About: Brexit negotiations

Brexit 28-04-2017

Spain ‘not worried’ about united Ireland joining the EU

Spain will not raise any objections to a statement at the European Council summit tomorrow (29 April) recognising that a united Ireland would be an EU member state, according to an EU diplomatic source with knowledge of Spain's position in the Brexit negotiations.

Brexit 28-04-2017

Battle for EU agencies may erode EU unity pre-Brexit

The future of EU agencies based in London will be part of tomorrow’s EU-27 summit, an issue that could erode the unity that European leaders want to showcase before the divorce talks with the UK begin.

Brexit 28-04-2017

Battle lines and ‘illusions’ ahead of EU summit on Brexit

UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday (27 April) accused the other 27 EU countries of lining up to oppose Britain over Brexit after Germany's Angela Merkel said the UK should have no "illusions" over the exit process.

Transport 27-04-2017

Europe’s car industry appeals for tariff-free trade deal ahead of Brexit summit

Two days before EU leaders meet to sign off on their guidelines for Brexit negotiations, the car industry is demanding the divorce deal guarantee tariff-free trade after the UK leaves the bloc.

Brexit 26-04-2017

The road to Brexit and beyond

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The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. But how did it get to this stage? And what happens next? As the negotiations fast approach, familiarise yourself with the all-important dates and events.

Brexit 26-04-2017

EU leaders to tighten Brexit demands on citizen’s rights, banks

European Union leaders will insist Britain grant permanent residence to EU citizens who arrive before Brexit in 2019 and stay five more years, according to a draft negotiating plan they will endorse this weekend.

Brexit 26-04-2017

‘Hostile Brexit’ would be lose-lose deal for jobs

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will seek a strong mandate for Brexit talks in the upcoming general election. The onus now falls on negotiators to ensure that ‘hard’ Brexit does not become a ‘hostile’ Brexit that results in mutually damaging job destruction, writes Iain Begg.

Brexit 24-04-2017

Brexit talks place citizens’ rights in limbo

Brexit negotiators will face “extraordinarily complex” talks over the rights of EU citizens in the UK and British expats in Europe, according to sources in Brussels.

Brexit 21-04-2017

Amsterdam backs a ‘transparent and objective’ relocation of EU drugs agency

The Netherlands announced on Thursday (20 April) Amsterdam's candidacy for hosting the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which is currently based in London.

Brexit 19-04-2017

Commission wants to speed up relocation of UK-based agencies

The European Commission wants to find a new seat for London-based EU agencies as soon as possible. The United Kingdom will have no say in the process.

Brexit 19-04-2017

Five key issues as Britain heads to general election

British Prime Minister Theresa May's surprise call for a snap general election comes with the country facing a host of challenges – all closely bound up with the country's exit from the European Union.

Brexit 10-04-2017

50 MPs, MEPs support fast-track EU membership for independent Scotland

A group of 50 European politicians have put their weight behind Scottish independence in an open letter calling for a “swift, smooth, and orderly” transition to full EU membership.

Health 10-04-2017

London wants to protect free movement of talent after Brexit

Controls on EU immigration played a key role in the Brexit vote. However, the UK government now says that it wants to protect the free movement of researchers and talent, which are crucial for the life sciences sector. EURACTIV.com reports from Lyon.

Brexit 06-04-2017

Hübner: No more ‘lies’ in Brexit negotiations

The 48% of British people who voted remain in the EU referendum last year need to be taken into account in the negotiation process, said Polish MEP Danuta Hübner, the powerful chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs.

Brexit 05-04-2017

EU Parliament prepares to set Brexit ‘red lines’

The European Parliament will today (5 April) lay down its "red lines" for negotiations over a Brexit deal, on which the assembly will have the final say in two years' time.

Brexit 04-04-2017

UK tourism body calls for visa-free EU travel after Brexit

Britain should aim to secure visa-free travel between the UK and the European Union in upcoming negotiations to leave the bloc, an association of travel agents said on Tuesday (4 April), adding that a transitional deal could also help the sector.

Brexit 03-04-2017

Scotland demands powers to bring in more migrants

As British PM Theresa May presses ahead with a hard Brexit and a retreat from the single market, Scotland said on Monday (3 April) that its distinct demographic trends require powers over immigration to support public services and the economy.

Brexit 31-03-2017

EU-27 hands Spain veto over Gibraltar’s Brexit deal

Spain is likely to wield a veto over any Brexit deal for Gibraltar after the EU-27 backed Madrid in its draft negotiating guidelines for forthcoming divorce talks between the UK and the bloc.

Brexit 31-03-2017

Security is risky card for Britain in Brexit talks, analysts say

From sharing intelligence after terror attacks to pursuing cross-border criminals, security is a potential bargaining chip for Britain in the Brexit negotiations – but one that must be played carefully, analysts say.

Brexit 30-03-2017

Momentum builds behind transitional Brexit deal

EU institutions and governments discussed the need for additional time before negotiations for Britain’s exit from the EU start, in order to complete the new bilateral association agreement.

Brexit 30-03-2017

EPP official: UK shouldn’t ‘use’ citizenship to put pressure on Brexit talks

The EU suspects that the UK will play political games in the Brexit negotiations on the issue of citizenship due to the bloc's perceived strong interest in the matter, a European People’s Party (EPP) official revealed. EURACTIV.com reports from Malta.

Brexit 30-03-2017

UK plans to copy-paste EU laws into domestic legislation post-Brexit

The British government will set out plans today (30 March) to convert European Union laws into domestic legislation to give "businesses, workers and consumers the certainty they need" as Britain exits the bloc.

Brexit 29-03-2017

Tusk to Brexit Britain: ‘We already miss you’

The United Kingdom triggered Article 50 today (29 March), beginning an unprecedented two-year period of tough negotiations that will end in Britain leaving the European Union.

Brexit 29-03-2017

German manufacturers say ‘no concessions’ to UK in EU exit talks

A powerful association of German manufacturing industries, the VDMA, has called for “fair” discussions over Britain’s departure from the EU but warned there should be “no unilateral concessions” in favour of the UK, saying the EU single market was more important to them.