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EU agrees on Brexit-proof emissions trading amendment

EU lawmakers and member states agreed on Wednesday (18 October) a measure to guard the carbon market in case of a breakdown in Brexit talks as well as extending the exemption of international flights from the bloc's charges for carbon emissions until the end of 2023.

Brexit 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.

Energy 18-10-2017

UK needs to put ‘efficiency first’ after release of Clean Growth Strategy

UK energy policy is in flux after its government last week launched its long-term Clean Growth Strategy for decarbonising the economy. Now is a good time to take stock and rethink energy policy, insist Jan Rosenow and Richard Cowart.

Brexit 17-10-2017

UK supports staying in Euratom nuclear treaty after Brexit

A majority of British people oppose the government's plan for the UK to leave the Euratom nuclear treaty after Brexit, a new survey has found.

Brexit 17-10-2017

May and Juncker agree to ‘accelerate’ stalled Brexit talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said they agreed after talks Monday (16 October) to "accelerate" efforts for a Brexit deal ahead of a decisive EU summit this week.

Data protection 16-10-2017

Small businesses at risk of being overwhelmed by data protection burden

With eight months until the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the countdown is well and truly on but businesses are not ready, writes Mike Cherry.

Energy 11-10-2017

Fire safety boosted by EU’s quest for efficient buildings

A revision of the EU’s buildings law is being used as an opportunity to bring fire safety into the heart of Brussels policymaking, as MEPs and NGOs alike hope to avoid a repeat of the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

Brexit 09-10-2017

Brussels alarmed by UK leadership crisis as Brexit talks resume

Brexit negotiations enter a critical round on Monday (9 October) with British Prime Minister Theresa May saying the ball is in the EU's court, but the bloc fearing her domestic political woes threaten the talks.

Brexit 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.

Emissions Trading System failures sour energy policy efforts

Doubts about the effectiveness of the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) resurfaced on Tuesday (19 September) at an energy conference in Estonia, as a low carbon price continues to stymie energy market efforts.

CETA 19-09-2017

Canada to model post-Brexit Britain trade on CETA

Canada agreed on Monday (18 September) to use its new free trade agreement with Europe as a template for a pact with Britain after its largest trading partner within the European Union leaves the bloc.

Brexit 18-09-2017

Stanley Johnson: In 50 years, Brexit may look like the right move at the right time

Former MEP Stanley Johnson, the father of the current UK foreign secretary, told EURACTIV.com that Brexit should not throw out the baby with the bathwater and maintain the best the EU has to offer.

Brexit 11-09-2017

Thousands join anti-Brexit march through London

Thousands of people marched through central London on Saturday (9 September) calling on the government to "rethink and reject Brexit".

Brexit 11-09-2017

Post-Brexit customs checks could cost 4bn pounds a year, study says

The introduction of post-Brexit customs checks could cost traders more than 4 billion pounds a year, according to a think tank report released on Monday (11 September).

Brexit 06-09-2017

Britain could still reverse Brexit, former minister Heseltine says

Brexit could be reversed if economic pain prompts a change in public opinion that brings a new generation of political leaders to power in Britain, former Conservative minister Michael Heseltine said.

Brexit 04-09-2017

Davis: UK will not be pressured by EU timetable

Brexit negotiator David Davis on Sunday (3 September) insisted that Britain would not be forced into accepting unfavourable terms in the face of European Union criticism that not enough progress had been made.

Energy 04-09-2017

Tidal power world record broken off Scottish coast

August was a record-breaking month for Scottish tidal energy, after a power station managed to generate 700 megawatt-hours of electricity. Studies show that tidal power could supply nearly half of Scotland’s power needs.

Brexit 01-09-2017

Brexit talks set to miss October deadline as impatience grows

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Thursday (31 August) that both sides were “quite far” from reaching the "sufficient progress" necessary to open talks about the UK's future relationship with the EU after it leaves the bloc.

Agrifood 31-08-2017

Farmers’ confidence rises everywhere except in Brexit-stricken UK

Farmers surveyed in 10 EU member states share a positive outlook on the future, except for the UK. British farmers' drop in confidence drives low investment levels, which in turn is negative for the sector's future.

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.

Brexit 30-08-2017

Brexit is an ‘existential threat’ to Irish beef

Uncertainty surrounding Northern Ireland's border in the Brexit negotiations is taking a toll on Irish farmers, posing an "existential threat to the sector", sources in Brussels told EURACTIV.com.

Brexit 28-08-2017

Get out, and go quick: Brexit heartland stays defiant

In the rundown dock town of Tilbury on the eastern outskirts of London, backing for Brexit remains rock-solid, with uncompromising voters wanting Britain to get out of the EU, and get out fast.

Brexit 28-08-2017

Chief EU negotiator urges more clarity, speed from UK as Brexit talks resume

EU negotiators and their British counterparts kicked off the third round of Brexit talks on Monday (28 August) as the bloc's chief negotiator urged London to take a more serious stance and quickly provide official positions on all issues to be tackled in the historic divorce talks.

Energy 25-08-2017

Scrapping EU efficiency rules would hike UK energy bills post-Brexit

Brexit could add €100 to the average British household's annual electricity bill and increase energy demands if the United Kingdom chooses not to hold on to the EU’s high energy efficiency standards after it leaves the bloc in March 2019, according to a new study.