About: Britain Archives

  • Britain and the EU: An ever-closer union?

    Opinion | Brexit 06-05-2013

    The question of Britain in Europe has been a running sore in British public life for too long, and as such has proved a constant irritant on both sides of the Channel. It needs to be settled, writes Malcolm Rifkind.

  • Scotland, Britain, the pound and the euro

    Opinion | Brexit 04-05-2013

    With the rest of the United Kingdom's GDP ten times that of Scotland, the country's only route would be to join the euro if it wishes to be truly independent, writes Graham Bishop.

  • What does EU membership mean for the UK?

    Opinion | Brexit 01-03-2013

    This is a defining moment for Europe, according to the UK’s Europe Minister, David Lidington. The UK’s Balance of Competences Review is not designed as a prelude to cherry-picking the Treaties, or to British exit from the EU, he argues, and asks for European input in the process.

  • Cameron wants further cuts to EU budget draft, threatens veto

    News | EU Priorities 2020 06-02-2013

    British Prime Minister David Cameron hopes to enlist the support of Germany and other rich north European countries in his fight to freeze EU spending at budget talks starting tomorrow and is prepared to block a deal unless more savings are found.

  • Britain flirting with the edge of three-tier Europe: Stubb

    News | Brexit 05-02-2013

    The European Union is becoming a three-tiered club and Britain risks being left on the outer margins of it, Finland's Europe minister, who was among the first to warn about Britain drifting away from Europe, will say in a speech on Tuesday (5 February).

  • Cameron’s principles and the future of Europe

    Opinion | Future EU 30-01-2013

    Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron have both referred to their adherence to democratic values. In democracies, governments are bound by rules and are answerable to parliaments. But even in the oldest and most experienced democracies, this model does not always work well, writes Phedon Nicolaides.

  • EU threatens to punish Norway for breaching EEA agreement

    News | Trade & Society 30-01-2013

    Norway is failing to live up to its obligations as a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), including imposing extra taxes on EU products and not implementing more than 400 directives, according to an EU report to be published later this year.

  • The positive side of David Cameron’s lonely cruise

    Opinion | Brexit 29-01-2013

    It remains to be seen whether David Cameron's speech has answered questions about the long-term British strategy for the European Union, writes Jacek Saryusz-Wolski.

  • German politicians rebuff ‘special rights’ for Britain

    News | Brexit 28-01-2013

    Britain is right to demand greater openness in the European Union but cannot expect to be accorded special rights that might unravel the bloc, senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition were quoted as saying on Sunday (27 January).

  • Cameron speech: Still protesting Britain’s European innocence

    Opinion | Brexit 24-01-2013

    Ideally, Britain wants a European-wide free trade area without the supranational institutional apparatus, something it proposed during the 1950s. Yet, unless the euro implodes, that's not the future of the EU, say Dr Michael J. Geary and Kevin A. Lees.

  • Cameron’s gamble

    Opinion | Brexit 24-01-2013

    David Cameron’s promise of an in/out referendum leaves europhiles in Britain with a choice of two unattractive alternatives: a detached ‘outer lane’ vision of Britain’s place in Europe, or leaving the EU altogether, writes Mark Dawson.

  • Cameron to deliver long-awaited EU speech this week

    News | Brexit 21-01-2013

    British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to deliver his hotly anticipated speech about his plans for Britain's membership of the European Union this week, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Sunday (20 January).

  • US tells Britain to stay in the European Union

    News | Brexit 10-01-2013

    The United States wants Britain to stay in the European Union and fears a British exit would run against US interests, a senior official in Barack Obama's administration said on Wednesday (9 January).

  • Britain and EU: The worst is yet to come, so let’s be smart

    Opinion | Brexit 19-12-2012

    Britain appears increasingly disinterested in Europe, mostly because it does not want to take part in the solution to the eurozone crisis. European leaders appear less willing to factor in Britain’s interests, especially within the Council, argues Vivien Pertusot.

  • Cameron: ‘We have opportunities to maximise what we want from Europe’

    News | Brexit 14-12-2012

    Britain must use the upheaval created by the euro zone crisis to forge a new relationship with the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday as he fights a rising anti-EU mood at home that could threaten his chances of re-election.

  • Businesses urge Cameron to tame Euroscepticism

    News | Brexit 20-11-2012

    Britain would damage its fragile economy and risk isolation if it ended its often stormy relationship with the European Union, business leaders said on Monday (19 November) before critical EU budget talks later this week.

  • Britain ‘sleepwalking to EU exit’, warns Labour

    News | Brexit 19-11-2012

    Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband vowed on Monday (19 November) he would not let Britain sleepwalk towards exit from the European Union as Prime Minister David Cameron prepared for tough talks in Brussels this week on a renewal of the bloc's budget.

  • UK and Europe: For better, not for worse

    Opinion | Brexit 07-11-2012

    The UK grows increasingly euro-sceptic, vetoing the Banking Union, threatening the EU's long-term budget and promising a referendum on membership. However, a EURACTIV ranking of the "40 most influential Britons on current EU policy-making" underlines British influence on European issues. Complementing a federal eurozone, Britain may opt for a 'focused membership’ centred on a better regulated single market, write Christophe Leclercq and Sharon Leclercq-Spooner.

  • Prodi: EU isolationism heralds ‘grave difficulties’ for Britain

    News | Brexit 24-10-2012

    In a wide-ranging interview with EURACTIV.de, Romano Prodi, former European Commission President, says moves towards a two-speed European Union were now well underway. Regarding the UK's disengagement from Europe, his assessment is simple: Britain will lose influence and eventually face "grave difficulties".

  • Prodi: ‘Britain will become less powerful and face grave difficulties’

    Interview | Brexit 24-10-2012

    Romano Prodi, former president of the European Commission, shares his views with EURACTIV.de on the future of the single currency and moves towards a two-speed European Union. Regarding the UK's disengagement from Europe, his assessment is simple: Britain will lose influence and eventually face "grave difficulties".

  • UK Tories warned by EU against stifling green agenda

    News | Brexit 09-10-2012

    Brussels has placed itself on a collision course with Britain's ruling Conservative party by issuing a blunt warning on the dangers of stifling the green agenda.

  • Britain halts rail franchise deal

    News | Transport 03-10-2012

    The British government has torn up a deal awarding one of its biggest rail franchises to a private operator, in a humiliating U-turn that raises doubts about the government's handling of the privatised railways.

  • Britain, Europe and referendums

    Opinion | Brexit 17-08-2012

    Europe is the key to the future of the coalition government in Britain. Unless the current tendency to pander to the eurosceptic right is abandoned, the Liberal Democrats will be inevitably driven into a future coalition with a Labour Party that has declined to commit political suicide by heading too far to the left, writes Tom Spencer.

  • UK: Banks urged to study eurozone departures

    News | Brexit 18-07-2012

    Britain's banks have been told to test how they would cope if several eurozone countries exited the single currency, the UK's Financial Services Authority watchdog said.

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