Brexit

Sturgeon: Hard Brexit makes Scottish independence ‘more urgent’

11-06-2019

The scenario of a hard Brexit would "increase the likelihood of Scotland becoming independent," Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Her comments come as hard and soft Brexit Conservatives start jockeying for position in the race for the vacant UK prime minister role.

14-06-2019

The Brief – Parallel lines

Those who shuttle between Westminster and Brussels aren’t just swapping meat pies for moules frites. The two-hour ride on the Eurostar transports you to a parallel political universe.
13-06-2019

Johnson takes step towards Downing Street, tops leadership ballot

Boris Johnson moved a step closer to becoming the next UK prime minister on Thursday, after topping the first ballot of Conservative MPs who are seeking a successor for Theresa May.
12-06-2019

Johnson vows to re-negotiate Brexit deal as he launches PM bid

Boris Johnson has promised to immediately re-negotiate the UK’s divorce from the EU as he formally launched his bid to become prime minister on Wednesday (12 June).
11-06-2019

Deal or no deal? Britain’s PM hopefuls divided over Brexit

Of the 10 contenders in the race to replace Theresa May as Britain's prime minister, many take very different stances towards Brexit as the date of Britain's departure from the European Union moves ever closer.
Plateforme pétrolière en mer Baltique, 2008. [Andrew/Flickr]
Energy 11-06-2019

UK-South Korea deal seeks to calm Brexit anxiety in oil markets

A UK-South Korea trade deal announced Monday (10 June) guarantees future exemption from oil tariffs following a spate of dry months without crude imports coming from Britain's North Sea fields.
Digital 11-06-2019

Brexit chaos holding back UK tech sector: London mayor

London’s booming technology sector could be making even faster progress if the gridlock over Brexit wasn’t depriving thousands of start-ups and big tech companies of the certainty they need over policy, London mayor Sadiq Khan said on Monday (10 April).
Future EU 11-06-2019

LEAK: EU’s five-year plan doubles down on protecting borders

EU leaders want to focus on migration and protection of external borders, or the "integrity of our physical space", over the next five years, according to a draft of the so-called strategic agenda obtained by EURACTIV. Economy and climate action rank second and third.
Enlargement 07-06-2019

Europe’s ambitious but uncertain future on show at Bratislava forum

As Globsec’s 2019 forum in Bratislava kicked off earlier this week, EURACTIV went along to listen to world leaders from politics, civil society and business on the Future of Europe. Here we present a summary of the main talking points in the field, across the first two days.
Elections 07-06-2019

Ten lessons for British politics from Peterborough and Strasbourg

All is not what it seems in the UK, after Nigel Farage's Brexit party suffered a major setback in its bid to win a seat in the UK parliament, writes Denis MacShane.
06-06-2019

Trump says Ireland’s Brexit ‘wall’ will ‘work out very well ‘

US President Donald Trump voiced confidence Wednesday (5 June) that Ireland's post-Brexit "wall" situation with its UK neighbour will work out fine, earning a quick retort from the Irish premier who noted that a wall is the last thing his country wants.
Elections 05-06-2019

UK Conservative Party agree leadership election rules to reduce numbers

Britain's governing Conservatives on Tuesday (4 June) agreed rules for the contest to replace Prime Minister Theresa May as party chief, including measures to eliminate candidates more quickly from a crowded race.

Leak: These are the five priorities for the next finance Commissioner

A new strategy for the capital markets union, fintech, financial stability, sustainable economy and Brexit are the priorities listed for the next financial services commissioner, according to the memo drafted by European Commission officials and seen by EURACTIV.com.
Economy & Jobs 04-06-2019

Trump turns to trade talks on UK state visit

US President Donald Trump meets outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday (4 June) for trade-centred talks during his state visit to Britain, with protesters set to gather outside the gates.
04-06-2019

Macron accepts ‘bad guy’ role in Brexit talks

French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday (3 June) that he fully accepted his "bad guy" role in insisting on a shorter extension to Britain's tortuous exit from the EU, while insisting that 31 October is the "final, final deadline."
03-06-2019

In search of realism: the Tory leadership and Brexit

The race to succeed Theresa May as the UK’s Prime Minister will be appropriately chaotic, light-years from the coronation that saw her replace David Cameron in June 2016.
03-06-2019

Trump brings Brexit advice on state visit to troubled UK

Britain will roll out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on Monday (3 June) as he arrives in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit.
EU Elections 2019 31-05-2019

Post-Brexit Parliament: Winners and losers

Brexit is set to change the shape of the new European Parliament, as seats will be redistributed among the remaining 27 member states in November if the current deadline is respected. Here are some of the winners and losers.
31-05-2019

Trump praises Brexit-supporting ‘friends’, ahead of UK visit

US President Donald Trump on Thursday (30 May) kept mum on the race to be the next British prime minister, but praised the two most high-profile proponents of Britain's departure from the European Union, as he prepared for a state visit to Britain.
29-05-2019

UK PM frontrunner Boris Johnson summoned to court for Brexit ‘lies’

The favourite to be the next UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, has been ordered to defend himself in court after a district judge ruled that he should answer for his infamous, and oft-disputed, claim that the UK sends £350 million a week to the EU.
Electricity 29-05-2019

France and Ireland tap up EU for €667m to build power link

The leaders of France and Ireland asked European Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday (28 May) to back their request for over half a billion euros in energy project funding, which would be earmarked to 'Brexit-proof' Ireland's power needs.
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

A proxy for a People’s Vote

These European elections were never supposed to happen in the UK but once it became clear that they would take place, it was inevitable that they would be seen as a proxy for another referendum.
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

Farage tops poll and Remain parties surge as EU polls spell out UK’s divide

The UK’s divisions over Brexit were spelt out in technicolor in the European elections on Sunday night (26 May) as Nigel Farage’s Brexit party comfortably topped the poll, and pro-Remain parties also made large gains.
EU Elections 2019 26-05-2019

Ireland’s Greens surge in European, local elections

Support for Ireland's Green Party surged in European and local elections, an exit poll showed on Saturday (25 May), putting it in line to take its first seats in the European Parliament for 20 years and make the biggest gains in county and city councils.
24-05-2019

The Brief -The End of Theresa

By the end, it was painful to watch Theresa May in action. Her decision to throw in the towel, finally, came with a sense of relief. It is a miracle that she even survived so long. At her final EU...

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