British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen are still not giving up: the talks on a Brexit with trade agreements are being extended once more, the two leaders agreed in a telephone call on the weekend. Commentators in Europe have serious doubts about whether there is any point to prolonging the wrangling.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson travelled to Brussels on Wednesday to negotiate a Brexit deal with EU Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen in person. A joint dinner including scallops and turbot, however, failed to produce a result. If the UK and EU don't reach an agreement by December 31, they risk a no-deal Brexit. But the media have not given up all hope of a deal yet.
A few days after the resignation of Boris Johnson's director of communications Lee Cain his chief adviser
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier announced in a
After the summit meeting in Brussels British PM Boris Johnson on Friday once again
The EU has launched legal action against the UK after London failed to meet its ultimatum to withdraw its controversial
Leading politicians from both parties in the US Congress warned British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab during his visit to Washington that the UK should not violate the Brexit withdrawal agreement with the EU. In the event of a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the US Congress could not approve any trade agreement with Britain, they said. Commentators are hardly surprised by this firm stance.
The EU has responded to London's plans to override certain elements of the
Following Theresa May's resignation Boris Johnson became British Prime Minister a year ago today, on July 24, 2019. Since then he has led the country out of the EU and survived new elections. The
The report by the British parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee on Russian interference in the
Last week the British government launched a campaign to prepare the public for the final farewell to the EU. Six months before the end of the transition period, the campaign aims to provide businesses and individuals with information on how they should behave after Britain's withdrawal from the European single market. Commentators accuse London of inadequate planning.
Britain and the EU want to step up their talks in July to give "new impetus" to the
On Friday the fourth round of negotiations on future relations between the UK and the EU ended without substantial progress, as the chief negotiators Michel Barnier and David Frost announced afterwards. Time is running out as an agreement must be negotiated by 31 October at the latest. Commentators wonder whether London has any real interest in a deal.
The coronavirus crisis has upset the timetable for the
Even before the post-Brexit
As of February 1, Britain is officially
Boris Johnson's Conservatives obtained an absolute majority in the UK's general election last week, winning 365 of the 600 seats in parliament. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, pro-independence parties won the most votes. Europe's commentators discuss how the vote can change the continent - not just in political terms.
Britain is holding a general election today, Thursday, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for a
The British House of Commons has given the green light for the general election that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been
The House of Commons has rejected British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit timetable. Prior to that it had agreed on Tuesday evening to the deal he
Two weeks before the deadline the EU and Britain have agreed on a new Brexit deal under which
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is meeting his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar today, Thursday, to discuss the possibilities for Brexit with a deal. But in view of the British parliament and Johnson's opposition to a
Less than four weeks before the Brexit deadline expires, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has presented proposals for avoiding no deal which he claims would render the controversial
Britain's Labour Party has backed its leader Jeremy Corbyn and rejected a plan to commit to campaigning all-out for the UK to remain in the EU. The party, which as a result still lacks a clear stance on Brexit, wants to wait for a
Before being suspended last night by Prime Minister Boris Johnson the British parliament once again rejected his motion for a general election, meaning that there won't be a vote until the end of October at the earliest. Johnson remains adamant that the UK will leave the EU on 31 October but the House of Commons also passed a law banning a no-deal Brexit. Observers draw very different conclusions about the showdown taking place in the UK.
The opposition in the British parliament wants to push through a bill this Wednesday that would oblige
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent a letter to again try to convince the EU to soften its stance on the Irish
Food, medicine and gas shortages, border controls and bottlenecks, protests and unrest - a government document leaked to the Sunday Times outlines the potential grave consequences of a no-deal Brexit. British MPs are calling for an early end to the summer recess. Europe's commentary columns also voice alarm.
Since Boris Johnson took over as prime minister opposition to his hard Brexit course has been growing in Scotland and
British MPs have thwarted the plans of the man expected to become the UK's new prime minister,
According to media reports Boris Johnson, who currently stands the best chance of becoming
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will face off against Boris Johnson in the race for the Tory leadership and post of British prime minister. The final word will be had by party members in a postal ballot with the winner will being announced at the end of July. Ten candidates ran to succeed May as Tory leader. Brexit hardliner
British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that she will step aside as Conservative leader on 7 June, meaning that her days as prime minister are also numbered. The announcement came after she made another unsuccessful attempt to secure support for her Brexit deal. Her Conservative Party suffered a crushing defeat in the European elections yesterday. Europe's press discusses May's responsibility for events as they unfold.
In the local elections in Britain last week the two major parties, the Tories and Labour, suffered considerable losses. By contrast the Liberal Democrats, who are against
With little prospect of an agreement for an orderly Brexit it seems increasingly likely that the British will take part in the European elections. Opinion polls predict a strong showing for The Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage - one of the most vocal Brexiteers. Can the opponents of Brexit still win the day?
The EU member states have granted Britain a new extension until the end of October for Brexit. The majority wanted to extend the deadline until the end of the year but Paris insisted that the delay had to be as short as possible to avoid harming the functioning of the EU. Is the decision a relief or will it only prolong the torment of the Brexit drama?
The EU heads of state and government are expected to grant a further delay for Brexit today. According to a draft decision Britain would then have to take part in the EU elections and act in a "constructive" and "responsible" manner until it leaves the Union for good. Not all commentators believe it's a good idea for the UK to participate.
Theresa May has asked the EU for Brexit to be delayed until 30 June after the House of Commons fast-tracked the approval of a law that obliges the government to seek a further extension. In the meantime May hopes to negotiate a deal with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that would presumably result in closer ties to the EU than her current deal. What options are on the table now?
After the House of Commons rejected Theresa May's deal a third time on Friday the prospect of the UK making a disorderly departure from the EU on 12 April is looming. Other possibilities are a further postponement of Brexit, a second referendum or another vote on May's deal. Commentators discuss which scenario is more likely.
Third time lucky? The British House of Commons will vote once again on May's Brexit deal on Friday afternoon. The House speaker has approved a
Conservative British media are mobilising against Prime Minister May: "Time's up, Theresa" is title of The Sun's front page editorial, and in The Telegraph Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson calls May a "chicken" who has been too cowardly over Brexit. There is also speculation that May could be forced to resign by her own cabinet. While some commentators see this as the right move, others warn that May must stay.
The EU-27 have agreed to postpone Brexit, not by the three months Theresa May had requested but by just two weeks. Next week the British parliament is to vote a
Theresa May wanted to present her Brexit deal to the House of Commons again today, but parliamentary speaker John Bercow has prevented another
All the improvements were in vain: the House of Commons has
British MPs will vote once again on the Brexit deal with Brussels on 12 March. If the deal is
Three Tory MPs have left their party and joined the Independent Group set up by seven ex-Labour MPs. who quit their party at the start of the week. The three Tories cited the disastrous Brexit policy as the reason for their departure. Journalists are eager to see what the group of eleven rebels will be able to achieve in British politics.
The British House of Commons will vote today on Prime Minister Theresa May's request for more time to renegotiate the Brexit agreement with the EU. EU Council President Donald Tusk had asked for concrete proposals from London in a bid to overcome the blockade. Commentators are convinced that the worst can yet be avoided.
May will meet Juncker and Tusk today, Thursday, to discuss whether there is still any scope for an orderly Brexit. The main bone of contention is the backstop mechanism for guaranteeing an open border on the island of Ireland. The EU has made it clear that the backstop is not up for negotiation - and many commentators also stress that the solution to the border issue isn't to be found in Brussels.
After the British House of Commons rejected both a no-deal exit and the guarantee of an
This Tuesday evening the British parliament will vote on amendments to the Brexit deal negotiated by May and the EU which it
After winning a no-confidence motion Theresa May has met with leaders of the opposition parties to hash out a Plan B for her Brexit deal. The EU has signalled willingness to make compromises if London gives up certain "red lines", in particularly on the question of freedom of movement for workers. It shouldn't be too accommodating, commentators warn.
Showdown in the House of Commons: the MPs will vote this evening on the Brexit agreement reached between the EU and the British government. With defeat looming, Prime Minister May has warned that if the parliament doesn't pass the deal the result will be either a stop to Brexit or a messy no-deal scenario. Commentators try to make sense of the chaos in Britain.
March 29, 2019, is the deadline for the Brexit - yet there is no sign of a majority for either an orderly Brexit or a second referendum in the British parliament. As a result, both Brussels and London are preparing contingency plans for a no-deal scenario. For commentators the Brexit negotiations have been a fiasco - offering only one small glimmer of hope.
Both the EU Commission and the British government are preparing for a scenario in which Britain leaves the bloc without an agreement. The EU's plans deal among other things with air traffic and the movement of goods and person. London is mobilising soldiers to monitor the flow of imports and exports in an emergency situation. How dangerous is a no-deal Brexit?
The British government has plans for a new immigration law to apply after Brexit. Visas for work migrants would be limited to one year unless they earn more than 30,000 pounds (roughly 33,000 euros), in which case they would receive a five-year visa. Some commentators say the legislation would increase exploitation of foreign workers. Others see the plans as a step towards a fairer system.
British Prime Minister Theresa May wants to present the
The House of Commons is due to vote on the Brexit deal negotiated with the EU on Tuesday evening. All indications are that the deal will fail to be passed, particularly after the parliament forced the government to publish a legal report last week. According to some media Theresa May may also postpone the vote. Commentators describe a situation full of uncertainty.
The EU heads of state and government gave the Brexit deal negotiated with Britain the green light on Sunday. Now it must gain the approval of the
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez had threatened to block the Brexit deal until in the last minute the EU backed Madrid, agreeing that Gibraltar will be left out of all negotiations between the UK and the EU and any decisions will require Madrid's consent. But Spanish media are less than enthusiastic.
British Prime Minister Theresa May was able to persuade the cabinet to back her Brexit plans but it is far from certain that she will be able to get it through parliament. On top of this she is facing a vote of no confidence from fellow Tories. Observers believe a
After pushing the Brexit plan through her cabinet it is far from certain that Theresa May will succeed in getting the House of Commons to approve the deal. Several ministers and state secretaries, including Brexit Minister Dominic Raab, have stepped down, and Brexit hardliners are calling for a vote of no confidence against May. Journalists examine the tug of war in which the PM, the parliament and the people are now immersed.
According to Brexit Minister Dominic Raab, an exit deal between the EU and Britain should be in place by November 21. The British parliament could then vote on the agreement before Christmas. So far, however, there has been no majority in favour of any of the proposals tabled to date. Commentators again discuss whether Britain can afford to leave the EU without a deal.
Hundreds of thousands of people - the organisers claim more than 600,000 turned out - demonstrated for a second Brexit referendum in the People's Vote March in London on the weekend. Prior to the march Prime Minister Theresa May made it clear that she would oppose a second Brexit vote. Where is Britain headed?
Prime Minister May defended her
An exchange of blows between Prime Minister Theresa May and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson is expected to take place at the British Conservative Party conference. Johnson, who recently dismissed May's
Demonstrators have been waving EU flags outside the building hosting the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool ever since the start of the event. They hope the party will change its stance and seek to hold a new Brexit referendum. According to polls, 86 percent of party members back a new vote. Europe's commentators lament Brexit and the loss of Britain's former glory.
London and the EU are at an impasse in the Brexit negotiations. At the summit in Salzburg the leaders of the other 27 member states rejected British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for a
The British government has started to prepare the population and local businesses for a hard Brexit without a deal with the EU. In 25 documents it describes the consequences of such a move for food and medicine supplies, nuclear security, air traffic and other areas. Is London resorting to scare tactics to force the EU to make concessions?
Eight months before the deadline for the UK leaving the EU, fears about the impact of a hard Brexit without a deal with Europe are growing. The media must refrain from creating panic among the people with horror scenarios, some commentators criticise. Other warn that not just the British should be worried about underestimating the consequences.
In the row over Britain's exit from the EU, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has followed Brexit Minister David Davis's lead and resigned. Both have criticised Prime Minister Theresa May's
The British cabinet has agreed on a plan for the Brexit negotiations. Prime Minister Theresa May may achieve her goal of pushing through a free trade zone with the EU. Brexit secretary David Davis, a proponent of a hard Brexit, has resigned. Some journalists find the government's soft Brexit approach outrageous. Others believe the final word hasn't been spoken yet.
Many Brexit supporters had been looking forward to the new British passports - no longer bordeaux-coloured, but blue. Now it turns out that the new identification documents are to be produced in France by the French-Dutch company Gemalto, and not, as was the case in the past, by a British company. Welcome news for the press.
The EU and Britain have agreed on conditions for a transition period after the
In Britain the voices of Brexiteers calling for the Good Friday Agreement to be revised are growing stronger. In their opinion it blocks the path to a hard Brexit. Signed in 1998, the agreement put an end to decades of conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. Commentators are horrified at the idea.
EU Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker have told London that continued EU membership is still a possibility, fuelling the debate about a second Brexit referendum. The Europeans' "hearts are still open" to the British if they change their minds, Tusk said in the EU parliament in Strasbourg. Juncker concurred, but London is apparently not interested.
Former British prime minister Tony Blair has warned in a
The British parliament has secured the right to have a say on the Brexit deal. On Wednesday a majority of MPs voted in favour of an amendment to the EU withdrawal bill to this effect - against the government's will. Is this a bitter defeat for Prime Minister Theresa May, or is she secretly delighted?
After months of
The EU chief Brexit negotiator Barnier has given the British government two weeks to clarify its position on the Brexit divorce bill after yet another round of talks ended without a breakthrough. Only by reshuffling her cabinet can May keep her job, some commentators believe. For others the chaos in the Tory Party is just the same kind of turbulent phase governments in other European countries are also experiencing.
Shortly before the EU summit on October 19 and 20, negotiators from Britain and the EU are meeting in Brussels for the fifth round of Brexit talks. Commentators call on Brussels to abandon its stubborn stance and stop blocking the negotiations. Others discuss the merits of calls for a new referendum.
In her Brexit speech in Florence British Prime Minister Theresa May has proposed a transition phase of two years after the UK leaves the EU during which Britain would continue to contribute to the EU budget. Finally May is showing willingness to compromise, some commentators remark. Others point out that key questions remain unanswered.
A draft of a new British immigration law has triggered harsh responses. The document leaked to The Guardian reveals significantly tougher regulations after Brexit. Lower-skilled migrants are to be given residency for a maximum of two years, and British businesses will be told to put British workers first. The plans are controversial within the British government, as well as in the media.
The third round of the Brexit negotiations has also ended without any progress to speak of. Key issues like the rights of EU citizens and the
As the next round of negotiations between London and the EU kicks off the Labour Party has adopted a clear position on Brexit: the UK should remain a member of the single market and the customs union during a
British Prime Minister Theresa May had promised Brexiteers that London would regain full judicial sovereignty after Brexit. However a paper published by her government now says that only the "direct jurisdiction" of the European Court of Justice would end but that its decisions would continue to be regarded as guidelines. Commentators differ on whether this is a sensible U-turn.
Brexit is endangering the future of the open border between EU member Ireland and the British part of the island, Northern Ireland. London now wants to make the issue part of the negotiations on a
Britain has proposed a temporary customs union for the period after Brexit. According to the plan, trade with its European neighbours would remain unchanged for a transitional phase of up to three years. Some commentators are relieved that London is finally coming to its senses. Others warn against being too soft on the British.
The British government on Monday presented its plans for the 3.2 million EU nationals living in the UK after Brexit. Those who have lived in Britain for more than five years will be able to apply for unlimited residency with full access to education, the pension system and public healthcare. All others would receive a temporary residence permit. Not all media see the plans as sound.
Britain and the EU will start the second round of
Queen Elizabeth presented the programme of Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May's government on Wednesday. Almost a third of the 27 bills deal with Britain's planned exit from the EU. Commentators examine the Queen's speech in the context of the
Just under a year after the British voted to
In a surprise move, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday called a snap election for June 8 in what she says is a bid to give Britain a stable majority for the Brexit negotiations. According to the polls her Conservative Party has a big lead against the other parties. Will May's strategy pay off?
With start of the Brexit process a row over the EU's future budget is now looming. The loss of the British contribution will leave a large hole in the budget, and several countries including Austria and the Visegrád states have already warned that not they but the net contributor nations must fill the gap. Observers anticipate that the budget row will create more problems for the EU.
The parliament in Edinburgh has approved First Minister
Now that the Brexit process has formally begun the EU and the UK are positioning themselves for the upcoming negotiations. London has adopted a more compromising tone in its most recent communications. The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has expressed willingness to talk about future payments to the EU and a free trade agreement. How much will both sides lose in the negotiations?
Now that the British parliament has approved the
In view of an impending
The British parliament on Wednesday approved the bill allowing the government to trigger Brexit. Although most MPs
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has ordered Labour MPs to support the May government's Brexit bill
The UK's Supreme Court has ruled that the British government cannot launch the Brexit process without consulting parliament in a decision that upholds the High Court
Britain will not remain in the single market after Brexit, Theresa May announced in her
Britain's permanent representative to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, has resigned from office, expressing sharp criticism of his government. In
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has stressed that
The UK's Supreme Court on Monday began hearing the appeal against the High Court ruling that
In his first autumn statement on budget policy the British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond on Wednesday announced tax cuts and increased public investment. As a result of
British Prime Minister Theresa May has warned the parliamentarians not to oppose the British people's
A leaked British Treasury report warns that Britain would lose billions of euros per year as a result of a hard Brexit. But this didn't stop Prime Minister Theresa May from announcing a
British Prime Minister Theresa May presented a broad outline for the UK's EU exit negotiations on Sunday. She indicated a move toward a "hard"
The Bank of England has cut the benchmark interest rate to a record low of 0.25 percent in a bid to stave off recession after the
Boris Johnson made his first trip to Brussels in his capacity as British foreign secretary on Monday. While there, the controversial
The UK Home Secretary Theresa May and Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom are the two remaining candidates to succeed David Cameron as prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party. The party members will decide between the two in a vote on September 9. Who are these two women who want to govern the country after the
Two weeks after the
To keep companies in Britain after the
Nigel Farage announced his resignation as Ukip leader on Monday, becoming the second figurehead of the British Eurosceptics, after
Many in Britain are questioning the result of the
For the first time in history a country has voted to leave the EU. Just under 51.9 percent of British voters
46.5 million registered British voters will
Barack Obama has clearly warned the British against
With two months to go before the UK referendum first