Brexit

Future EU 26-05-2017

Trump scolding shadows most difficult G7 ‘in years’

US President Donald Trump, fresh from scolding Europe over military spending, slammed "bad" behaviour in trade by Germany as acrimony dogged the start of annual G7 summit talks on Friday (26 May).

Politics 26-05-2017

Loss of trust in EU has social and economic consequences

Trust in EU membership is on the up across the continent but confidence in the Union’s institutions continues to flag. That is why a number of initiatives designed to increase transparency and accountability have gained momentum in recent years.

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.

23-05-2017

Portuguese minister: Southern cities better placed to host medicines agency

Portugal is the latest member state to try and poach the UK-based European Medicines Agency after Brexit. In an interview with EURACTIV.com, Portugal’s junior minister for European affairs insisted having two EU agencies based in Lisbon already would not hurt its chances.

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.

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.

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

Peace in Northern Ireland needs the EU now more than ever

Brexit will badly impact Northern Ireland. Being cut off from the EU will rob it of its main stability guarantee, writes Daniela Irrera.

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.

Economy & Jobs 17-05-2017

BDA chief: Brexit Exchange can instill ‘rationality’ in a purely political debate

Business leaders should respect the UK's decision to leave the EU, but can help to mitigate the economic damage by bringing reason to an otherwise purely political process, Steffen Kampeter told EURACTIV.com ahead of the launch of the Brexit Exchange forum.

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).