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Latest news about Great Britain and the European Union.

EU sets out new proposals to save NI Protocol
The European Commission proposed Wednesday a number of bespoke arrangements to respond to the difficulties that people in Northern Ireland have been experiencing because of Brexit.

Go-ahead for EUR 5 billion Brexit adjustment reserve
The EU Council gave its final approval Tuesday to a fund of five billion euros aimed at helping Member States' hardest hit regions tackle the negative impact of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

EU fund to help mitigate the impact of Brexit
With trade between the EU and the UK increasingly affected as a result of Brexit, a EUR 5 billion fund is set to support people, companies and countries affected by the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

EU endorses UK data protection regime
Personal data can flow freely from the EU to the UK following adoption Monday of adequacy decisions covering the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Law Enforcement Directive.

EUR 5 bn EU fund set to mitigate effects of Brexit
A five-billion-euro fund to overcome the consequences of the UK's withdrawal from the EU came a step closer to adoption Thursday after Council and Parliament reached preliminary agreement on the draft regulation.

EU, UK agree fish quotas for rest of 2021
The European Union and the United Kingdom concluded Wednesday their negotiations on an agreement in principle setting out catch limits for jointly managed fish stocks until the end of 2021.

EU Parliament votes to approve EU-UK trade deal
The European Parliament voted by a large majority late Tuesday to give its formal approval to the agreement setting the rules for the future relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom.

EU launches legal action against UK over Brexit protocol
The EU Commission sent the UK a letter of formal notice Monday for breaching provisions of the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as the good faith obligation under the Withdrawal Agreement.

EU-UK agree historic trade deal
Four and a half years after the 2016 Brexit referendum, the British Government and the EU Commission agreed Thursday a historic trade and security deal as part of the UK's future cooperation with the EU.

EU steps up 'no-deal' preparations as UK refuses to budge
With time running out for successful conclusion of an EU-UK trade deal and insufficient progress on key issues, EU leaders called on the UK at a summit Friday to make moves to make an agreement possible.

EU puts in place rail safety measures for Channel Tunnel
The EU Council adopted legislation Wednesday to ensure safe and efficient operation of the Channel Tunnel rail link between continental Europe and the United Kingdom after the end of the Brexit transition period.

EU begins legal action against UK for breaching legal obligations
Following Britain's refusal to remove parts of its draft Internal Market Bill by end September, the Commission began legal action Thursday for the UK's breach of obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement.

Brexit brings no benefits, no-deal will hit manufacturing hard: report
An EU-UK no-trade deal would have a big negative effect on British manufacturing, says a report Wednesday, particularly on volume car production, as it tries to recover from the slump caused by Covid-19.

MEPs display unwavering support for EU position in Brexit talks
With little time left to agree the UK's future relationship with the EU, MEPs on Thursday said a deal on a level playing field and on fisheries would be needed if the European Parliament is to give its consent.

EU and UK agree new push for Brexit deal in July
EU leaders and British prime minister Boris Johnson agreed in a videoconference Monday to intensify Brexit talks in July to create the best conditions for concluding and ratifying a deal by the end of 2020.

Coronavirus: EU approves UK SME support schemes
The EU Commission on Thursday approved two separate UK State aid schemes to support small and medium-sized enterprises in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.

UK issues its approach to Future Relationship with the EU
Britain issued its own approach for the future partnership talks with the European Union Thursday, setting out a suite of proposals in response to the EU's adoption Wednesday of its negotiating directives.

Future EU-UK Partnership - background guide
The EU Council decided on 25 February to authorise the opening of the future partnership negotiations with the UK.

EU go-ahead for start of talks on future partnership with UK
The EU Council fired the starting gun for the opening of the future partnership talks with the UK Tuesday, adopting negotiating directives which constitute a mandate to the Commission for the negotiations.

MEPs call for UK guarantee of 'level-playing field' after Brexit transition
The EU Parliament called Wednesday for 'dynamic alignment' of EU-UK rules after Brexit transition, and protection for the EU's most sensitive sectors, in the upcoming talks on a new EU-UK partnership.

EU offers zero-tariff trade deal if UK keeps to commitment on 'level playing field'
The EU offered the UK a tariff-free trade deal Monday, so long as it kept to commitments it made in the Political Declaration to a 'level playing field' and preventing unfair competitive advantages.

Britain leaves the European Union
More than 45 years of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union came to an end on Saturday, as the UK's EU withdrawal agreement entered into force at midnight CET.

European Parliament approves UK's Brexit deal
Britain's EU withdrawal agreement has cleared its second-to-last hurdle before entering into force, with the European Parliament's overwhelming approval clearing the way for Brexit to take place Friday.

UK withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020
The European Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee agreed on 23 January to recommend that the EP plenary should approve the UK withdrawal terms.

Brexit Withdrawal Agreement passes first EU Parliament hurdle
The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement passed its first EU Parliament test Thursday, when its Constitutional Affairs Committee recommended that the Parliament plenary should approve the UK withdrawal terms.