Mark Briggs

Brexit 27-05-2015

Brits will be able to vote ‘Yes’ to the EU

The UK referendum on EU membership will offer voters the option to say ‘Yes’ to staying in the EU.
Brexit 18-05-2015

Opposition mounting to UK Human Rights Act suspension

The new Conservative government is planning to repeal the Human Rights Act during its first 100 days in office in an attempt to “break the formal link” between UK courts and the European Court of Human Rights.
Brexit 15-05-2015

Labour look for leader as UKIP’s Farage faces ‘coup’

Four candidates have put their names forward to be the new leader of the Labour party, as parties defeated in last week’s general election lick their wounds and prepare for five years in opposition.
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Brexit 12-05-2015

Greg Hands given key role as Cameron mulls early EU referendum

David Cameron could bring the UK referendum forward to next year following his surprise victory in last week’s (7 May) UK election, and has appointed a new minister to play a key role in negotiations.
Brexit 07-05-2015

As it happened: The UK election

As Britain goes to the polls EURACTIV UK brings you the latest developments in the fight for 10 Downing Street.
Brexit 05-05-2015

Polls predict election uncertainty as support for EU rises

With just two days to go until the general election, the two major parties are neck and neck in the polls.
Brexit 29-04-2015

Britain must do more to tackle air quality

The UK Supreme Court has ordered the government to deliver plans to tackle air pollution by the end of the year, in a unanimous decision delivered Wednesday (29 April).
Brexit 27-04-2015

Brexit would hit UK economy hardest, German think tank warns

The impact of a UK exit of the European Union would hit Britain harder than Germany or the rest of Europe, warns the Bertelsmann Stiftung, saying 'Brexit" could shave 14% off the country's GDP.
Brexit 23-04-2015

Cameron: Operation Triton is a failure

Britain will ‘make a contribution’ to more search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean according to David Cameron, who admitted current policies “haven’t worked”.
Brexit 23-04-2015

British candidates embrace TTIP as ‘biggest prize’ for UK in Europe

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the “biggest prize” in global trade, Labour candidate Mike Grapes said on Tuesday (21 April), echoing a widely shared view among other British political parties.
Brexit 21-04-2015

SNP manifesto: Pro-EU and no new independence vote

The Scottish National Party has unveiled their campaign manifesto, promising an alternative to austerity and reaffirming their commitment to EU membership.
Development Policy 20-04-2015

European countries focus aid on ex-colonies

Until the 20th century, they were Europe's biggest imperial powers. Today, France, the UK, Belgium, Spain, Germany and Portugal are spending the bulk of their Official Development Assistance (ODA) budgets on their former colonies. The EURACTIV network reports.
Languages & Culture 20-04-2015

EU literary awards come to London

SPECIAL REPORT / The winners of the 2015 European Union Prize for Literature were announced at the London Book Fair last week (14 April).
Brexit 16-04-2015

Conservatives lay out EU promises in manifesto

The Conservative Party launched its election manifesto today (16 April) with a promise to scrap the Human Rights Act, and hold a referendum on EU membership in 2017. EURACTIV UK reports.
Brexit 14-04-2015

Labour launches manifesto, with promise to stand up for Britain in Europe

The opposition Labour Party launched their campaign manifesto in Manchester on Monday (13 April), pledging to stand up for Britain’s interests in the world, and in Europe.
Brexit 10-04-2015

Brexit could force new referendum on Scottish independence

SNP chief Nicola Sturgeon has distanced herself from speculation that the party could seek another referendum on independence after the general election. But Brexit could force the issue.
Development Policy 09-04-2015

Britain is Europe’s top overseas aid donor

The UK is Europe’s leading donor for overseas development aid (ODA), according to a report released today (8 April) by the Organisation for Economic Co-operations and Development.
Brexit 08-04-2015

EU referendum would cause chaos, says Blair

A referendum on EU membership would lead to chaos and uncertainty, former Prime Minister Tony Blair said today, accusing David Cameron of trading the UK’s national interest for political advantage.
Brexit 31-03-2015

House of Lords report finds allegations of EU interference unfounded

The European Union Committee of the House of Lords has accused the government of attempting to “bury” the results of a report on the UK's relationship with the EU after it found no evidence of excessive interference from Brussels.
27-03-2015

Migrant access to benefits not automatic

EU citizens are not entitled to claim benefits in a member state they haven’t previously worked in, The Court of Justice of the European Union announced on Thursday (26 March).
Brexit 27-03-2015

Euroscepticism on the rise in UK

The EU is more unpopular in Britain than it has been at any time in the last 20 years, according to the annual British attitudes survey.
Global Europe 25-03-2015

UK, Central Europe frown at Juncker’s European army

During an interview on 8 March, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the EU needed its own military, in order to deal with the Russian threat, as well as to restore the bloc's standing around the world.
Brexit 25-03-2015

UK lags behind the rest of EU in cancer treatment

Cancer survival rates in Britain are “stuck in the 1990s”, trailing behind comparable EU countries both in terms of regular treatment and cutting edge technology.

Lords slams UK’s ‘splendid isolation’ on EU justice opt-out

The House of Lords has called on the British government to abandon its “legally unsustainable” interpretation of EU justice and home affairs law, and drop its unnecessarily confrontational strategy.