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Brexit 16-11-2018

UK cabinet chaos as May tries to steady the ship

UK Prime Minister Theresa May was defiant on Thursday (15 November), as she dismissed claims from government ministers that her draft withdrawal agreement does not deliver the Brexit that the British public voted for.
Brexit 17-09-2018

London mayor calls for second Brexit referendum

In a departure from his party leader, Labour's London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for another vote on Britain's European Union membership, saying the prime minister's handling of Brexit negotiations had become "mired in confusion and deadlock."
Brexit 11-06-2018

Johnson and Davis isolated as key Brexit Tory MPs opt for pragmatism

On the eve of the second anniversary of the Brexit plebiscite, nothing but nothing is clear on what the UK government’s policy is, still less on what the official opposition’s policy is. All the enthusiasm for Brexit has disappeared from political life in Britain, writes Denis MacShane.
Politics 08-06-2018

Austria to expel 60 imams with links to Turkey

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on 8 June his plans to expel foreign-funded imams and shut down seven mosques to tackle “political Islam”. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Brexit 04-10-2017

Prankster, coughing fits mar Theresa May’s speech to activists

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s bid to reassert her dwindling authority was marred on Wednesday (4 October) by a calamitous keynote speech interrupted by repeated coughing fits, a prankster and even letters of her slogan falling off the stage.
Brexit 19-07-2017

End to austerity? Poll gamble exposes rift in Britain’s ruling party

An early election was meant to bind the Conservatives to Theresa May's agenda for at least five years, but instead it has badly shaken the governing party with ministers questioning its seven-year pursuit of austerity.
Brexit 30-06-2017

May narrowly wins confidence vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament on Thursday (29 June), highlighting the weakness of her Conservative Party which lost its majority in a shock general election result earlier this month.
Energy 29-06-2017

Europe’s ‘energy poor’ trapped by lack of viable green option

Fuel poverty affects tens of millions of Europeans. Coupled with continuing subsidies for fossil fuel boilers, this means decarbonisation efforts face a real uphill struggle.
Brexit 07-06-2017

Kamall: Why do we confine ourselves to just Europe?

"I would like to see a deal where we couldn’t perceive the UK or the EU as winners or losers. Where the UK is no longer a reluctant tenant of the EU but we are good neighbours," ECR chief Syed Kamall told EURACTIV Poland.
Brexit 06-10-2016

The bold, the barmy and the mish-mash: Brexit after the party conferences

Mercifully, the party political conference season in Britain is over. We would not normally pay too much attention to the resolutions on EU policy passed by party rank and file delegates. But after Brexit it’s worth taking a closer look, writes Andrew Duff.
Brexit 26-09-2016

Preventing Brexit is still possible: Here’s how

The only realistic solution to avoid a UK exit from the European Union would be to go back to the British people after the conclusion of the UK-EU negotiations in 2019 and argue that they should have the final say on the deal, argues Fraser Cameron.
Brexit 23-09-2016

Bernie Sanders’ brother to run for Cameron’s old seat

The brother of Bernie Sanders, the defeated US democratic presidential candidate, is standing for election in the seat of former British prime minister David Cameron.
Brexit 25-07-2016

Boris Johnson is back and could prevent Brexit

The Brexit deal is likely to leave both ‘leavers’ and ‘remainers’ unsatisfied. But it is possible that Boris Johnson, the man who backed Brexit to advance his career, could switch sides again to save his own skin, writes Guy Edwards.
Brexit 13-07-2016

Theresa May’s neighbours sing her praises

Jim Charlesworth has no doubts about the abilities of his local MP and neighbour Theresa May. "She will be the best prime minister this country has ever known," the 69-year-old said.
Brexit 04-07-2016

Top candidates to lead Britain differ on Brexit urgency

Two leading contenders to be the next British prime minister disagreed publicly on Sunday (3 July) on how quickly negotiations should be triggered to plan a departure from the European Union.
Brexit 30-06-2016

Theresa May launches bid to succeed David Cameron

Interior minister Theresa May vowed to unite Britain as she launched her bid to succeed David Cameron as prime minister with a letter to The Times, the newspaper reported Wednesday (30 June).
Brexit 28-06-2016

George Osborne: Minister of ‘fear’

Finance minister George Osborne, who ruled himself out of the race to be Britain's next premier Tuesday (28 June), played a key role in warning against Brexit, heading a campaign rivals dubbed "Project Fear".
Brexit 06-06-2016

John Major condemns ‘deceitful’ Brexit campaign claims

Former British Prime Minister John Major launched a blistering attack on Sunday (5 June) on fellow Conservatives campaigning for a Brexit, as rivals traded economic claims in an increasingly tight race for the 23 June vote.
Brexit 13-04-2016

Official campaigns for Brexit vote announced

Britain's elections watchdog named the two lead campaigns for the EU referendum on Wednesday (13 April), a status that brings higher spending limits and public funds, leaving one disappointed organisation seeking legal advice.
Brexit 07-04-2016

Why the UK Labour Party holds the key to Britain’s EU referendum

If the latest polls are right, Britain looks increasingly likely to vote to leave the EU on 23 June. A number of polls put ‘Leave’ between two and five percentage points ahead of ‘Remain’, writes Adrian Pabst.
Brexit 18-02-2016

Key dates in Britain’s relationship with the EU

Prime Minister David Cameron could agree a reform package at a summit in Brussels starting Thursday (18 February), paving the way for a referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union as early as June.
Brexit 30-03-2015

UK election campaign launched today, parliament dissolved

Campaigning in Britain's closest national election in decades will start today (30 March) after Queen Elizabeth dissolves parliament at Prime Minister David Cameron's behest, teeing up an unusually fraught battle to govern the €2.6 trillion economy.
Brexit 06-05-2013

Britain and the EU: An ever-closer union?

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.
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Brexit 09-04-2013

Thatcher: a European legacy

The UK's first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died on Monday in London aged 87 after suffering a stroke. As the longest serving premier of the 20th century, she was one of the most influential and controversial political leaders Europe and the world has ever seen. 'May I thank you for offering me this opportunity to reply. It seems to me that some people do not like me to reply quite as vigorously as they attack me. It is a reciprocal business with us, I hope it is with you', said Baroness Thatcher.