Brexit

23-07-2018

Irish PM tours EU capitals as fears of hard Brexit grow

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar begins a tour of three European capitals to discuss Brexit and other issues on Monday (23 July), amid signs of continuing division between London, Brussels and Dublin on preparations for a possible no-deal Brexit next year.
22-07-2018

Barnier gives tepid welcome to UK Brexit paper

Michel Barnier downplayed the importance of the UK government’s torturously agreed White Paper on post-Brexit relations on Friday (July 20), insisting that it would not form the basis of Article 50 talks with London.
20-07-2018

Brits thrown post-Brexit EU citizenship lifeline by Commission

The European Commission registered a Citizens' Initiative on Wednesday (18 July) that could end up securing EU citizenship for UK citizens once Britain leaves the EU.
20-07-2018

UK to warn public every week over ‘no-deal Brexit’

Britons will from next week start receiving weekly information bulletins from the government about how to make sure they’re ready for a disorderly Brexit, The Times reported today (20 July).
20-07-2018

May takes Brexit trip to Northern Irish border

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived yesterday (19 July) in Northern Ireland, whose border with EU-member Ireland has become one of the biggest impediments to reaching a deal to leave the European Union.
19-07-2018

European economy to lose 1.5% of GDP with ‘no-deal’ Brexit

EU member states will suffer long-term damage equivalent to about 1.5% of annual economic output by 2030 if Britain leaves the bloc without a free trade deal next year, the International Monetary Fund warned on Thursday (19 July).
19-07-2018

EU Commission: Keep calm and brace for hard Brexit

The European Commission published on Thursday (19 July) a 17-page communication to businesses in the EU warning them of the consequences of a 'no deal' Brexit if the UK crashes out of the bloc next March .
19-07-2018

Translations of British Brexit plan provoke ridicule

The UK government has taken the somewhat unprecedented step of translating the executive summary of its Brexit White Paper into 22 European languages.
19-07-2018

‘It’s not too late to save Brexit,’ Johnson tells UK parliament

Boris Johnson, who quit as Britain's former foreign minister last week, accused Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday of planning a phoney Brexit that would betray voters by failing to take the country completely out of the European Union.
Development Policy 18-07-2018

EU is shutting out UK aid agencies, minister tells MPs

The UK’s development minister accused the European Commission on Tuesday (17 July) of discriminating against UK aid agencies, in a move that could scupper future partnerships after the UK leaves the EU.
17-07-2018

Leave campaign broke law in Brexit vote, UK elections regulator finds

The Vote Leave campaign has been fined and reported to the police by the UK’s elections regulator for deliberately falsifying its campaign expenses for the Brexit referendum.

Britain unveils fighter jet model to rival Franco-German programme

Britain unveiled a model of a sleek proposed fighter jet named Tempest yesterday (16 July), raising questions about the future of European defence cooperation, given that Germany and France launched their own fighter jet programme a year ago.
Politics 16-07-2018

UK’s Boris Johnson returns as Telegraph columnist

After resigning as foreign minister last week over Prime Minister Theresa May's compromise plan for Brexit, Boris Johnson is back at his old job as a columnist at the eurosceptic Daily Telegraph newspaper.
16-07-2018

Embattled May faces further Brexit threats, after Trump urged her to ‘sue’ EU

Theresa May faces further threats to her government's Brexit strategy and could have to stave of the prospect of a 'no confidence' challenge to her leadership this week, after revealing that Donald Trump's had advised her to "sue" the EU.
13-07-2018

May’s Brexit blueprint faces backlash after sacrificing services

Even though Theresa May’s Brexit White Paper prompted a furious reaction from a large section of her Conservative party, not to mention a broadside from US President Donald Trump, not everyone was unhappy with it.
Global Europe 13-07-2018

Trump blasts May’s ‘soft’ Brexit plan, says Boris Johnson would be ‘great prime minister’

US President Donald Trump said a free trade deal with the UK might be impossible if London went ahead with Prime Minister Theresa May's proposals for post-Brexit ties with the European Union, in damaging remarks that could widen domestic criticism of her plans.
12-07-2018

The Brief – White heat, white light?

The UK finally revealed its hand on Thursday, publishing a 104-page White Paper that looks awfully like continued membership of the single market and customs union. Just don’t call it that, whatever you do.
12-07-2018

UK Brexit Paper backs Ukraine-style association pact

The UK outlined plans for a Ukraine-style association agreement with the EU on Thursday (12 July) as it published its long-awaited White Paper on relations with the EU after Brexit.

Michael Gove vows to safeguard environmental standards post-Brexit

Following the shock resignations of both Boris Johnson and David Davies over the Prime Minister's Chequers proposals, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has re-affirmed that environmental standards will not "slip lower" than those of the EU post-Brexit. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.
Enlargement 10-07-2018

Britain to double Western Balkans funding, security staff

Britain is to almost double the funding it provides to countries in the Western Balkans to 80 million pounds (€90 million) and ramp up its number of security staff in the region to try and tackle organised crime gangs.
10-07-2018

May appoints Jeremy Hunt as new foreign minister

British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Jeremy Hunt as foreign minister yesterday (9 July) after predecessor Boris Johnson resigned in protest at the government's plans for a close trading relationship with the European Union.
09-07-2018

Boris Johnson resigns as Brexiteers start to tumble

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit his post on Monday (9 July), following the earlier resignation of Brexit Secretary David Davis, putting the government in a tight spot with less than nine months left to complete the complex Brexit negotiations.
09-07-2018

Brexit minister Davis steps down in big blow to May

Britain's Brexit minister David Davis resigned yesterday (8 July) in a major blow for Prime Minister Theresa May as she struggles to unite her party behind a plan to retain strong economic ties to the European Union even after leaving the bloc.
06-07-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Desperately seeking white smoke

In less than nine months, the UK will formally leave the EU. That much is clear. Nothing else is.