Brexit

Branson: You can’t prepare for a hard Brexit

14-12-2018

British entrepreneur Richard Branson warned on Thursday (13 December)  companies would be left reeling like boxers if Britain left the European Union without a deal to smooth its exit, and cast doubt on the effectiveness of drawing up contingency plans.

14-12-2018

Tony Blair: Britain and EU should prepare for second Brexit referendum

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair will say on Friday (14 December) that Britain and the European Union should prepare for a second Brexit referendum because parliament will probably fail to agree on a divorce deal and the public will need to break the deadlock.
14-12-2018

Warm words but no Brexit concessions, as May leaves Brussels empty-handed

EU leaders took turns to praise Theresa May on Thursday night (13 December) but the UK Prime Minister left Brussels empty-handed after promising her divided Conservative party that she would secure new concessions from EU leaders.
12-12-2018

Doomed May wins confidence vote but at heavy cost

Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote on Tuesday night (12 December) but it came at a heavy price, as she lost the support of nearly 40% of her Conservative MPs and the opposition hinted it may soon mount its own challenge against her.
12-12-2018

Europe speeds up plans for no-deal scenario as Brexit chaos grows

EU leaders will discuss late on Thursday (13 December) how to address the UK's concerns about its withdrawal agreement from the EU, but discussions on contingency plans are gathering pace as the chances of an orderly divorce continue to wane.
12-12-2018

Post-Brexit Gibraltar border could become pawn between UK and Spain, says MEP Girling

Despite Theresa May's efforts to salvage her "more than imperfect Brexit deal", any serious business or government should now consider a no-deal exit as a real possibility and prepare for it, British MEP Julie Girling told EURACTIV.com.
12-12-2018

Tories call no confidence vote but May vows to fight on

The UK was poised for more political chaos on Wednesday (12 December) as Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to ride through a no-confidence vote with “everything I’ve got” after her own Conservative MPs formally launched a move to oust her.
12-12-2018

May’s premiership hangs by a thread ahead of EU summit

With less than four months left until the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on 29 March, Theresa May's premiership and her deal to stave off a disorderly departure or a bid to stop Brexit are hanging by a thread.
11-12-2018

May comes up empty-handed as she launches last ditch Brexit tour

Prime Minister Theresa May is set to emerge empty-handed from a whistle-stop tour of European capitals where she seeks further concessions from EU leaders to salvage her unpopular Brexit deal.
11-12-2018

Juncker warns May: ‘No room’ to renegotiate Brexit deal

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday (11 December) that the EU would be open to offer “clarifications” to  British Prime Minister Theresa May, but insisted that the withdrawal agreement was the “best possible, the only possible” deal.
11-12-2018

May heads to Netherlands, Germany in bid to save Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May will visit Germany's Angela Merkel Tuesday (11 December) as she works to salvage her Brexit deal, the day after delaying a parliamentary vote on it to avoid a crushing defeat.
10-12-2018

Theresa May buys one last chance after shelving Brexit vote

UK Prime Minister Theresa May told MPs on Monday (10 December) that she would return to Brussels to seek new concessions on the Irish ‘backstop’ as she postponed a vote in parliament to give herself one last chance to salvage her battered Brexit deal.
10-12-2018

EU court offers Brexit way out as May moves to delay crunch vote

The European Court of Justice ruled on Monday (10 December) that the UK can unilaterally halt the Brexit process as Theresa May moved towards delaying a crunch vote on her EU Withdrawal Agreement in the UK parliament.
10-12-2018

May presses on with Brexit vote as MPs demand better deal

Theresa May will push ahead with a crucial vote on her European Union exit deal, her Brexit minister said on Sunday (9 December), as senior lawmakers in her own party piled pressure on the British prime minister to go back to Brussels and seek a better offer.
07-12-2018

May rejects plea to delay Brexit vote

Theresa May rejected calls to delay a vote by MPs on her Brexit deal but left open the possibility to give lawmakers a vote on whether to enter into the Northern Ireland backstop on Thursday (6 December).
06-12-2018

In the House of Commons, Brexit has no winners, only losers

Britain neither wants Brexit nor knows how to escape from it. The result is that everybody loses, and the camp of losers just gets bigger and bigger, writes Denis MacShane.
06-12-2018

May under pressure to delay ‘meaningful’ Brexit vote

Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal came under fire from allies and opponents alike on Wednesday (5 December) after the government was forced to publish legal advice showing the United Kingdom could be locked indefinitely in the EU's orbit.
05-12-2018

Divided UK braces for once-in-a-lifetime ‘meaningful’ Brexit vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered embarrassing defeats on Tuesday (4 December) at the start of five days of debate over her plans to leave the European Union that could determine the future of Brexit and the fate of her government.
04-12-2018

UK could halt Brexit unilaterally, says EU’s top judge

The United Kingdom could unilaterally decide to revoke Article 50 and remain in the European Union, the European Court of Justice’s top legal adviser said on Tuesday (4 December).
04-12-2018

Maritime issues at centre of French Brexit concerns

The French government wants to have a free hand in order to react effectively to Brexit. Whether it is with respect to ports or fishing, maritime issues are at the centre of concerns. EURACTIV France reports.
04-12-2018

British MPs begin 5-day historic Brexit deal debate before vote

British MPs on Tuesday (4 December) begin five days of debate on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, ahead of a vote that will determine the future of Britain and her leadership.
03-12-2018

Labour threatens May with new Brexit hurdle

The Labour Party said on Sunday (2 December)  it would press for contempt proceedings against the government if Prime Minister Theresa May fails to produce the full legal advice she has received on her Brexit deal.
30-11-2018

We won’t be blackmailed by May’s ‘no deal’ threat, says Scottish minister

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has embarked on a frantic two-week campaign to persuade sceptical MPs to back her Brexit deal when it comes before the House of Commons on 11 December. But it is increasingly clear that it won't wash with the Scottish National Party.

May’s government warns hard Brexit would jeopardise security

A no-deal Brexit would jeopardise security cooperation with the European Union, Britain's security minister Ben Wallace will say on Thursday (29 November).
27-11-2018

May’s Brexit deal will deliver 5.5% economic hit, says new report

The UK economy will be 1.9%-5.5% smaller per person by 2030 under Theresa May’s painfully agreed Brexit deal, compared to if it remained in the EU, according to new research published on Tuesday (27 November).