if on 23 June, the British people votes to leave the EU, there is a high chance that calls between the British islands and the member states could become very expensive.
UK & Europe 22-04-2016

Ex-UK premier makes 'patriotic' case against Brexit

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown said Thursday he was setting out a "patriotic" case for Britain to remain in the EU, in his first intervention on the looming referendum.
UK & Europe 22-04-2016

Obama: EU membership magnifies Britain's world status

US President Barack Obama wasted no time in plunging into Britain's poisonous EU membership debate today (22 April), arguing strongly against a "Brexit" as he kicked off a visit to the UK.
UK & Europe 20-04-2016

Poll: Majority of Swedes want to leave EU in case of Brexit

If the UK leaves the EU after the membership referendum in June, a majority of Swedes would wish their country to follow suit, according to a poll.
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Trade & Society 20-04-2016

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP: Steel crisis has already cost lives in England

SPECIAL REPORT / The steel crisis has cost lives in the North East England constituency, MEP Jude Kirton-Darling has said, before launching a blistering attack on the British government for its inaction in the fight to save steel.
UK & Europe 20-04-2016

Will Brexit make the EU more pro-Russian?

Asked if Brexit will make the EU more pro-Russian, international experts with different backgrounds approached by EurActiv were not unanimous in their assessment. However all said that without the UK, the EU will be weaker internationally.

Juncker admits Europeans have lost faith in the EU

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today admitted that citizens had lost faith in the EU, during a speech at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
UK & Europe 19-04-2016

Study: Brexit would leave EU more anti-nuclear, pro-financial transaction tax

A ‘Brexit’ would leave behind a more left-wing EU, keener on business regulation and a financial transaction tax and more anti-nuclear, according to research published today (19 April).
UK & Europe 19-04-2016

Clean air and beaches listed among UK’s EU membership gains

Britain's environmental policies on air and water pollution and biodiversity benefit from the country's membership of the European Union, a committee of British lawmakers said in a report on Tuesday (18 April).
UK & Europe 18-04-2016

Osborne sees major damage for UK economy in case of Brexit

Britain's exit from the European Union could see its economy shrink by six percent by 2030 and cause "permanent" economic damage, the country's finance ministry will say in an analysis due out on Monday, according to media reports.
UK & Europe 18-04-2016

Sturgeon says Scots won’t be taken out of EU against their will

Scotland should have the right to hold a new referendum on independence if the country is takenout of the European Union "against our will", the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) said on Sunday.