Benjamin Fox

Economy & Jobs 15-10-2021

The Brief, powered by APPLiA — A tax needs global defence

Global agreements on tax and international finance are so rare that it is tough to begrudge politicians for leaping on them. No surprise, then, that last week’s OECD tax deal was followed by a collective round of back–slapping and self–congratulation. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen described it as “a historic moment”.
Non-discrimination 15-10-2021

Three in ten black employees report discrimination at work – UK survey

Almost three in ten black employees feel discriminated against by their employer while four in ten have left a job due to a lack of workplace diversity and inclusion, according to a new UK survey published on Friday (15 October).
Economy & Jobs 14-10-2021

The EU’s path to trade sustainability

As public support for EU free trade deals is waning, civil society groups are hoping to help tighten the bloc's standards on trade sustainability as part of an ongoing consultation.
Brexit 13-10-2021

EU offers deal on British trade to Northern Ireland but leaves Court role unchanged

The European Union offered the UK on Wednesday (13 October) a package of measures aimed at brokering a compromise to the long–running dispute over trade to Northern Ireland but without meeting London's demands on the role of the European Court of Justice.
Brexit 13-10-2021

Overhauling Irish protocol is ‘prerequisite’ to return to ‘normal’ relations, says UK minister

UK Brexit minister David Frost warned on Tuesday (12 September) that overhauling the Northern Ireland protocol was a “prerequisite” for repairing the current “fractious” relations between the UK and Brussels.
Elections 12-10-2021

Protocol row reopens Unionist fears of another Northern Ireland sell–out

Sell–out, betrayal and sacrifice are all key words in the lexicon of Northern Irish politics for both the nationalist and unionist communities, and those in between. Brexit, and the Northern Ireland protocol, in particular, have brought them back into popular use.
Brexit 12-10-2021

Stop the poison, UK’s Frost tells the EU over post-Brexit deal

British Brexit minister David Frost made an impassioned plea to the European Union on Tuesday (12 October) to allow for "significant change" to post-Brexit rules governing trade with Northern Ireland, saying only that could draw the poison from their relations.
Future EU 08-10-2021

The Brief, powered by GIE — 57 billion reasons to avoid Polexit

In politics, it’s always a good idea to get others to do your dirty work. For Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, by challenging the principle of the primacy of EU law, one of the main building blocks of the Union, his national Constitutional Tribunal has earned its corn and landed a major blow for Eurosceptics.
Brexit 07-10-2021

EU will go to ‘enormous lengths’ on Irish protocol, says Sefcovic

The European Union will table new proposals for the Northern Ireland Protocol next week, European Commission Vice President Maros Šefčovič said on Thursday (7 October).
Brexit 06-10-2021

Most Brits see Brexit as a failure, poll reveals

Just over half of UK adults say that leaving the EU has been a failure, according to a new opinion poll published on Tuesday (5 October).
Brexit 04-10-2021

UK close to suspending Irish protocol, warns Brexit minister

The UK is moving closer to suspending the Irish protocol, which keeps Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market for goods, in its Brexit agreement, Brexit minister David Frost warned on Monday (4 October).
Brexit 01-10-2021

The Brief, powered by The Greens/EFA — Island of lost content

Few people in Britain (or Europe, for that matter) understand Northern Ireland. Even fewer understand its politics. That perhaps explains why so little attention was paid to the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland during the referendum campaign in 2016.

Home Office must protect EU citizens’ rights even for late applicants, says agency

The agency responsible for safeguarding the rights of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom has urged the Home Office to ensure that citizens who have applied late to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) must have their rights upheld by UK public bodies.
Brexit 28-09-2021

Unionist parties back joint declaration to scrap Irish protocol

The four main unionist parties in Northern Ireland have formed an alliance to scrap the Irish protocol, agreed by the EU and the UK to maintain a smooth flow of goods on the island, as the UK government steps up its attempts to renegotiate it.
Digital & Media 24-09-2021

The Brief, powered by EHFG — Not so plastic fantastic

We all know the feeling. Rushing to work or travelling, you remember to pack everything except for that insignificant but vital tool that keeps our phones, computers, headphones and the rest, charged and connected.
Global Europe 24-09-2021

Tunisia’s democracy faces ‘grave’ threat amid coup claims

Tunisia’s democracy faces its ‘gravest’ threat in the decade since the Arab Spring, opposition and civil society leaders in the country have warned, while the president set out plans to rule by decree and amend the constitution.
Global Europe 24-09-2021

World Health chief set for second term after German endorsement

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is expected to obtain a second term as World Health Organization chief, after the German government endorsed him and no other candidate is likely to stand before the deadline on Thursday (23 September).
Non-discrimination 22-09-2021

Romanian MEP demands EU investigation into UK profiling claims

A Romanian MEP has called on the European Commission to intervene following the release of data suggesting that UK border officials could be conducting racial profiling against Romanian and other east Europeans states.

The Brief, powered by EHFG — Replacing tents with concrete

The EU’s repackaged migration pact could be finalised in the weeks after next year’s French presidential elections. At least that’s what Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas told this website.

The Brief, powered by EPRA – A China war by the backdoor

As diplomatic snubs go, the announcement by the United States, Britain, and Australia that they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific which would also help Australia acquire US nuclear-powered submarines - scrapping a $40 billion French-designed submarine deal in the process - is hard to beat.
Brexit 17-09-2021

EU exodus from UK continues, new data finds

The number of EU nationals living in the UK dropped by 200,000 in 2020, the year that the UK left the bloc, according to data published on Friday (17 September) by the UK’s Office of National Statistics.
Non-discrimination 16-09-2021

EU law on gender violence must cover all forms of discrimination, say MEPs

Gender-based violence should be added to the list of crimes to be tackled across borders and the European Commission must table a proposal for an EU-wide directive on gender-based violence, EU lawmakers stated on Thursday (16 September).
EU-Africa 16-09-2021

Von der Leyen offers African energy investment and more vaccine promises

Investment in green energy and new promises on vaccine supply were the only offers to Africa made by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen this week, as the EU’s plans to boost relations with its southern neighbour continent continue to sit on the back burner.
Economic governance 14-09-2021

The Brief, powered by EPRA — The politics of the pact

The EU’s fiscal rule book was an early victim of the COVID pandemic, correctly, pushed aside by the need to keep businesses afloat as lockdowns derailed economies. But it has not been forgotten.