About: Hard Brexit

Brexit 18-09-2018

May needs urgent ‘plan B’ to avoid hard Brexit, warn MPs

The UK needs to ‘urgently’ find draw up an alternative to Theresa May’s Chequers to avoid crashing out of the EU with a ‘chaotic and damaging’ Brexit, MPs warned in a new report on Tuesday (18 September).
Brexit 14-09-2018

Hard Brexit may stop Eurostar trains entering France: French minister

Eurostar trains heading from London to Paris may not be allowed into France if there is no Brexit deal and sufficient preparations have not been made, France's European Affairs minister said on Thursday (13 September).
Brexit 13-09-2018

New passport and driving permits needed to enter EU after Brexit, UK warns

A new passport and international driving permit could be among the unwanted shopping list facing the British in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the UK government admitted on Thursday (13 September).
Brexit 11-09-2018

EU leaders brace for emergency Brexit summit in mid-November

European Union leaders are likely to hold a special summit on Brexit in mid-November when they hope to be able to sign off on a divorce deal with Britain, diplomats and officials said on Monday (10 September).
Brexit 05-09-2018

Bank of England governor to stay on to ‘smooth’ Brexit

Bank of England governor Mark Carney is set to extend his term at the helm to ensure a 'smooth' Brexit, as pressure mounts on Theresa May’s administration to ramp up preparations for leaving the EU.
Brexit 03-09-2018

‘No deal’ Brexit would be ‘chaotic and severe’, warns expert group

A ‘no deal’ Brexit would cost the UK four times more than the EU-27 and result in a “chaotic and severe” hit to its economy, experts from the UK in a Changing Europe think-tank concluded in a paper published on Monday (3 September).
Brexit 21-08-2018

Brexit talks ‘continuous’, say negotiators as they vow to ramp up talks

The EU and UK’s chief Brexit negotiators vowed on Tuesday (21 August) to step up talks in the coming weeks in a bid to avoid the UK crashing out of the bloc without agreement next March.
Brexit 16-08-2018

Ministers stay away as Brexit officials resume talks on Irish border

EU and UK officials cut short their summer holidays to resume Brexit talks in Brussels on Thursday (16 August). The two days of technical meetings will focus on the Northern Irish border and future trade relations but officials indicated that there was little chance of a breakthrough.
Brexit 03-08-2018

Brexit on menu at May, Macron dinner

British Prime Minister Theresa May heads to President Emmanuel Macron's "summer Elysee Palace" on the Mediterranean coast on Friday, seeking to soften resistance to a Brexit plan which has upended her government while failing to win over sceptical EU negotiators.
Brexit 31-07-2018

Hard Brexit not an option, Britain’s car industry warns

A no-deal Brexit is not an option for Britain’s car industry, given the costs and disruption that carmakers and consumers would suffer, the head of the country’s automobile industry group said today (31 July). Mike Hawes, chief executive of the...
Brexit 31-07-2018

UK foreign secretary to warn France, Austria of costs of no-deal Brexit

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will visit Paris and Vienna this week to discuss Brexit and warn of the costs to Britain and the European Union of failing to reach a transition deal, his office said on Tuesday.
Brexit 25-07-2018

Theresa May takes control of Brexit talks

Prime Minister Theresa May announced yesterday (24 July) she will take personal control of Brexit negotiations with the EU, as time runs out to get a deal before Britain leaves the bloc in March.
Brexit 24-07-2018

Corbyn: ‘Botched Brexit will leave UK in hock to Donald Trump’

British opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn will call on the government today (24 July) to back his vision for a new customs union with the European Union to avoid a "botched" Brexit leaving the country "in hock to Donald Trump".
Brexit 20-07-2018

UK to warn public every week over ‘no-deal Brexit’

Britons will from next week start receiving weekly information bulletins from the government about how to make sure they’re ready for a disorderly Brexit, The Times reported today (20 July).
Brexit 19-07-2018

EU Commission: Keep calm and brace for hard Brexit

The European Commission published on Thursday (19 July) a 17-page communication to businesses in the EU warning them of the consequences of a 'no deal' Brexit if the UK crashes out of the bloc next March .
Brexit 17-07-2018

7 nightmare days for Theresa May

A second referendum or an extension to Article 50 could be the only way to cut the Brexit Gordian knot, argues Denis MacShane as he reflects on a nightmare week for Theresa May.
Brexit 16-07-2018

Embattled May faces further Brexit threats, after Trump urged her to ‘sue’ EU

Theresa May faces further threats to her government's Brexit strategy and could have to stave of the prospect of a 'no confidence' challenge to her leadership this week, after revealing that Donald Trump's had advised her to "sue" the EU.
Brexit 02-07-2018

The UK-EU relationship: the political consequences of mutual misunderstanding

The Brexit negotiations are following the same pattern of the UK's tortured and contradictory relationship with the EU. That could lead to a 'no deal' Brexit by default rather than design, warn Dr Fabian Zuleeg and Matt Bevington.
Brexit 21-06-2018

Theresa May survives Brexit vote, EU steps up pressure

British Prime Minister Theresa May survived another knife-edge Brexit vote in parliament yesterday (20 June) but came under fresh pressure from the European Union to step up the withdrawal negotiations.
Brexit 18-06-2018

May heads for Brexit showdown on parliament role

Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans face rejection by the House of Lords on Monday, setting the stage for a high-stakes confrontation with rebel lawmakers in her Conservative party later in the week.
Brexit 08-06-2018

Brace for possible ‘Brexit meltdown’ but don’t panic, Boris Johnson caught as saying

Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson warned there could be a Brexit meltdown but it will be "all right in the end" and said that US President Trump would take a tougher stance were he leading the talks, according to BuzzFeed.
Brexit 23-04-2018

‘No deal’ Brexit risks disaster for food and drink industry, warn MPs

A no-deal Brexit would be ‘disastrous’ for the UK food and drink industry and ‘must be avoided at all costs’, UK MPs on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, said in a report published on Sunday (22 April).
Brexit 06-02-2018

Trade barriers ‘unavoidable’, warns Barnier as Brexit talks deliver little

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has warned the UK government that trade barriers with the EU would be “unavoidable” if it insists on leaving the customs union, as both sides refused to concede any new ground.
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.