Benjamin Fox

Development Policy 18-07-2018

EU is shutting out UK aid agencies, minister tells MPs

The UK’s development minister accused the European Commission on Tuesday (17 July) of discriminating against UK aid agencies, in a move that could scupper future partnerships after the UK leaves the EU.
Brexit 17-07-2018

Leave campaign broke law in Brexit vote, UK elections regulator finds

The Vote Leave campaign has been fined and reported to the police by the UK’s elections regulator for deliberately falsifying its campaign expenses for the Brexit referendum.
Brexit 16-07-2018

Embattled May faces further Brexit threats, after Trump urged her to ‘sue’ EU

Theresa May faces further threats to her government's Brexit strategy and could have to stave of the prospect of a 'no confidence' challenge to her leadership this week, after revealing that Donald Trump's had advised her to "sue" the EU.
Economy & Jobs 13-07-2018

Use vouchers to combat grey economy, EU report urges government

EU countries should pilot voucher schemes to assess whether they can be used to combat the grey economy, according to a new report.
Brexit 13-07-2018

May’s Brexit blueprint faces backlash after sacrificing services

Even though Theresa May’s Brexit White Paper prompted a furious reaction from a large section of her Conservative party, not to mention a broadside from US President Donald Trump, not everyone was unhappy with it.
Brexit 12-07-2018

UK Brexit Paper backs Ukraine-style association pact

The UK outlined plans for a Ukraine-style association agreement with the EU on Thursday (12 July) as it published its long-awaited White Paper on relations with the EU after Brexit.
Africa 11-07-2018

EU unlocks €800 million for African investment vehicle

The EU’s much vaunted private investment vehicle in Africa has moved a step closer to becoming reality after €800 million was unlocked to leverage multi-billion euro investments on the continent.
Economy & Jobs 06-07-2018

Social voucher solutions ‘create jobs and combat black economy’

Social voucher solutions are smart ways to stimulate local economies and create jobs, as well as increase spending power and combat the black economy, Nathalie Renaudin tells EURACTIV.
Brexit 05-07-2018

UK vows to play hard-ball with EU over fishing waters

The UK outlined plans to overhaul its fishing policy on Wednesday, insisting that it would decide unilaterally how much access to give to EU boats after it leaves the bloc next March.
Global Europe 03-07-2018

African leaders set up migration body, reject EU migrant ‘platforms’

African leaders have announced the creation of a new body to help coordinate national policies on migration, but rejected EU plans to set up migrant “disembarkation platforms” on their soil.
Data protection 03-07-2018

Seek new data deal with EU immediately, MPs tell May

The UK government should immediately open talks to secure a Data Adequacy Decision from the European Commission, MPs said in a new report published on Tuesday (2 July).
Brexit 25-06-2018

UK divided but don’t mention another Brexit referendum

Two years after voting to leave the EU, the United Kingdom is split down the middle about what Brexit should look like, whether it should happen, and whether they should have another vote on it.
Brexit 21-06-2018

Pay £65 to stay, UK tells its EU residents

EU nationals living in the UK will have until June 2021 to apply for permanent residency at a cost of £65 per person, under a proposed scheme unveiled on Thursday (21 June).
Brexit 20-06-2018

No trade deal before the end of Brexit transition, Verhofstadt warns UK

A new EU-UK trade deal will not be concluded before the end of a post-Brexit transition period, Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator, told UK MPs on Wednesday (20 June).
Brexit 19-06-2018

Barnier: UK needs to show ‘realism’, will be shut out of Arrest Warrant

The UK needs a reality check and will not be able to remain part of the European Arrest Warrant after it leaves the European Union, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said on Tuesday.
Economy & Jobs 19-06-2018

EU dilemma on Morocco-Western Sahara conflict remains unsolved

Morocco is the EU’s most stable trading partner in North Africa and a reliable ally in Brussels’ efforts to control African migration across the Mediterranean. But two rulings by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) have revived political tensions in the region and complicated things for the Commission.
Global Europe 14-06-2018

EU unveils increased foreign aid budget for 2021-27

The European Commission has defended its plans to overhaul its foreign spending budget, promising that it would deliver a large increase in aid spending and ‘eliminate bureaucratic barriers’.
Development Policy 13-06-2018

EU to hike migration spending in development aid overhaul

The European Commission will set out its plans to dramatically increase spending on migration control on Thursday (14 June), as part of its overhaul of EU development spending between 2021 and 2027.
Brexit 13-06-2018

May avoids Commons defeat after offering rebels concession on ‘no deal’ Brexit

Theresa May avoided a humiliating parliamentary defeat to her government’s EU withdrawal bill, but only after appearing to promise rebel MPs an effective block on a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
Development Policy 11-06-2018

‘Water, women and waste’ are our development priorities, says Coca-Cola SVP

In an interview at the European Development Days in Brussels, Perez underlined Coca-Cola's hopes to work with the EU on its flagship External Investment Plan that seeks to build partnerships between local communities, governments, and the private sector.
Global Europe 11-06-2018

Women entrepreneurs ‘a vast untapped resource’, say development policy-makers

Women and girls are too often forgotten in development policy, despite being in the front-line. A mere 2% of total overseas development aid is spent on policies related to gender equality, panellists heard at the European Development Days in Brussels.
Development Policy 07-06-2018

Taking development finance private

The EU’s External Investment Plan (EIP) is the latest addition to the increasingly cluttered landscape of public-private development finance. The EIP's future shape and the role it can play was one of the hot topics at the European Development Days on 5-6 June.
Health 07-06-2018

Health and vaccine research set to lose out from new EU research budget

The European Commission may be planning to hike spending for its flagship research programme, but health and scientific research, particularly into new vaccines, was not one of the winners from the proposal announced on Thursday (7 June).
Brexit 07-06-2018

UK plans to stay in customs union until December 2021 under new ‘backstop’

The UK plans to remain in the EU’s customs union until December 2021 according to a new ‘backstop’ proposal unveiled by Teresa May, aimed at avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.