Brexit

Politics 17-02-2018

Juncker warns against ‘mixed up’ Brexit talks as May requests defence treaty

Britain wants to agree a defence and security treaty with the EU before its leaves the bloc in March 2019, Prime Minister Theresa May told the Munich Security Conference on Saturday (17 February).
16-02-2018

NHS facing ‘Brexit cliff-edge’ from immigration delay

The most popularly supported public service in the UK, the national health service (NHS) is also the country's largest single employer. Throughout its nearly 70 year history, it has been reliant on migrant workers and may face a serious shortage of staff because of Brexit.
16-02-2018

Employers suggest Turkish-style UK-EU customs union to solve Brexit impasse

Britain and the European Union could reduce their differences over future trade ties by agreeing a compromise deal that would keep a chunk of British exports within the EU's customs union after Brexit, a British employers' group said.
16-02-2018

Tweets of the Week: Dutch minister resigns, Boris Johnson’s credibility, and Bad Valentines

This week Dutch Foreign Minister resigns, Boris Johnson’s credibility declines, and Twitter is awash with bad Valentines!
15-02-2018

Northern Ireland talks collapse, London says deal still possible

Talks to restart Northern Ireland's power-sharing government broke down yet again on Wednesday, the province's main parties said, blaming each other, though Britain held out hope that a solution could still be reached.
14-02-2018

Protecting the UK’s tech ‘cash cow’ from a hard Brexit

If the City of London’s financial district became famous for being the UK’s cash cow, the country's tech sector has become similarly valuable. Digital and tech accounts for 14.5% of all UK service exports, some £30bn in 2016. It is also one of the most vulnerable to a ‘hard Brexit’.
14-02-2018

Boris Johnson seeks to reassure UK Europhiles in Brexit relaunch

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will on Wednesday attempt to heal divisions between UK Europhiles and those backing his own pro-Brexit stance, kick-starting a series of high-profile speeches by Theresa May's ministers on leaving the EU.
Languages & Culture 14-02-2018

Octogenarian Spaniard enrols in Erasmus scheme

One of the Erasmus student exchange programme's latest enrollee's is Miguel Castillo, an 80-year-old native of Valencia who will next week go to the Italian city of Verona as part of his university studies.

Benefits of EU carbon market reform for UK clouded by Brexit ‘uncertainty’

A recent vote in favour of reforming the EU's carbon market is a "strong signal" that energy-intensive businesses should accelerate decarbonisation processes, although the European Parliament's rapporteur on the reform has warned that Brexit will act as high-profile distraction. EURACTIV’s partner edie.net reports.
12-02-2018

The Brief – Stand well back for the Brexit relaunch

Whitehall is not a cheerful place right now. Brexit overshadows every department. The collective sense is that Michel Barnier’s team have consistently outmanoeuvred David Davis and Theresa May, who drift without a plan.
12-02-2018

London seeks to break Brexit deadlock over claims of devolution power-grab

Cabinet Office minister David Lidington is expected to unveil new powers for the UK's devolved governments this week, in a bid to break the deadlock between them and Theresa May’s government over an alleged ‘power grab’ by London through its Brexit legislation.
09-02-2018

Irish border checks “unavoidable” if UK leaves single market, warns Barnier

The UK faces “unavoidable” checks at the Northern Irish border if it decides to leave the EU’s single market and customs union, the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator warned on Friday (9 February), after the latest round of talks on the UK's withdrawal from the bloc.