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Brexit 08-12-2017

Brexit set to dominate UK politics for years ahead

In March, Michel Barnier told me he had offered the UK a two-year transition period after April 2019 in which Britain could trade freely without tariffs or duties, provided London accepted existing EU rules and laws on social protection, environment and rights of EU citizens. Denis MacShane explains.

Brexit 05-12-2017

Brexit and the ghosts of Ireland’s past

Negotiations in Northern Ireland have a law of their own. The Good Friday Agreement came about after months of painstaking diplomacy between London, Belfast and Dublin. Brexit will be no different, writes Dr Melanie Sully.

Brexit 14-11-2017

Does return of EU growth weaken case for Brexit?

One of the more powerful arguments advanced in Britain by Eurosceptics – from hardline Brexit ideologues to polite rationalists who disliked many aspects of European integration - was that the European Union had a dreadful economic tale to tell this century, writes Denis MacShane.

Brexit 14-11-2017

UK MPs to get vote on final withdrawal deal, Brexit to go ahead regardless of outcome

The British government will offer parliament a take-it-or-leave vote on any final EU departure agreement, Brexit Secretary David Davis announced Monday (13 November).

Brexit 13-11-2017

UK no closer to revealing Brexit bill offer

Britain will not offer a figure or a formula for how much it believes it owes the European Union, Brexit minister David Davis said on Sunday (12 November), after the EU demanded that London spell out its approach to the final bill to unblock talks.

Brexit 08-11-2017

Irish PM sees Brexit talks moving to next stage in December

It is likely that European Union leaders will allow Brexit talks to move onto trade relations in December, as long as Britain provides guarantees in writing on issues currently being debated, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday (8 November).

Economy & Jobs 06-11-2017

‘Paradise Papers’ embarrass US trade chief, Queen Elizabeth, and counting

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on Sunday (5 November) released The Paradise Papers, a global investigation that reveals the offshore activities of some of the world’s most powerful people and companies.

Brexit 31-10-2017

Goldman CEO has high hopes for London HQ post-Brexit, despite uncertainty

Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein expects to fill the firm's new European headquarters which is currently under construction in London, but said Britain's exit from the European Union left much outside the bank's control.

Brexit 20-10-2017

Macron: ‘We are not halfway through yet’ on Brexit divorce bill

Speaking at the closure of a European summit on Friday (20 October), French President Emmanuel Macron stressed the “unity” of EU leaders on Brexit, saying there were “no concessions to be made" to Britain at this stage.

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.