Brexit

Digital 21-08-2019

Half of UK digital exports go to the EU, government data reveals

Almost half of the UK's digital exports go to the European Union, recently published UK government figures have revealed, amid growing concerns in the tech industry ahead of the country's scheduled departure from the EU at the end of 31 October.
21-08-2019

Johnson, Merkel to face off in first Brexit talks

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Berlin on Wednesday (21 August) to kick off a marathon of tense talks with key European and international leaders as the threat of a chaotic no-deal Brexit looms.
20-08-2019

UK yields voting rights to Finland, officials to skip meetings

The UK government announced on Tuesday (20 August) that its officials will stop attending most EU meetings as of 1 September in order to focus efforts elsewhere ahead of its expected withdrawal from the bloc. London will also cede its voting rights to Finland in areas that are no longer of interest.
20-08-2019

EU’s Tusk rejects Johnson’s plea to scrap Irish backstop

European Council President Donald Tusk has rejected Boris Johnson’s pleas to scrap the Irish backstop and instead offered veiled criticism of the UK prime minister for not presenting “realistic alternatives”.
20-08-2019

Johnson tells EU he wants Brexit deal but without Irish backstop

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote Monday (19 August) to European Council President Donald Tusk reaffirming his desire to conclude a Brexit deal as well as his opposition to the controversial "backstop" on Ireland.
Energy 20-08-2019

No-deal Brexit set to cause disruption for UK oil refineries

Though UK fuel export tariffs are set to rise to 4.7%, import tariffs will be set at 0%. Oil refineries are warning this would put them at a competitive disadvantage.
19-08-2019

UK faces food, fuel and drug shortages, says contested leaked document

Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, according to leaked official documents reported by the Sunday Times whose interpretation was immediately contested by ministers.
14-08-2019

US and Britain discuss trade deal that could take effect on 1 November

Britain and the United States are discussing a partial trade accord that could take effect on 1 November, the day after Britain is due to leave the European Union, a senior Trump administration official said on Tuesday (13 August).
12-08-2019

British PM Johnson to meet Ireland’s Varadkar over Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted an offer to meet Irish leader Leo Varadkar to discuss Brexit and the Northern Irish backstop, the Sunday Telegraph said citing UK government sources.
12-08-2019

EU’s Juncker tells Britain: no-deal Brexit will hurt you the most

A no-deal Brexit would hurt Britain more than the rest of Europe no matter how much Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government pretends otherwise, outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in remarks published on Saturday (10 August).
09-08-2019

It’s up to EU to avoid no-deal Brexit, says UK foreign minister

Britain's foreign minister on Thursday (8 August) pressed the European Union to amend the terms of Britain's EU withdrawal agreement, saying Brussels would have to take responsibility for a no-deal Brexit if it does not compromise.
Economy & Jobs 08-08-2019

US, Britain back rapid trade deal post-Brexit

The top US and British diplomats said Wednesday (7 August) they were prepared to move "as soon as possible" on a trade deal after Britain's planned withdrawal from the European Union on 31 October. 
Economy & Jobs 07-08-2019

British ministers in US to ‘fast-track’ post-Brexit trade deal

Britain was seeking to fast-track a crucial post-Brexit trade deal with the United States on Wednesday (7 August) after new Prime Minister Boris Johnson dispatched his top diplomat and foreign trade minister to Washington.
07-08-2019

British beer waits to see what’s brewing with Brexit

Britain's beer industry is in limbo, waiting to see what is in the pipeline for brewers, pubs and drinkers after Brexit - but the glass is by no means half-empty.
06-08-2019

UK seeks to boost post-Brexit ties with the Americas

British foreign minister Dominic Raab will travel to Canada, the United States and Mexico this week to seek to boost ties with non-European countries ahead of Brexit, his office said.
05-08-2019

After Brexit pledges, Johnson announces cash injection for health

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce a £1.8 billion cash injection for Britain's public health system on Monday (5 August), seeking to honour his Brexit pledges as he pushes through the country's departure from the European Union.
Elections 02-08-2019

Britain’s Johnson suffers first leadership blow in by-election

Britain's Boris Johnson lost his first test as prime minister on Friday (2 August) after his candidate was edged out by a pro-EU rival in a by-election that slims his parliamentary majority to one.
01-08-2019

Johnson faces UK election test as Brexit battle looms

Britain's Boris Johnson faces his first test at the ballot box Thursday (1 August) in a by-election that could reduce his parliamentary majority to one, making it harder to enact his Brexit plan.
31-07-2019

Boris Johnson visits Northern Ireland, heart of Brexit battle

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Wednesday (31 July) meet leaders in Northern Ireland, the key battleground in Britain's fight to leave the European Union and the focus of increasingly tense rhetoric on both sides of the Irish Sea.
30-07-2019

UK plays Brexit hardball from a submarine base in Scotland

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (29 July) the Brexit divorce was dead and warned that unless the European Union renegotiated, Britain would leave on 31 October without a deal. Johnson’s bet is that the threat of a...
29-07-2019

Assuming EU will not budge, Britain ramps up preparations for no-deal Brexit

The British government is working on the assumption that the European Union will not renegotiate its Brexit deal and is ramping up preparations to leave the bloc on 31 October without an agreement, senior ministers said on Sunday (28 July).
Agrifood 26-07-2019

Eyeing US trade deal, new UK PM whets biotech industry appetite on GMOs

Eyeing a quick trade deal with the United States after Brexit, UK's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tried to revive discussions over Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
26-07-2019

EU rebuffs Boris Johnson’s call to rework Brexit deal

Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the EU on Thursday (25 July) to "rethink" their opposition to renegotiating the current Brexit deal -- only to be immediately rebuffed by Brussels.
25-07-2019

Johnson purges the no deal non-believers

Having promised to deliver Brexit on October 31 ‘do or die’, Boris Johnson's cabinet have all signed up to his plan to take the UK out of the EU on ‘no deal’ terms if necessary.

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