About: EU-UK trade

Agrifood 30-04-2021

Aligning EU-UK phytosanitary measures must be ‘top priority’, warn agri industry

The EU and UK may have finally ratified their trade deal, but question marks remain over how the two partners will align their phytosanitary regulation, which is causing a considerable headache for the agrifood sector. 
Brexit 15-04-2021

MEPs move closer to ratifying Brexit deal but final date remains unclear

EU lawmakers moved closer to ratifying the bloc’s new trade agreement with the UK on Thursday (15 April), after the European Parliament’s International Trade and Foreign Affairs Committees gave their green light to the pact.
Brexit 23-03-2021

UK food exports drop 75% in first month of post-Brexit trade

UK food and drink exports to the European Union dropped by 75% in January, the first month of life outside the EU’s single market, according to data published by the UK’s Food and Drink Federation.
Brexit 12-03-2021

UK delays customs checks on EU imports by six months, again

The UK on Thursday (11 March) bowed to pressure from businesses by again delaying customs checks on imports from the EU and elsewhere by six months, to January 2022.
Brexit 04-03-2021

Post-Brexit trade deal, the long and bumpy road explained

With the EU and UK having agreed their Trade and Cooperation Agreement just in time for the New Year's Eve deadline, Brexit was supposed to finally be done.
Brexit 26-02-2021

UK faces ‘formidable’ task to deregulate, warns new report

Post–Brexit United Kingdom has only very limited room to diverge from EU regulation, according to the ‘UK regulation after Brexit’ report, published on Friday (26 February) by the UK in a Changing Europe academic think tank.
Brexit 24-02-2021

EU-UK to debate extensions for Irish customs waiver

EU and UK officials will discuss on Wednesday (24 February) the possibility of extending the ‘grace periods’ that exempt goods crossing the Irish Sea border from new customs checks introduced by the new trade arrangement.
Brexit 08-02-2021

UK denies 68% drop in EU exports after Brexit deal

The UK government on Sunday (7 February) denied reports by road hauliers that exports to the EU fell by two thirds in the first month of the new UK-EU trade deal, saying: "We do not recognise this figure".

EU lawmakers raise concerns about UK ‘regression’ on pesticides

Lawmakers in the European Parliament raised concerns about possible UK regression on pesticides and gene editing at a meeting on the new EU-UK trade agreement on Thursday (14 January).

20% of UK chemicals registrations face revocation after Brexit

Around 20% of registrations from UK-based companies to the European Union's REACH chemicals database have not been transferred to EU companies and will be revoked after 31 March 2021, according to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
Brexit 14-01-2021

Scottish fishermen threaten to dump rotten shellfish outside British parliament

Scottish fishermen have threatened to dump rotten shellfish outside the British parliament after their deliveries to the European Union were blocked by post-Brexit red tape.
Brexit 13-01-2021

Ireland nets 25% of EU’s fund to cover Brexit costs

Ireland will receive more than €1 billion from the EU's Brexit Adjustment Fund, making it the biggest single beneficiary of the €4.24 billion Fund, according to figures released on Wednesday (13 January).
Brexit 08-01-2021

Hauliers count costs after first week of post-Brexit border regime

Hauliers are already counting the cost of the new post-Brexit border rules after the first week of life with the UK outside the EU’s single market saw truck queues, delays, and supply chain disruptions.
Brexit 08-01-2021

Brexit ‘perfect storm’ hits Scottish seafood exporters

A "perfect storm" of post-Brexit red tape and coronavirus restrictions could threaten the future of the industry, said Scottish seafood exporters on Friday (8 January).
Economy & Jobs 08-01-2021

UK retailers face tariffs for re-exporting goods to EU, trade body says

More than 50 British retailers, including Tesco and Marks & Spencer, face potential tariffs for re-exporting goods to the European Union, their trade body said on Thursday (7 January), amid warnings this could make Britain less competitive.
Brexit 07-01-2021

France’s Brittany Ferries in dire straits due to double Brexit/COVID whammy

After Brexit and the global pandemic, a new variant of the coronavirus ravaging the UK has dealt a fresh blow to the emblematic French shipping company Brittany Ferries, which now hopes for help from the French government. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 07-01-2021

Power flows with UK ‘less efficient’ since Brexit, EU says

Additional red tape and customs declarations means electricity will no longer flow as smoothly as it used to when the UK was a full member of the European Union, leading to “increased costs of energy trading,” an EU spokesperson told EURACTIV.
Brexit 31-12-2020

2021: The end of the beginning

A collective sigh of relief greeted the Christmas Eve agreement on a post-Brexit free trade deal. After months of criticism over his government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson won the media plaudits for ‘getting Brexit done’. For the EU, it put an end to years of frustrating and time-consuming talks with its awkward former member.
Brexit 30-12-2020

UK lawmakers back Johnson’s EU trade deal with thumping majority

UK lawmakers endorsed Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade agreement with the EU on Wednesday (30 December) with a thumping 521 to 73 majority, setting the country on course to retain its free trade with the EU when it leaves the Single Market at midnight on New Year's Eve.
Brexit 28-12-2020

EU countries endorse Brexit trade deal

The 27 EU member states gave the green light on Monday (28 December) for the post-Brexit trade deal to go into effect on January 1, a spokesman said. Ambassadors from EU capitals met in Brussels to nod through the accord,...
Brexit 24-12-2020

UK’s ‘EU question’ is settled, Johnson says as new trade pact agreed

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson boasted on Thursday (24 December) that the Brexit-question has been put to bed for a generation, as he announced the agreement of a new EU-UK trade treaty which will take effect from 1 January.
Brexit 24-12-2020

Johnson to announce EU trade deal after cutting fisheries pact

The UK and European Union are expected on Thursday (24 December) to agree a new trade and security deal just a week before the end of the post-Brexit transition period.
Brexit 19-12-2020

UK still unprepared for Brexit, lawmakers warn

The UK is still ill-prepared for the end of the post-Brexit transition period, with or without a new trade deal being agreed, according to a report published on Saturday (19 December) by UK lawmakers.
The European Parliament is to test a biometric attendance register for MEPs taking part in meetings at its Brussels premises, internal documents seen by EURACTIV reveal learned.
Brexit 17-12-2020

MEPs set Sunday deadline for Brexit trade deal

European Parliament lawmakers have set a Sunday (20 December) deadline for a post-Brexit trade deal to be completed in order for them to debate and vote on it before the UK's transition period ends on 31 December.