About: Hard Brexit

Brexit 15-01-2019

‘No deal would be more Millennium Bug than Armageddon’, say Brexiteers

The EU may have repeated that the Withdrawal Agreement struck with Theresa May is the only deal on offer but plenty of British MPs do not believe them.
Brexit 14-01-2019

Rejecting my deal could lead to ‘no Brexit’, warns May

Political 'paralysis' in Westminster is more likely to lead to 'no Brexit' and the UK staying in the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May warned on Monday (14 January) as she launched a last-ditch attempt to save her Brexit deal. 
Brexit 09-01-2019

MPs defeat May, urge her to rule out ‘no deal’ Brexit

UK MPs piled more pressure on Theresa May to rule out a ‘no deal’ Brexit on Tuesday (8 January) after inflicting another embarrassing defeat on her.
Brexit 04-01-2019

It would take ‘decades’ to recover from hard Brexit, UK university leaders warn

British university leaders warned on Friday (4 January) that leaving the EU without an official deal would be “one of the biggest threats our universities have ever faced.”
Brexit 02-01-2019

New US-UK trade deal not possible under draft Brexit plan, US ambassador says

A new trade agreement between London and Washington doesn't look possible under the existing draft Brexit arrangements with Brussels, the US ambassador to London told BBC radio on Monday (31 December).
Brexit 01-01-2019

A year of blundering in the dark

A wasted year ended with the UK no clearer about its future relations with the EU but with the clock rapidly ticking down to the 29 March date when she will formally leave the bloc.
Brexit 20-12-2018

From banking to pet passports: EU publishes hard Brexit contingency plans

With just 100 days until Brexit on Wednesday (19 December), the EU’s executive cautioned that most banking, insurance and other financial firms in Britain would be cut off from the European Union if there is no divorce deal.
Brexit 19-12-2018

UK steps up hard Brexit plans with 3,500 soldiers on standby

The British government on Tuesday (18 December) said it was allocating two billion pounds (€2.78 billion) to fund Brexit and putting 3,500 troops on stand-by after ministers agreed to make no-deal planning "an operational priority".
Brexit 18-12-2018

May to bring Brexit deal back to parliament, rejects second referendum

Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday (17 December) she would bring her Brexit deal back to parliament for a mid-January vote, pledging to get assurances from the European Union before then to break a deadlock over Britain's fraught efforts to quit the bloc.
Brexit 14-12-2018

Branson: You can’t prepare for a hard Brexit

British entrepreneur Richard Branson warned on Thursday (13 December)  companies would be left reeling like boxers if Britain left the European Union without a deal to smooth its exit, and cast doubt on the effectiveness of drawing up contingency plans.

Borissov takes pride in crushing Bulgaria’s passport-for-bribes scam

The passports-for-bribes scam may look like an embarrassment for Bulgaria, but Prime Minister Boyko Borissov turned it around on Thursday (13 December), saying he had  received compliments for the way Bulgarian law enforcement had put an end to the practice.
Brexit 10-12-2018

May presses on with Brexit vote as MPs demand better deal

Theresa May will push ahead with a crucial vote on her European Union exit deal, her Brexit minister said on Sunday (9 December), as senior lawmakers in her own party piled pressure on the British prime minister to go back to Brussels and seek a better offer.
Brexit 06-12-2018

In the House of Commons, Brexit has no winners, only losers

Britain neither wants Brexit nor knows how to escape from it. The result is that everybody loses, and the camp of losers just gets bigger and bigger, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 06-12-2018

May under pressure to delay ‘meaningful’ Brexit vote

Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal came under fire from allies and opponents alike on Wednesday (5 December) after the government was forced to publish legal advice showing the United Kingdom could be locked indefinitely in the EU's orbit.
Brexit 04-12-2018

British MPs begin 5-day historic Brexit deal debate before vote

British MPs on Tuesday (4 December) begin five days of debate on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, ahead of a vote that will determine the future of Britain and her leadership.

May’s government warns hard Brexit would jeopardise security

A no-deal Brexit would jeopardise security cooperation with the European Union, Britain's security minister Ben Wallace will say on Thursday (29 November).
Brexit 22-11-2018

Theresa May to return to Brussels before summit in bid to seal Brexit deal

Prime Minister Theresa May said she would be returning to Brussels on Saturday (24 November) to hammer out an outline of Britain's future ties with the EU after her meeting with the head of the bloc's executive on Wednesday failed to bridge the gaps.
16-11-2018

Chances of orderly Brexit shrinking in different scenarios for Britain

Despite facing a fierce backlash to her draft Brexit deal, British Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to fight on. Amid cabinet resignations and moves by her own MPs to oust her, the battle to save the EU withdrawal agreement and her own political career could have a number of outcomes.
Brexit 30-10-2018

Tax cuts or hard Brexit – Hammond’s budget warning to Tories

Philip Hammond’s pre-Brexit budget, presented on Monday (29 October), was full of small giveaways designed to be popular with voters, and also included a stern warning to his hard Brexiteer colleagues in the Conservative party: you can have tax cuts or a hard Brexit, but not both.
Brexit 26-10-2018

French businesses prepare for no-deal Brexit

With the fateful date fast approaching, the France's Ministry of Economy and Finance is encouraging French businesses to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. EURACTIV France reports.

At EU summit, Borissov deplores ‘terrible’ Russian cyberattacks on Bulgaria

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov disclosed on Wednesday (17 October) that his country had been targeted by “terrible” Russian cyberattacks before its EU presidency.
Brexit 15-10-2018

Brexit talks stall before midweek EU summit

The stubborn problem of Britain’s land border with Ireland thwarted a drive to clinch a Brexit deal before a European Union summit this week, as negotiators admitted defeat after marathon talks and pressed pause for the coming days.
Brexit 12-10-2018

Deal, no deal, or no Brexit?

Theresa May's attempts to negotiate a 'soft Brexit' are not backed by a parliamentary majority. Nor are the plans of the hard Brexiters. That could result in a new referendum, which could lead to the UK staying in, argues Hugo Dixon.
Transport 10-10-2018

Karima Delli MEP: ‘Hard Brexit would be a disaster for transport’

European Parliament transport committee chair Karima Delli has warned about the “disastrous” consequences of a hard Brexit, especially on the transport sector. EURACTIV France’s partner La Tribune reports.