Brexit

Elections 10-12-2019

Irish government stumbles as post-Brexit election looms

As political chaos reigned across the sea in Britain, Ireland's two main parties have been working together to limit the damage of Brexit -- but not for much longer.
09-12-2019

Brexit? New referendum? What’s at stake in UK vote

Britain votes on Thursday (12 December) in a crucial general election that will determine whether the country leaves the European Union next month or sets out a path to potentially reverse Brexit.
06-12-2019

Labour uses leaked document to accuse Johnson of lying about post-Brexit customs checks

The opposition Labour party has used a leaked government document to accuse Boris Johnson of lying about new customs checks between Northern Ireland and Britain..
05-12-2019

The Brief – No choice at all

Let’s face it: the choice facing British voters next Thursday is not an appealing one. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are locked in an unpopularity contest – both are deeply divisive, on Brexit and a swathe of domestic policies – and the winner will be the person deemed least unpalatable.
05-12-2019

Brexit party imploding after four MEPs defect to back Boris Johnson

The Brexit party, formed by veteran Eurosceptic Nigel Farage, is in danger of imploding after suffering a series of high-profile defections and expulsions a week before the UK's general election on 12 December.
03-12-2019

One-year EU trade deal is fantasy

Prime Minister Boris Johnson would do better to come clean with the electorate on the complexity of the task ahead of negotiating a free trade agreement with the EU, writes Michael Leigh.

Nobody needs NATO more than France, says Trump

US President Donald Trump weighed into the war of words on the state of NATO on Tuesday (3 December), wasting no time to hit back at French President Emmanuel Macron’s “brain death” claims. Speaking at a breakfast session alongside NATO...
02-12-2019

Failure to unite blunts anti-Brexit threat in UK election

Caroline Hegey and Emma Kelland both want to stop Brexit but will back different parties in the medieval city of Canterbury when they vote in Britain's election next week.
27-11-2019

UK must stick to EU ‘level playing field’ to get Brexit trade deal, says Barnier

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told MEPs on Tuesday (26 November) that the UK would have to agree to maintain a ‘level playing field’ and not undercut EU regulation to secure a trade agreement.
25-11-2019

Member states green-light Commission without UK member

EU member states gave its blessing on Monday (25 November) to the new European Commission to start functioning without the UK representative, despite the legal challenges the new executive could face for being unlawfully forged.
25-11-2019

Johnson unveils manifesto for Brexit Britain

Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Sunday (24 November) to take Britain out of the EU by 31 January then set about reinvigorating public services, as he launched his Conservative Party's general election manifesto.
22-11-2019

Why UK’s refusal to name new commissioner is headache for EU

The European Union is due to relaunch its powerful executive arm under the new leadership of the German conservative Ursula von der Leyen from 1 December but faces legal risks after Britain refused to name its representative for the European Commission.
20-11-2019

In testy leadership debate, UK PM Johnson promises quick Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson doubled down on his Brexit promises on Tuesday (19 November), saying only he could take Britain out of the European Union quickly in a testy leadership debate with opposition Labour's Jeremy Corbyn.
19-11-2019

EU nationals face delays, difficulties with Brexit settlement scheme, new report finds

The difficulties facing EU nationals wishing to remain living in the UK have been highlighted in a report published on Tuesday (19 November) by Migrant Voice.
19-11-2019

The Brief, powered by CEPI – Survival of the unfittest

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn will face off this evening in the UK’s first presidential-style debate – the Liberal Democrats and Scottish National Party lost a court battle to be part of it. The BBC and Sky will hold their own debates with all four party leaders.
19-11-2019

Why Brussels shouldn’t be scared of Singapore-on-Thames

Boris Johnson wants to turn the UK into a low-tax, lean-regulation paradise attracting business from the continent. The plan won’t work, writes Joseph de Weck.
18-11-2019

Johnson pledges to end Brexit uncertainty, says it has paralysed economy

Britain's Conservatives will deliver Brexit and end the uncertainty and confusion that has "paralysed" the economy if they are re-elected next month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell business leaders on Monday (18 November).
15-11-2019

Surge in EU applications for UK settlement scheme

More than half a million applications for EU settled status were received by the UK’s Home Office in October, taking the total to 2.4 million.
14-11-2019

Brexit frustration increases as EU censures UK over failure to nominate commissioner

The European Commission has launched a formal infringement procedure against the UK over its failure to nominate a Commissioner, in the latest sign of increasing frustration between Brussels and London.
Cybersecurity 13-11-2019

‘Suspicious’ cyber attacks hit UK Labour’s election campaign

The UK's opposition Labour Party have been subject to several "sophisticated and large-scale" cyber-attacks across its digital platforms emanating from an unknown source, the party have revealed. The news comes as UK political groups jockey for influence in the run-up to the general election on December 12.
12-11-2019

British MEP: Orban is not an extremist, would be ‘interesting’ to have him in ECR

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has done nothing really outrageous except to challenge the “EU orthodoxy” in some areas, and has been unfairly labelled as an extremist, the leader of British conservatives in the European Parliament, told EURACTIV.
12-11-2019

A Brexit threat in Labour’s heartlands?

In places like eurosceptic Hartlepool in northeast England, long-held party allegiances being reshaped by Brexit could trigger a political earthquake at next month’s election.
Future EU 12-11-2019

UK set to backtrack and pick an EU Commissioner

The British government admitted on Monday (11 November) that it would “meet its legal obligations” and name a candidate to serve in Ursula von der Leyen’s incoming European Commission in Brussels.
11-11-2019

Farage – Brexit party will not stand against Johnson’s Tories in ‘Leave Alliance’

Nigel Farage agreed to a ‘Leave’ alliance on Monday (11 November) announcing that his Brexit party will not stand candidates in seats won by the Conservatives.

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