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  • UK: Banks urged to study eurozone departures

    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.

  • UK’s Europe ‘audit’: True debate or eurosceptic vote-winning ‘ploy’?

    Brexit 18-07-2012

    The statement from British Foreign Secretary William Hague that his government would conduct a full "audit" of the impact of EU law on Britain has been condemned by commentators as a mere public relations stunt. But the coalition government has defended it as a chance for constructive debate on the role of the EU institutions at national level.

  • UK wants EU to focus on new CO2 targets instead of renewables

    Energy 15-05-2012

    Europe should focus on cutting carbon emissions instead of just repeating the existing EU green policy targets which expire at the end of the decade, Britain's energy and climate chief Edward Davey told a global energy and environment summit.

  • Britain backs down on derivatives rules

    Brexit 05-10-2011

    British chancellor George Osborne backed down on one of his key demands that all derivatives trading be immediately covered by new EU rules but won some smaller concessions on controlling a market once described as the "Wild West". 

  • Britain isolated on EU derivatives law

    Brexit 04-10-2011

    The UK government has found itself isolated in its opposition to draft EU derivatives rules as finance ministers are expected to express their "unanimous" backing to the European Commission's proposal on Tuesday (4 October).

  • UK referendum puts coalition to the test

    Brexit 05-05-2011

    Britons vote today (5 May) in a referendum on electoral reform that has split the year-old coalition government and raised doubts as to whether the partnership will last.

  • Britain hosts ‘innovation summit’ with EU Nordic states

    Brexit 20-01-2011

    Prime ministers from nine northern European countries are meeting in London today (20 January) as part of a British initiative to find ways to boost growth and innovation in green technologies such as offshore wind. 

  • Hague wants greater British influence in EU

    Brexit 02-07-2010

    Britain's new government will work to increase the country's influence in the European Union and strengthen ties with emerging economic giants Brazil, India and China, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Thursday (1 July).

  • Tories deny return to centre-right EU party

    Brexit 01-06-2010

    Despite persistent rumours, the ruling British Conservative Party denied suggestions that they would eventually return to the mainstream centre-right EPP group in the European Parliament. EURACTIV spoke to a leading party representative yesterday (31 May).

  • UK, Italy adopt austerity programmes

    Brexit 25-05-2010

    UK Finance Minister George Osborne yesterday detailed 6.2 billion pounds (7 billion euros) of spending cuts. Meanwhile, austerity measures due to be approved by Italy's cabinet today (25 May) are expected to reduce the budget deficit by 24 billion euros over two years.

  • Cameron heads to Paris, Berlin in first foreign trip

    Brexit 19-05-2010

    British Prime Minister David Cameron will travel to Paris and Berlin on Thursday and Friday on his first visits abroad in his new role, officials said on 18 May.

  • Brussels expects little change from new UK government

    Brexit 11-05-2010

    A British government led but not dominated by David Cameron’s Conservatives would probably mean business as usual for the UK's dealings in Brussels, concluded a panel of experts at an election de-briefing last Friday (7 May).