UK & Europe

Energy 28-02-2017

Brexit will spur Irish efforts to connect to EU energy market

Brexit will spur Irish efforts to diversify its energy supplies, which are dominated by UK imports, and connect its energy market to the continental Europe, Ireland’s energy minister said yesterday (27 February).

Freedom of thought 27-02-2017

Asselborn: Poland would not be allowed into the EU now

Poland would fail to join the European Union if it were to apply again and messing up the Brexit negotiations could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel.

Agrifood 27-02-2017

Brexit churns unease for Britain’s speciality cheese

In the rolling countryside of southwest England, farmer Charles Martell is tending to his rare breed of cattle while two of his dairy workers get to work making Single Gloucester cheese – a British delicacy that is protected under EU law. For now.

Agrifood 27-02-2017

Brexit sows seeds of doubt for British farmers

Dependent on foreign workers and subsidies from Brussels, the United Kingdom's small but important agricultural sector is losing sleep over the possible fallout from Brexit, but hopes a future outside the EU will open up new export opportunities.

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

Socialists and Democrats and Labour to collaborate on Brexit talks

The Socialists and Democrats (S&D) will cooperate closely with the UK Labour Party in the crucial Brexit negotiations with the aimof protecting the social agenda and opposing Theresa May’s "ultra-hard” strategy.

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

Kenny casts doubt over date for Article 50

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny has cast doubt on expectations that UK Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50, the legal process to divorce from the EU, at the European Council summit on 9 March.

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.

Politics 22-02-2017

The Brief: Britain is not ready to take back control of its borders

Taking back control of Britain’s borders is not going to be as simple as painting a slogan on the side of a big, red bus.

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.

Gabriel D'Arcy, CEO of the LacPatrick dairy cooperative, said Ireland's agricultural industry will be the "eye of the storm" in Brexit negotiations.
Agrifood 22-02-2017

Ireland scrambles to shield agriculture from Brexit threat

The Irish government is scrambling to protect its agriculture industry, which exports almost half its goods to the UK, from the threat of Brexit.

Future EU 22-02-2017

Brexit border talks doomed to fail, warns Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams, leader of Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, told EURACTIV that any customs posts set up at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland would mark a return to a hard border 12 years after military checkpoints disappeared between the two countries.

Politics 22-02-2017

Brexit minister: London won’t bribe Eastern Europe to get a better deal

Britain's "Brexit" minister responsible for managing its departure from the European Union on Tuesday denied reports his government was planning to pay eastern EU states to support it during negotiations with Brussels.

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.

Public Affairs 20-02-2017

EURACTIV Metamorphosis: The story behind EURACTIV’s rebranding

As you discover our rebranded euractiv.com website today, we wanted to walk you through the changes that have been taking place at EURACTIV over the last 6 or so months.

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.

17-02-2017

Blair urges pro-EU Britons to ‘rise up’ against Brexit

Former British prime minister Tony Blair on Friday (17 February) urged Britons who support the European Union to "rise up" and persuade Brexit voters to change their mind about leaving the bloc in a high-profile speech.