Brexit

22-03-2019

The ball’s in your court on Brexit, leaders tell UK

EU leaders struck a reflective tone as they wrapped up a Spring summit in Brussels that was, again, dominated by Brexit.
22-03-2019

The Brief – Brexit Oddity

A photo says more than 1,000 words. This one shows the so-called ‘sherpas’ on the first day of the EU summit on Thursday (21 March) as they are trying to work through the details of the Article 50 draft conclusions. It’s...
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With Brexit imminent, EU celebrates ‘neighbourly cooperation’ with EEA

Only hours after intense Brexit negotiations on a delay to the UK's exit date, EU leaders on Friday (22 March) celebrated the 25th anniversary of the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement on joint legislation on movement of goods, services, persons and capital.
21-03-2019

Back May’s Brexit deal and you get more time, EU leaders tell Westminster

EU leaders will grant the United Kingdom a possible eight-week delay to Brexit provided that the House of Commons passes the Withdrawal Agreement next week, according to conclusions agreed the European Council summit on late Thursday (21 March) night.
21-03-2019

How Britain’s EU party town soured on Brussels

In 1973, the sleepy English village of Ivybridge joyfully welcomed the UK joining what would go on to become the EU, with street parties and even a specially-written anthem. But 46 years later, local people are thinking about new festivities: to celebrate Brexit.
20-03-2019

Tusk ups the Brexit ante: ‘No extension without Brexit endorsement’

European Council President Donald Tusk dramatically upped the Brexit stakes on Wednesday (20 March), warning that the EU will only grant Theresa May’s Brexit extension request if UK lawmakers back the Withdrawal Agreement next week.
20-03-2019

May and Juncker in tug of war over Brexit extension deadline

British Prime Minister Theresa May formally asked the EU on Wednesday (20 March) for an extension of the Brexit date until 30 June. In response, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that Brexit needs to be completed before 23 May.
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EU summit could avoid final call on Brexit extension

European Union leaders could hold off making any final decision on any Brexit delay when they meet in Brussels later this week, senior diplomats in the bloc said, depending on what exactly British Prime Minister Theresa May asks them for.
19-03-2019

Speaker deals blow to May’s bid for 3rd ‘meaningful vote’

British Prime Minister Theresa May's bid to get her EU divorce deal through parliament was hit Monday (18 March) with a bombshell announcement by the speaker, ruling MPs could not vote again on the same proposal they had already rejected.
15-03-2019

Taking stock: A whirlwind week in Westminster

“I guess that’s politics, but it’s not a very nice profession at the moment,” Rory Stewart, Prisons Minister in Theresa May’s government said moments after MPs voted against a ‘no deal’ Brexit on Wednesday (13 March).
15-03-2019

EU leaders urge clarity from London before Brexit delay

EU leaders called for clarity from the UK on Friday (15 March) before considering any delay to Brexit, after a series of chaotic votes by MPs left the deeply divided country in limbo just two weeks before it is due to leave the bloc.
15-03-2019

EU warns Brexit extension cannot be taken for granted

The European Union executive said on Thursday (14 March) Britain will have to justify any request to postpone Brexit beyond the end of this month and that EU leaders would put a priority on avoiding disrupting EU institutions in considering it.
14-03-2019

May to request Brexit delay after MPs back extension

The UK will formally request a delay to its exit from the EU after the House of Commons overwhelmingly endorsed an extension on Thursday (14 March) in a vote whose result means Theresa May’s government has formally abandoned plans for the UK to leave the bloc on 29 March.
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Farage to lobby EU countries in search of Brexit extension veto

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said on Wednesday (13 March) he will lobby EU countries to make sure one of them vetoes a possible extension of Article 50 past the 29 March deadline.
13-03-2019

UK may have to hold EU elections, May warns after MPs rule out ‘no deal’ Brexit

Theresa May warned MPs on Wednesday (13 March) that she could be forced to request a lengthy extension to Brexit talks, which would mean UK involvement in the European elections in May, after suffering another parliamentary defeat to her Brexit plans.
13-03-2019

Barnier casts doubt on Brexit extension

The EU wants to hear exactly what type of a future relationship the UK wishes to have with the bloc before considering any Brexit extension, the EU’s lead Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said in Strasbourg. But he questioned the point of an extension at all and warned that the risk of a no deal "has never been higher.
13-03-2019

EU to ponder Brexit delay amid calls for ‘credible justification’

Any request from the UK side to delay its departure from the European Union must be supported by a "credible and convincing justification," Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Tuesday (12 March), reflecting growing exasperation on the EU side.
12-03-2019

UK set to demand Brexit extension after MPs hand heavy defeat to May

UK MPs again rejected Theresa May's Brexit Withdrawal Agreement by a huge majority on Tuesday evening (12 March), dealing a devastating blow to the embattled prime minister's credibility
12-03-2019

May’s lawyer leaves her without a backstop

Ahead of Theresa May’s latest push to win last-minute changes to her Brexit deal on Monday (11 March), a UK official told EURACTIV the only thing that could get it over the line was if the UK Attorney General could conclude that the threat of having an indefinite Irish border backstop has now been removed.
12-03-2019

Drinkers at British-themed pub in Paris drown their sorrows with Brexit beer

If Prime Minister Theresa May or any other Brit needs some Dutch courage to see them through the fraught final countdown to Britain’s departure from the European Union they need look no further than a Paris pub and its popular “Brexit” beer.
12-03-2019

May gets ‘legally binding’ assurances on backstop from last-ditch Strasbourg trip

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has secured "legally binding" assurances to her Brexit plans in a bid to win over Brexit rebels in the House of Commons, a day before a meaningful vote takes place amongst MPs.
11-03-2019

Britain braces for decisive week of Brexit votes

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to reveal Monday (11 March) what changes, if any, she has secured to her EU divorce deal, on the eve of a crucial vote in parliament less than three weeks before Brexit day....
08-03-2019

Rejecting Brexit deal would plunge UK into ‘crisis’, May warns

UK Prime Minister Theresa May warned lawmakers on Friday (8 March) that rejecting her Brexit deal next week would plunge the UK into crisis and could lead to it never actually leaving the EU.
07-03-2019

UK confirms Brexit vote, MPs set to reject the deal again

The House of Commons appears set to reject Theresa May's Brexit deal next week after government ministers conceded that little progress had been made on the Irish backstop, a key issue for London that has thwarted the process for months.

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