Brexit

Britain and EU exchange Brexit agreement drafts

19-03-2020

Britain and the European Union have exchanged draft legal texts containing their proposals for how relations between the two sides should work after the end of a Brexit transition period on 31 December, a British government spokesman said on Wednesday (18 March).

27-03-2020

Negotiating a new EU-UK partnership in challenging times

It is now nearly two months since the United Kingdom left the European Union. It left with the legal certainty and clarity provided by the Withdrawal Agreement and the accompanying Political Declaration, writes MEP David McAllister.
Coronavirus 26-03-2020

UK ‘putting Brexit over breathing’ as Johnson opts out of EU COVID scheme

The UK government has been accused of ‘putting Brexit over breathing’ after it confirmed it had opted out of an EU joint procurement scheme for urgently needed medical equipment to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
22-03-2020

Macron threatens UK entry ban in lieu of more stringent measures

French President Emmanuel Macron threatened to close France's border with Britain on Friday if Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to take more stringent measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, a French newspaper reported.
19-03-2020

EU’s Brexit negotiator Barnier says he has COVID-19

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has the coronavirus, he announced on Thursday (19 March).
18-03-2020

British supermarkets impose limits as panic buying spreads

Britain's biggest supermarkets, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda, imposed limits on purchases of pasta, toilet roll and long life milk on Wednesday (18 March) after alarmed shoppers stripped shelves bare to hoard for possible isolation in the coronavirus outbreak.
Global Europe 18-03-2020

US, UK ‘going big’ in economic fightback against virus

The United States and Britain led a multi-billion-dollar global fightback against economic havoc wreaked by the coronavirus as the European Union shut its borders to travellers from outside for 30 days to stem the pandemic's ferocious spread.
Coronavirus 17-03-2020

Brexit talks cancelled due to COVID crisis, UK confirms

UK and EU officials on Tuesday (17 March) cancelled the second round of post-Brexit trade talks planned for this week 
16-03-2020

Boris Johnson is more focused on Brexit than coronavirus

Boris Johnson's obsession with obtaining a Brexit deal in June has over-ridden the need to act decisively in response to Coronavirus. But the signs of panic are emerging, writes Denis MacShane.
Elections 14-03-2020

Britons in Europe are disenfranchised while their EU counterparts’ rights hang in the balance

The French municipal elections which will take place on 16 March are the first since President Macron was elected and an important test of his popularity. They are also the first set of municipal elections in which British citizens in France will be unable to vote.
Coronavirus 13-03-2020

The Brief, powered by APPLiA – British exceptionalism

Whoever said that British exceptionalism would end with Brexit? While the continental cousins put themselves on self-imposed lockdown – closing schools and ordering people to work and stay at home as much as possible, it is almost business as usual across the Channel.
13-03-2020

Barnier shows controversial draft UK deal to EU members

Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier said on Friday (13 March) that he had sent an "ambitious" first draft of what could be a new post-Brexit trade deal with Britain to EU capitals.
13-03-2020

French polls – a reminder of post-Brexit voting limbo

France’s municipal elections on Sunday (16 March) will be a major test for President Emmanuel Macron in the wake of the popular protests by the gilets jaunes and over controversial pension reforms. They will also be the first such polls in which British citizens in France will not be able to vote.
11-03-2020

Coronavirus set to derail Brexit talks, UK minister admits

The spread of the coronavirus epidemic is set to derail post-Brexit trade talks between London and the EU, UK Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove admitted on Wednesday (11 March).
10-03-2020

Britain to table draft UK-EU trade pact, seeking to pressure Brussels

The UK will table its own free trade pact with the EU in a bid to up the ante on Brussels at next week’s second round of negotiations on post-Brexit relations.
Aviation 09-03-2020

UK set to eject out of EU aviation regulator

The United Kingdom will leave the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) at the end of 2020, according to Britain’s transport minister. Shifting responsibility back to its own regulator could cost the UK £400m over the course of a decade though.
06-03-2020

New reports urge EU, UK to clarify Brexit ‘no man’s land’ on citizens’ rights

Campaigners have urged European governments and the UK to clarify their 'confused' policies to guide UK citizens living in the EU through the post-Brexit “no man’s land”, following the publication of two new reports on Friday (6 March).
05-03-2020

Barnier sees ‘very serious’ differences with UK on future relationship

The EU and the UK will have to overcome “very serious” differences to agree on a new relationship, chief Brussels negotiator Michel Barnier warned on Thursday (5 May) after concluding the first round of negotiations.
02-03-2020

Talking about life after the divorce: EU and Britain kick off new talks

Britain and the European Union kick off talks on Monday (2 March) on how their relationship will shape up after Brexit, with half a trillion euros worth of annual trade and close security ties at stake in what are bound to be tense talks.
28-02-2020

Beyond the belligerence, a Brexit deal is closer than it looks

Belligerence is in the air. Talks on future EU-UK relations will kick off next Monday (2 March) with the two sides looking as far apart as ever. There is scope for the gap to be bridged though.

Stage set for EU-UK tussle over green credentials

Trade talks between the EU and UK start next week with thorny issues like state aid and fish set to complicate matters. There is also a fight brewing over environmental policies that may make an agreement by year’s end even more difficult to come by. 
27-02-2020

We will walk away if no deal likely in June, Johnson warns EU

The UK has threatened to walk away from Brexit trade talks and head towards WTO trading terms with the EU if a draft deal is not in place in June, according to the mandate published by Boris Johnson's government on Thursday (27 February).
Elections 27-02-2020

Ireland needs a stable government for the post-Brexit negotiations

The post-Brexit negotiations with the UK are particularly vital for Ireland and dealing with them requires a stable government in office, writes Dick Roche.
25-02-2020

Brexit deal will be ‘difficult’, Barnier says as ministers agree mandate

The EU and UK formally agreed their negotiating mandates for talks on a new trade and political partnership on Tuesday (25 February), setting the stage for a bruising battle on regulatory standards.
25-02-2020

EU ambassadors meet to seal Brexit talks red lines

EU envoys met Monday (24 February) to try to finalise a mandate for chief negotiator Michel Barnier ahead of what promises to be stormy talks with Britain on its future relations with the bloc.

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