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Brexit 10-04-2018

Brits abroad: EU citizenship doubled in Brexit vote year

The number of British people becoming citizens of another European Union country more than doubled in 2016, the year the UK voted to leave the bloc, official figures showed Monday.
Economy & Jobs 15-06-2017

Commission should launch infringement procedure against UK for abuse of EU free movement rights

Mattia Bosio and Mauro Striano argue that the European Commission should sanction the UK for criminalising homelessness as a way to avoid its obligations regarding free movement in the EU.
Brexit 19-05-2017

There’s more to European citizenship than free movement

When freedom of movement was written into the Treaties, the hope was that citizens would become more mobile and, in turn, more European. But instead of uniting Europeans, free movement has become politically divisive, writes Rainer Bauböck.
Brexit 25-04-2017

Labour to guarantee EU citizens’ rights ‘on day one’ after election

Britain's opposition Labour Party will immediately guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the country if it wins a June election, it said today (25 April), setting out a Brexit strategy aimed at dismantling Prime Minister Theresa May's runaway lead.
Brexit 30-03-2017

UK ambassador to Spain: Gibraltar’s cross-border movement a post-Brexit priority

UK Ambassador to Spain Simon Manley told EURACTIV Spain that cross-border free movement for Gibraltar must be a priority in the Brexit negotiations.
Brexit 03-03-2017

Brexit could slam door on star footballers

European football’s top official fears superstar footballers with ongoing court cases, like Messi and Neymar, could be refused access to the UK after Brexit. He even indicated that European matches could be held elsewhere in a worst case scenario.
Future EU 02-02-2017

Senior EU notary: European integration to continue ‘with or without Brexit’

President of the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE) José Manuel García Collantes told EURACTIV Spain that the European project is on track and that free movement and integration will continue “with or without Brexit”.

Health 24-01-2017

Unhealthy divisions don’t help access to best healthcare

In the wake of the Brexit vote and Donald Trump being sworn in as US president, the divisions in crucial parts of the Western world are clear and stark, warns Denis Horgan.
Brexit 19-01-2017

Shadow Brexit spokeswoman: ‘Easy to understand why some voted Leave’

Theresa May’s 12 point plan has put some meat on the bones of “Brexit means Brexit”. Baroness Dianne Hayter spoke to EURACTIV Slovakia before the prime minister’s speech about a number of issues, including freedom of movement, the next step for the Labour Party and how a post-Brexit UK will look.
Brexit 18-01-2017

Europeans ask May: Where is the give for all this take?

European leaders applauded Theresa May for providing clarity by finally outlining her plan for a clean break with the EU, but said she needed to be realistic about the price Britain would pay for leaving.
Brexit 02-01-2017

Swiss favour close EU ties over immigration curbs, poll finds

Swiss voters would rather maintain close economic ties with the European Union than adopt immigration curbs that could jeopardise Switzerland's access to the EU single market, a survey published on Sunday (1 January) showed.
Global Europe 16-12-2016

The Brief: European Parliament, bring out your dead!

When Europe was in the grips of the Black Death, men would pull carts through stricken villages, ringing a bell and crying, “Bring out your dead!”
Economy & Jobs 01-12-2016

Luxembourg MEP: Associate citizenship for Brits is ‘an offer, not an obligation’

Many fear that the UK's decision to leave the EU will strip British citizens of their right to free movement around the bloc. EURACTIV Germany spoke to the MEP trying to protect that right.
Brexit 01-12-2016

EU ambassadors claim Boris Johnson privately supports free movement

Britain's pro-Brexit foreign minister, Boris Johnson, has told at least four European Union ambassadors that he personally favours free movement with the bloc, UK media reported yesterday (30 November).
Brexit 16-11-2016

EU-UK relationship: We have to get better at telling the story of Europe

Europe fought hard to achieve the prosperity it enjoys today. As the dust settles on Brexit and negotiations get under way, neither the UK nor the EU should take these achievements for granted, writes Susan Danger.
Brexit 04-10-2016

Give Brits voluntary dual EU citizenship after Brexit

Despite the EU referendum result, many Brits remain proud Europeans and do not want to surrender the advantages of EU membership. Joe Williams argues that the EU should offer voluntary dual citizenship if the UK leaves the bloc.
Brexit 19-09-2016

Switzerland and EU head – politely – for the rocks

As all eyes focus on Brexit - where everything has changed but nothing has started - there is another proud European democracy which would like to shut its doors to immigrants but keep open the EU’s doors to its goods and services – Switzerland, writes Denis MacShane.
Future EU 02-09-2016

Switzerland dodges clash with EU over immigration

Switzerland skirted a direct clash with the European Union over immigration curbs on Friday (2 September) when a parliamentary panel rejected the government's threat to impose unilateral quotas on foreigners next year in favour of a compromise.
Brexit 28-07-2016

Brexit: The Northern Ireland conundrum

The implications for Northern Ireland of the UK leaving the EU are more complex and potentially more dangerous than those facing any other region of the UK, writes Dick Roche.
Brexit 22-06-2016

Juncker: I am not a fan of referendums but ‘out is out’

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has admitted he is “basically not a fan of referendums”, and ruled out further EU-UK negotiations, the day before Britons vote on whether to remain in or leave the bloc.
Global Europe 14-03-2016

Hollande: The European left will make no concessions to Turkey

At a meeting of Europe's centre-left leaders on Saturday (12 March), François Hollande called for more effective controls on the EU's external borders in order to protect the freedom of movement within the bloc. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 07-03-2016

Seizing opportunity from crisis will help redefine our common goals

The migration crisis has come to challenge European solidarity, the principle of free movement and the EU’s dedication to human rights. Now, more than ever, the EU needs to live up to its embodied promise to never repeat the divisions and ensuing horrors of World War II, writes Petros Fassoulas.
Future EU 05-02-2016

Hands off Schengen!

Georges Dassis urges European citizens not to surrender the benefits of Schengen.
Brexit 09-12-2015

How to interpret Cameron’s ‘renegotiation’ strategy

David Cameron’s renegotiation strategy is as much about quelling rebellion within his own party as it is about obtaining real reforms from the EU, argues Steven Blockmans.