Benjamin Fox

Brexit 18-01-2019

Brexit is ‘the ultimate test case of Europeanisation’

Brexit may have paralysed and, in equal measures, humiliated Britain’s government, parliament and political parties, but Anand Menon, director of an influential UK think tank, is fascinated by the impact of this "unique experiment" on the country’s politics.
Brexit 16-01-2019

May offers cross-party Brexit talks after surviving confidence vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May offered to immediately open cross-party talks to agree on a new Brexit deal after she narrowly survived a vote of no confidence late on Wednesday (16 January).
Brexit 15-01-2019

May to face confidence vote after Brexit deal suffers crushing defeat

Theresa May will face a no confidence vote after MPs rejected her Brexit agreement by a crushing 230 majority on Tuesday night (15 January).
Brexit 15-01-2019

‘No deal would be more Millennium Bug than Armageddon’, say Brexiteers

The EU may have repeated that the Withdrawal Agreement struck with Theresa May is the only deal on offer but plenty of British MPs do not believe them.
Brexit 15-01-2019

EU-Swiss talks hit impasse, causing Brexit confusion

Talks between Brussels and Berne have been running since 2014 in a bid to formalise the 120 separate accords that have been negotiated between the EU and Switzerland since a 1992 referendum in the Alpine state rejected joining the European Economic Area. But the draft agreement, which was made public in early December, now seems unlikely to become reality.
Brexit 14-01-2019

Rejecting my deal could lead to ‘no Brexit’, warns May

Political 'paralysis' in Westminster is more likely to lead to 'no Brexit' and the UK staying in the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May warned on Monday (14 January) as she launched a last-ditch attempt to save her Brexit deal. 
Brexit 09-01-2019

May faces three-day deadline for new plan if she loses Brexit vote

If the UK Parliament rejects Prime Minister Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement next Tuesday (15 January), as is widely expected, she will be forced to present a new Brexit plan within three days.
Brexit 09-01-2019

MPs defeat May, urge her to rule out ‘no deal’ Brexit

UK MPs piled more pressure on Theresa May to rule out a ‘no deal’ Brexit on Tuesday (8 January) after inflicting another embarrassing defeat on her.
Brexit 01-01-2019

A year of blundering in the dark

A wasted year ended with the UK no clearer about its future relations with the EU but with the clock rapidly ticking down to the 29 March date when she will formally leave the bloc.
Africa 21-12-2018

Who will speak for Africa with Brussels?

The African Union has ambitious plans to reconfigure its continent’s relations with the European Union. In 2018, led by Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and the Chadian chair of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Addis Ababa-based AU moved...
Brexit 20-12-2018

UK confirms EU migrant clampdown post-Brexit

The UK government confirmed on Wednesday (19 December) that most EU workers will no longer enjoy the automatic right to live and work in the UK, as it laid down its plans to reform immigration policy after the country leaves the EU.
Africa 20-12-2018

Kurz eyes Egypt’s El-Sisi as migration ally

This week’s Africa-Europe Forum in Vienna may have been officially focused on ‘digital policy co-operation’, but Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi used the opportunity to talk about migration control.
Freedom of thought 14-12-2018

Demand grows to beef up EU’s religious freedom envoy

The fragile status of the EU’s special envoy on religious freedom is an unlikely topic of conjecture in the months leading up to next May’s European elections.
Brexit 14-12-2018

Warm words but no Brexit concessions, as May leaves Brussels empty-handed

EU leaders took turns to praise Theresa May on Thursday night (13 December) but the UK Prime Minister left Brussels empty-handed after promising her divided Conservative party that she would secure new concessions from EU leaders.
Brexit 12-12-2018

Doomed May wins confidence vote but at heavy cost

Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote on Tuesday night (12 December) but it came at a heavy price, as she lost the support of nearly 40% of her Conservative MPs and the opposition hinted it may soon mount its own challenge against her.
Brexit 12-12-2018

Tories call no confidence vote but May vows to fight on

The UK was poised for more political chaos on Wednesday (12 December) as Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to ride through a no-confidence vote with “everything I’ve got” after her own Conservative MPs formally launched a move to oust her.
Brexit 11-12-2018

May comes up empty-handed as she launches last ditch Brexit tour

Prime Minister Theresa May is set to emerge empty-handed from a whistle-stop tour of European capitals where she seeks further concessions from EU leaders to salvage her unpopular Brexit deal.
Brexit 10-12-2018

Theresa May buys one last chance after shelving Brexit vote

UK Prime Minister Theresa May told MPs on Monday (10 December) that she would return to Brussels to seek new concessions on the Irish ‘backstop’ as she postponed a vote in parliament to give herself one last chance to salvage her battered Brexit deal.
Brexit 10-12-2018

EU court offers Brexit way out as May moves to delay crunch vote

The European Court of Justice ruled on Monday (10 December) that the UK can unilaterally halt the Brexit process as Theresa May moved towards delaying a crunch vote on her EU Withdrawal Agreement in the UK parliament.
Development Policy 07-12-2018

EU and France ramp up €1.3bn support for G5 Sahel

The EU and France ramped up their funding for the G5 Sahel anti-terror alliance to €1.3bn at a two day donor summit in Mauritania on Thursday (6 December).
Brexit 07-12-2018

May rejects plea to delay Brexit vote

Theresa May rejected calls to delay a vote by MPs on her Brexit deal but left open the possibility to give lawmakers a vote on whether to enter into the Northern Ireland backstop on Thursday (6 December).
Brexit 04-12-2018

UK could halt Brexit unilaterally, says EU’s top judge

The United Kingdom could unilaterally decide to revoke Article 50 and remain in the European Union, the European Court of Justice’s top legal adviser said on Tuesday (4 December).
Agrifood 03-12-2018

EU still leads the way on animal testing alternatives, industry representative says

The EU continues to lead the world in balancing ethics with science, although the gap with other regions is "significantly" narrowing, Charles Laroche, industry co-chair of the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing.
Brexit 30-11-2018

We won’t be blackmailed by May’s ‘no deal’ threat, says Scottish minister

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has embarked on a frantic two-week campaign to persuade sceptical MPs to back her Brexit deal when it comes before the House of Commons on 11 December. But it is increasingly clear that it won't wash with the Scottish National Party.