Benjamin Fox

Brexit 24-07-2020

UK and Norway to open trade pact talks amid warnings of new trade barriers

The UK and Norway will begin trade talks within the coming weeks in a bid to minimise disruption and lost business after the UK leaves the EU single market at the end of 2020.
Brexit 23-07-2020

EU-UK trade pact ‘unlikely’ this year, warns Barnier

A trade agreement between the EU and the Uk is increasingly unlikely to be reached this year, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier warned on Thursday (23 July) following the last round of formal negotiations before a three-week summer break.
Brexit 17-07-2020

UK WTO nominee plays down Brexit row

The UK’s nominee to lead the World Trade Organisation insisted on Friday (17 July) that Brexit would not derail his prospects, as the eight candidates to head the Geneva-based body made their first pitches for the job.
Economy & Jobs 13-07-2020

Race for the WTO hot-seat leans toward Africa

COVID-19's potential to wreck long-term damage on global commerce means the World Trade Organisation (WTO) faces a crucial period under a new director-general, who may end up hailing from Africa for the very first time.
Brexit 13-07-2020

UK unveils €800m EU border spending plan

The UK unveiled plans on Sunday (12 July) to spend £705 million (€800m) on new infrastructure at its ports and border points to help smooth the flow of traffic after it leaves the EU single market on 31 December.
Economy & Jobs 10-07-2020

Foreign aid to be big loser from EU budget under Michel plan

EU external and development spending is in line to be the biggest loser from next week’s crunch EU budget summit in Brussels. The blueprint outlined on Friday (10 July) by European Council President Charles Michel includes a reduction of €4.7 billion for the Neighbourhood Development and International Cooperation Instrument in the EU's next seven-year budget.
Brexit 10-07-2020

Step up ‘no deal’ planning, Barnier warns EU firms

The EU’s chief negotiator on future relations with the UK warned EU businesses on Thursday (9 July) to step up their planning for a ‘no deal’ scenario when the UK leaves the Single Market at the end of 2020.
Brexit 09-07-2020

EU nationals shut out from UK welfare scheme, report warns

EU citizens in the UK risk being shut out of accessing the country’s welfare system as a result of a little-known test that requires them to prove that they are permanently in the UK, according to research published on Thursday (9 July).
Brexit 03-07-2020

UK faces extra €2bn EU pensions bill

The UK faces being slapped with a surprise €2 billion EU pensions bill, as a result of a 21% increase in EU officials' pension liabilities.
Coronavirus 03-07-2020

Belgium and most EU countries exempted from UK travel restrictions

The UK will lift its two week quarantine requirements for people travelling to and from most EU countries from next week, as Boris Johnson’s government continues to ease restrictions put in place to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
Brexit 02-07-2020

Post-Brexit trade pact suffers setback as ‘disagreements’ end talks early

The prospects of a post-Brexit EU-UK trade deal being brokered this year suffered a new setback on Thursday (2 July) as the first round of in-person talks since the coronavirus pandemic broke up a day earlier with both sides citing ‘significant disagreements’.
Brexit 01-07-2020

COVID-19 pandemic poses new risks to EU citizens in UK, rights groups warn

The coronavirus pandemic risks creating new problems and uncertainty for potential applicants to the UK's EU Settlement Scheme and those who have already been given pre-settled status, citizens’ rights groups have warned Boris Johnson's government.
Brexit 30-06-2020

UK sets September deadline for EU trade deal

The UK has earmarked September as its deadline for agreeing on a new trade deal with the EU after negotiators held their first face-to-face meetings since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Development Policy 26-06-2020

EU among group pushing for relaxation of debt relief rules

The EU, along with a group of countries, is pushing for a relaxation in how debt relief is defined in the latest round of talks at the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) on Thursday (25 June), EURACTIV understands.
Brexit 19-06-2020

UK lawmakers back Brexit compromise to avoid ‘no deal’ chaos

UK lawmakers have urged Boris Johnson and Michel Barnier to broker a compromise to avoid an economically damaging ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario.
Botswana 18-06-2020

COVID-19 has posed ‘stress test’ for EU-Africa relations

The coronavirus pandemic has been a ‘stress test’ for EU-Africa relations ahead of plans for an ambitious reset of political and trade ties between the two continents this autumn.
Economy & Jobs 16-06-2020

Trouble brewing for UK pubs with post-COVID distancing rules

Grant Convey sums up the existential threat facing the UK pub industry in eight words: “We can’t survive with the two-metre rule”. And many of his colleagues agree.
Brexit 15-06-2020

Johnson and von der Leyen kick the Brexit can into autumn

Trade talks between the European Union and the UK will be stepped up in July with a view to brokering a deal in the autumn, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen agreed on Monday (15 June)
Brexit 12-06-2020

UK repeats ‘no extension’ mantra but backtracks on import controls

The UK government said on Friday (12 June) that it had given the EU formal notice it would not agree to an extension on the post-Brexit trade talks, while at the same time taking a step back on its position for import controls.
Brexit 11-06-2020

Business leaders warn about ‘no deal’ Brexit as battle lines harden

UK business leaders warned on Thursday (11 June) that they were being led towards a no-deal Brexit that they are ill-prepared for, as both the EU and UK negotiators toughen their stances.
Brexit 05-06-2020

No breakthrough in Brexit stalemate, admits Barnier

The stalemate on EU-UK trade talks remains unbroken both sides conceded on Friday (5 June), with the EU again accusing London of attempting to back-track on its commitments made in the Withdrawal Agreement that took the UK out of the bloc in January.
Development Policy 04-06-2020

EU, UK back new vaccine fund after COVID-19 disrupts immunisation

Leaders pledged more than $7.5 billion to finance the distribution of vaccines to combat infectious diseases in the world’s poorest countries over the next five years at a UK-hosted Global Vaccine summit on Thursday (4 June).
Coronavirus 03-06-2020

UK lawmakers attack Johnson government over 14 day quarantine rules

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government was on Wednesday (3 June) accused of acting too late and inflicting major damage on tourism after announcing that it will impose new quarantine requirements that force people arriving in the UK to self-isolate for 14 days from 8 June.
Botswana 02-06-2020

Africa hits back against EU’s name and shame game

The question of tax avoidance and financial information exchange remains a sore point for EU-African relations, and the European Commission’s annual lists of ‘non co-operative’ countries on tax and money laundering laws have done little to improve the situation.
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