Brexit

Tweets of the Week, Episode 12
21-07-2017

Tweets of the Week: Brexit negotiations, rule of law, and Belgian fries

Brexit talks are underway, rule of law goes astray, but Belgian fries are here to stay.

20-07-2017

No solution in sight for Brexit’s controversial issues

During a second sitting around the negotiating table, the EU and the UK stuck to their guns on the financial obligations London should pay and what court would guarantee EU citizen rights in a post-Brexit world.

Politics 20-07-2017

Estonian ambassador: Trump is right, Europe should pay for own defence

Estonian Ambassador to Poland Harri Tiido explained the priorities of his country’s EU Presidency and talked about the current challenges facing Europe, in an interview with EURACTIV.pl.

19-07-2017

UK challenges obligations to every EU programme

British negotiators rejected the EU's demand that they come up with a specific proposal on the bill London would have to pay as part of its exit from the bloc. The UK is questioning its obligations in regards to every line in the EU’s trillion euro multiannual budget, sources familiar with the talks explained.

19-07-2017

End to austerity? Poll gamble exposes rift in Britain’s ruling party

An early election was meant to bind the Conservatives to Theresa May's agenda for at least five years, but instead it has badly shaken the governing party with ministers questioning its seven-year pursuit of austerity.

18-07-2017

Financial watchdog expects firms to make Brexit moves after year-end

Financial firms are waiting until the end of the year before moving staff and business ahead of Britain’s departure from the European Union in 2019, the country’s markets watchdog said.

Aviation 18-07-2017

EU and Britain to present post-Brexit plan on WTO membership

The European Union and Britain plan to put forward a joint proposal for reform of the terms of their World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership in September or October, an EU source said on Monday (17 July), as London negotiates to leave the EU.

18-07-2017

Brexit talks ‘get to work’ despite UK infighting

Britain and the EU vowed to get to the "heart of the matter" as they launched fresh Brexit negotiations in Brussels on Monday (17 July), even as bitter infighting gripped the British government.

17-07-2017

Brexit talks start in earnest with 20 months to go

Brexit Secretary David Davis launches a first round of negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union today (17 July) when he meets the EU's Michel Barnier for four days of talks between their teams in Brussels.

Agrifood 17-07-2017

French anger at CAP co-financing proposal

The European Commission’s suggestion that EU member states co-finance part of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the biggest consumer of the bloc’s budget, has met with steady support in Germany and exasperation in France. EURACTIV France reports.

14-07-2017

Tweets of the Week: The Estonian Presidency, the new CoR president, and Brexit whistling

Welcome to Tweets of the Week. This time, the Estonian Presidency starts strong; from the regions, Markku moves along; and Barnier’s not whistling that song!

14-07-2017

Corbyn: Labour will negotiate for jobs

After talks with EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels on Thursday (13 July), British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn told journalists he would fight to protect jobs and citizens’ rights, and that he was “surprised” at the Commission’s decision to oust some UK national experts.

EU citizens in the UK: Second class

No more immigration from the EU is one of the UK government’s invented red lines for the Brexit negotiations. But what to do with those who have already immigrated? The UK's current proposal provides few satisfactory answers, warns Peter Sellar.

Enlargement 13-07-2017

Balkans can help EU ‘feel attractive’ after Brexit, Macedonia says

Dented by Brexit, the European Union should seize on the hunger of Balkan nations for membership as an opportunity to "feel attractive", Macedonia’s foreign minister said on Wednesday (12 July).

13-07-2017

Queen Elizabeth welcomes Spanish royals but Gibraltar differences evident

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sought to sweep differences with Spain aside on Wednesday (12 July) as she hosted a banquet for the country's King Felipe VI, just hours after he called for a deal on the status of Gibraltar.

12-07-2017

Barnier tells Britain ‘trust needed to build new relationship’

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned the UK it must honour all its outstanding bills before talking about any future relationship with the Union, urging London to make faster progress in the talks.

Continued UK participation in Euratom can be assured on a provisional basis under the terms of the Article 50 secession treaty.
12-07-2017

Duff: Brexit and Euratom: No need to panic

Incipient panic about the future of Britain’s nuclear industry has rocketed Euratom into the Brexit headlines. In doing so, staggering ignorance is displayed by too many MPs and journalists about the basic facts of the matter, writes Andrew Duff in BlogActiv.

12-07-2017

UK hits back at EU over national expert layoffs

The UK will retain all the rights and obligations of an EU member state until it leaves the Union and this includes national experts who work in the European Commission, a spokesperson from her majesty's government told EURACTIV.com.

Enlargement 11-07-2017

EU enlargement: A six percent target for the Western Balkans

If the Western Balkans are to overcome almost three decades of economic stagnation and crisis, they will need to double their annual growth rates. This will need a fundamental rethink of the EU’s enlargement policy, argue Tobias Flessenkemper and Dušan Reljić.

11-07-2017

UK opposition urges government to stay in Euratom nuclear body

Opposition Brexit minister Keir Starmer has urged the UK government to keep Britain in the Euratom treaty and drop its red line on the future role of the European Court of Justice. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.

11-07-2017

Strong trade surplus offers hope for UK services industry post-Brexit

Brexit will take a heavy toll on the UK’s trade in services with the EU but its trade surplus with the rest of the world will cushion the blow if the government can sign new trade deals quickly, experts say.

Health 11-07-2017

Dutch health minister: EMA relocation is not entertainment, listen to the Commission

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is not a toy to be played with by politicians, Edith Schippers told EURACTIV.com. The decision on the agency's relocation should be based on the European Commission's assessment, she argues in an interview.

Economy & Jobs 10-07-2017

‘Finance friendly’ France scores late points in Brexit bank contest

A government push to make France more "finance-friendly" is raising Paris' chances of attracting Brexit-fleeing banks from London although it is raising its game at a late stage in the process, a group of senior financial industry executives said.

10-07-2017

UK offer is far from what citizens are entitled to

The European Parliament’s political leaders and Brexit Steering Committee members condemn the UK’s “damp squib” of an offer on the rights of EU citizens and insist they will refuse to endorse a Brexit deal that strips EU citizens of their acquired rights.