Brexit

24-05-2017

Spain plays down tensions with Catalonia in its bid for EMA

Spanish Minister for Health Dolors Montserrat said today (24 May) that Barcelona is “first in the class” in meeting all the criteria to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA). She also insisted that the central government supports Catalonia's bid to host it after Brexit.

24-05-2017

UK biotech boasts Europe’s best pipeline as Brexit looms

Britain's biotech sector boasts the strongest new drug pipeline in Europe but industry leaders say it needs continued access to global talent, funding and regulatory clarity to thrive in the future - all of which could be jeopardised by Brexit.

24-05-2017

Potential Trump ambassador vows easier trade with countries that exit EU

The political science professor who wants to be the new United States ambassador to the EU has said that any country that follows the UK to leave the bloc could “instantly” have better trade relations with the US.

Economy & Jobs 23-05-2017

Frankfurt’s skyscraper jungle hopes to entice post-Brexit business

Frankfurt, the EU’s financial capital, is readying itself to welcome London’s banking business with a concrete jungle of skyscrapers once the United Kingdom leaves the bloc. EURACTIV’s partner Italia Oggi reports.

23-05-2017

Deal for orderly Brexit a must, says EU lead negotiator

Failure to strike a deal that ushers Britain out of the European Union in an orderly way is not an option Brussels wants to consider, its chief negotiator said yesterday (22 June) as the EU gave a final green light for him to launch talks next month.

23-05-2017

Suspected terrorist attack kills 22 at Manchester concert

At least 19 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in an explosion at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester yesterday (22 May), in what two US officials said was a suspected suicide bombing.

Freedom of thought 22-05-2017

Abortion row hits pro-EU LibDems UK election campaign

The most staunchly pro-EU party in the upcoming British election has been hit by a row over its leader’s Christian beliefs, especially on abortion, undermining its call for a second Brexit referendum.

18-05-2017

UK blocks European budget as Brexit talks near

Adopted after bitter wrangling by the European Parliament last December, the revision of the EU’s long-term budget for 2014-2020 has now been blocked by the United Kingdom, which seems intent on laying obstacles on the EU's road. EURACTIV France reports.

18-05-2017

Pro-EU Liberal Democrats promise new Brexit vote

Britain's centrist Liberal Democrats launched their party manifesto with an EU flag Wednesday (17 May) and a promise to hold a Brexit referendum, as they seek to win pro-Europe votes in next month's national election.

17-05-2017

Ireland anticipates 10-fold rise in customs declarations post-Brexit

Ireland anticipates a 10-fold increase in the number of customs declarations made by local companies after Brexit, a senior official at the government agency responsible for customs checks said on Tuesday (16 May).

17-05-2017

EU interests should come before UK privileges in Brexit talks, say citizens

The vast majority of EU citizens want the Brexit negotiations to focus on protecting the interests of the remaining 27 member states, not on securing privileges for the UK, according to a new study carried out on behalf of the European People’s Party.

16-05-2017

Mogherini sees way past UK spat over military HQ

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said yesterday (15 May) she was confident of making progress on the bloc's defence ambitions and did not expect a Brexit-bound Britain to stand in the way.

15-05-2017

Boris Johnson claims EU will try and ‘bleed UK white’ with Brexit bill

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson insists that the European Union could end up paying a Brexit bill to Britain instead of the other way round. He also warned that Brussels will "play dirty" in the negotiations.

Economy & Jobs 15-05-2017

Sturgeon: Scotland wants to be EU member, but doesn’t want the euro

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday (14 May) said she would want Scotland to be a European Union member but not adopt the euro if it ever became independent.

Juncker talks corruption, Schengen and fall of USSR in Romania visit

Romania should be able to convince the EU to lift special monitoring of its justice system before it takes over the presidency of the Council in 2019, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday (11 May).

Economy & Jobs 12-05-2017

EU to grow faster despite Brexit turmoil

The European Commission on Thursday (11 May) revised upwards its growth forecast for this year and the next, despite the difficult break-up negotiations expected between the EU and the UK, and the long list of challenges affecting the bloc.

11-05-2017

UK Labour’s election manifesto and Brexit plan leaked

Britain's opposition Labour Party will not walk away from Brexit talks without a deal if it wins next month's election, according to a leaked draft manifesto published by several newspapers.

Electricity 09-05-2017

Britain should stay in EU energy market in Brexit transition deal, think tank says

Britain should seek to remain in the European Union's energy market and carbon trading scheme in a transition period if a Brexit deal is not reached in two years, a report by think tank Chatham House said on Wednesday (10 May).

Future EU 09-05-2017

EP comms chief insists Brexit is a ‘vaccine’ not a ‘disease’

European Parliament spokesman and communications chief Jaume Duch insists that fears Brexit would be a "disease" have not materialised and that it is in fact a "vaccine". EURACTIV Spain reports.

09-05-2017

Brexit will cost Greece up to 0.8% of GDP, minister says

The British exit from the European Union will have consequences for the Greek economy, especially on tourism, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs George Katrougalos said on Monday (8 May).

05-05-2017

Barnier cuts short Brexit blame-game

During a 20-minute speech stuffed with examples and technical details, the EU’s top Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said protecting citizen rights after the UK leaves is a moral duty and refused to be drawn into a blame game with London.

Future EU 05-05-2017

Solidarity tops Juncker’s agenda for the future of Europe

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker moved solidarity up the ladder of EU priorities in a straightforward speech delivered in Florence today (5 May) during the State of the Union Conference.

04-05-2017

EU’s Tusk warns rows could make Brexit talks ‘impossible’

European Council President Donald Tusk warned Thursday (4 May) that Brexit talks could become "impossible" if London and Brussels fail to calm a bitter war of words over the negotiations.

Economy & Jobs 04-05-2017

EU declares Brexit battle over euro clearing

The EU fired a fresh salvo at the UK on Thursday (4 May), proposing fresh rules that would require a huge slice of London's banking business to leave the UK after Brexit.