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Brexit 02-10-2020

EU-UK trade talks must ‘intensify’, says downbeat European Commission chief

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will speak by videoconference on Saturday (3 October) in an eleventh-hour bid to “intensify” talks on a post-Brexit trade agreement.
Brexit 02-10-2020

Johnson and ‘no deal’ Brexit

Boris Johnson's large majority has not made him immune from the demands of the eurosceptic European Research Group in his party, argues Brendan Donnelly, warning that that makes a 'no deal' scenario more likely.
Brexit 01-10-2020

EU launches legal action against UK over post-Brexit bill

The European Commission launched on Thursday (1 October) the first step of legal proceedings against Boris Johnson’s government over its controversial Internal Market Bill that threatens to break the terms of the country’s Withdrawal Agreement.
Brexit 31-08-2020

Solidarity is needed on EU citizenship as well as on COVID-19

The response by EU leaders to the COVID-19 crisis suggests that solidarity is on the rise. But what about solidarity between Europe’s own citizens, and the 65 million Britons who face losing their rights to EU citizenship? A group of authors provide their thoughts.
Brexit 03-07-2020

UK faces extra €2bn EU pensions bill

The UK faces being slapped with a surprise €2 billion EU pensions bill, as a result of a 21% increase in EU officials' pension liabilities.
Brexit 24-01-2020

Even ‘bare bones’ EU-UK deal will be complex, tough to clinch: diplomats

Wrapping up even a "bare bones" deal on the future relationship between the European Union and Britain will be fraught with complexity and, with so little time to get it done, a painful "hard" Brexit on 31 December cannot be ruled out, diplomats said.
Brexit 11-12-2019

Brexit election tightly poised as campaign draws to a close

UK party leaders criss-crossed the country on the final day of campaigning ahead of Thursday’s (12 December) general election that remains tightly poised, with most opinion polls suggesting that Boris Johnson’s Conservatives will secure a narrow majority.
Brexit 15-11-2019

Surge in EU applications for UK settlement scheme

More than half a million applications for EU settled status were received by the UK’s Home Office in October, taking the total to 2.4 million.
Brexit 27-08-2019

Farage offers electoral pact if Johnson pursues ‘no deal’ Brexit

Nigel Farage has mooted the prospect of an election pact with Boris Johnson’s Conservative party, but only if the Prime Minister "summoned the courage" to pursue a no deal.
Brexit 23-08-2019

Boris Johnson starts the long Brexit campaign

August is typically the month when Westminster goes silent and lawmakers go on holiday, leaving reporters to fall back on stories about the holiday plans of the royal family. This summer, with the Brexit date approaching fast, has been much more hectic.
Brexit 22-08-2019

Macron gives Johnson one month to produce Irish backstop alternatives

French President Emmanuel Macron put the ball squarely in Boris Johnson’s court on Thursday (22 August), urging the UK Prime Minister to present detailed proposals to re-write the Irish backstop and avoid the UK crashing out of the bloc without a deal after 31 October.
Brexit 19-07-2019

Boost Irish backstop with new protocol, says Tory-backed group

The controversial Irish border backstop should not be scrapped but instead bolstered by a protocol, according to a report published on Thursday (18 July) by an influential group of Conservative politicians.
Brexit 18-07-2019

No Deal Brexit will mean recession, warns UK budget watchdog

A ‘No Deal’ Brexit would leave a £30 billion per year hole in UK spending plans and plunge the country’s economy into an immediate recession, the UK’s chief budget watchdog warned on Thursday (18 July).
Brexit 03-07-2019

Johnson’s WTO Brexit plans ‘naive’, says UK trade chief

The United Kingdom’s trade minister has dismissed as “naïve and unrealistic" the prospect of the country being able to use World Trade Organisation rules to continue trading with the EU after Brexit, in a rebuke to the plans of Boris Johnson, the likely next prime minister.
Brexit 27-06-2019

UK keep faith on scrapping Irish backstop but supporters stumped on costs

The UK continues to entertain the prospect of replacing the Irish backstop with technological alternatives, but one of its leading proponents admitted to MPs on Wednesday (26 June) that he could not provide a precise estimate on the cost of these alternatives.
Brexit 18-06-2019

Carve out Brexit deal on citizens’ rights, UK urges Barnier

The UK’s Brexit minister has urged the EU’s Michel Barnier to have a reciprocal agreement guaranteeing citizens’ rights in the event of a No Deal Brexit.
Brexit 12-06-2019

Johnson vows to re-negotiate Brexit deal as he launches PM bid

Boris Johnson has promised to immediately re-negotiate the UK’s divorce from the EU as he formally launched his bid to become prime minister on Wednesday (12 June).
Brexit 03-06-2019

In search of realism: the Tory leadership and Brexit

The race to succeed Theresa May as the UK’s Prime Minister will be appropriately chaotic, light-years from the coronation that saw her replace David Cameron in June 2016.
Brexit 22-05-2019

Theresa May’s ‘new Brexit deal’ set for rejection, again

Theresa May offered warring British MPs “one last chance” to pass her Brexit deal next week, but her pleas were met with stony silence from UK lawmakers on Tuesday (21 May).
Brexit 17-05-2019

Brexit talks ‘have gone as far as they can’, says Labour leader Corbyn

Cross-party talks on a Brexit compromise collapsed on Friday (17 May) after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told Prime Minister Theresa May that the talks “have now gone as far as they can”.
EU Elections 2019 07-05-2019

UK bows to inevitable – EU elections will take place

The UK will definitely hold European elections this month, after Theresa May’s deputy conceded that it would not be possible to get the legislation needed to formalize Brexit through Parliament in time.
Brexit 02-05-2019

Local polls offer May some Brexit respite

The UK's local elections on Thursday (2 May) will offer a test of the damage done to Theresa May’s Conservative party by her failure to deliver the country's exit from the European Union.
Brexit 28-04-2019

May government rules out Brexit vote before local polls

Theresa May is likely to make one last attempt to pass her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement in a bid to avoid having to hold European elections next month, but not before UK local elections on Thursday (2 May).
Brexit 10-04-2019

Macron should keep Britain twisting on its Brexit hook

With the Brexit camp in increasing turmoil, EU leaders would be wise to give Theresa May her extension and wait for the tide to continue turning, argues Denis MacShane.
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