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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.
Global Europe 13-07-2018

Trump blasts May’s ‘soft’ Brexit plan, says Boris Johnson would be ‘great prime minister’

US President Donald Trump said a free trade deal with the UK might be impossible if London went ahead with Prime Minister Theresa May's proposals for post-Brexit ties with the European Union, in damaging remarks that could widen domestic criticism of her plans.
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).
Brexit 13-06-2018

May defeats final Brexit challenges in parliament

Prime Minister Theresa May defeated the final challenges to her EU Withdrawal Bill in parliament on Wednesday (13 June) after 48 hours of drama in Westminster.
House of Lords
Brexit 26-04-2018

Customs Union: The least bad Brexit compromise that nobody wants

One joke already doing the rounds in Westminster is that Brexit is like Communist Russia: it only failed because it wasn’t done properly.
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".
Brexit 09-02-2018

UK lawmakers consider EFTA as Brexit ‘half-way house’

The slow pace of Brexit negotiations, and lack of clarity from Theresa May’s government on what its preferred trade arrangements with the bloc should be, has put membership of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) back on the table as a possible ‘halfway house’ measure.
Brexit 11-08-2017

Worried UK businessmen ask May for a bit of clarity on EU divorce

The UK business community is concerned about the uncharted waters of the Brexit negotiations and has asked Theresa May’s government to give a clearer idea of how the EU divorce might look.
Brexit 10-08-2017

UK minister: EU proposed ‘restricted’ rights for Brits living in EU after Brexit

Brexit minister David Davis said on Wednesday (9 August) that the EU proposed that Britons living in the bloc after Brexit will only have the right to stay in the country where they are resident when Britain leaves.
Brexit 07-08-2017

London sees €40 billion as a fair Brexit bill

The UK is prepared to pay up to €40 billion as part of a deal to leave the European Union, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported, citing three unnamed sources familiar with Britain's negotiating strategy.
Brexit 12-07-2017

UK hits back at EU over national expert layoffs

The UK will retain all the rights and obligations of an EU member state until it leaves the Union and this includes national experts who work in the European Commission, a spokesperson from her majesty's government told EURACTIV.com.
Brexit 03-07-2017

Prolonging Brexit talks ‘should not be excluded’, says key EU power broker

EXCLUSIVE / The complexity of the Brexit negotiations means extending the talks by one year should not be excluded, according to the spokesperson of the European People's Party (EPP), the leading power broker in the EU institutions.
Brexit 28-06-2017

UK has ‘lots of legal advice’ to reject €60 billion Brexit bill

The UK's Brexit negotiators claim they have had “lots of legal advice” suggesting that the €60 billion Brexit bill should not be paid to Brussels, EURACTIV.com has learned.
Brexit 22-06-2017

EU socialists puzzled at Labour’s hostility to Europeans in UK

Jeremy Corbyn meets fellow centre-left leaders in the Party of European Socialists today to discuss Brexit, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 15-06-2017

How should the EU react to Britain’s general election?

The EU-27 can force Britain’s politicians to acknowledge Brexit’s trade-offs, by offering the British four options from which it must choose, write Simon Tilford and John Springford.
Economy & Jobs 27-04-2017

Watson: There can only be ‘losers’ from Brexit

The upcoming UK elections are unlikely to deliver enough certainty about what life will look like post-Brexit, said the former MEP and ALDE leader in an interview with EURACTIV.com, adding that no winners will emerge from the process.
Global Europe 19-01-2017

Gurría: ‘Brexit damage is only beginning’

British Prime Minister Theresa May will address the World Economic Forum today (19 January) to try and convince the global elite of the soundness of her Brexit plan. A staunch critic of Brexit in the past, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría now offers his support to the British government to minimise the damage caused by the break-up.
Brexit 19-12-2016

UK seeks transitional EU trade deal to avoid Brexit ‘cliff edge’

The United Kingdom may need a transitional agreement to smooth its exit from the European Union but it should not "buy back" into too many of the bloc's regulations, British trade minister Liam Fox said on Sunday (18 December).
Transport 05-12-2016

Airbus chief calls for soft Brexit, higher German military budget

Airbus is pushing the British government to opt for a "soft Brexit" in which Britain stays in the European Union's single market, its chief executive said on Sunday, warning that the future of the aerospace group's investments in the United Kingdom hinged on it.
Brexit 02-12-2016

Pro-EU candidate wins London ‘Brexit by-election’

The UK’s ruling Conservatives have lost a seat in London dubbed the ‘Brexit by-election’, seeing the pro-EU Liberal Democrats overturn a 23,000 majority.
Brexit 13-10-2016

Scottish minister: UK in post-Empire mode needs to find a new identity

Britain’s decision to invoke Article 50 by March 2017 has thrown the country into chaos, said Fiona Hyslop in an interview with EURACTIV. "The UK has lost an empire and has not managed to decide who and what it is yet over the last few decades and needs a new identity."
Brexit 11-10-2016

‘Lot of work to be done’ on Brexit says Danish PM after meeting May

Denmark’s prime minister has warned that the UK still has “quite a lot of work to be done” to figure out its Brexit negotiation position, after meeting with the British prime minister last night (10 October).
Brexit 30-09-2016

May faces party conference as clock ticks on Article 50

Theresa May faces her first Conservative party conference as leader and prime minister this weekend, as the clock ticks for the UK to trigger ‘Article 50’ beginning its two-year EU exit negotiations.