UK & Ireland

20% of UK chemicals registrations face revocation after Brexit

Around 20% of registrations from UK-based companies to the European Union's REACH chemicals database have not been transferred to EU companies and will be revoked after 31 March 2021, according to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
Politics 15-01-2021

Ireland could lose 2 billion euros a year under global tax deal.

Dublin’s annual corporate tax revenues could fall by up to 2 billion per year if “very big changes” are agreed to the global tax architecture, but such a hit is not imminent, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said on Thursday. Ireland,...
Brexit 15-01-2021

UK fishing industry faces £1m daily losses after Brexit

The Scottish fishing industry is counting the "crippling" costs of new bureaucratic requirements to export their catch to the EU, prompting industry leaders to warn that without immediate government support there could be "permanent casualties".
Politics 13-01-2021

Ireland set to receive 1 billion from EU Brexit fund

Ireland is set to receive 1.05 billion this year from an EU fund for the countries worst affected by Britain’s exit from the European Union, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Tuesday. The first 4.2 billion of the €5.4...
Politics 11-01-2021

Ireland manages to contain new COVID-19 variant

An outbreak of the recently discovered South African variant of COVID-19 has been contained after a recent scare, health officials in Ireland have said. Despite this, a COVID-19 mutation first identified in the UK has health authorities concerned. Ireland is...
Politics 11-01-2021

UK government counting on COP

Business Minister Alok Sharma has left his post to focus full-time on his role as president of the UN COP26 climate conference in November, signalling the UK government’s desire to make a success of its chairmanship, following criticism that previous...
Brexit 04-01-2021

Scotland must wait a generation for new independence vote, says Johnson

Another Scottish independence referendum should not take place for a generation, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday (3 January), as Scotland's leader renewed calls for a fresh vote in the wake of Brexit.
Politics 18-12-2020

EU-UK trade deal talks in ‘serious situation’, says PM

Talks on an EU-UK trade deal are in a “serious situation”, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted on Thursday night, as he reiterated that a ‘no deal’ scenario is the most likely outcome. Read also: MEPs set Sunday deadline for...
Brexit 17-12-2020

UK pets will need certificate to enter EU after Brexit

British pet owners will need a new document to enter the European Union with their animals after the Brexit transition period ends on 1 January next year, the government said on Wednesday (16 December).
Railways 17-12-2020

No light yet at end of Channel Tunnel Brexit talks

Talks between France and the United Kingdom over the management of the Channel Tunnel risk failing as the EU’s plan for the rail link is “absolutely unacceptable”, a UK government minister said on Wednesday (16 December).
Politics 15-12-2020

No deadline for UK-EU post-Brexit trade negotiations to continue

UK and EU negotiators have restarted talks over a post-Brexit trade deal but without a deadline on when a decision will be reached. Talks between Michel Barnier and David Frost will resume in Brussels on Tuesday after European Commission President...
Politics 14-12-2020

‘Appalling failure’ not to get a deal, Taoiseach says

“I think it would be an appalling failure of statecraft if we were not in a position to get a deal over the line, even at the 11th hour in a very difficult negotiation around level playing field and fisheries,”...
Politics 10-12-2020

Ireland’s Varadkar speaks to EPP on Brexit

Ireland’s Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar, touched base with EPP members of the European Parliament on Wednesday, as part of a video call on the ongoing trade negotiations between the UK and the EU. The call came hours ahead of a crunch...
Brexit 10-12-2020

Johnson and von der Leyen set Sunday deadline as UK heads towards ‘no deal’

Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen have set a Sunday (13 December) deadline for a ‘firm decision’ on whether an EU-UK trade deal can be obtained but the UK appears to be heading towards a ‘no deal’ Brexit after crisis talks on Wednesday.
Politics 09-12-2020

Irish cabinet briefed on no-deal prep

The Irish cabinet has been briefed on contingency measures that will need to be put in place should the EU and the UK fail to secure a free trade agreement in the coming days. The plans include measures to ensure...
Politics 09-12-2020

UK tech regulator moots company-specific rules

The UK plans to issue tech giants customised regulatory rules, as part of a plan to overhaul competition rules for the tech sector. Read also: UK scraps plan to break Withdrawal Agreement after cutting deal with EU The plan set...
Politics 08-12-2020

McGuiness not hopeful for a Brexit deal

Irish EU Commissioner for Financial Services Mairead McGuinness has poured cold water on the chances of achieving a Brexit trade deal by the end of the year, accusing the UK of failing to recognise the need for compromise in the...
Brexit 07-12-2020

Johnson and EU’s von der Leyen to meet in final bid to salvage trade pact

Talks on a post-Brexit EU-UK trade deal are heading for a showdown later this week, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson heading to Brussels in a last-ditch attempt to thrash out an agreement.
Politics 07-12-2020

EU-UK trade deal talks remain deadlocked after frantic weekend

EU officials suggested on Sunday that a compromise on the access of EU fishermen to UK waters was close to being finalised but that gaps still remain on whether the UK should stay bound by the bloc’s social and environmental...
Politics 03-12-2020

UK to begin vaccine rollout, first to approve Pfizer jab

The UK will begin to roll out its first doses of coronavirus vaccine in the coming days after becoming the first country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech jab on Wednesday. The vaccine, which has been approved by the UK’s medicines regulator,...
Brexit 02-12-2020

English football clubs to face new immigration limits post-Brexit

The dominance of England’s football clubs on the beautiful game in Europe could become an unlikely victim of post-Brexit immigration policy, with new restrictions to be imposed on the number of overseas players which clubs can sign.
Politics 01-12-2020

Disagreements on fishing could derail EU-UK negotiations

Disagreements over fishing rights have the capacity to derail the entire trade negotiations between the EU and the UK, Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Monday. “If there isn’t an agreement on this (fishing), the whole thing could fall...
Brexit 01-12-2020

Thousands of EU citizens risk exclusion from UK after Brexit

Thousands of Europeans living in the UK risk missing the deadline to apply for settled status in Britain because they are unaware of the new settlement scheme or lack the digital skills to complete the application, according to new research.
Politics 30-11-2020

England could face third wave if lawmakers do not ‘get balance right’

England could face a third wave of COVID-19 if lawmakers do not “get the balance right” on restrictions to curb the spread of the pandemic, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said. The country will come out of a four-week lockdown...