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Brexit 16-01-2019

Tusk hints at Brexit cancellation, as UK government faces crisis

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has hinted that the UK should consider staying in the European Union after Prime Minister May's Conservative government experienced a calamitous defeat in the House of Commons on her Brexit deal last night (15 January).
Brexit 11-01-2019

Explainer: Can Britain’s parliament prevent a no-deal Brexit?

British Prime Minister Theresa May's political weakness was exposed by a series of defeats in parliament this week, prompting claims that rebel lawmakers can wrest control of the process to leave the European Union. But can lawmakers stop a no-deal Brexit?
Brexit 09-01-2019

EU open to Brexit delay, but asks: ‘What for?’

The European Union is looking at how Brexit might be postponed and is open to the idea, with EU officials talking of delays from a few weeks to a full year, but it questions whether any such move can prevent a divided nation crashing out in chaos.
Brexit 07-01-2019

UK plans rehearsals for no-deal Brexit amid fears of road, port chaos

Britain will begin rehearsals for the possible chaos of a no-deal Brexit on Monday (7 January) by testing how the road network copes with a tailback of around 150 lorries caused by disruption at its most important trading gateway to continental Europe.

EU temporarily suspends UK carbon permit processes ahead of Brexit

The European Commission said on Thursday (20 November) it has temporarily suspended emissions trading system processes related to Britain as from 1 January next year until there is clarity on the terms of the country's departure from the EU.
Digital 20-12-2018

AI & Ethics: ‘Critical Concerns’ highlighted in Commission report

The European Commission's high-level group on Artificial Intelligence (AI) published their highly anticipated report on Artificial Intelligence and Ethics on Tuesday (18 December), drawing attention to issues related to areas such as identification, citizen scoring, and killer robots. 
Brexit 18-12-2018

Avoid Brexit-style ‘chaos’ Dutch PM tells his people

The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, has issued a stark warning to the Dutch public, telling them to learn from the mistakes of the British government while the Brexit negotiations continue to be dogged by setbacks in the UK for Prime Minister Theresa May.
Brexit 24-11-2018

Spain strikes last-minute deal on Gibraltar and unlocks Brexit deal

The Brexit deal is good to go. The Spanish government announced on Saturday (24 November) that it would back the deal after striking a last-minute agreement to ensure any agreement for the future relationship with the UK will not automatically apply to Gibraltar.
Brexit 21-11-2018

Days from EU summit, May takes Brexit battle to Brussels

Having survived a challenge from hardline anti-Europeans in her own party, Theresa May comes to Brussels on Wednesday (21 November) to fine tune the terms of the Brexit divorce.
Brexit 20-11-2018

Brexit vs no Brexit at all: Government agrees to publish forecasts

The British government on Monday (19 November) pledged to publish economic forecasts that compare Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal with remaining in the European Union, relenting to pressure from lawmakers who sought to force the government to do so.
Brexit 19-11-2018

Brexit: Gibraltar article came ‘out of nowhere,’ Spain says

Spain's Foreign Minister Josep Borrell voiced frustration with the UK's EU withdrawal agreement on Monday (19 November), complaining that the Spanish authorities had not been briefed on the details of Article 184 of the agreement.
Cybersecurity 19-11-2018

‘Potentially devastating’ cybersecurity risks for UK, report finds

The UK's joint committee on the National Security Structure published a damning report on Britain's critical national infrastructure (CNI) on Monday (19 November), saying that cyber threats range across a number of sectors including energy, health services, transport and water.
Brexit 19-11-2018

UK cabinet lobbies May as EU ministers touch down in Brussels

Five members of Theresa May's cabinet are attempting to lobby the prime minister to make amendments to the UK's withdrawal agreement to leave the European Union, while EU ministers will be in Brussels on Monday (19 November) for what the prime minister has termed "an intense week of negotiations".
Brexit 16-11-2018

UK cabinet chaos as May tries to steady the ship

UK Prime Minister Theresa May was defiant on Thursday (15 November), as she dismissed claims from government ministers that her draft withdrawal agreement does not deliver the Brexit that the British public voted for.
Brexit 13-11-2018

EU, UK reach draft Brexit deal but details remain shrouded

The UK took a tentative step towards leaving the EU with a Brexit deal announced on Tuesday (13 November), as negotiators appeared to reach a technical agreement on its withdrawal from the bloc more than two years after Britain voted to leave.
Energy 07-11-2018

UK’s renewables attractiveness drops amid no-deal Brexit fears

The UK has fallen in a ranking of the world's most attractive renewable energy markets for investors, with apprehensions around Brexit cited as a major reason for a year-on-year drop in investment. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.
Brexit 06-11-2018

Most UK citizens back staying in EU: poll

British citizens would vote to remain in the European Union by a 54-46% margin in a second referendum, a survey purporting to be the biggest of its kind said Monday (5 November).
Brexit 06-11-2018

EU to offer Irish border compromise in Brexit talks – sources

The European Union is preparing to back a compromise proposal on the Irish border to resolve the last major hurdle in Brexit negotiations, the Times newspaper reported on Monday (5 November).
Brexit 29-10-2018

Britain’s Hammond to turn up heat on Brexit rebels in budget speech

British finance minister Philip Hammond will use his annual budget speech on Monday (30 October) to urge his divided Conservative Party to get behind the government's push for a Brexit deal, or put at risk a long-awaited easing of austerity.
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Brexit 12-10-2018

EU summit preview: Brexit deal closing in

British Prime Minister Theresa May briefed her inner Cabinet on Thursday evening (11 October) that a historic Brexit deal was close, the Financial Times reported.
Digital 25-09-2018

British intelligence services make dramatic admission in spying case

The UK intelligence agencies GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 unlawfully captured private data from the UK-based rights charity Privacy International, legal documents published on Tuesday (25 September) reveal, in a move likely to spark fury amongst civil rights campaigners.
Brexit 25-09-2018

Britain’s Syriza: Corbyn looks to learn from the Greeks

UK's Labour party have been taking lessons from Greece's leftist Syriza party, the Greek Minister of State Dimitris Tzanakopoulos has said.
Brexit 24-09-2018

Labour late-night meeting strikes decision on second Brexit referendum stance

The UK's opposition Labour party have said they will adopt a stance on their support for a second Brexit referendum by conducting a vote among members, after a late-night meeting on Sunday evening (23 September).
Cybersecurity 20-09-2018

Companies may try to bypass GDPR fines by negotiating with cybercriminals, Europol say

Europol, the EU's policing agency, released a report on Tuesday (18 September) in which they warned that EU data protection laws may lead to an increase in cyber-extortion.