Brexit

11-06-2021

The Brief – Battle of the bangers

In the British vintage comedy series Yes, Minister, the hapless Jim Hacker becomes prime minister on the strength of a campaign against plans by the European Commission to introduce a “Euro sausage”. That would mean the end of the gritty...
11-06-2021

Macron plays on EU unity as Brexit row overshadows summit

French President Emmanuel Macron sought to portray a united European front at the G7 summit on Friday (11 June), tweeting a picture of the five EU leaders together, in a thinly veiled warning to the UK that the EU is united about the implementation of the Brexit agreement.
11-06-2021

Elton John says Brexit a ‘catastrophe’ for new generation of UK singers

Elton John on Thursday (10 June) warned of a lost generation in the UK's music industry because of post-Brexit curbs on touring in the European Union.
09-06-2021

UK skirts ‘special relationship’ talk for Biden meet

The UK-US "special relationship" has been an article of faith for generations of British leaders. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson is rejecting old pieties as he heads into his first face-to-face talks with President Joe Biden.
08-06-2021

War of words intensifies on Northern Ireland Protocol dispute

The war of words between UK and EU officials is continuing ahead of a crunch meeting on the Northern Ireland Protocol, when Brexit Minister David Frost is due to meet European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic in London.
03-06-2021

EU and UK agree fishing deal amid Channel row

The EU and the UK on Wednesday (1 June) concluded an agreement setting out catch limits for jointly managed fish stocks for 2021, the first annual deal under the new trade pact between London and Brussels.
26-05-2021

EU-UK trade dropped by a quarter following Brexit, new data shows

Trade between the UK and the EU dropped by almost a quarter in the first three months after the UK left the bloc’s single market, according to data published on Tuesday (25 May) by the UK’s Office for National Statistics.
24-05-2021

France warns UK not to ‘play’ with Northern Ireland Brexit deal

France's European affairs minister warned Britain not to play games with special post-Brexit trading rules for Northern Ireland, as fears rise of a summer of violence in the province.
21-05-2021

UK set to offer unfettered access to meat imports in Australia trade pact

The United Kingdom is expected to sign an ambitious liberalising trade pact with Australia, its first major new trade deal since leaving the EU, following a row between cabinet ministers on whether to open up the UK market to meat imports.
18-05-2021

UK risks higher inequality that any EU country except Bulgaria: Think-tank

Britain faces a decade of major public policy challenges that could reduce economic performance to nearer that of struggling Italy, and increase inequality to the level of Bulgaria, Europe's powerhouse, a think-tank said on Tuesday (18 May).
18-05-2021

UK underestimated impact of Northern Ireland Protocol, concedes Frost

The UK government underestimated the impact of the Northern Ireland Protocol, Brexit minister David Frost conceded on Monday (17 May), as he warned UK lawmakers that talks with EU officials had failed to break an impasse on the implementation of border checks.
Elections 17-05-2021

Northern Ireland’s unionists elect Poots, a creationist, as new DUP leader

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on Friday (14 May) elected Edwin Poots as new leader, handing the hardliner the immediate task of choosing a new first minister in the British-ruled province.
13-05-2021

One in four EU citizens fear discrimination compared to UK nationals

A quarter of EU citizens living in the UK do not feel they are treated equally to UK citizens, according to the first survey of EU citizens by the watchdog set to protect their rights published on Thursday (13 May).
Elections 09-05-2021

Indyref 2 is ‘will of the country‘, says Scottish first minister following poll win

The pressure for a second referendum on Scottish independence will step up after the Scottish National Party secured 64 of the 129 seats following Thursday’s (6 May) Scottish parliament elections and declared that an independence poll was “the will of...
06-05-2021

The Brief, powered by GIE – Cod War II

Nothing stirs Anglo-Gallic passions quite like the sight of gunboats in the Channel. The presence of several hundred patrol boats in the waters around Jersey – one of the picturesque Channel islands that provides offshore banking to the mega-rich – is the latest act in the Brexit farce.
06-05-2021

With Brexit deal ratified, EU and UK parliamentarians must now rebuild their relationship

With the post-Brexit trade pact now formally ratified, EU and UK lawmakers must take the lead in rebuilding the cross-Channel relationship, writes John McStravick.
06-05-2021

UK-France fishing row escalates as protest descends on Jersey

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sent two Navy patrol vessels to Jersey over concerns that French fishermen could blockade its main port in an escalating post-Brexit row.
04-05-2021

The Brief, powered by GIE – The 28th state?

Theatre director Thomas Bellinck's dystopian vision 'The House of European History in Exile', a museum exhibition in Brussels in 2013, when Brexit itself looked improbable, predicted that an independent Scotland would be the last country to join the EU.
04-05-2021

France rejects British fishing demands as Brexit row deepens

The French government on Monday (3 May) lashed out at new regulations which Britain has declared for fishing in its waters near the Channel Islands, deeming them "null and void" in a deepening post-Brexit row.
03-05-2021

Northern Ireland marks 100 years, divided

Northern Ireland marks its 100th year on Monday (3 May), but faltering efforts to commemorate the centenary encapsulate the rift at the heart of the British province.
30-04-2021

‘Black day’ leaves UK fishing worse off than before Brexit

The collapse of talks on a fishing quota deal with Norway has exposed the vulnerability of the UK’s fishing industry and left it in a weaker position than when the UK was in the EU, fishing leaders have said.
30-04-2021

EU ministers agree stance on €5bn fund to cover Brexit costs

EU27 ministers on Thursday (29 April) agreed their position on a four-year Brexit Adjustment Reserve designed to help businesses cover losses and the additional costs imposed under the new post-Brexit trade agreement with the UK.
29-04-2021

The EU/UK trade deal and Czech PM slams EU auditors as ‘mafia’

  This week on EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are talking about the ratification of the EU’s post-Brexit trade agreement with the UK. At last, we may be seeing the turning of the page on economic and diplomatic relations between the...
28-04-2021

MEPs lament ‘lose-lose’ situation as EU Parliament votes Brexit trade pact

The bruises left by the Brexit process were evident on Tuesday (27 April) even as EU lawmakers endorsed the trade deal that now governs economic relations between the UK and EU, almost five years after the UK voted to leave the bloc.