About: Guy Verhofstadt

Brexit 20-07-2018

Brits thrown post-Brexit EU citizenship lifeline by Commission

The European Commission registered a Citizens' Initiative on Wednesday (18 July) that could end up securing EU citizenship for UK citizens once Britain leaves the EU.
Brexit 20-06-2018

No trade deal before the end of Brexit transition, Verhofstadt warns UK

A new EU-UK trade deal will not be concluded before the end of a post-Brexit transition period, Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator, told UK MPs on Wednesday (20 June).

Verhofstadt threatens to take Council to court for ‘failure to act’ on asylum reform

The European Parliament debated the priorities for Europe on Tuesday, ahead of a crucial EU summit due on 28-29 June. Among those priorities, the reform of the Dublin regulation seems the most pressing and MEPs urged EU leaders to find an agreement on the asylum system.
Future EU 02-05-2018

Commission’s budget proposal draws praise from MEPs

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger received a largely positive reception from MEPs to their proposal for the next long-term EU budget from 2021-2027.
Brexit 02-05-2018

UK Brexit minister open to Ukraine-style EU association

Brexit minister David Davis said Tuesday (1 May) he has "no intrinsic objection" to the idea of an association deal between Britain and the European Union similar to one the bloc has with Ukraine.
Elections 10-04-2018

En Marche aiming to take out the EPP

Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the liberal ALDE group and Belgium's former prime minister, took part in the launch of the Grand March for Europe in Brussels, whose aim is to listen to citizens but also to challenge traditional European political groups. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Global Europe 21-03-2018

Juncker under fire for ‘nauseating’ Putin letter

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker came under fire yesterday (20 March) over a "nauseating" letter congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election even as Britain blames Moscow for a deadly toxin attack.
Politics 16-03-2018

The Brief – Europe united

Who says the European Union cannot be united? Or that it can no longer see eye to eye with Washington on anything?
Brexit 14-03-2018

Duff: post-Brexit association agreement one step closer

The resolution on Brexit voted with a large majority in the European Parliament today (March 14) sketches the outlines of a new EU-UK association agreement and brings us one step closer towards a dynamic post-Brexit relationship, writes Andrew Duff.
Brexit 14-03-2018

MEPs back Ukraine-style ‘association’ deal for post-Brexit UK

The European Parliament backed a Ukraine-style "association agreement" as the model for future EU-UK relations after Brexit.
Brexit 13-03-2018

The Brief – Another Groundhog Day

Another day, another Groundhog Day debate on Brexit.
Brexit 02-03-2018

May’s ‘hard facts’ on Brexit meet mixed reaction

Theresa May’s most detailed speech yet on UK-EU relations after Brexit received a mixed reaction on Friday (2 March), with senior EU lawmakers warning that the UK government continued to "bury its head in the sand".
Future EU 09-02-2018

Trans-Europe Express: Mistrust is gaining ground in Europe

The wind of enthusiasm blown by the victory of President Emmanuel Macron last June has vanished. In a historic vote on Wednesday, the European Parliament rejected the innovative idea of transnational lists.
Brexit 09-01-2018

Bemused Commission defends planning for ‘no deal’ Brexit

The European Commission has dismissed claims that it was ‘discriminating’ against British businesses by starting contingency planning for a possible 'no deal' outcome, in the latest row over the UK’s access to the single market after it formally leaves the EU next year.
Brexit 14-12-2017

Theresa May suffers major parliamentary defeat ahead of EU summit

Prime Minister Theresa May’s government was defeated yesterday (13 December), when lawmakers forced through changes to its Brexit blueprint that ministers said could endanger Britain’s departure from the European Union.
Brexit 13-12-2017

EU readies ‘David Davis-proof’ Brexit summit

The European Union has played down talk by Britain’s Brexit minister that last week’s interim accord is not binding and will launch new talks on Friday (15 December) that are “David Davis-proof”, a senior EU official said.
Elections 30-11-2017

Europe’s liberals prepare for overthrow of Grand Coalition

Liberals in Europe want to overthrow the European cartel of power held by conservative and social democrats and are targeting victory in the upcoming European elections in 2019. Can their offensive possibly succeed? Wolf Achim Wiegand looks at their chances.

European Parliament sets in motion ‘nuclear option’ for Poland

The European Parliament adopted on Wednesday (15 November) a resolution calling for the application of the so-called ‘nuclear option’ for Poland, Article 7 of the EU Treaty, because of the threat to the rule of law in the biggest Eastern European country. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Brexit 09-11-2017

Brexit talks resume, slow progress set to cause delays in roadmap

Britain and the EU opened another round of slow-moving divorce talks on Thursday (9 November) amid growing signs that a decision to start discussions on post-Brexit trade and customs ties, which London wants to tackle as soon as possible, could be postponed until next year.
Brexit 29-09-2017

Verhofstadt: Brexit is ‘a very negative project’, but it helped revive EU popularity

Brexit is "a very negative project" but has nonetheless helped to revive the popularity of the EU and spur demands for change, the European Parliament's pointman on divorce proceedings said yesterday (28 September).
Brexit 25-08-2017

Has ‘ambitious’ British PM aimed too high with EU demands?

Prime Minister Theresa May always said she would be "ambitious" in negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union, and government documents published this month show the scale of that ambition - wanting the closest of ties without the costs.
Brexit 10-07-2017

UK offer is far from what citizens are entitled to

The European Parliament’s political leaders and Brexit Steering Committee members condemn the UK’s “damp squib” of an offer on the rights of EU citizens and insist they will refuse to endorse a Brexit deal that strips EU citizens of their acquired rights.

Britain and EU clash as May outlines Brexit proposals for Europeans

London and Brussels clashed yesterday (26 June) over future residency rights for millions of Europeans as Britain outlined post-Brexit proposals that included a special new status for EU immigrants.
Brexit 15-06-2017

European Commission offers ‘open arms’ for British return

European Commission deputy chief Frans Timmermans said Thursday (15 June) that he would welcome Britain back into the EU "with open arms" if it reconsidered its decision to quit the bloc.