Brexit

17-09-2020

Pompeo confident UK will resolve EU standoff

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced confidence Wednesday (16 September) that Britain would find a "good outcome" in its standoff with the European Union over Brexit terms.
17-09-2020

UK PM says he has ‘every hope’ of avoiding no-deal with EU

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday (16 September) said he had full confidence that Britain and the EU will avoid a potentially disastrous cliff-edge “no deal” at the end of this year. But he refused to back down on controversial...
Economy & Jobs 16-09-2020

EU to throw London lifeline with extension to coveted clearing

The European Union is expected to throw the City of London an 18-month lifeline to continue clearing euro derivatives after Britain's unfettered access to the bloc ends in January, industry sources said on Tuesday (15 September).
15-09-2020

Johnson survives Tory rebellion as bill breaking Brexit deal advances

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a rebellion by more than 30 Conservative lawmakers on Monday night (14 September) as his controversial Internal Market bill moved a step closer to becoming law.
Transport 14-09-2020

Europe, Britain’s carmakers warn of €110 billion hard Brexit bill

Europe and Britain's car industries called on Monday (14 September) on the two sides to urgently clinch a free trade agreement, warning that a disorderly Brexit would cost the sector €110 billion in lost trade over the next five years.
14-09-2020

EU warns Britain its international credibility is at stake

European Council chief Charles Michel warned Britain Sunday (13 September) its international credibility is at stake, saying it must fulfil its responsibility to implement the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
12-09-2020

MEPs vow to veto UK trade pact if its breaks Withdrawal Agreement

EU lawmakers threatened on Friday (11 September) to veto any trade deal with the UK unless Boris Johnson’s government withdraws its plans to tear up parts of its Withdrawal Agreement with the bloc, as negotiations on a future trade deal teetered on the brink of collapse.
11-09-2020

EU issues ultimatum to UK: withdraw bill or trade talks collapse

The EU issued a stern ultimatum to the UK on Thursday (10 September) to withdraw its bill overriding the Irish Protocol or talks on an EU-UK trade deal will collapse.
10-09-2020

Lagarde hopes for EU-UK deal in spite of ‘negotiation posturing’

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde voiced hope on Thursday (10 September) that EU-UK negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal will lead to a positive outcome, in spite of the “negotiation posturing” seen in recent days.
09-09-2020

Johnson’s plan to break Brexit agreement triggers angry EU backlash

Boris Johnson’s UK government put itself on collision course with the EU on Wednesday after publishing a bill that would breach key parts of its Withdrawal Agreement with the bloc.
08-09-2020

UK plans to break Withdrawal Agreement, senior minister confirms

The UK is preparing to break the terms of its Withdrawal Agreement with the EU if it does not secure a new trade deal with the bloc before the end of 2020, a senior government minister confirmed on Tuesday (8...
07-09-2020

Johnson threatens to override Irish protocol ahead of EU-UK trade talks

Turning up the pressure on the EU, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is threatening to table new legislation and override requirements for new Northern Ireland customs arrangements, intended to prevent the return of checks at the Irish border from next year.
07-09-2020

UK ups the ante on EU ahead of crunch Brexit trade talks

David Frost, the UK’s chief negotiator on a post-Brexit trade deal on Sunday (6 September) upped the ante ahead of a crunch week of negotiations, warning that Boris Johnson’s government was not "scared" of walking away from talks without a deal to govern trade from 2021.
02-09-2020

EU’s Barnier urges UK to accept compromise on post-Brexit deal

The European Union's chief negotiator urged the UK on Wednesday (2 September) to meet the EU in the middle by offering compromise proposals on state aid, fisheries and governance, warning that the EU would not ‘sacrifice’ its long-term interests for the sake of a deal.
31-08-2020

‘Unrealistic’ UK has caused post-Brexit trade impasse, says France

Talks on a post-Brexit trade deal between the EU and the UK have stalled "because of the UK's uncompromising and, to be frank, unrealistic attitude" France’s Foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned on Monday (31 August).
21-08-2020

EU-UK agenda: Brinksmanship to the end

After more than four years of brinksmanship and delay it should surprise no one that the final act of the Brexit process – agreeing on an EU-UK trade deal – will go down to the wire.
21-08-2020

EU-UK trade talks still deadlocked over fisheries and state aid, says ‘disappointed’ Barnier

Talks on an EU-UK trade agreement continue to make little progress, Michel Barnier warned on Friday (21 August, repeating that a deal remained “unlikely”.

Migration flow rises across Channel to Britain as political tension rises

British border agents brought ashore migrants in the port of Dover on Monday (10 August) after picking them up from an inflatable boat as they crossed the Channel, the latest in a surge of crossings that is causing political tensions with France.

UK armed forces asked to help deal with migrant boats crossing Channel

Britain's armed forces have been asked to help deal with boats carrying migrants across the Channel from France, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday (8 August) after a spate of arrivals on the southern English coast.
07-08-2020

UK says it’s confident of Brexit trade deal as EU changing tone

Britain's top minister overseeing Brexit talks said on Friday (7 August) he was confident a free trade deal would be clinched with the EU as there had been a distinct change of tone from the bloc in recent weeks.
07-08-2020

Britain seeks to smooth post-Brexit Northern Ireland trade disruption

Britain announced a 200 million pound (€221 million) scheme to help smooth post-Brexit trade disruption for businesses in Northern Ireland when European Union freedom of movement rules cease to apply at the end of the year.
06-08-2020

German minister urges UK to be more ‘realistic’ in Brexit talks

Britain needs to be more "realistic and pragmatic" in Brexit negotiations with the European Union, Germany's European affairs minister told AFP in an interview Thursday (6 August).
06-08-2020

Japanese FM in UK for post-Brexit trade talks

Japan's foreign minister on Wednesday (5 August) began a three-day trip to Britain in a bid to wrap up negotiations on a post-Brexit trade agreement.
04-08-2020

UK urges medicine suppliers to stockpile before Brexit transition ends

The British government has urged medicine suppliers to prepare for the country's exit from the EU single market and customs union on 31 December by building up six weeks' worth of stocks in case of disruption to imports.
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