Brexit

UK will become ‘Trojan horse’ inside EU, British MP threatens

10-04-2019

The UK will become a “trojan horse” inside the EU should the country fail to withdraw from the bloc, prominent Pro-Brexit MP Mark Francois has claimed.

EU Elections 2019 18-04-2019

UKIP leader fights back against Farage’s ‘one man’ Brexit party at EU poll launch

UKIP launched its campaign for the European elections on Thursday (18 April), describing itself as “the authentic party of Brexit” as it seeks to fend off Nigel Farage’s new Brexit party.
EU Elections 2019 18-04-2019

UK should ‘cool down’, ditch Brexit – Timmermans

Britain should use the next few months to "cool down and rethink" its decision to leave the European Union, the socialist candidate to head the next European Commission, Frans Timmermans, said on Wednesday (17 April).
Climate change 16-04-2019

Greta Thunberg urges MEPs to ‘panic like the house is on fire’

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, made an impassioned plea for the planet at the European Parliament on Tuesday (16 April), urging MEPs to “start panicking about climate change” rather than "waste time arguing about Brexit".
16-04-2019

Verhofstadt warns Brexit extension could ‘poison’ EU elections

Liberal group leader Guy Verhofstadt warned on Tuesday (16 April) that the decision to grant the United Kingdom a Brexit extension last week could “poison” the European elections, in which the UK is now likely to take part.
12-04-2019

Brits are ‘lions led by donkeys’, Farage says at his Brexit party launch

Nigel Farage formally launched his Brexit party on Friday (12 April) promising to save Brexit for a British public that had been “betrayed” by its political leaders.
12-04-2019

Bercow says UK faces challenge, not constitutional crisis

The speaker of the UK's House of Commons, who has attracted attention across the globe for his loud calls bringing lawmakers to order, says his country does not face a constitutional crisis but rather a political challenge when it comes to tackling the Brexit deadlock. EURACTIV’s partner efe-epa reports.
Future EU 12-04-2019

Behind the EU summit curtains: How Macron missed his De Gaulle moment

The ‘De Gaulle moment’ that many had speculated about before Wednesday night’s Brexit summit (10-11 April) did not come, but President Emmanuel Macron still lived up to the spirit of the post-war French leader by throwing his weight around the...
Economy & Jobs 12-04-2019

Brexit chaos stirs fears for Bulgaria seasonal farm workers

The 960 inhabitants of the Bulgarian village of Brashten, nestled in the hills and forests on the Greek border, don't normally pay much heed to international politics.
11-04-2019

Resign? You know the answer to that, May tells MPs

Prime Minister Theresa May faced down calls for her resignation on Thursday (11 April) as she defended the six-month extension to the Brexit process she agreed with EU leaders at an emergency summit in the early hours of the morning.
Future EU 11-04-2019

EU27 is now free to hold summits without the UK

The EU27 will be free to hold official Council meetings and make decisions without the UK despite the country still being a member of the Union, in a move seen as a success for France’s President Macron, who led calls for the restrictions.
Economy & Jobs 11-04-2019

Brexit uncertainty weighs on eurozone growth, Draghi warns

ECB President Mario Draghi warned on Wednesday (10 April) that the uncertainty around Brexit was weighing on the eurozone’s growth but said he was still “hopeful” that major disruptions could be averted.
11-04-2019

Trick or treat for May as EU leaders agree on Halloween Brexit date

The UK is set to remain in the EU until 31 October and take part in next month's European elections, after Theresa May accepted a new extension granted by EU leaders in the early hours of Thursday morning (11 April) that will prevent the UK crashing out of the bloc at the end of the week.
10-04-2019

The Brief powered by CEN-CENELEC – Brexit black holes

Who says eurocrats don’t have a sense of irony? A European Commission press release landed in unsuspecting inboxes on Wednesday afternoon (10 April), breathlessly proclaimed that EU-funded scientists had successfully captured the first image of a black hole.
EU Elections 2019 10-04-2019

Poll: Tories facing crushing defeat if UK holds EU elections

Theresa May’s Conservatives would face a crushing defeat if the UK were to take part in next month’s European elections, according to a poll published on Wednesday (10 April).
10-04-2019

EU leaders to agree grudging Brexit delay at summit

European leaders were expected to postpone Brexit once again on Wednesday (10 April), when Prime Minister Theresa May attends another last-ditch summit still without a ratified divorce deal.
10-04-2019

Macron should keep Britain twisting on its Brexit hook

With the Brexit camp in increasing turmoil, EU leaders would be wise to give Theresa May her extension and wait for the tide to continue turning, argues Denis MacShane.
Agrifood 09-04-2019

No-deal makes no sense, Irish Commissioner says

The worst possible Brexit outcome is no-deal according to EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, who on Monday (8 April) presented a set of contingency measures specific to certain agrifood products and tailored to the most exposed member states.
09-04-2019

UK almost certain to contest EU elections as May prepares to make new concessions

The UK is increasingly likely to contest the European elections next month, after Theresa May’s Conservative party formally began its process of selecting candidates for the poll.
09-04-2019

May visits Paris, Berlin ahead of crucial Brexit summit

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday (8 April) started a last-minute flurry of European diplomacy that includes visits to Paris and Berlin as she prepares for a make-or-break Brexit summit.
08-04-2019

May urges ‘both sides’ to compromise in cross-party Brexit talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday (7 April) conceded that concluding a Brexit deal with the main opposition will need “compromise on both sides” as she faced criticism for being inflexible. The embattled leader opened negotiations last week with...
05-04-2019

May demands 30 June Brexit extension, again

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has asked the EU to delay the Brexit date further to 30 June, admitting that the UK will have to hold European elections and is ready to do so if it has not ratified a Brexit deal by 23 May.
Health 05-04-2019

Katainen: Same level of priority for food and medicine in no-deal Brexit

Medicine supplies and food safety standards are both vital and the EU cannot prioritise one over the other in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Vice President of the Commission Jyrki Katainen said on Thursday (4 April).
05-04-2019

Merkel hopes UK can present new Brexit proposals next week

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she hopes crisis cross party talks in London aimed at breaking the domestic deadlock over Britain’s exit from the European Union can produce a common position by the time EU leaders meet next week. British...
EU Elections 2019 05-04-2019

On the quiet, UK prepares for ‘zombie’ European elections

The prospect of Britain holding European elections would have been unthinkable just weeks ago but with the Brexit timetable now uncertain, the country is reluctantly planning for a possible campaign.

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