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Brexit 03-09-2018

Sterling tumbles against the euro as Brexit fears disrupt markets

The British pound has fallen significantly against the euro, amid fears that the progress of the Brexit talks is stalling and may result in an unstable future for the UK.
Brexit 12-02-2018

London seeks to break Brexit deadlock over claims of devolution power-grab

Cabinet Office minister David Lidington is expected to unveil new powers for the UK's devolved governments this week, in a bid to break the deadlock between them and Theresa May’s government over an alleged ‘power grab’ by London through its Brexit legislation.
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 11-01-2018

‘No deal’ Brexit threatens ‘bleak future’ for Welsh farmers

Welsh sheep farmers face a “bleak future” if the UK does not maintain free trade with the EU, a leading industry representative has warned MPs.
Energy 04-09-2017

Tidal power world record broken off Scottish coast

August was a record-breaking month for Scottish tidal energy, after a power station managed to generate 700 megawatt-hours of electricity. Studies show that tidal power could supply nearly half of Scotland’s power needs.
Brexit 22-08-2017

Scottish, Welsh government heads aim to stop ‘blatant power grab’ after Brexit

The heads of devolved governments in Scotland and Wales will meet on Tuesday (22 August) to try to set a common strategy to protect parliamentary powers which they say are under threat from Britain's plan to leave the European Union.
Brexit 12-07-2017

Barnier tells Britain ‘trust needed to build new relationship’

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned the UK it must honour all its outstanding bills before talking about any future relationship with the Union, urging London to make faster progress in the talks.

Wales continues to lead UK in recycling, announces circular economy fund

The Welsh government has unveiled a £6.5m (€7.5m) fund to help SMEs make the transformation towards a circular economy. The Principality leads the UK in recycling targets and would place 4th in the EU if it were a member state. EURACTIV’s partner edie.net reports.
Agrifood 16-02-2017

Shetland Islands toy with idea of post-Brexit independence

Of all the consequences of the Brexit vote, the fate of the Shetland Islands in the North Atlantic and their oil fields and fisheries may not top the list for negotiators in Westminster and Brussels. But it soon might.
House of Lords
Brexit 10-02-2017

UK House of Lords to attach strings to Brexit legislation

Members of Britain's upper house of parliament said today (10 February) they would try to attach conditions to legislation giving Prime Minister Theresa May the power to trigger the country's exit from the European Union.
Brexit 07-02-2017

Scottish parliament to oppose Brexit bill

The Scottish parliament is expected to officially register its opposition to the UK government's march towards Brexit today (7 February) in a vote that will further strain the bonds of the United Kingdom.
Brexit 30-01-2017

Sturgeon gives May deadline to sort Scotland Brexit compromise

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had given Theresa May until March to come up with a compromise plan for Scotland and Brexit, after the pair met in Cardiff on Monday (30 January).
Brexit 22-01-2017

May braces for new Brexit battle over court ruling

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a landmark court ruling on Tuesday (24 January) that could put a dent in her Brexit plans by handing control of the process to restive lawmakers.
Brexit 05-12-2016

May’s Brexit plans face British Supreme Court test

Prime Minister Theresa May's government launches a challenge today (5 December) against a court ruling that it requires parliamentary approval to start the process of leaving the European Union, a decision that could upset Britain's Brexit plans.
Future EU 21-11-2016

The future’s bright, the future’s green

Europe and the wider world face a number of daunting challenges. But there is hope. Monica Frassoni insists that Europe’s greens will play a full part in changing things for the better.
Brexit 18-11-2016

Scotland and Wales allowed to intervene in Brexit court case

The Scottish and Welsh governments will be allowed to intervene in the upcoming Supreme Court case to decide how Britain will begin negotiations to leave the European Union, the court said today (18 November).

Cross-border crime too great a threat to contemplate less cooperation

If European police and prosecutors are to cooperate effectively, legal mechanisms that provide a robust institutional framework have to be put in place and remain there, argues James Wolffe QC.

Global Europe 24-10-2016

The Brief: Brussels Bubble’s Belgium-bashing is rude and revolting

It’s time for the Brussels Bubble to stop the Belgium-bashing. The latest outbreak of this unsightly epidemic came last week, after the Walloons blocked the CETA trade agreement with Canada.
24-10-2016

Sturgeon frustrated by Brexit talks with May

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned Monday (24 October) she would not watch her country "driven off a hard Brexit cliff" as she voiced frustration at her latest talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Elections 03-10-2016

EU should get involved in mediating Catalan debate

As Catalonia pledges to hold a referendum on independence from Spain in September 2017, Catalan MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras calls on the EU to be involved and mediate between the two parties.
Agrifood 29-09-2016

Welsh whisky wades into precarious Brexit world

EU rules are set to allow Wales to call itself a whisky producing nation, as the country prepares for the opening of its second distillery. But it is venturing into an industry that faces immense uncertainty because of the Brexit vote.
Brexit 08-07-2016

Vaughan: Labour MEPs want to continue work until UK leaves, ‘if it leaves’

Despite the vote on 23 June, British Labour MEPs want to continue having a full and active role in the European Parliament. “We want to continue as much as we can until we leave, if we do leave," Derek Vaughan told EURACTIV Poland.
Brexit 27-06-2016

Farmers tell UK: Leave EU now to avoid market instability

Britain's withdrawal from the European Union should start now, in order to prevent additional market uncertainty, the pan-European farmers' association, Copa-Cogeca, told EURACTIV.com on Monday (27 June).
Brexit 27-06-2016

Door-slamming reactions to the UK won’t help

The UK needs 12-16 weeks to order its affairs. In the meantime, door-slamming reactions from the EU can only be counterproductive, Sir Graham Watson writes.