Brexit

08-03-2021

UK faces difficult post-Brexit era under ‘lying’ PM, says French ex-ambassador

Britain faces a tough challenge to retain global influence after its departure from the EU under a prime minister who has a well-known reputation for "lying", France's former ambassador to the UK told Agence France-Presse (AFP) in an interview.
04-03-2021

New Brexit row after UK extends exemption to Irish border checks

The European Union has accused the UK government of breaking international law after it moved to unilaterally extend grace periods for Irish Sea border checks.
03-03-2021

UK fishing sector sees more job losses due to post-Brexit export troubles

Britain could lose more jobs in its fishing sector if the current delays and increased costs involved in exporting to the EU post-Brexit are not ironed out soon, industry groups told British government officials on Tuesday (2 March).
26-02-2021

UK faces ‘formidable’ task to deregulate, warns new report

Post–Brexit United Kingdom has only very limited room to diverge from EU regulation, according to the ‘UK regulation after Brexit’ report, published on Friday (26 February) by the UK in a Changing Europe academic think tank.
24-02-2021

EU-UK to debate extensions for Irish customs waiver

EU and UK officials will discuss on Wednesday (24 February) the possibility of extending the ‘grace periods’ that exempt goods crossing the Irish Sea border from new customs checks introduced by the new trade arrangement.
24-02-2021

UK agrees more time for EU to ratify post-Brexit pact

The UK government agreed Tuesday (23 February) to allow the European Union more time to formally ratify the post-Brexit trade deal which came into effect on January 1.
24-02-2021

Britain’s au pair system ‘killed’ by Brexit

Once a childcare mainstay for many working parents, Britain's au pair system is under threat after Brexit – piling pressure on families and forcing some mothers to consider quitting their jobs.
24-02-2021

Northern Irish Brexit issue is two-way street, says EU’s Sefcovic

Britain must show it is fully using the avenues available under the Brexit divorce deal to minimise trade disruption in Northern Ireland before seeking concessions, a senior EU official said on Tuesday (23 February).
22-02-2021

Northern Ireland parties take legal action against Brexit deal

Members of Northern Ireland's two largest pro-British parties are set to take part in legal action challenging part of Britain's divorce deal with the European Union, the parties said on Sunday (21 February).
22-02-2021

UK fintechs seek ‘cure for Brexit’ in Lithuania

Thanks in part to Brexit, Lithuania is becoming a fintech hub as a growing number of UK-linked digital financial companies are getting licences there so they can continue to operate in the European Union.
18-02-2021

Johnson drafts in trade chief as Brexit enforcer

Boris Johnson on Wednesday (17 February) drafted his chief Brexit negotiator David Frost as a senior minister in his cabinet with a portfolio as Brexit enforcer.
12-02-2021

Amsterdam displaces London as Europe’s top stocks centre after Brexit

Amsterdam has displaced London as Europe's biggest share trading centre after Britain left the European Union's single market, and picked up a chunk of UK derivatives business along the way, according to data published on Thursday (11 February).
11-02-2021

EU rejects most UK demands on Northern Ireland trade, concedes on steel

The European Union rejected on Wednesday (10 February) most of Britain's demands for easier trade with Northern Ireland but said it was examining more flexibility on steel.
Economy & Jobs 11-02-2021

Don’t wage battle against the City, UK bank governor urges EU

The Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, on Tuesday (10 February) urged the EU not to wage a regulatory battle against the UK on financial services, warning that “a world in which the EU dictates and determines what rules and standards we have in the UK is not going to work.”
10-02-2021

EU will request extension to pass Brexit deal, says UK’s Frost

The UK expects the EU to ask for a two month extension to ratify the new post-Brexit trade deal, David Frost, London's chief negotiator on the pact, told UK lawmakers on Tuesday (9 February).
09-02-2021

UK will demand ‘refinements’ to Irish protocol from EU, says Gove

The UK will demand that the EU agree to changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol in talks in the coming days, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said on Monday (8 February).
08-02-2021

UK denies 68% drop in EU exports after Brexit deal

The UK government on Sunday (7 February) denied reports by road hauliers that exports to the EU fell by two thirds in the first month of the new UK-EU trade deal, saying: "We do not recognise this figure".
04-02-2021

UK ‘in denial’ over fisheries losses from Brexit deal

Fishing communities are still counting the costs of lost business resulting from the new bureaucratic requirements for them to export seafood to the EU market and the UK government is in 'denial', industry leaders told UK lawmakers on Thursday (4 February).
04-02-2021

Irish government slaps down UK bid to reopen NI protocol

Irish Foreign minister Simon Coveney ruled out on Thursday (4 February) the possibility of the Northern Ireland protocol being scrapped or renegotiated, following growing pressure on the issue from Boris Johnson's UK government.
03-02-2021

How the vaccine export control blunder exposed von der Leyen’s ‘flawed’ centralism

Relevant EU commissioners were not consulted and staffer members had less than 30 minutes for a “quick check” before the EU's proposed vaccine export control mechanism was presented to journalists last Friday (29 January), officials told EURACTIV.
03-02-2021

Northern Ireland’s ruling party launches campaign to scrap EU’s Brexit border protocol

The leading party in Northern Ireland on Tuesday (2 February) launched a campaign to scrap the protocol for the province that lies at the heart of the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU.
02-02-2021

Northern Ireland suspends some port checks over staff safety concerns

Northern Ireland temporarily suspended some post-Brexit checks at two ports on Monday (1 January) after a local council withdrew staff over concerns for their safety and police said they planned to increase patrols at points of entry.

New rights watchdog to survey post-Brexit fears of EU nationals

The citizens' rights watchdog set up to protect the rights of EU nationals living in the UK is conducting its first survey to understand the level of public concern about living in Britain after Brexit.
Global Europe 01-02-2021

Britain to apply to join Asia-Pacific free trade bloc

Britain said it is to apply to join a massive 11-nation free-trade bloc of Asia-Pacific countries this week, not long after quitting the European Union's single market.
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