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Brexit 18-02-2020

Johnson’s touch of Frost spoils for Brexit battle

Boris Johnson’s government is anxious to make sure that EU leaders understand that the days of compromise under Theresa May are over. On Monday night (17 February), his EU adviser David Frost delivered that message without fear or favour.
Brexit 18-02-2020

Frost: The whole point of Brexit is to break free from EU rules

Britain will develop its own system for regulating state aid and controlling subsidies after its post-Brexit transition period is over, London's negotiator for the long-term relationship with the European Union said on Monday (17 February).
Economy & Jobs 18-02-2020

Eurozone ministers discuss fiscal boost options as coronavirus worries weigh

Euro zone finance ministers discussed ways to pursue a more growth-friendly fiscal policy mix on Monday (17 February), in a potential nudge to Germany and the Netherlands to spend more as fears of a downturn grow in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic.
Brexit 18-02-2020

Gibraltar encouraged by Spanish ‘pragmatism’ on post-Brexit ties

Gibraltar is encouraged by Spain's "pragmatism" on its key demand that their mutual border remain fully open after the Brexit transition period expires at the end of 2020, its deputy chief minister said on Monday (17 February).

UK post-Brexit rules to ‘turn off tap’ of low-skilled foreign labor

Britain will “turn off the tap” of foreign, low-skilled labor and require all skilled workers wishing to come to the country to have a job offer and meet salary and language requirements as it sets post-Brexit rules from next year.

Berlin wants to open Franco-German arms projects for European partners

Germany's defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Thursday (13 February) she is willing to open the current Franco-German arms projects to other European partners.
Brexit 13-02-2020

Johnson asserts power but loses chancellor in brutal reshuffle

Six cabinet ministers resigned or were sacked from Boris Johnson's government in a surprisingly brutal ministerial reshuffle on Thursday (13 February) as the maverick prime minister asserted his dominance in the post-Brexit United Kingdom
Brexit 12-02-2020

MEPs to greenlight UK trade talks, von der Leyen baffled by ‘Australia’ comparison

EU lawmakers are expected to greenlight on Wednesday (12 February) EU plans to open talks on a post-Brexit partnership with the UK but warned that it will come with strings attached.
Elections 11-02-2020

Ireland’s political earthquake

Sinn Féin made only one mistake: had it run multiple candidates in its strongest constituencies, it could have become the largest party in the Irish parliament by a long lead, writes Dick Roche.
Brexit 11-02-2020

Belgium ‘not prepared’ for Brexit effects

Amid all the hot-air about the economic effects of Brexit, the impact on other countries is often lost. Belgium is no exception - the UK is Belgium’s fourth-largest trading partner, responsible for 8% of its exports and 5% of its imports.
Economy & Jobs 11-02-2020

Lawmakers pressure Paris to do more for EU budget

MEPs in charge of negotiating the EU's next seven-year budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), came to Paris to seek France's support before the start of decisive talks on the future European budget. EURACTIV France reports.
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Brexit 04-02-2020

Paris aims to become Europe’s top financial hub in post-Brexit world

London is currently Europe's leading financial centre but the French authorities dream of seeing Paris in the lead. However, it remains to be seen if the City will lose access to European markets after the UK-EU negotiations this year. EURACTIV's partner EUROEFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 04-02-2020

Trade MEP chief says national parliaments not needed for post-Brexit ratification

The chair of the European Parliament’s trade committee voiced hope on Tuesday (4 February) that an agreement with the UK could be achieved by November and said national parliaments would not be needed to ratify the deal as it would be an EU-only association agreement.
Digital 04-02-2020

UK to diverge from EU data protection rules, Johnson confirms

The United Kingdom will seek to diverge from EU data protection rules and establish their own 'sovereign' controls in the field, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (3 February). His comments came despite the EU affirming that the UK should "fully respect EU data protection rules.
Brexit 04-02-2020

Gibraltar faces hard border if no special deal by 1 January

Gibraltar’s border with Spain will be reintroduced on 1 January 2021 unless an additional deal is reached between the UK and the European Commission and approved by Spain.
Brexit 03-02-2020

MPs call for an Anglo-German post-Brexit ‘friendship treaty’

A British MP and his German counterpart have called for a post-Brexit “treaty of friendship” between the two countries, as concerns grow in Berlin that relations could turn increasingly hostile over the coming months.
Economy & Jobs 03-02-2020

Europe braces for negotiation storm in 2020

The EU's negotiating skills and unity will be put to a series of tests this year as the bloc seeks to thrash out a deal with the UK and minimise the impact of Brexit, conclude a trade agreement with the US, and finalise its long-term budget for 2021-2027.
Brexit 31-01-2020

‘Dawn of a new era’, says Johnson as UK exits EU

The January rain kept some of the crowds away but there was still a steady stream of human traffic as several thousand Brexit supporters headed to Parliament Square to countdown the minutes to 11pm GMT when the UK formally ended its 47 year membership of the European Union on Friday (31 January).
Brexit 31-01-2020

Ireland, May and disloyalty the main causes of Brexit impasse, says senior Tory

The United Kingdom simply underestimated Ireland's clout and the importance of the border backstop. Add to that Theresa May's unpopularity and cabinet disloyalty and you have all the main causes of the mess Brexit turned into, according to one of the ex-prime minister's key allies in government.
Brexit 31-01-2020

Barnier and Sánchez discuss top priorities in post-Brexit era

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, met in Madrid on Thursday (30 January) to discuss the Iberian country’s main priorities after Brexit, among them taxation and Gibraltar-related issues.
Brexit 31-01-2020

A nation divided: What UK celebrities said about Brexit

The United Kingdom's departure from the European Union has been a highly divisive and emotional issue from the very start, and the rhetoric around it rarely failed to impress. EURACTIV has prepared a list of remarkable Brexit quotes from celebrities in showbiz and sports.
Brexit 31-01-2020

‘This is the point of no return’: British MEPs bid farewell to the EU

After 47 years of membership, the UK will leave the EU on 31 January. EURACTIV interviewed British MEPs Nathan Gill (Brexit Party) and Caroline Voaden (Liberal Democrats) before they leave their seats at the European Parliament to know about their...
Politics 31-01-2020

Tweets of the Week: UK Farewell Special

Today, we’re spending Brexit 50ps, the Brits turn and flee, and we’re serenaded by MEPs.
Brexit 31-01-2020

Dis-United Kingdom sails into the unknown

The United Kingdom leaves the European Union on Friday (31 January) for an uncertain Brexit future, its most significant geopolitical move since the loss of empire and a blow to 70 years of efforts to forge European unity from the ruins of two world wars.

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