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Global Europe 26-04-2019

Japan’s Abe urges EU to avoid no-deal Brexit ‘by all means’

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged EU leaders to avoid a disorderly departure of the UK from the European Union "by all means" as both sides pledged to strengthen their economic ties at a bilateral summit on Thursday (25 April).
Digital 26-04-2019

Farage’s Brexit Party spends big on Facebook ads

The Brexit Party of arch-eurosceptic Nigel Farage outspent both the Labour and Conservative Parties on political advertising ahead of the European elections during the Easter break, according to data published by Facebook.
25-04-2019

The Brief – Cowering from Saint Nigel of Brexit

“If we have one, we will let you know about it,” a Downing Street spokesman told reporters on Wednesday when asked when the Conservative party would be launching their European election campaign. While Nigel Farage’s newly formed Brexit party used...
24-04-2019

Sturgeon blames Brexit chaos as she proposes second Scottish independence poll

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out her timetable for a second independence referendum by May 2021 on Wednesday (24 April), blaming Brexit chaos for having “exposed  a deep democratic deficit at the heart of how Scotland is governed”.
EU Elections 2019 23-04-2019

Boris Johnson’s sister to lead new ‘remain alliance’ in EU poll

Boris Johnson’s sister, Rachel Johnson, and former BBC reporter Gavin Esler will lead a ‘Remain alliance’ of pro-EU candidates at next month’s European elections for the new Change UK party.
EU Elections 2019 23-04-2019

How will British participation change the outcome of the European elections?

On Thursday (18 April), the current European Parliament presented its latest projections of seats for the next EU assembly, with the UK taking part. Yet, this will not change the overall percentage of seats for the main political groups. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
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

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

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.
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.

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