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EU acts against UK for not nominating Commissioner
The European Commission sent a letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom Thursday for breaching its EU Treaty obligations by not suggesting a candidate for the post of EU Commissioner.

Brexit: EU formally adopts Article 50 extension to Jan 31
'Make the best use of this time", EU Council president Donald Tusk told the United Kingdom Tuesday, as the EU formally extended the period under Article 50 in which Britain can withdraw from the EU.

UK's extension request to be treated "with all seriousness"
Addressing the European Parliament as EU Council president for the last time, Donald Tusk told MEPs the EU would treat the UK's extension request 'with all seriousness', and is ready for every scenario.

EU leaders endorse Boris Johnson's Brexit deal
"We've got a great new deal that takes back control," said British prime minister Johnson after EU leaders at a summit Thursday endorsed a revised UK withdrawal agreement and political declaration.

Brexit: What has the EU agreed with the UK today?
The European Commission recommended on 17 October that the European Council (Article 50) endorse the agreement reached at negotiator level on the Withdrawal Agreement, including a revised Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland, and approve a revised Political Declaration on the framework of the future EU-UK relationship.

Latest UK Brexit proposal holds no basis for agreement, say MEPs
The UK's 'last minute proposals' do not, in their current form, represent a basis for an agreement to which the European Parliament could give consent, an EU Parliament committee said on Thursday.

Suspension of Parliament unlawful, rules UK Supreme Court
The prorogation of Britain's Parliament by prime minister Boris Johnson was unlawful, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a huge setback for the prime minister and his no-deal Brexit strategy.

Stop pretending to negotiate, Barnier tells UK
Three years after the Brexit referendum, rather than pretending to negotiate, the UK needs to come up with legally binding solutions to the backstop problem, the EU's chief negotiator said Wednesday.

EU issues Brexit 'no-deal' checklist for European businesses
With 8 weeks to go until the possible withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU on 31 October, the Commission reiterated Wednesday its call for EU27 businesses to prepare for a ‘no-deal' scenario.

European elections 2019: United Kingdom country sheet - European Parliament
Fact sheets with information on electoral rules, poll opening and closing times and candidates for the 2019 European election in the United Kingdom.

Brexit: EU summit agrees delay until 31 October
EU leaders agreed late Wednesday evening at their special summit to give the United Kingdom an extension of Article 50 until the end of October 2019. Their decision was taken in agreement with the UK.

As May loses control of Brexit, EU completes 'no-deal' preparations
With the UK set to leave the EU without a deal on 12 April, despite unprecedented moves Monday by the British Parliament to take control of Brexit proceedings, the Commission completed 'no-deal' preparations.

EU agrees Brexit 'cliff-edge' delay, with conditions
After lengthy debate at a summit in Brussels Thursday, EU leaders agreed a short Article 50 extension till 12 April, or 22 May if the UK Parliament approves Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement next week.

Brexit: EU adopts 'no-deal' contingency measures
The EU Council adopted Tuesday a series of legislative acts as part of its contingency preparations for a 'no-deal' Brexit, aiming to limit the most severe damage a disorderly Brexit would cause business and citizens.

Sweden, UK and the EU: Managing post-Brexit Relations and Defining a new Agenda for European Competitiveness - Policy Brief No. 1/2019
There is an urgent need to move on from the shock of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, and all the melodrama in the past two years over what form Brexit should take, and focus on building a new relationship between the UK and EU. Trade and political relationships face change, but there is much that can be done to make sure that negative effects are temporary, and that we find a stable future path. The relationship will only be decided with many years of talking, but in this paper we suggest a structure that builds on existing EU practice of putting in place a web of agreements with other countries, anchored by something like an Association Agreement. The EU without the UK will be a different organisation, and countries such as Sweden will have to step up to protect their interests. In short, the future relationship with the UK could also define the future of the EU.

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EU president Tusk bemoans lack of anti-Brexit leadership
50 days before Britain is due to leave the EU Council president Donald Tusk said many British and Irish people who wished for a reversal of Brexit lacked effective leadership and the political force to remain.

No backstop, no consent to UK Withdrawal Agreement, say MEPs
MEPs made clear Thursday that the European Parliament would not give its consent to a UK Withdrawal Agreement which did not include the backstop-insurance against a hard border in Ireland.

May's Brexit agreement suffers record Commons defeat
Prime minister Theresa May faces a no confidence vote Wednesday as she suffered the biggest ever defeat by a sitting government with MPs rejecting her EU withdrawal agreement by a record 432 votes to 202.

EU summit clarifies UK 'backstop', but no renegotiation
As PM Theresa May sought to save her Brexit deal at a Brussels summit Thursday, EU leaders clarified their position on the 'backstop' but stated there would be no renegotiation of the UK withdrawal deal.

UK can cancel Brexit decision unilaterally, rules EU Court
The United Kingdom does have the right to revoke Brexit unilaterally, to remain in the EU under terms that are unchanged as regards its status as a Member State, the EU's top Court confirmed Monday.

UK can unilaterally abandon Brexit: EU Court
Article 50 of the EU Treaty does allow the unilateral revocation by Britain of its notification of intention to withdraw from the EU, the advocate-general of the EU's top Court said in an Opinion Tuesday.

''No deal' or no Brexit, EU prepared for every scenario
If the UK Parliament were to reject the 'only possible deal' in its upcoming Brexit vote, the EU was prepared for the alternative 'no deal' or no Brexit at all, EU president Donald Tusk told the G20 summit.

British expats' case against Brexit dismissed by EU Court
An attempt by a group of thirteen Britons living in other EU countries to annul the European Council's decision to open negotiations on Brexit was dismissed Monday by the European Court of Justice.

'Sad moment' as leaders endorse UK withdrawal agreement
EU leaders endorsed the Brexit withdrawal agreement Sunday as presented by the negotiators of the EU and the UK, declaring this a "sad moment" but saying that the deal was "the only deal possible".