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Brexit: Council adopts a series of contingency measures for a “no-deal” scenario

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Press Release 19-3-2019 The Council today adopted a series of legislative acts as part of its contingency preparations for a “no-deal” Brexit scenario. The aim of these acts is to limit the most severe damage caused by a disorderly Brexit in specific sectors where it would create a major disruption for citizens and businesses. They […]

Parliament speaker rules out third vote on ‘same’ Brexit deal

Monday, March 18th, 2019

By Charlie Cooper Theresa May’s government cannot hold a third vote on its Brexit deal without securing a “demonstrable change” agreed with the EU, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow ruled, throwing the government’s plans into further chaos. In an announcement that took MPs by surprise, Bercow said that according to parliamentary conventions dating as […]

EU Industrial Policy After Siemens-Alstom: Finding a New Balance Between Openness and Protection

Monday, March 18th, 2019

The ongoing technological revolution and China’s rise have sparked fears that Europe’s industry risks falling behind, and that its unmatched openness is being used against its strategic interests. Amid calls for a more ambitious and strategic EU industrial policy, this paper explores a possible new balance between openness and protection as part of a joined-up […]

Theresa May asks for one more week

Friday, March 15th, 2019

By Tom McTague Prime minister’s latest move effectively creates a seven-day deadline for MPs to sign off on her Brexit deal. Theresa May has a week to save her deal — and possibly Brexit. After another stinging defeat in the House of Commons Wednesday night, the U.K. prime minister confirmed MPs would get a vote […]

UK parliament votes to reject no-deal Brexit

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

by Charlie Cooper MPs are concerned that leaving the EU without a deal on March 29 would damage the UK economy. MPs voted outright to reject a no-deal Brexit, paving the way for a vote on whether Theresa May will ask the EU to agree a delay to Brexit. The vote, which passed by 312 […]

MEPs vote to limit negative impact of no-deal Brexit on citizens

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

To ensure the least possible disruption, MEPs on Wednesday vote on travel, transport, Erasmus, social security and fisheries measures. At the request of the European Parliament and the Council, the European Commission proposed urgency measures to mitigate the effects of a withdrawal of the UK from the EU without an agreement. These measures include legal […]

Second Brexit deal defeat throws UK politics into crisis

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

By Charlie Cooper Rejection by House of Commons leaves Theresa May’s strategy in tatters. MPs in Westminster dealt another heavy defeat to the Brexit deal agreed between the U.K. and the EU, voting against it by 391 to 242 — a majority of 149. It is the second time that the House of Commons has […]

Parliament works to boost Europe’s cyber security (infographic)

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Internet use and the number of connected devices continue to increase, but so do cyber threats. Parliament has approved new legislation to improve your security. Activities by cybercriminals are increasing in complexity and sophistication. On Tuesday 12 March, MEPs voted in favour of the cybersecurity act which aims to improve the European response to the increasing number of cyber […]

May claims to secure last-minute changes to her Brexit deal

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

By Hilary McGann, CNN At the eleventh hour, Theresa May claims to have made a breakthrough in Brexit negotiations. During talks with the European Union in Strasbourg late Monday, the UK Prime Minister and Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay “secured legally binding changes” to “strengthen and improve” the UK’s agreement on withdrawing from Europe, Cabinet Office […]

What Should the EU Do After Brexit?

Monday, March 11th, 2019

By John Bruton What Should Ireland’s Policy Be?  The terms of Brexit are vital for Ireland.  But so also is how Ireland locates itself in the EU AFTER Brexit. President Macron has written to the Taoiseach setting out his post Brexit agenda. The Finnish government has just published an 125 page report on the implications […]