Brexit Crisis - Special Reports

Brexit minister reveals how MPs can force Theresa May to accept fresh referendum

Exclusive: Steve Baker says a crucial autumn vote on the exit deal will not, as expected, be a 'take-it-or-leave-it' choice – because 'parliament can always seek to amend motions'
2018-04-21 20:04 | News | Independent

Why I fell in love with Meghan Markle

This is a purely platonic affaire d'amour that has nothing to do with our Megs' looks, who she is, or her personality – it's because of the trolls
2018-04-21 14:04 | News | Independent

From Brexit to tactics: What it was like to cover Arsene Wenger and why I'll miss it

Working as a journalist covering Wenger, the bottom line was this: if you asked him a proper football question, you got a proper football answer - and usually a whole lot more
2018-04-20 15:04 | News | Independent

‘Still some 25 pct of work to do on Brexit’

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on April 20 some 25 percent of work remained to be done on a pact covering U.K. withdrawal from the EU, including crucial issues such as management of the Ireland/Northern Ireland border.
2018-04-20 14:04 | Economy | Hurriyet

Theresa May's Brexit divorce bill could cost billions more than her estimate, warn auditors

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2018-04-19 23:04 | News | Independent

Pound sterling slumps after Mark Carney casts doubt on May interest rate hike

Earlier this week sterling had hits its highest level against the dollar since the June 2016 Brexit vote as traders bet heavily on another hike in the cost of borrowing next month
2018-04-19 19:04 | News | Independent

Britons afraid to show national pride in public for fear of ridicule or abuse, poll finds

'In today's political and cultural climate, in a divided Brexit Britain, expressing pride in your birth nation can feel like something of a social grey area'
2018-04-19 16:04 | News | Independent

Africa:Competing in Africa: China, the European Union, and the United States

[Brookings] Given recent developments in the global economy, especially Brexit and the Trump administration's "America First" policy, it is worth assessing how Africa's three largest commercial partners--China, the European Union, and the United States--are likely to impact the region in the near future as it relates to trade and investment trends.
2018-04-19 15:04 | News | AllAfrica

No Brexit accord without Ireland solution: EU’s Tusk

Britain must come up with a solution for the Irish border after Brexit or there will be no divorce deal or transition period, EU President Donald Tusk warned on April 18.
2018-04-18 12:04 | Economy | Hurriyet

De La Rue sensibly quits battle over blue passports

It's bad news for those of us laughing at the silliness. But having issued its second profit warning in a month the company was faced with fighting a war on two fronts
2018-04-18 11:04 | News | Independent

De La Rue sensibly quits battle over blue passports

It's bad news for those of us laughing at the silliness. But having issued its second profit warning in a month the company was faced with fighting a war on two fronts
2018-04-18 11:04 | News | Independent

Theresa May will 'live with' Lords defeat on Brexit bill without changing course, says cabinet minister

Exclusive: The senior Conservative told The Independent the wording of a proposed Lords amendment is not 'prescriptive' enough to materially change Brexit
2018-04-18 10:04 | News | Independent

This is how cognitive psychology can make sense of the Brexit vote

We found that people who displayed higher cognitive flexibility were less likely to support authoritarian and nationalistic ideologies. They were also more likely to think the UK should remain in the EU
2018-04-17 11:04 | News | Independent

Leading Brexit campaigner praised 'very clever' Nazi and Isis propaganda techniques

Head of Commons committee investigating 'fake news' warns people will be 'very frightened' by idea that Hitler's tactics were copied
2018-04-17 08:04 | News | Independent

There is still a way we can make the government give everyone a 'people's vote' on the Brexit deal

Yesterday I stood alongside Conservatives, Lib Dems and Green Party members – there is increased appetite for a vote on whether we take the deal Theresa May negotiates for us or stay inside the EU
2018-04-16 13:04 | News | Independent

Is anyone surprised that Tim Martin forced Wetherspoons to get rid of all its social media accounts?

There is an obvious irony in Martin worrying about people haranguing public figures when he himself takes every opportunity to have a pop at anyone who opposes Brexit
2018-04-16 13:04 | News | Independent

Africa:Can Africa Be the Big Brexit Winner?

[ISS] Following the 2016 Brexit referendum, Britain needs to forge new and strong strategic alliances and trade relationships. Where and how does Africa feature in this equation?
2018-04-16 08:04 | News | AllAfrica

'People's Vote' Brexit campaign group calls for referendum on final EU deal

'Now that we are learning the real cost of Brexit, I want to urge that we think again and insist that the decision about whether to accept the Brexit deal is a matter for the people,' says Patrick Stewart
2018-04-15 17:04 | News | Independent

Theresa May was hardly thinking of the 'will of the people' when it came to military intervention

If May prefers to rely on the wisdom of President Trump, that's her call. But she might explain what was so frantically urgent about these raids that she was willing to ridicule the most sacred of all Brexit precepts
2018-04-15 15:04 | News | Independent

Brexit whistleblower Shahmir Sanni calls for probe as lawyers claim Vote Leave broke election spending rules

Exclusive: 'Lawyers say there are reasonable grounds to investigate or even prosecute This has become about protecting the integrity of democracy and protecting our systems'
2018-04-14 08:04 | News | Independent

I spent two years walking to every cathedral in England – and made some incredible discoveries

Over the course of two years, the Earl of Selborne undertook to walk to every cathedral in England, and found himself inspired by stunning architecture, amazing music, beautiful countryside – and the occasional canalside pub
2018-04-13 16:04 | News | Independent

The BBC is wrong to broadcast Enoch Powell's speech – it's not a historical artefact, it's a living tradition

Why does Powell's speech continue to exert such a powerful force in politics? In all that classicist bombast, the words 'imperialism' and 'empire' do not make one appearance
2018-04-13 11:04 | News | Independent

Tracey Emin sends anti-Brexit message in pink neon

British artist Tracey Emin has unveiled her latest artwork: a bright pink homage to Europe at St Pancras station in London, Britain's rail gateway to the continent.
2018-04-11 13:04 | Arts & Life | Hurriyet

Good Friday Agreement: 20 years on, Northern Ireland remains divided – but a united Ireland is now a real possibility

With power sharing on life support and Brexit threatening everything, Irish unity is on the agenda like never before – but the art of compromise must be rediscovered first
2018-04-10 00:04 | News | Independent

Brexit in photos: How life on the Irish border is set to change, 20 years on from the Good Friday agreement

'I live a mile and a half out the road and when I'm travelling home I have to cross the border twice. Things are grand as they are and I don't understand why they wouldn't leave it as it is'
2018-04-09 15:04 | News | Independent

Brexit: UK businesses face storm of flawed legislation as ministers rush through laws, warn experts

Scrutiny likely to be minimal and mistakes will 'undoubtedly' made, many of which won't be noticed until they are in force, Hogan Lovells says
2018-04-09 12:04 | News | Independent

FCA needs £30m extra for Brexit but the real cost will be higher still

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2018-04-09 11:04 | News | Independent

FCA needs £30m extra for Brexit but the real cost will be higher still

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Work is being put on hold, but while the FCA says its day to day activities will continue a bomb like Brexit will inevitably hit activities beyond those considered to be low priority
2018-04-09 10:04 | News | Independent

British charities are opening Dutch offices ahead of Brexit

Four British non-profit organisations have opened offices in the Netherlands ahead of Brexit, according to Charity Finance magazine. Support organisation...
2018-04-09 08:04 | Europe | DutchNews

Chlorinated chicken may be the least of our worries when it comes to signing a trade deal with Trump

We can say no to all this cloned, genetically modified, drugged and injected food if we want, but the Americans will feel no obligation to make it easier for us to sell them our goods and services
2018-04-08 17:04 | News | Independent

Brexit: Nearly 20 banks have committed to Frankfurt since vote to leave EU, German officials say

'If you compare everything that happened since the Brexit referendum and if you compare the real decisions made, I think we are number one on the continent and I'm sure this will continue,' says economy minister Al-Wazir
2018-04-08 12:04 | News | Independent

UK farmers concerned about future post-Brexit

For more than forty years, Brussels has influenced the way in which agriculture was done in the UK, but with Brexit looming, there is both hope and trepidation about the inevitable changes coming.
2018-04-07 14:04 | News | Aljazeera

Sterling forecasts at post-Brexit high

Sterling forecasts are at their highest since Britons voted to leave the European Union, a Reuters poll found, partly as a result of optimism driven by progress in divorce talks and expectations of another interest rate rise next month.
2018-04-06 11:04 | Economy | Hurriyet

Even centrists like Andrew Adonis are losing faith in the BBC over Brexit

The Blairite peer, Lord Adonis, has been trouncing the BBC on Twitter, claiming it is biased in favour of Brexit, and the journalist Peter Jukes has announced he will be boycotting the BBC for its use of the right-wing blog Guido Fawkes as a news source
2018-04-06 10:04 | News | Independent

The Commonwealth Games may have a colonial past, but that shouldn't detract from its value today

The odd truth about the Commonwealth is that it has evolved from an organisation once indeed rooted in white supremacist attitudes and economic exploitation into one where progressive, even liberal and green ideals are at its very heart
2018-04-06 10:04 | News | Independent

Diane Morgan on playing Philomena Cunk: 'People can't see the funny side of Brexit'

The irreverent character made her debut on Charlie Brooker series Weekly Wipe. Now she's been handed her very own spin-off, Cunk on Britain. Next stop? Donald Trump
2018-04-04 14:04 | News | Independent

UK construction suffers biggest drop in activity since Brexit vote due to snow disruption in March

The latest Purchasing Managers' Index for the sector came in at 47, down from 51.4 in February and below the 50 point which separates expansion from contraction
2018-04-04 09:04 | News | Independent

Battle over De La Rue's blue passport printing descends into farce

The printer is reportedly appealing the decision to award the contract to print post Brexit passports to a Franco-Dutch firm, prolonging minsters' agony
2018-04-03 12:04 | News | Independent

Lavrov says spy poisoning could be ‘in interests’ of UK gov’t

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on April 2 suggested that the poisoning of a former double agent could benefit the British government by distracting attention from problems around Brexit.
2018-04-02 13:04 | World | Hurriyet

Today the RAF turns 100 – we should celebrate by recognising its value without using it as an excuse for militarism

However challenging it may be to retain a sense of unity in the coming year of Brexit debates, we should draw strength from our shared past, not regard it as something to squabble over
2018-04-01 15:04 | News | Independent

Tony Blair in full and uncut: the former PM defends his record to students of his government

The former Prime Minister spent an hour answering questions about his record in government from students at King's College London – here is the full exclusive transcript
2018-04-01 14:04 | News | Independent

Businesses are in danger of failing to prepare for something more than 'damage limitation Brexit'

Brexit offers the UK a chance to open new trade corridors, cut service sector based deals, and develop a new global identity. But these ambitions can only take off if we adopt a far bolder approach
2018-03-31 18:03 | News | Independent

We still need referendums for a strong democracy, whatever you thought of the Brexit result

Andrew Adonis has changed his mind about proportional representation and doesn't like referendums – but is that just because he doesn't like their results?
2018-03-31 13:03 | News | Independent

One year to Brexit: How well has the British economy really been performing? And what can we expect next?

So just how has well or badly has the British economy performed since the country voted to Leave? And what is the best estimate of what we can expect to come next?
2018-03-30 19:03 | News | Independent

Theresa May needs to be honest with the public about post-Brexit immigration

EU withdrawal should not be an excuse for a crude cut in overall numbers. Much better to look at different types of migration so that we can retain the skills our economy needs
2018-03-30 11:03 | News | Independent

Anti-Brexit groups continue campaign as May tours UK

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is touring the country to mark one year before the UK officially leaves the European Union. But pro-European groups - often referred to as 'remainers' - are refusing to give up hope of staying in the EU.
2018-03-29 18:03 | News | Aljazeera

Brexit could harm my sons' access to treatment for rare 'black bone' disease, says father who quit job to find cure

Nick Sireau says trials for treatment for alkaptonuria are nearing conclusion but UK could lose access to EU licensed medicines before his sons see benefits
2018-03-29 17:03 | News | Independent

'Absolutely disgusting' Leave.EU tweet linking antisemitism to Muslim voters reported to police

Labour MP asks for hate crime investigation into claim antisemitism in Labour Party is a result of 'Britain's exploding Muslim population'
2018-03-29 17:03 | News | Independent

Why don't we have a second referendum? I'm sure it would be fun to watch the country eat itself alive

Campaigners for a second referendum love finding loopholes, such as 'The referendum result was only advisory' or 'We can get the result annulled because Boris Johnson's hair is illegal'
2018-03-29 14:03 | News | Independent

UK begins one-year countdown to Brexit

While precise nature of UK's departure is still undecided, Prime Minister Theresa May says she is committed to honouring 2016 vote to break away from EU.
2018-03-29 11:03 | News | Aljazeera