Benjamin Fox

Brexit 17-10-2019

The Brief, powered by TIF – Johnson’s coup

Boris Johnson is naturally a cheery individual, but he truly had every reason to smile on Thursday. First, he secured a Brexit deal that even a week ago nobody thought he could. Then he got Jean-Claude Juncker to do his...
Brexit 17-10-2019

Barnier: ‘School of patience’ delivers new Brexit deal

EU and UK negotiators agreed a new Brexit deal on Thursday (17 October), prompting the bloc's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, to declare: “Brexit is a school of patience”.
Brexit 16-10-2019

EU and UK on brink of a Brexit deal despite Unionist concerns

The EU and UK are on the brink of a Brexit deal, but it is unclear whether the Democratic Unionist Party will agree to the new agreement, and when UK lawmakers will vote on the deal.
Brexit 16-10-2019

EXCLUSIVE: Johnson Brexit deal must go to people to pass parliament, say lawmakers

Any Brexit deal struck by Prime Minister Boris Johnson will need to be put to the British people in a referendum if it is to pass the UK parliament, a cross-party group of UK lawmakers told EURACTIV on Wednesday (16 October).
Brexit 15-10-2019

Life in Bulgaria, after Brexit – a ‘no-brainer’ for expats

The village of Radyuvene is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of UK urban life. But it is home to Beynon and Sue Darley, who swapped Guildford, a town 40 km south of London,  for a rambling cottage in rural central Bulgaria.
Brexit 15-10-2019

Status Anxiety. The 6 million people at the heart of Brexit

This Special Report looks at some of the questions facing EU nationals living in the UK and their UK counterparts, and whether these 6 million Europeans will be victims of the political chaos.
Brexit 14-10-2019

Brexit causes status anxiety among EU nationals in the UK

The negotiations on a Brexit Withdrawal Agreement have been painfully slow and often rancorous, but ministers have always insisted that the rights of EU nationals living in the UK will be protected. But despite all pledges, including from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, there is continuing anxiety on all sides.
Brexit 11-10-2019

Brexit talks enter crucial ‘tunnel’ phase, but gaps on substance remain

Talks on a new Brexit deal have entered a potentially decisive last phase, as officials from the EU and the UK appear to be closing in on a last-ditch agreement that could avert the UK's messy cliff-edge exit on 31 October.
Brexit 11-10-2019

New Brexit hopes after Johnson and Varadkar say ‘pathway to deal’ exists

Hopes of a Brexit deal were dramatically revived on Thursday (10 October) following three hours of talks between Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Politics 09-10-2019

The Brief, powered by the Martens Centre – The bluff behind the blame game

That Boris Johnson would attempt to pin the blame for the collapse of Brexit talks on someone else was grimly inevitable. Holding Angela Merkel responsible, and thereby giving UK tabloids and Brexiteer blowhards the chance to wheel out the Second World War anti-German tropes, was merely the icing on the cake.
Brexit 04-10-2019

Data access blow for EU nationals with UK immigration cases

EU nationals will be unable to access their personal records held by the UK government in immigration cases, following a high court ruling on Thursday (3 October) that said "immigration exemption" introduced last year was not unlawful.
Brexit 03-10-2019

The Brief, powered by ACCA – The joker becomes the statesman

Serious, sober, respectful, Boris Johnson gave the impression of having been shot with a tranquillizer gun on Thursday. For once, he sounded almost like a prime minister.
Africa 02-10-2019

EU launches talks on new African trade pact

The European Commission announced on Wednesday (2 October) the launch of negotiations with the five-nation Eastern and Southern African community on a new wide-ranging trade agreement.
Brexit 02-10-2019

‘We are European’, says Johnson as he softens tone on Brexit plans

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson struck a conciliatory tone towards the EU on Wednesday (2 October) as he set out his government’s new alternative to the Irish backstop.
Brexit 27-09-2019

The Brief, powered by EDAA – Bigmouth strikes again

Manchester has a long history as a hotbed of radicalism. Exactly 200 years ago, the city was the site of the Peterloo massacre, when the army charged a crowd demanding parliamentary reform. 20 years later, the anti-Corn Law League, which eventually put the Conservative party out of power for a generation, was founded in the city.
Brexit 25-09-2019

Labour vows to give EU nationals vote in UK general elections

The prospect of EU nationals being able to vote in UK elections has increased after the opposition Labour party adopted new policy to guarantee EU and third-country nationals voting rights in all elections.
Politics 20-09-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – The forgotten man

As the UK has lurched between political and constitutional crisis, the man who crashed the ship of state into the rocks has been nowhere to be seen. Until now, when David Cameron finally emerged from self-imposed media hibernation. The ex-Prime...
Brexit 19-09-2019

Council of Europe urged to probe UK over rule of law breaches

Campaigners have called on the Council of Europe to launch a probe into the rule of law in the UK, citing “repeated violations of the spirit and potentially the letter of the European Convention on Human Rights”.
Brexit 19-09-2019

Table Brexit plans by September 30 or talks are ‘over’, Johnson warned

Boris Johnson has been given until September 30 to submit an alternative to the Irish border backstop in writing to Brussels, or the Brexit talks are "over", the leaders of France and Finland stated on Wednesday (18 September).
Brexit 17-09-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – Put it in writing

Not content with breaking the two parties that have dominated UK politics for almost a century, the Brexit behemoth has set its sights on the country’s famously unwritten constitution.
Brexit 16-09-2019

‘Empty lecturn’ press conference leaves Johnson humiliated

Visiting UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was left humiliated after his Luxembourgish host effectively empty-chaired him on Monday, before criticising Johnson’s handling of the Brexit negotiations and accusing the Leave campaign, which Johnson had fronted, of lying during the 2016 referendum campaign.
Africa 16-09-2019

No reset on EU-Africa relations under von der Leyen

Speculation that Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen could appoint a Commissioner specifically for Africa turned out to be much ado about almost nothing, if her team of Commission nominees unveiled last week is anything to go by.
Brexit 12-09-2019

Irish backstop must be part of Brexit deal, says EU Parliament chief

There will be no Brexit deal without an Irish backstop, European Parliament President David Sassoli said on Thursday (12 September). However, the EU is willing to revive a proposal that would keep only Northern Ireland in the bloc’s orbit to...
Brexit 08-09-2019

UK lawmakers to block election again, as constitutional crisis intensifies

The chances of an election before the UK leaves the EU are rapidly receding but the political and constitutional battle between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and parliamentarians is set to continue to intensify.

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