Brexit

Brexit and the breaking of environmental promises

Brexit will have more immediate impact on the UK’s ability to manage growing stresses on the environment than any other single political development of the past 50 years, writes Tom Burke.

18-10-2017

Blind forces are in play in the Brexit talks

Anxieties and obsessions, arising from historic divisions in the British Conservative Party, have led to an artificially inflexible and brittle interpretation of the meaning of the 2016 Referendum result, writes former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton.

16-10-2017

May and Corbyn now say yes to Europe – sort of

So now we know that the main party leaders in Britain would vote to stay in the EU if there was a second referendum - hence the growing attacks on the government from those in the Brexit camp, writes Denis MacShane.

Elections 09-10-2017

EU failure to respond to plight of the Catalans is shameful

In Catalonia, there appears to be a majority in favour of independence at least as great as the majority in the UK which voted for Brexit. The EU cannot continue to close its eyes to what is happening, writes Sir Graham Watson.

28-09-2017

Opting for EU realism, Corbyn tries to brand Tories as Brexit fundamentalists

Like a crab emerging cautiously from under his rock, the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is millimetre-by-millimetre re-calibrating his party line on Brexit, writes Denis MacShane.

25-09-2017

Brexit and energy: A choice between economics and sovereignty

Britain will have to invest more in new electricity generating capacity and face higher prices in exchange for regaining its independence from the European Union, writes Philip Lowe.

Future EU 07-09-2017

‘Unexpectedly good times for the EU’

Andrew Hammond gives a foretaste of what European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker may say in his State of the Union speech on 12 September.

05-09-2017

Brexit clinches ‘mission impossible’ by highlighting EU’s value

This summer has seen the ‘Brexit effect’ quietly gathering momentum, so much so that it's shaping into one of the most spectacular own-goals of European history, on a par with Germany's Third Reich or the Russian Revolution, writes Giles Merritt.

Brexit, energy and climate policy: What is at stake for Europe

A crash Brexit would wreak chaos in both the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and the effort sharing regulation necessary to deliver the 2030 climate and energy package, warn Shane Tomlinson and Manon Dufour.

Energy 31-08-2017

Brexit-fuelled energy efficiency myths

Despite negative reports in the British press, EU regulations that cut the amount of energy wasted by household appliances are overwhelmingly popular throughout the UK, writes Dr Jonathan Marshall.

18-08-2017

The UK should realise that Ireland is an island

The fixation amongst Brexiteers to take back control of Britain's borders makes resolving the Irish border issue nearly impossible, writes Dick Roche.

Agrifood 17-08-2017

Brexit is a chance for farming reform – but we must get the policy right

Britain's withdrawal from the EU undoubtedly carries risks but it may also create the opportunity to build a greener, more efficient, and innovative farming sector. If this happens, Ngaire Woods argues, the EU and other economies might follow suit.

Is the Irish border question really ‘intractable’?

In the coming days the UK government will release its “carefully formulated” working paper on the Irish border issue. Dick Roche gives timely advice.

EU citizens in the UK: Second class

No more immigration from the EU is one of the UK government’s invented red lines for the Brexit negotiations. But what to do with those who have already immigrated? The UK's current proposal provides few satisfactory answers, warns Peter Sellar.

Enlargement 11-07-2017

EU enlargement: A six percent target for the Western Balkans

If the Western Balkans are to overcome almost three decades of economic stagnation and crisis, they will need to double their annual growth rates. This will need a fundamental rethink of the EU’s enlargement policy, argue Tobias Flessenkemper and Dušan Reljić.

10-07-2017

UK offer is far from what citizens are entitled to

The European Parliament’s political leaders and Brexit Steering Committee members condemn the UK’s “damp squib” of an offer on the rights of EU citizens and insist they will refuse to endorse a Brexit deal that strips EU citizens of their acquired rights.

Future EU 23-06-2017

Future of Europe debate lacks vision one year after Brexit

One year after the Brexit referendum, the Juncker Commission has refrained from talking about ‘what kind of Europe’ citizens need and focused on narrow, uninspiring questions about levels of integration, writes Magda Stoczkiewicz.

22-06-2017

EU socialists puzzled at Labour’s hostility to Europeans in UK

Jeremy Corbyn meets fellow centre-left leaders in the Party of European Socialists today to discuss Brexit, writes Denis MacShane.

Politics 22-06-2017

The Estonian Presidency, at a time when ‘ice starts to melt’

Estonia's goal is to have a presidency during which the European winter of discontent gives way to a new spring, the President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, writes in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.com.

15-06-2017

Whose court is the Brexit ball really in?

One week on from the United Kingdom General Election, the positions of the two sides of the Brexit negotiating table could not be more different, writes Tom Parker.

15-06-2017

How should the EU react to Britain’s general election?

The EU-27 can force Britain’s politicians to acknowledge Brexit’s trade-offs, by offering the British four options from which it must choose, write Simon Tilford and John Springford.

09-06-2017

Fake news: Europe needs a plan

Fake news is now the buzz word across Europe and the wider world. But how do we fight it? Nicolas Vanderbiest and Gary Machado warn that censorship is not the solution.

Elections 07-06-2017

The election that did not run to plan

The appalling terrorist attack in London on 3 June, following the Manchester suicide bombing last month, has added to Theresa May’s woes, writes Sir Michael Leigh.

19-05-2017

There’s more to European citizenship than free movement

When freedom of movement was written into the Treaties, the hope was that citizens would become more mobile and, in turn, more European. But instead of uniting Europeans, free movement has become politically divisive, writes Rainer Bauböck.