Brexit

11-10-2019

Brexit talks enter crucial ‘tunnel’ phase, but gaps on substance remain

Talks on a new Brexit deal have entered a potentially decisive last phase, as officials from the EU and the UK appear to be closing in on a last-ditch agreement that could avert the UK's messy cliff-edge exit on 31 October.
11-10-2019

New Brexit hopes after Johnson and Varadkar say ‘pathway to deal’ exists

Hopes of a Brexit deal were dramatically revived on Thursday (10 October) following three hours of talks between Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
10-10-2019

EU says Brexit deal ‘very difficult’ if not entirely impossible

The European Union said on Wednesday (9 October) it was not shutting the door to a Brexit deal but stressed that London needed to change its stance considerably to secure an agreement.
09-10-2019

Britain’s Brexit talks with EU on verge of collapse

Brexit talks between Britain and the European Union teetered on the brink of collapse on Tuesday (8 October), with tit-for-tat claims of intransigence and sabotage before an end of October deadline.
08-10-2019

Tusk tells British PM Johnson to stop playing ‘stupid’ Brexit blame game

The European Union accused Britain of playing a "stupid blame game" over Brexit on Tuesday after a Downing Street source said a deal was essentially impossible because German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made unacceptable demands.
08-10-2019

EU says Britain needs new plan as Brexit clock runs out

European officials warned Monday (6 October) that Britain's latest Brexit proposal cannot serve as a basis for a breakthrough before next week's Brussels summit.
04-10-2019

Data access blow for EU nationals with UK immigration cases

EU nationals will be unable to access their personal records held by the UK government in immigration cases, following a high court ruling on Thursday (3 October) that said "immigration exemption" introduced last year was not unlawful.
03-10-2019

The Brief, powered by ACCA – The joker becomes the statesman

Serious, sober, respectful, Boris Johnson gave the impression of having been shot with a tranquillizer gun on Thursday. For once, he sounded almost like a prime minister.
02-10-2019

‘We are European’, says Johnson as he softens tone on Brexit plans

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson struck a conciliatory tone towards the EU on Wednesday (2 October) as he set out his government’s new alternative to the Irish backstop.
01-10-2019

Ireland dismisses reported UK Brexit border proposal

Britain is proposing to set up "customs clearance centres" on both sides of the Irish border after Brexit, Irish national broadcaster RTE reported on Monday (30 September), an idea Ireland's foreign minister quickly dismissed as a "non-starter".
30-09-2019

Johnson rallies Conservative party with vow to ‘get Brexit done’

After a bruising week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson entered the warm embrace of his Conservative party's annual conference on Sunday (29 September) vowing to "get Brexit done".
27-09-2019

The Brief, powered by EDAA – Bigmouth strikes again

Manchester has a long history as a hotbed of radicalism. Exactly 200 years ago, the city was the site of the Peterloo massacre, when the army charged a crowd demanding parliamentary reform. 20 years later, the anti-Corn Law League, which eventually put the Conservative party out of power for a generation, was founded in the city.
27-09-2019

Boris Johnson loses fresh parliamentary vote as tensions rise

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered yet another setback on Thursday (26 September) after MPs rejected a request to briefly suspend business for his party's conference, highlighting the hostility he faces in parliament just weeks before Brexit.
27-09-2019

EU’s Juncker says Britain will be responsible if no Brexit deal

Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, said he and the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier were doing all they could to get a Brexit deal, and if they failed it would be Britain's responsibility.
26-09-2019

UK’s Johnson defiant after bombshell court ruling

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson challenged opposition MPs to try to remove him Wednesday (25 September) in a defiant response to the Supreme Court's ruling that his suspension of parliament was unlawful.
26-09-2019

The best paid EU lawmakers? The Brexit Party

The 28 lawmakers from Britain’s Brexit Party have collectively declared outside earnings of between €2 million and €4.5 million per year, making them the highest earners in the European Parliament, Transparency International said on Thursday. The party, founded by anti-EU...
25-09-2019

Labour vows to give EU nationals vote in UK general elections

The prospect of EU nationals being able to vote in UK elections has increased after the opposition Labour party adopted new policy to guarantee EU and third-country nationals voting rights in all elections.
24-09-2019

UK court rules Johnson’s closing of parliament ‘unlawful,’ in damning defeat for government

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proroguing of Parliament is 'unlawful, void and of no effect,' the country's Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday (24 September), in a decision that commentators said will have "huge constitutional consequences" for the future of the government.
24-09-2019

No Brexit breakthrough as Tusk, Johnson meet in New York

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated a call for "flexibility" from the EU in Brexit talks during a meeting with Council President Donald Tusk in New York Monday (23 September) that failed to yield a breakthrough.
23-09-2019

Auto industry warns of ‘seismic’ no-deal Brexit shock

The European auto industry on Monday (23 September) warned of catastrophic effects of a no-deal Brexit, saying it would have a 'seismic' impact on making cars in Europe.
20-09-2019

UK rebuffs EU call for Brexit Irish border solution by end September

The European Union’s Finnish presidency demanded Thursday (19 September) that Britain deliver a written new Brexit proposal by the end of September or face a messy “no-deal” divorce – an ultimatum immediately rejected by London. Britain is racing toward its...
19-09-2019

Council of Europe urged to probe UK over rule of law breaches

Campaigners have called on the Council of Europe to launch a probe into the rule of law in the UK, citing “repeated violations of the spirit and potentially the letter of the European Convention on Human Rights”.
19-09-2019

Northern Ireland’s DUP calls for Brexit ‘refit’ of Good Friday Agreement

Northern Ireland's largest party, the Democratic Unionist Party, on Wednesday called for a "refit" of the British province's 1998 peace accord "to take account of any new Brexit deal."
19-09-2019

Table Brexit plans by September 30 or talks are ‘over’, Johnson warned

Boris Johnson has been given until September 30 to submit an alternative to the Irish border backstop in writing to Brussels, or the Brexit talks are "over", the leaders of France and Finland stated on Wednesday (18 September).

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