Brexit

16-09-2019

Johnson the Brexit ‘Hulk’ finally meets EU’s Juncker

Six weeks after he took office and six weeks before he is due to lead Britain out of the European Union, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to meet Jean-Claude Junker.
16-09-2019

No-deal Brexit would be ‘disaster’ warns BusinessEurope

A shock exit by Britain from the EU without an agreement would be "a disaster", the European employers' organisation, Business Europe, warned on Monday (16 September).
13-09-2019

Northern Irish party drops some EU objections, opening door to Brexit deal

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has agreed to accept Northern Ireland abiding by some EU rules after Brexit as part of a deal to replace the Irish backstop, potentially opening the door to a withdrawal agreement, The Times newspaper reported on Friday (13 September).
12-09-2019

Irish backstop must be part of Brexit deal, says EU Parliament chief

There will be no Brexit deal without an Irish backstop, European Parliament President David Sassoli said on Thursday (12 September). However, the EU is willing to revive a proposal that would keep only Northern Ireland in the bloc’s orbit to...
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UK government accused of ‘harvesting citizen data’ ahead of Brexit

UK opposition parties have hit out at the government for an alleged harvesting of user data, surreptitiously obtained from individuals accessing the official Gov.uk website, ahead of the UK's scheduled withdrawal from the EU at the end of October.
12-09-2019

UK’s worst-case no-deal Brexit plan warns of food shortages, public disorder

The "Operation Yellowhammer" worst-case assumptions published on Wednesday (11 September) look like a heavy blow for Prime Minister Boris Johnson who has been pushing for a hard Brexit.
12-09-2019

Scottish court hands Boris Johnson fresh Brexit blow

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a fresh blow Wednesday (11 September) when a Scottish court ruled that his controversial decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to Brexit was unlawful.
11-09-2019

‘Donnez-moi un break’: Johnson says he seeks Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted Tuesday (10 September) he was working hard to strike a divorce deal with the European Union, after he suspended parliament following a series of bruising clashes with MPs over his Brexit plan.
10-09-2019

Johnson tells parliament: You can tie my hands, but I will not delay Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday (10 September) he would not request an extension to Brexit, hours after a law came into force demanding that he delay Britain's departure from the European Union until 2020 unless he can strike a divorce deal.
08-09-2019

UK lawmakers to block election again, as constitutional crisis intensifies

The chances of an election before the UK leaves the EU are rapidly receding but the political and constitutional battle between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and parliamentarians is set to continue to intensify.
06-09-2019

Johnson in election mode as he visits Scotland after Brexit setbacks

Prime Minister Boris Johnson heads to Scotland on Friday (6 September) in campaign mode despite failing to call an early election after MPs this week thwarted his hardline Brexit strategy.
05-09-2019

Johnson to hold new vote on snap election, as brother quits over Brexit strategy

Embattled UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make one final attempt next Monday (9 September) to set a general election for 15 October as it became increasingly unlikely that the country would ask the EU to stay in the bloc beyond the 31 October deadline.
05-09-2019

UK constitutional crisis – what next?

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has lost his governing majority and wants to go to the British people with a 'People vs Parliament' campaign to give him a new majority, and a mandate to take the UK out of the EU with or without a deal on October 31. Here are the likely options.
04-09-2019

‘Brexiles’ protest in Dublin at prospect of UK leaving with no deal

Despairing at a country she believed was becoming more insular the more its Brexit debate raged, Briton Jess Worsdale decided this year that it was time to move to Ireland for good. On Tuesday (3 September), she was among about...
03-09-2019

Johnson seeks snap election after MPs vote to block No Deal Brexit

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will attempt to force a snap election on 15 October after suffering a humiliating defeat to his Brexit strategy in parliament on Tuesday night (3 September).
03-09-2019

The Brief – Boris Johnson’s High Noon

In the convoluted, protracted, high-stakes game of poker that is Brexit, it has become very difficult to predict who will blink first. Or if someone already has. Or even in whose court the ball currently is.
03-09-2019

French customs struggles to cope with no-deal Brexit planning

On 26 August, the French Council of Ministers sacked Rodolphe Gintz after two years as customs chief. Meanwhile, the French customs office is facing up to the difficulties of preparing for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, EURACTIV France reports.
02-09-2019

Johnson mulls snap election as MPs seek to block no-deal Brexit

Boris Johnson is moving closer to calling a snap election this week, if UK lawmakers adopt legislation aimed at preventing a No Deal Brexit.
02-09-2019

Ten aspects of the Johnson coup against the UK Parliament

Boris Johnson's prorogation of Parliament may have come as a shock to many but it has stripped away whatever remaining illusions there might have been that the Prime Minister was going to abide by British parliamentary traditions, writes Denis MacShane.
30-08-2019

UK, EU Brexit teams to meet twice-weekly in September

Britain's Brexit negotiators are to meet their EU counterparts twice a week throughout September, London said Thursday (29 August), in a bid to strike a new divorce deal.
29-08-2019

The Brief – I looked after your children

As people up and down the UK came out to protest against Prime Minister Johnson's plans on Wednesday night, a Portuguese woman stormed the scene in London and launched an emotional call to the government in front of TV cameras, asking for her voice to be heard:
29-08-2019

Johnson sparks fury in UK after suspension of parliament, EU stays cool

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sparked fury among pro-Europeans and MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit by forcing the suspension of parliament weeks before Britain's EU departure date.
29-08-2019

UK government steps up no-deal Brexit blame game

Britain's Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay warned Wednesday (28 August) that the European Union would be blamed for its "lack of flexibility" on the Irish border question in the event of no-deal Brexit – a statement quickly rebutted by Ireland's foreign minister.
28-08-2019

Queen approves Johnson’s request to suspend UK parliament in new twist of Brexit drama

The UK government has formally requested the intervention of the Queen in its bid to suspend parliament, in a move that critics warn will provoke a full-blown constitutional crisis in the country just before its planned exit from the European Union.  

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