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Latest news about Great Britain and the European Union.

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".

Export. Thrive. Change the World: Seven steps to export success for businesses that wont let Brexit stop their global growth
Export. Thrive. Change the World is a practical guide for small business owners who would like to export but are unsure how. Jennifer addresses the major concerns she has encountered whilst working with small business owners including Brexit. Then shares her seven steps to export success. Jennifer intends to provide business owners with all the tools and resources necessary to export.

EU & UK will have "full control" of their own legislation
As the EU reaches a "decisive moment" in the Brexit process, both the EU and the UK will have "full control" of their own legislation and rule-making, according to the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

UK capacity market suspended after EU Court ruling
The capacity scheme to guarantee security of supply for the UK's electricity market is suspended following the EU's General Court ruling to annul a Commission decision not to raise objections to it.

Brexit negotiations: What is in the Withdrawal Agreement
The negotiators of the European Commission and the United Kingdom have reached a deal on the terms of the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement on 14 November.

'Damage control' Brexit agreement as UK ministers resign
Following Wednesday's agreement between EU Commission and the United Kingdom on the terms of the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement, ministers have resigned including the Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.

Brussels intensifies preparedness for Brexit no-deal scenario
The European Commission published detailed information Tuesday on its ongoing preparedness and contingency work in the event of a no deal scenario in the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom.

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EU leaders ready to extend Brexit transition period
EU leaders at a summit in Brussels to review progress on Brexit talks declared their readiness Thursday to consider any British proposal to extend the two-year transition period once the UK leaves the EU.

Brussels takes action against UK over Chinese shoe fraud
The EU Commission sent a 'reasoned opinion' to the United Kingdom Monday on account of its failure to act against customs fraud relating to Chinese shoe imports and resulting losses to the EU Budget.

EU leaders reject Britain's 'Chequers plan' for Brexit
EU leaders at a summit Thursday rejected the 'Chequers plan' of UK prime minister Theresa May, saying its framework for economic cooperation would not work, and risked undermining the single market.

EU warns of impact of Brexit on rest of Europe
The EU Commission warned Thursday of the repercussions of Brexit for citizens and businesses in both the United Kingdom and the EU, as it prepares for all outcomes of the United Kingdom's exit from the EU.

Court upholds EC decision on state aid to UK's Hinkley nuclear plant
The EU's top Court upheld Thursday a Commission decision to approve aid provided by the UK in favour of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, dismissing an action brought by Austria.

Assessing UK Trade Policy Readiness
The UK is setting out on the path of an independent trade policy at a difficult time. Public interest in trade policy has never been greater, with US political rejection of a trade agreement negotiated by their government the prime example of the challenge of successfully pursuing a long-term strategy. The UK has a tradition of outward-oriented economic policy, but trade agreements are seen by many as a problem. Trade policy always has the potential for controversy. Domestic and international interests ask for the protection or promotion of their interests, and this is not fully possible, not least given some are contradictory. Successfully managing these trade-offs is at the heart of effective trade policy.

Assessing the exposure of EU27 regions and cities to the UK's withdrawal from the European Union - European Committee of the Regions
The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) published a report on 20 March detailing the consequences of Brexit on trade and the economy in the EU27 regions and cities. Based heavily on data gathered from a joint survey with EUROCHAMBRES, the report reveals a lack of awareness, information and preparation and recommends greater flexibility in state aid rules and inter-regional cooperation. The CoR and EUROCHAMBRES conducted a survey of regional and city authorities and chambers of commerce to feed into a process of analysing and debating the exposure of EU27 regions and cities to Brexit.

EU, UK agree 'decisive step' towards Brexit
The joint legal text presented Monday by EU and UK Brexit negotiators is a 'decisive step' towards an international agreement for Britain's orderly withdrawal from the EU, said EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

MEPs back association agreement for future EU-UK relations
An association agreement between the EU and the UK could provide an appropriate framework for their future relationship, the European Parliament said Wednesday taking into the UK government's red lines.