Brexit

26-06-2017

UK PM May nears deal to prop up government with Northern Irish DUP

British Prime Minister Theresa May drew closer to clinching a deal to prop up her minority government on Monday as she prepared to meet the leader of the Northern Irish Protestant party.

26-06-2017

UK to maintain duty-free access for developing countries after Brexit

The United Kingsom said it will maintain duty-free access to its markets once it has left the European Union for goods from nearly 50 developing countries including Bangladesh, Sierra Leone and Haiti.

Economy & Jobs 23-06-2017

EU SUMMIT WRAP-UP: European Council ends, post-Brexit EU starts to take shape

On the second and final day of the summit on Friday (23 June), EU leaders met ECB President Mario Draghi, who presented the current economic situation. They also discussed migration and Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas outlined the digital ambitions of the incoming Estonian Presidency.

23-06-2017

UK’s May leaves EU summit empty-handed

British Prime Minister Theresa May put on a brave face at the end of an EU summit on Friday (23 June), insisting she had made a "fair and serious" offer to her European partners and that all aspects of Brexit were still up for discussion. But the writing on the wall was unmistakable.

Future EU 23-06-2017

Macron, Merkel: EU treaty change is not taboo

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking at a joint presser after the end of the EU summit on Friday (23 June), said that treaty change should not be an obstacle to carrying out important reforms.

German parliament votes to cut funding to extremist parties

Germany's parliament has changed the constitution so that extremist parties can no longer claim government funds. Critics call that undemocratic, but lawmakers say Germany's political system is entitled to defend itself.

22-06-2017

Merkel calls UK offer on citizens’ rights a ‘good start’

Angela Merkel gave a subdued nod but no outright approval to British Prime Minister Theresa May's proposal to protect EU citizens' rights after Brexit, pouring cold water on May's promise of a “generous” offer on one of the most sensitive issues in the divorce talks.

22-06-2017

Politics get final say on post-Brexit agency seats

Leaders of 27 EU member states - excluding the UK -agreed late on Thursday (22 June) on criteria to decide by November the new seats of the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority, which are currently based in London.

Economy & Jobs 22-06-2017

Macron reaffirms hope for EU ahead of first summit

On the eve of his first European summit (22-23 June), French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed his belief in a Europe capable of transforming the world with France as a driving force.

Politics 21-06-2017

Relocation of UK agencies to be decided by Eurovision-style vote

The post-Brexit relocation of the two London-based European agencies will be decided by a points-based vote which resembles the Eurovision song contest, EURACTIV has learned ahead of a summit tomorrow (22 June) where EU leaders will agree the criteria and the voting rules.

21-06-2017

Italian PM calls Brexit a ‘tough wake-up call’ ahead of EU summit

Ahead of this week’s European summit, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni told the country’s Senate that the Brexit vote was not a catastrophe for the European Union but serves as a tough wake-up call. Class EURACTIV Italy reports.

20-06-2017

Quiz: How much do you know about Brexit?

Negotiations between the UK and the EU began on Monday (19 June) and are scheduled to take until March 2019. It is crucial for the future of European and British citizens that both sides reach a good settlement in the complex divorce. How much do you know about the subject?

19-06-2017

Brexit talks start with smiles, focus on tough issues

The historic talks on how the United Kingdom and the EU will go separate ways in 2019 kicked off on Monday (19 June) with the two sides agreeing on a timetable, structure and priorities.

19-06-2017

The Brief: Stop this Brexit madness

Stop this Brexit madnessAfter months of stalling and political upheaval, London’s Brexit chief David Davis finally sat down with his EU counterpart Michel Barnier in Brussels today.For Britain, this marked the end of the phoney war. But the road to Brussels has already taken a heavy toll on the UK’s credibility, destroyed the unity …

19-06-2017

Van rams worshippers leaving London mosque

A van ploughed into worshippers leaving a London mosque on Monday (19 June), killing at least one person and injuring several in what Britain's largest Muslim organisation said was a deliberate act of Islamophobia.

19-06-2017

EU patent court to remain in London despite Brexit… for now

The new EU’s unified patent court will start functioning early next year and would remain in London despite UK’s decision to leave the union, although its future will depend on the outcome of the divorce talks.

16-06-2017

Brexit talks to start with focus on UK’s bill, citizen rights, N.Ireland border

The EU will open the historic divorce talks with the United Kingdom by discussing the size of the bill London will have to settle, the rights of EU and UK citizens and the bloc's new external border in Northern Ireland.

Elections 16-06-2017

Since Brexit vote, Europeans warm again to EU

Europeans think much better of the EU now than they did a year ago when Britons dealt the Union a heavy blow by voting to leave, a survey showed yesterday (15 June).

15-06-2017

European Commission offers ‘open arms’ for British return

European Commission deputy chief Frans Timmermans said Thursday (15 June) that he would welcome Britain back into the EU "with open arms" if it reconsidered its decision to quit the bloc.

Freedom of thought 15-06-2017

UK party leader quits after election defeat ‘to remain faithful to Christ’

The leader of Britain’s most pro-EU party, the Liberal Democrats, resigned last night (14 June), saying it was “impossible” to be both a committed Christian and a frontline politician in 2017.

15-06-2017

Leo Varadkar, gay son of Indian migrant, to be next Irish taoiseach

Leo Varadkar was elected Irish prime mnister yesterday (14 June), making the 38-year-old son of an Indian immigrant the first gay premier of the once-staunchly Catholic country and the youngest person to hold the office.

15-06-2017

London to open Brexit talks by offering to protect rights of EU citizens in UK

The UK's Brexit minister, David Davis, will open divorce talks in Brussels next week with an offer to allow the three million European Union citizens living in Britain the same rights that they have now, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday (14 June).

Economy & Jobs 15-06-2017

UK imports and exports will suffer from Brexit isolation

The United Kingdom is a net importer of goods, both from the EU and the rest of the world. While post-Brexit Britain will remain an important export market for the EU-27, its isolation in Europe and loss of preferential access to the bloc’s trading partners could have dramatic consequences.

Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt [R] is not an active MEP [European Parliament]
14-06-2017

Britain can stay in EU but perks will end, says Verhofstadt

The EU will keep the door open for Britain to return, but only on worse terms than it currently has, European Parliament Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said Wednesday (14 June).