About: EU-UK trade talks

Brexit 23-10-2020

‘Every day counts’, says Barnier as EU-UK trade talks re-start

"Every day counts," the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters as he re-started face-to-face negotiations with UK counterpart David Frost in London on Thursday (22 October).
Brexit 22-10-2020

‘Bucket of cold sick’: firms scorn UK over Brexit plans

Hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, UK businesses face a double-whammy from Brexit and are furious at the government for insisting the onus lies on them to get ready for life outside the EU.
Brexit 22-10-2020

UK unveils new rules to bar entry to EU criminals

Britain said it would introduce new rules from January to bar entry to people from the European Union with a criminal record, meaning those from the bloc would be treated the same as the rest of the world.
Brexit 19-10-2020

Brexit trade talks back on after Barnier holds out olive branch

In a significant volte-face on Monday (19 October), EU and UK trade negotiators looked set to return to the table and resume talks on a post-Brexit trade deal, only a day after both sides appeared on the brink of abandoning the effort.
Brexit 16-10-2020

EU has ‘abandoned’ trade pact with UK, says Johnson

The United Kingdom appeared to be on the brink of walking away from talks on a trade deal with the EU after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday (16 October) that the EU had “abandoned the idea of a free trade deal.”
Brexit 15-10-2020

Hopes of Brexit trade deal fade as EU leaders take hard line

The prospects of an EU-UK trade deal being agreed imminently faded on Thursday (15 October) after EU leaders took an uncompromising approach on the progress of talks.
Agrifood 15-10-2020

Experts warn of ‘inevitable disruption’ of food supply chains with no-deal Brexit

After the United Kingdom voted against including guarantees on food standards in its post-Brexit legislation this week, experts have warned that a no-deal Brexit holds wide-ranging ramifications for food safety and businesses.
Brexit 15-10-2020

UK recovery risks being derailed by ‘no deal’ Brexit, OECD warns

The UK economy’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic risks being derailed if it leaves the EU’s single market without a successor trade deal, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has warned.
Brexit 09-10-2020

EU identity cards will not be enough to enter UK from October 2021

EU nationals will not be able to travel to the UK using their identity cards from October 2021 under new measures announced by the UK government on Thursday (8 October).
Brexit 08-10-2020

Time to put ‘cards on the table’, Michel tells UK’s Johnson

It is "time for the UK to put its cards on the table" over a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU,  European Council President Charles Michel said on Wednesday (7 October) after a call with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Brexit 05-10-2020

Post-Brexit talks reach end game as EU, UK agree to work ‘intensively’ for deal

Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday (3 October) tasked their negotiators with working “intensively” over the coming weeks to see if a post-Brexit EU-UK trade agreement can be obtained by the end of the month. 
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 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 23-09-2020

‘Profound antagonism’ will follow ‘no deal’ on post-Brexit trade, thinktank warns

The collapse of trade talks this year will lead to “a period of profound antagonism” between the EU and UK, Professor Anand Menon, director of the UK in a Changing Europe academic thinktank, has warned.
Brexit 15-09-2020

Johnson survives Tory rebellion as bill breaking Brexit deal advances

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a rebellion by more than 30 Conservative lawmakers on Monday night (14 September) as his controversial Internal Market bill moved a step closer to becoming law.
Brexit 12-09-2020

MEPs vow to veto UK trade pact if its breaks Withdrawal Agreement

EU lawmakers threatened on Friday (11 September) to veto any trade deal with the UK unless Boris Johnson’s government withdraws its plans to tear up parts of its Withdrawal Agreement with the bloc, as negotiations on a future trade deal teetered on the brink of collapse.
Brexit 11-09-2020

EU issues ultimatum to UK: withdraw bill or trade talks collapse

The EU issued a stern ultimatum to the UK on Thursday (10 September) to withdraw its bill overriding the Irish Protocol or talks on an EU-UK trade deal will collapse.
Brexit 09-09-2020

Johnson’s plan to break Brexit agreement triggers angry EU backlash

Boris Johnson’s UK government put itself on collision course with the EU on Wednesday after publishing a bill that would breach key parts of its Withdrawal Agreement with the bloc.
Brexit 08-09-2020

UK plans to break Withdrawal Agreement, senior minister confirms

The UK is preparing to break the terms of its Withdrawal Agreement with the EU if it does not secure a new trade deal with the bloc before the end of 2020, a senior government minister confirmed on Tuesday (8...

Why a deal on energy could break the Brexit logjam

The window for a post-Brexit trade deal is closing fast but the basics are already in place for an agreement on the energy sector, and mutual benefits would be huge, writes Michael Grubb.
Brexit 07-09-2020

Johnson threatens to override Irish protocol ahead of EU-UK trade talks

Turning up the pressure on the EU, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is threatening to table new legislation and override requirements for new Northern Ireland customs arrangements, intended to prevent the return of checks at the Irish border from next year.
Brexit 07-09-2020

UK ups the ante on EU ahead of crunch Brexit trade talks

David Frost, the UK’s chief negotiator on a post-Brexit trade deal on Sunday (6 September) upped the ante ahead of a crunch week of negotiations, warning that Boris Johnson’s government was not "scared" of walking away from talks without a deal to govern trade from 2021.
Brexit 02-09-2020

EU’s Barnier urges UK to accept compromise on post-Brexit deal

The European Union's chief negotiator urged the UK on Wednesday (2 September) to meet the EU in the middle by offering compromise proposals on state aid, fisheries and governance, warning that the EU would not ‘sacrifice’ its long-term interests for the sake of a deal.
Brexit 31-08-2020

‘Unrealistic’ UK has caused post-Brexit trade impasse, says France

Talks on a post-Brexit trade deal between the EU and the UK have stalled "because of the UK's uncompromising and, to be frank, unrealistic attitude" France’s Foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned on Monday (31 August).