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Latest news about Great Britain and the European Union.

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.

MEPs voice concern over citizens' rights post-Brexit
Assurances on the protection of citizens' rights in the UK EU Settlement Scheme and freedom of movement were needed if MEPs are to consent to the UK Withdrawal Agreement, they said Wednesday.

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.