Brexit

UK PM Johnson defeated on Brexit legislation for first time since election

21-01-2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government was defeated in parliament on Monday (20 January) for the first time since a December election, with the upper chamber voting in favour of a move to protect the rights of EU citizens in Britain after Brexit.

Climate change 28-01-2020

EU could use carbon border tax against Brexit Britain, warns MEP

The EU could deploy a carbon border tax against the UK after Brexit, according to the head of the European Parliament’s environment committee, if Westminster diverges from bloc rules on issues like carbon markets.
28-01-2020

Brexit’s new chapter: the ‘impossible’ trade deal

With just days to go before Brexit, European diplomats are already hard at work for the next phase: negotiations to hammer out a future with Britain after its EU divorce.
28-01-2020

EU tells UK it will ‘never, never, never’ compromise on single market

The European Union will "never, never, never" compromise on the integrity of its single market, its chief Brexit negotiator warned Britain on Monday (27 January), saying London must now face reality after underestimating the costs of leaving.
Future EU 28-01-2020

Brexit redraws European Parliament battle lines

This Friday's (31 January) Brexit and the departure of Britain's MEPs will shake up the balance of power in the European Parliament and could complicate Brussels' reform agenda.
27-01-2020

Brussels picks post-Brexit UK ambassador

The European Union appointed its first post-Brexit ambassador to the United Kingdom on Friday (24 January), choosing one of the most experienced officials on the foreign affairs services' roster to oversee relations and the implementation of the withdrawal agreement after 31 January.
Electricity 27-01-2020

Electric shock: Could Brexit scar Britain’s energy landscape?

Britain's exit from the EU, which will finally happen on Friday (31 January), has sparked fears of disruption to its electricity market, from higher bills to supply issues and stalled de-carbonisation efforts.
Global Europe 27-01-2020

Will Brexit see European division at the UN Security Council?

In a recent UN Security Council vote on extending cross-border aid to Syria, Britain aligned with the United States and abstained in a rare split with its European partners that could herald others to come after Brexit.
24-01-2020

Rhetoric without detail marks the UK’s scramble for Africa

The long-awaited UK-Africa investment summit, staged just days before London formally leaves the EU on 31 January, left little to be remembered by. In keeping with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s style, the two-day event was long on optimistic rhetoric but decidedly thin on details
24-01-2020

Business leaders urge UK to loosen rules on post-Brexit migration

UK business leaders have urged Boris Johnson’s government to loosen its planned rules for post-Brexit migration, notably by dropping the minimum income needed to live and work in the UK.
24-01-2020

EU chiefs sign Brexit deal ahead of parliamentary vote

Brussels' two top officials, the presidents of the European Commission and the European Council, signed off on Britain's EU divorce agreement Friday (24 January).
24-01-2020

Even ‘bare bones’ EU-UK deal will be complex, tough to clinch: diplomats

Wrapping up even a "bare bones" deal on the future relationship between the European Union and Britain will be fraught with complexity and, with so little time to get it done, a painful "hard" Brexit on 31 December cannot be ruled out, diplomats said.
23-01-2020

The Brief – A time for generosity

Boris Johnson will probably never be as powerful as he is now. A big majority, an opposition that is broken, possibly terminally. So he can afford a little generosity. But for the moment, unfortunately, he’s not prepared to offer it...
23-01-2020

UK is facing ‘900,000 people individual cliff-edges’

Professor Tanja Bueltmann tells EURACTIV that the UK government is sleep-walking towards a major scandal unless it makes changes to its Settled Status scheme for EU nationals living in the UK.
Agrifood 23-01-2020

Breton fishermen fear being shut out of British waters after Brexit

Fishermen from France’s Brittany region have asked the European Commission to address the uncertainty caused by Brexit for the fisheries sector, ensuring access by European fishermen to fish in British waters.
22-01-2020

Give EU nationals physical proof of UK status, landlords urge Johnson

Landlords and civil society campaigners have urged Boris Johnson’s government to provide physical proof for EU citizens living in the UK, warning that landlords and employers could otherwise be reluctant to let a home or offer a job to EU citizens.
EU Elections 2019 21-01-2020

Macron and Le Pen’s MEPs to be on equal footing after Brexit

Once the UK leaves the EU on 31 January, new MEPs will be taking up seats in the European Parliament. Due to its growing population, France will obtain five of 27 new seats. EURACTIV France reports.
17-01-2020

Report: UK must replace €2bn EU cash with new regional funding

The UK government needs to provide £1.8 billion (€2.1 billion) per year to the poorest regions of the country to mitigate the loss of EU Cohesion funds, as part of a new Shared Prosperity Fund, according to a new report published on Friday (17 January).
17-01-2020

Pantomime, travel and rest: What comes next for Britain’s MEPs

Britain's 73 EU lawmakers packed up their offices in Strasbourg on Thursday (16 January): for some a moment of triumph, for others, disaster.
16-01-2020

UK minister defends EU settlement scheme as applications surge

The United Kingdom on Thursday (16 January) defended its much-criticised scheme to guarantee the rights of EU nationals after Brexit, as the country’s Home Office announced that a vast majority have already applied for settled status.
15-01-2020

MEPs express ‘grave concern’ about Brexit citizens’ rights regime

Lawmakers in the European Parliament have urged the UK government to overhaul its regime for EU citizens’ rights after Brexit, expressing ‘grave concern’ about its EU Settlement Scheme.
14-01-2020

Spain pushes for prioritising services in EU-UK deal

Spain on Monday (13 January) called for the inclusion of services in the first phase of EU-UK negotiations on the future relationship, adding more complexity to trade talks that must be concluded before the transition period ends on 31 December.
14-01-2020

Global banks urge EU to ‘improve’ market access as Brexit looms

International banks have called on the European Union to make its system for financial market access more transparent and predictable to avoid hurting markets and consumers.
13-01-2020

Brexit spokesman Starmer takes early lead in Labour leadership race

The Labour party’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer is the early front-runner in the party’s leadership race, securing 89 nominations, more than twice as many as any other candidate, as the deadline for nominations passed on Monday (13 January).
Agrifood 13-01-2020

New UK farming bill guarantees subsidies for 2020

The UK government has introduced new legislation which ensures that farming subsidies will continue to be paid to UK farmers for 2020, during the transition period that will follow the country's departure from the EU on 31 January.

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