Brexit News

Statement by President Juncker on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union at the European Parliament’s plenary session

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Brussels, 3 April 2019 President Tajani, Honourable Members of this House, The developments in Westminster over the past days have convinced me of what I already knew. The best way forward is the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement. It has already been agreed by the Government of the United Kingdom, endorsed by this House as […]

Brexit preparedness in the area of Health and Food Safety

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Speech by European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen,  4 April 2019 Ladies and Gentlemen, As you all know, we have repeatedly stated that the Commission regrets the decision of UK to leave the European Union. Following the latest developments, a no-deal scenario is highly likely. Let there be no doubt whatsoever: a […]

Visa free travel after Brexit: Council and European Parliament reach agreement

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

The Council and the European Parliament have agreed that, following Brexit, UK citizens coming to the Schengen area for a short stay (90 days in any 180 days) should be granted visa free travel.This agreement was confirmed yesterday by EU ambassadors on behalf of the Council and by the European Parliament Civil Liberties, Justice and […]

Speech by Michel Barnier European Chief Negotiator for Brexit at the EPC Breakfast

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

Brussels, 1 April 2019 Good morning ladies and gentlemen, You have entitled this breakfast discussion “deal or no deal? The state of play of Brexit”. Let’s not forget that we already have an agreement! It was concluded by Theresa May and the European Council on 25 November last year, both on the terms of the […]

EU financial regulators highlight risks of a no-deal Brexit and asset price volatility

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

The European Union’s (EU) banking, insurance, pensions and securities sectors continue to face a range of risks, the latest report on “Risks and Vulnerabilities in the EU Financial System” published today by the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) shows. The 2019 Spring ESAs’ report highlights the following risks as potential sources of […]

Statement by the European Commission on the vote on the Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons

Friday, March 29th, 2019

Statement by the European Commission. March 29, 2019 The Commission regrets the negative vote in the House of Commons today. As per the European Council (Article 50) decision on 22 March, the period provided for in Article 50(3) is extended to 12 April. It will be for the UK to indicate the way forward before […]

The Weekly Vulcan View For March 25th – March 29th 2019 Featuring Analysis Of The Latest EU Developments

Friday, March 29th, 2019

Key Events This Week: Parliament fails to truly take back control This week the House of Commons voted to endorse an amendment by senior Conservative MP Sir Oliver Letwin which resulted in parliament taking control of the order paper. With the Government effectively losing control over its ability to set its own business, MPs moved […]

How Might a New Way Forward be Uncovered, if the Existing Deal is not Accepted?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

by John Bruton Avoiding a No Deal Brexit is going to require a radical change in the way the House of Commons makes decisions. Now that the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the EU has been rejected twice by the House of Commons, MPs must now turn to discovering what alternative approach might find find actually […]

Brexit preparedness: EU completes preparations for possible “no-deal” scenario on 12 April

Monday, March 25th, 2019

As it is increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on 12 April, the European Commission has today completed its “no-deal” preparations. At the same time, it continues supporting administrations in their own preparations and urges all EU citizens and businesses to continue informing themselves about the consequences […]

Brexit is Stress Testing the UK’s Unwritten Constitution

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

by John Bruton The underlying organising principle of the UK constitutional system has been that Parliament, not the monarch, and not people by referendum, is sovereign. This principle may not be contained in a written constitution, but it is longstanding. It was established in the seventeenth century by the outcome of the Civil War 1646/9, […]