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19/02/2017

Scottish parliament to oppose Brexit bill

UK & Europe


UK & Europe 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.
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).
UK & Europe 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).
UK & Europe 11-02-2017

Juncker will not seek second term as European Commission President

Jean-Claude Juncker will not seek a second term as European Commission president, once his first mandate ends in 2019.
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).
Future EU 10-02-2017

Ireland tells EU Brexit bosses 'we are firmly on your side'

Ireland has told leading EU negotiators that its border with the United Kingdom must stay “invisible” after Brexit and said it was “firmly on the side” of the 27 remaining member states in the forthcoming divorce talks.


Euro & Finance 09-02-2017

Dombrovskis: Brussels wants Brexit deal 'for all'

The European Commission's vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis argued on Thursday (9 February) that a Brexit deal must benefit financial services sectors in both Europe and Britain.
Energy 09-02-2017

Does Brexit offer a ‘golden opportunity’ to pursue EU ETS alternatives?

As the British MPs this week waved through the bill to withdraw from the European Union, the debate surrounding the country’s future involvement in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) intensified with a lively debate in parliament. EurActiv’s media partner Edie.net reports.
UK & Europe 09-02-2017

Asian economies stress focus is on EU-27, not UK, after Brexit

Leading Asian economies stressed on Wednesday (8 February) their attention would continue to be focused on the EU-27 post-Brexit, ahead of any possibilities for the UK opened up by Brexit.
UK & Europe 09-02-2017

European Parliament VP warns Trump is using Brexit 'as a Trojan horse'

Newly re-elected European Parliament Vice-President Ramón Luis Valcárcel said today (9 February) that Donald Trump is "using Brexit as a Trojan horse" and called on the EU to stay united and defend its values. Euractiv Spain reports.
UK & Europe 09-02-2017

EU looks to agree formula with UK before issuing final Brexit tab

The European Union wants to agree with Britain on a formula for calculating how much it will owe the bloc after it leaves, rather than defining a specific sum in advance, EU officials have said.
Development Policy 09-02-2017

UK foreign aid fraud investigations 'quadruple in last five years'

The UK's National Audit Office says the number of fraud investigations has increased in tandem with more public money being delivered to "fragile" countries where bribery can be seen as "cultural norm". Euractiv's media partner The Guardian reports.
UK & Europe 09-02-2017

UK's Brexit bill overcomes another hurdle

British MPs overwhelmingly backed a bill yesterday (8 February) empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to start negotiations on leaving the European Union, bringing Brexit a significant step closer.
UK & Europe 08-02-2017

Scottish independence now neck-and-neck, new post-Brexit poll shows

Support for Scottish independence in the wake of the Brexit referendum is now effectively neck-and-neck, according to a new poll released Wednesday (8 February).

EU unemployment: Declining, but dependent on labour mobility

Britain’s exit from the EU could slow down Europe’s economic growth. However, unemployment forecasts remain positive. The latest Eurostat figures show that the number of jobless has been steadily declining. Aktuálně reports.
UK & Europe 08-02-2017

Knowledge: A Swiss Army knife for Brexit?

The Swiss and British referendums of 2014 and 2016, respectively, share some parallels. The way the Alpine republic resolved its dispute about free movement offers a number of lessons as the date for making Brexit official looms ever nearer, writes Giorgio Clarotti.
UK & Europe 07-02-2017

May promises MPs vote on draft Brexit deal

Prime Minister Theresa May agreed Tuesday (7 February) to give British lawmakers a vote on the final Brexit deal before it is finalised, seeking to fend off a rebellion over a bill to start negotiations to leave the EU.
UK & Europe 07-02-2017

Scottish parliament to oppose Brexit bill

The Scottish parliament is expected to officially register its opposition to the UK government's march towards Brexit today (7 February) in a vote that will further strain the bonds of the United Kingdom.