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Britain ahead of EU pack in low-carbon transition

The UK's growth in renewable generation this decade has outstripped nearly all other European countries, according to new research. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.
Circular economy 25-01-2018

UK opposes strong EU recycling targets despite plastics pledge

The UK government is opposing strong new recycling targets across the EU despite its recent pledge to develop "ambitious new future targets and milestones", confidential documents have revealed. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.
Brexit 25-01-2018

Ex-UK PM Cameron: Brexit not going as badly as we thought

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, whose failure to persuade British voters to stay in the EU led to his exit from office, was caught on camera saying Brexit was not going as badly as he had believed it would. The EU also confirmed the UK would lose an important space agency after leaving.
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 14-11-2017

UK MPs to get vote on final withdrawal deal, Brexit to go ahead regardless of outcome

The British government will offer parliament a take-it-or-leave vote on any final EU departure agreement, Brexit Secretary David Davis announced Monday (13 November).
Brexit 13-11-2017

UK no closer to revealing Brexit bill offer

Britain will not offer a figure or a formula for how much it believes it owes the European Union, Brexit minister David Davis said on Sunday (12 November), after the EU demanded that London spell out its approach to the final bill to unblock talks.
Brexit 08-11-2017

Irish PM sees Brexit talks moving to next stage in December

It is likely that European Union leaders will allow Brexit talks to move onto trade relations in December, as long as Britain provides guarantees in writing on issues currently being debated, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday (8 November).