About: Hard Brexit

Brexit 18-10-2017

Firms must prepare for hard Brexit, Irish central bank says

It is entirely possible that Britain will leave the European Union without a transition agreement, and companies need to do more to prepare for an abrupt departure, Irish Central Bank Deputy Governor Ed Sibley said yesterday (17 October).

Brexit 10-10-2017

Britain sketches out customs powers if Brexit deal fails

Britain on Monday (9 October) outlined proposals for new laws to set tariffs and quotas including if Britain leaves the European Union with no agreement in place, as it prepares for a post-Brexit customs system.

Agrifood 31-08-2017

Hard border could spell the end for Northern Ireland’s dairy processors

Controls on the Irish border could make the island’s dairy industry “unworkable”, while tariffs could force Northern Irish milk processors out of business altogether, the sector has warned.

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.

Brexit 11-08-2017

Worried UK businessmen ask May for a bit of clarity on EU divorce

The UK business community is concerned about the uncharted waters of the Brexit negotiations and has asked Theresa May’s government to give a clearer idea of how the EU divorce might look.

Brexit 10-08-2017

UK minister: EU proposed ‘restricted’ rights for Brits living in EU after Brexit

Brexit minister David Davis said on Wednesday (9 August) that the EU proposed that Britons living in the bloc after Brexit will only have the right to stay in the country where they are resident when Britain leaves.

Economy & Jobs 09-08-2017

Bank of England says Brexit transition desirable as banks set out contingency plans

The Bank of England said a transition period after the Britain leaves the European Union would give banks more time to make orderly changes as Brexit poses risks to financial stability.

Brexit 07-08-2017

London sees €40 billion as a fair Brexit bill

The UK is prepared to pay up to €40 billion as part of a deal to leave the European Union, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported, citing three unnamed sources familiar with Britain's negotiating strategy.

Brexit 12-07-2017

UK hits back at EU over national expert layoffs

The UK will retain all the rights and obligations of an EU member state until it leaves the Union and this includes national experts who work in the European Commission, a spokesperson from her majesty's government told EURACTIV.com.

Brexit 03-07-2017

Prolonging Brexit talks ‘should not be excluded’, says key EU power broker

EXCLUSIVE / The complexity of the Brexit negotiations means extending the talks by one year should not be excluded, according to the spokesperson of the European People's Party (EPP), the leading power broker in the EU institutions.

Brexit 28-06-2017

UK has ‘lots of legal advice’ to reject €60 billion Brexit bill

The UK's Brexit negotiators claim they have had “lots of legal advice” suggesting that the €60 billion Brexit bill should not be paid to Brussels, EURACTIV.com has learned.

Brexit 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.

Brexit 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.

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.

Economy & Jobs 27-04-2017

Watson: There can only be ‘losers’ from Brexit

The upcoming UK elections are unlikely to deliver enough certainty about what life will look like post-Brexit, said the former MEP and ALDE leader in an interview with EURACTIV.com, adding that no winners will emerge from the process.

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.

Politics 05-04-2017

In Brexit talks, don’t bargain over security

Theresa May's decision to link future security cooperation with Europe to the outcome of a trade deal is damaging for the Brexit talks. In the contrary, a deal on security could set a positive tone for the very difficult trade negotiations, argues Rem Korteweg.

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 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 13-03-2017

Scotland seeks second referendum amid Brexit doubts

The Scottish government announced today (13 March) a new independence vote, pre-empting this week's expected start of the Brexit process. Nicola Sturgeon will seek the power to call a new referendum on whether Scotland should follow the UK out of the EU or form its own country.

Brexit 03-03-2017

Scottish nationalists treat politics like a game, says May

The Scottish National Party is treating politics as a game and obsessing over independence rather than focusing on improving public services in Scotland, UK Prime Minister Theresa May will say today (3 March).

Brexit 02-03-2017

Britain says EU trade deal would ease post-Brexit Irish border riddle

Britain believes a post-Brexit free trade deal with the European Union would ease problems that its withdrawal from the EU will create on the Irish border, London's Northern Ireland minister said on Wednesday (1 March).

Future EU 22-02-2017

Brexit border talks doomed to fail, warns Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams, leader of Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, told EURACTIV that any customs posts set up at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland would mark a return to a hard border 12 years after military checkpoints disappeared between the two countries.

Brexit 03-02-2017

UK’s High Court throws out Brexit EEA case

The UK’s High Court today (3 February) blocked a legal challenge, partly brought by a lobbyist who voted to leave the EU, that hoped to force the government to seek parliamentary approval before pulling out of the European Economic Area (EEA) as a part of Brexit.