Dutch ‘Brexit Monster’ warns of port problems

Dutch authorities unleashed a beastly blue mascot on Tuesday (1 December) to warn that the end of the Brexit transition period in one month's time poses a monster of a problem for port users.

Members worry EU will bend as Brexit talks run out of road

EU member states on Tuesday (1 December) warned European negotiators not to lose their nerve in negotiations with Britain, in a rare reproach as post-Brexit talks entered their most delicate phase.

English football clubs to face new immigration limits post-Brexit

The dominance of England’s football clubs on the beautiful game in Europe could become an unlikely victim of post-Brexit immigration policy, with new restrictions to be imposed on the number of overseas players which clubs can sign.

Thousands of EU citizens risk exclusion from UK after Brexit

Thousands of Europeans living in the UK risk missing the deadline to apply for settled status in Britain because they are unaware of the new settlement scheme or lack the digital skills to complete the application, according to new research.

Scotland’s Sturgeon calls for new independence vote in 2021

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Monday said she will seek a second referendum on independence if her Scottish National Party (SNP) wins at elections in May. The head of Scotland’s devolved government and the leader of the pro-independence SNP...

More Brexit brinkmanship as Barnier heads for London

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier travelled to London on Friday (27 November) for face-to-face talks with UK counterpart David Frost with trade talks still deadlocked and both sides once again arguing that the other must compromise in order to reach an agreement.
Development Policy 27-11-2020

UK aid cuts to be enshrined in law, ministers concede

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told UK lawmakers on Thursday (26 November) that new laws would be required to enshrine controversial plans to cut development and humanitarian aid by a third.

Irish PM says ‘good result’ in UK trade talks possible, EU chief says ready for no-deal

Ireland’s prime minister said on Wednesday (25 November) there was still time for a “good result” in trade talks between Britain and the European Union, though the bloc’s chief executive said the risk of a no-deal split on 31 December...

Biden says UK border with Ireland must remain open

US President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday (24 November) he did not want to see a guarded border between Ireland and the United Kingdom, adding that he had previously discussed the matter with the British and Irish prime ministers and other European leaders.

UK set to slash development aid budget

The UK government is expected to slash aid spending when Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveils the government’s Spending Review on Wednesday (25 November).
The UK government is coming under increasing pressure to convince Brussels regulators that the country's data protection landscape is fit for EU personal data, amid wider concerns that UK surveillance practices compromise the security of EU standards in the field.

UK firms face hefty compliance costs without EU data deal, report warns

British firms face a bill of up to £1.6 billion if Boris Johnson’s government fails to convince the EU to grant an adequacy decision allowing dataflows to continue, according to a new report published on Monday (23 November).

Post-Brexit talks hit new delay after Barnier official gets COVID-19

Talks on an EU-UK trade deal face a new delay after a senior member of EU negotiator Michel Barnier’s team tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday (19 November).
Future EU 16-11-2020

Does Brexit free Europe to seek closer union?

British politicians often speak of Brexit as an opportunity to escape Brussels' shackles but does the divorce also free Europe to go its own way?

Post-Brexit talks enter crunch week with failure looming

British and EU negotiators launched a desperate final stretch of trade talks Sunday (15 November), with both sides determined not to give ground, despite the looming threat of failure.

‘Chaos’ in Johnson’s team could derail EU-UK deal, EPP leader warns

‘Chaos’ at the heart of Boris Johnson’s government could present another barrier to agreement on an EU-UK trade deal, a senior EU political leader has warned.
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UK Lords defeat controversial bill breaking EU agreement on Northern Ireland

Boris Johnson’s government suffered a series of defeats to his controversial Internal Market bill on Monday (9 November) after the House of Lords on Monday removed the sections of the bill that would break international law.

UK PM Johnson says EU trade deal is ‘there to be done’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday (8 November) a trade deal with the European Union was "there to be done", suggesting his view that the agreement's broad outline was already "pretty clear" was shared in Brussels.

UK unprepared for Brexit even if new trade deal is agreed, warns think tank

UK government authorities and businesses will not be prepared for life outside the EU’s single market regardless of whether talks on a post-Brexit trade deal bear fruit, the Institute for Government (IfG) think tank said on Tuesday (3 November).

‘Special Relationship’ faces reset as UK watches US polls

Having set great store in its ‘special relationship’ with the United States, the UK will be watching the US presidential polls with great interest, and none more so than Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his government.

Nigel Farage set to relaunch Brexit Party as anti-lockdown party

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage will relaunch the group as an anti-lockdown party called Reform UK in an attempt to fight anti-coronavirus measures imposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government.

UK has more to lose from no deal Brexit, say voters

Two in five UK adults say that the UK has more to lose than the EU if Brexit negotiations fail, compared to just a quarter who think the EU stands to lose more, according to a poll published on Wednesday (28 October).

Brexit talks no closer to a deal, say insiders

Britain and the European Union are still a long way from a post-Brexit trade deal, several European sources told AFP Sunday (25 October), as both sides prepared to resume talks this week.

Britain signs first major post-Brexit trade deal with Japan

Britain and Japan formally signed a trade agreement on Friday (23 October), marking the UK's first big post-Brexit deal on trade, as it continues to struggle to agree on a deal with its closest trading partners in the European Union.

‘Every day counts’, says Barnier as EU-UK trade talks re-start

"Every day counts," the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters as he re-started face-to-face negotiations with UK counterpart David Frost in London on Thursday (22 October).