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Future EU 19-01-2018

Does the UK government even trust the British people?

Labour MP Geraint Davies writes that the Brexit debate is now shifting and that many promises have not materialised. British people who voted in good faith to leave the EU are now facing a number of impacts they simply did not expect.

 

Brexit 16-01-2018

Pro-Europeans in the UK have cause for optimism

2018 will be the most important year for the Brexit process. With just over a year to go until the UK formally leaves the EU, there is still all to play for, where pro-Europeans in the UK like Open Britain can take courage from recent political and economic events.

Brexit 09-01-2018

For the UK’s post-Brexit economy, no deal is the worst deal

As UK Prime Minister Theresa May teases the prospect of appointing a minister for a ‘no deal’ scenario during her cabinet reshuffle, Charles Rie and Marco Hafner outline the potential risks of Britain leaving the EU without an exit agreement.

Energy 08-01-2018

UK government spells out plan to shut down coal plants

One of the UK’s eight remaining coal power stations is expected to cease generating electricity this year, the government has said as it laid out new rules that will force all the plants to close by 2025. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

Brexit 21-12-2017

Right-hand of May felled by scandal, as Brexit talks ratchet up

British Prime Minister Theresa May was left weakened by the resignation on Wednesday (20 December) of her deputy, Damian Green, who made misleading statements after pornography was found on his computer, in a further blow to the British leader as she faces tough Brexit talks.

Brexit 21-12-2017

UK agrees delaying Brexit date – if need be

British Prime Minister Theresa May gave her backing to a legislative compromise Wednesday (20 December) allowing Brexit to be delayed, avoiding another parliamentary defeat while promising that pushing back the departure date would only happen in "exceptional circumstances".

Brexit 20-12-2017

Trump and May discuss post-Brexit trade deal, Jerusalem

British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump "agreed on the importance of a swift post-Brexit bilateral trade deal" during talks on Tuesday (19 December).

Agrifood 15-12-2017

English rivers polluted by powerful insecticides, tests reveal

Rivers in England are contaminated with powerful insecticides, new testing has revealed, increasing concerns over the impact of the toxic chemicals on fish and birds. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

Energy 15-12-2017

UK gets Russian gas for Christmas, despite US sanctions

The United Kingdom will take direct delivery of Russian gas for the first time this month, after fears of a winter supply crisis pushed prices up. The deal is controversial because the provider is a Russian gas project that is the subject of US sanctions against Moscow.

Brexit 08-12-2017

Brexit set to dominate UK politics for years ahead

In March, Michel Barnier told me he had offered the UK a two-year transition period after April 2019 in which Britain could trade freely without tariffs or duties, provided London accepted existing EU rules and laws on social protection, environment and rights of EU citizens. Denis MacShane explains.

Brexit 05-12-2017

Brexit and the ghosts of Ireland’s past

Negotiations in Northern Ireland have a law of their own. The Good Friday Agreement came about after months of painstaking diplomacy between London, Belfast and Dublin. Brexit will be no different, writes Dr Melanie Sully.

Brexit 14-11-2017

Does return of EU growth weaken case for Brexit?

One of the more powerful arguments advanced in Britain by Eurosceptics – from hardline Brexit ideologues to polite rationalists who disliked many aspects of European integration - was that the European Union had a dreadful economic tale to tell this century, writes Denis MacShane.