Benjamin Fox

Brexit 21-09-2018

May blames EU for Brexit ‘impasse’ as ‘no deal’ prospects soar

Theresa May pinned the blame firmly on the EU on Friday (21 September) for the ‘impasse’ in the Brexit negotiations, as the prospects of the UK crashing out of the bloc without a deal dramatically increased.

EU’s finance for African security missions has ‘poor effect’, say auditors

The EU’s financial support for African peace and security policies “has had a poor effect and needs refocusing,” the European Court of Auditors said in a report published on Tuesday (18 September).
Brexit 18-09-2018

UK should end special access for EU migrants after Brexit -report

The UK should end special access for EU citizens and introduce migration laws that focus on attracting skilled workers, the UK government’s advisory committee on migration recommended in a new report published Tuesday (18 September).
Brexit 18-09-2018

May needs urgent ‘plan B’ to avoid hard Brexit, warn MPs

The UK needs to ‘urgently’ find draw up an alternative to Theresa May’s Chequers to avoid crashing out of the EU with a ‘chaotic and damaging’ Brexit, MPs warned in a new report on Tuesday (18 September).
Development Policy 18-09-2018

EU countries top development policy charts

EU countries lead the way when it comes to development policy, according to a new report by a US-based think-tank. Eleven EU countries dominate the top-12 of the Commitment to Development Index published by the Center for Global Development on Tuesday (18 September).
Development Policy 17-09-2018

The EU’s bank in Africa steps up the action

Whether or not Jean-Claude Juncker’s plans for a "partnership of equals" with Africa becomes reality any time soon, the Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank will have an ever-increasing role in the continent.
Brexit 13-09-2018

New passport and driving permits needed to enter EU after Brexit, UK warns

A new passport and international driving permit could be among the unwanted shopping list facing the British in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the UK government admitted on Thursday (13 September).
Africa 13-09-2018

Progress remains slow in bridging Africa’s tax divide

Increasing the tax take in African countries lies at the heart of the global development goals agreed by world leaders in 2014 and 2015. But progress towards meeting that goal has been slow.
Brexit 12-09-2018

Juncker sparks Brexit love-in but divisions remain

During his State of the Union speech in Strasbourg on Wednesday (12 September), Jean-Claude Juncker struck a largely emollient tone on the subject of Brexit talks which he said were being “masterfully handled by my friend Michel Barnier”.
Africa 12-09-2018

Juncker offers EU-Africa trade deal in new ‘partnership of equals’

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker held out the promise of an EU-Africa trade pact on Wednesday as part of a ‘partnership of equals’ between the two continents, signalling Europe's stronger involvement in Africa, where Chinese influence is rapidly spreading.
Development Policy 11-09-2018

Wanted: New forms of trade partnership with Africa

After several months of different European leaders beating a path to the African continent, Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission has got in on the act. But for the moment, Brussels is not offering anything new on either trade or investment.
Brexit 05-09-2018

Bank of England governor to stay on to ‘smooth’ Brexit

Bank of England governor Mark Carney is set to extend his term at the helm to ensure a 'smooth' Brexit, as pressure mounts on Theresa May’s administration to ramp up preparations for leaving the EU.
Africa 04-09-2018

China’s investment largesse may dwarf EU in Africa

When it comes to increasing investment in the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries covered by the Cotonou Agreement, the EU talks a good game. But it is facing stiff competition from China, armed with more cash and fewer concerns about democracy and the rule of law when it comes to investment.
Development Policy 03-09-2018

Africa prepares to drive a hard trade bargain with EU

Increasing trade between the EU and the ACP (African-Caribbean-Pacific), particularly African countries, lay at the heart of the ambition of the Cotonou Agreement. That was supposed to be embodied by regional Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) with the EU.
Brexit 03-09-2018

‘No deal’ Brexit would be ‘chaotic and severe’, warns expert group

A ‘no deal’ Brexit would cost the UK four times more than the EU-27 and result in a “chaotic and severe” hit to its economy, experts from the UK in a Changing Europe think-tank concluded in a paper published on Monday (3 September).
Development Policy 31-08-2018

Impasse on migration clouds EU-Africa relations

The issue of how to control migration from Africa may have exorcised European leaders in recent years, but it could also derail the EU's main political agreement with the continent.
Africa 30-08-2018

May’s African tour ends with ‘bicycle guy’ Johnson snub

Theresa May completed the final leg of a charm offensive tour of three sub-Saharan countries on Thursday (30 August), with her Kenyan host appearing to snub her leadership rival Boris Johnson.
Brexit 23-08-2018

Prepare for higher bank costs and customs delays from ‘no deal’ Brexit, London warns

UK businesses and consumers should brace themselves for tariffs, customs bureaucracy and higher bank charges if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, London warned on Thursday (23 August) in its most serious reality check to date.
Brexit 21-08-2018

Brexit talks ‘continuous’, say negotiators as they vow to ramp up talks

The EU and UK’s chief Brexit negotiators vowed on Tuesday (21 August) to step up talks in the coming weeks in a bid to avoid the UK crashing out of the bloc without agreement next March.
Brexit 20-08-2018

UK warns of damage to EU without special deal on financial services

The UK has repeated its demands for a post-Brexit agreement on financial services to go way beyond the EU’s current standard with third countries in a new government paper, warning that a ‘hard Brexit’ will damage the EU. The paper...
Brexit 16-08-2018

Ministers stay away as Brexit officials resume talks on Irish border

EU and UK officials cut short their summer holidays to resume Brexit talks in Brussels on Thursday (16 August). The two days of technical meetings will focus on the Northern Irish border and future trade relations but officials indicated that there was little chance of a breakthrough.
Africa 01-08-2018

EU elections mission denounces Zimbabwe poll amid new delays

EU election observers have denounced Zimbabwe’s election commission and state media as the continued delay in releasing the presidential election results increases public fears of a rigged poll.
Brexit 31-07-2018

MPs lambast May government’s ‘failure’ to set out post-Brexit migration rules

MPs have lambasted the UK government for “failing to set out any substantive proposals on long-term migration between the UK and the EU” after Brexit.

UK loses EU anti-piracy missions to France and Spain

The headquarters of the EU’s anti-piracy missions off the coast of Somalia will be moved from the UK to France and Spain next year as the latest consequence of Brexit.