Brexit Crisis - Special Reports

Negotiating Brexit: The prospect of a U.K.-Turkey partnership

British and Turkish policymakers face a very similar conundrum. They both need to reconstruct a relationship with Europe under the newly changed assumptions about their future status. The U.K. is on its way to becoming an EU non-member, while Turkey realizes that it may never get to be an EU member. They are therefore starting […]
2017-03-24 14:03 | News | Brookings

Britain faces $82 billion Brexit bill from EU

Britain's "divorce bill" for Brexit will be about €60 billion ($82 billion), European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker says.
2017-03-24 09:03 | News | TheAge

These Are The Elections That Will Decide Europe’s Fate – Analysis

By Conn Hallinan* Going in to the recent elections in the Netherlands, the mainstream story seemed lifted from William Butler Yeats poem, The Second Coming: “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold — The best...
2017-03-23 06:03 | 1, Analysis, Brexit | EurasiaReview

UK economy growing solidly despite inflation hit — BoE report

The BoE expects Britain’s economy to grow 2% this year but is less upbeat about longer-run prospects following June’s Brexit vote
2017-03-22 15:03 | News | GulfNews

A brief guide to the French presidential election

French voters will select a new president this spring, heading to the polls first on April 23 and then for the final vote on May 7. The election will be one of the most significant for France in decades, sandwiched between last summer’s shocking Brexit referendum and this September’s general election in Germany. More broadly, […]
2017-03-21 20:03 | News | Brookings

Goldman to move hundreds of staff from London pre-Brexit: Europe CEO

LONDON (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs will begin moving hundreds of people out of London before any Brexit deal is struck as part of its contingency plans for Britain leaving the European Union, the Wall Street firm's Europe CEO said.
2017-03-21 18:03 | businessNews | Reuters

BMW considers quitting UK post-Brexit

The German car maker has several plants in Britain and said it is actively reviewing its operations to cater for a possible exit from the country.
2017-03-21 16:03 | News | TheNation

Dutch nationals in Britain have priority in Brexit talks: Dutch report

The Netherlands must do all it can to make sure that the Brexit talks have as little impact as possible...
2017-03-21 14:03 | Europe | DutchNews

Brexit Nears: May To Trigger Article 50 On March 29

By Matthew Tempest (EurActiv) — Theresa May will trigger Article 50 on 29 March, her office announced today (20 March), starting two-years of unprecedented negotiations for a country to leave the 28-member bloc for the...
2017-03-21 02:03 | 1, Business, Brexit | EurasiaReview

Unite for Europe: Join the National Demo in London on March 25 to Tell Theresa May That 16 Million Of Us Don’t Accept Her “Hard Brexit” Insanity

Please support my work as a reader-funded investigative journalist and commentator.   This coming Saturday, I hope to see as many of my British friends and readers as possible on the Unite for Europe march in London, the last protest before Theresa May triggers Article 50 (as she has just announced she will, on March […]
2017-03-20 21:03 | Battle for Britain: Fighting the Tory Government's Vile Ideology, Brexit disaster, UK politics | AndyWorthington

Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 to begin Brexit process next week

Britain has set its date with destiny confirming its two years of negotiations to exit the European Union will begin from next Wednesday 29 March.
2017-03-20 18:03 | News | TheAge

The Netherlands’ complicated election result, explained

Ahead of last week’s general election in the Netherlands—the first in a series of votes across Europe this year—observers were anticipating that the Dutch domino might be the next to fall. It follows Brexit, of course, and the election of Donald Trump. The Dutch elections had turned into a hype of their own, and the […]
2017-03-20 18:03 | News | Brookings

Britain's Theresa May to trigger Brexit on March 29

Theresa May to begin two years of formal negotiations on Britain leaving the European Union at the end of the month.
2017-03-20 15:03 | News | Aljazeera

Rig count hangover bruises crude oil prices

Under broader pressure from the so-called Brexit, crude oil prices moved lower early Monday on a hangover from higher U.S. exploration and production work.
2017-03-20 13:03 | News | UPI

Brexit, Nationalism and the Damage Done

Brexit is English nationalism made flesh, but the English underrate its destructive potential as a form of communal identity. Concepts like “nationalism” and “self-determination” have traditionally been seen as something that happens to foreigners. An English failing today is an inability to recognise the egocentricity implicit in such nationalism and the extent to which it alienates and invites confrontation with other nations in the British Isles and beyond. A classic example of this blindness to the consequences of this new type
2017-03-20 09:03 | articles 2015, Leading Article | CounterPunch

A problem not just for London’s financial sector

The UK’s many regions find Brexit enforced concerns swirling around them as well as two-thirds of finance workers are located outside the UK banking hub and 90 of the top 100 parliamentary constituencies with the highest share of banking lay outside the capital
2017-03-20 08:03 | News | GulfNews

European Geopolitics: New Bloc And Chaotic Future – OpEd

For a while now Britain has been mutely attempting to create a new European bloc – a secret that is no more unknown. Now that Britain (precisely the UK) has voted to leave the long0survived...
2017-03-20 05:03 | 1, Opinion, Brexit | EurasiaReview

A “European Spring” in the making?

Amid the doom and gloom that Putin, Brexit, and Trump provoked across the West, it might seem audacious to talk about Europe as a beacon of hope. Yet, I contend that 2017 might turn out to be the year when Europe, far from imploding, becomes just that for liberal and progressive forces across the world. […]
2017-03-20 05:03 | News | Brookings

How will Brexit affect the European Union?

With populist parties on the rise, we ask if more countries will abandon the EU and what that could mean for Europe.
2017-03-19 11:03 | News | Aljazeera

Turkey 'further away from EU membership than ever': German Foreign Minister

Turkey has never been less likely to join the European Union than now and the bloc should seek a special relationship with Britain, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said as relations between Ankara and Berlin hit a low point. "Today Turkey is definitely further away from becoming a member of the European Union than ever before," Gabriel said in an interview with news magazine Der Spiegel published on Saturday. He said he always had doubts about whether Turkey
2017-03-19 09:03 | News | EgyptIndependent

Kenya: Kenya-UK Trade Relations to Remain Stable Despite Brexit

[Capital FM] Nairobi -United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said Kenya-UK trade relations will continue to blossom despite Britain's exit from the European Union (EU).
2017-03-18 16:03 | News | AllAfrica

Protests in UK against post-Brexit racism

Thousands rally in cities across the country against rise in racist sentiment after last June's vote.
2017-03-18 14:03 | News | Aljazeera

The Commonwealth Spreads Its Wings – OpEd

The Commonwealth is a facet of contemporary life that most people know little about.  The Commonwealth games, interposed every four years between the Olympics, might arouse a flicker of interest across the globe, but as...
2017-03-17 16:03 | 1, Opinion, Brexit | EurasiaReview

Would Scotland chose independence in second referendum?

What has changed since Scotland chose to reject sovereignty in 2014 and how much of a factor is Brexit?
2017-03-17 09:03 | News | Aljazeera

It’s right for Britain to reach out to Africa – wrong to send Boris Johnson | Afua Hirsch

The foreign secretary carries the baggage of his derogatory comments about black people. The continent deserves better – and so do we Boris Johnson, our foreign secretary, is in Africa. On Wednesday he landed in Somalia to unveil a much-needed aid package . Yesterday he was in Uganda, in the state house, underlining Britain’s controversial support for President Yoweri Museveni, and in turn inviting him to a UK summit on Somalia in May. Next stop: Kenya.
2017-03-16 18:03 | Somalia, Boris Johnson, Africa | Guardian

India, Brexit and the legacy of empire in Africa | Letters

It is disingenuous of Shashi Tharoor to pretend that religious hatred did not exist in India before “the British introduced it” with their policy of “divide and rule” ( A legacy of exploitation and ruin, G2, 9 March ). He must know that when Mahmood of Ghazni first brought Islam to the subcontinent in the 10th century, his invasion involved incalculable violence, massive loss of life and a wanton destruction of Hindu religious sites on a scale that
2017-03-16 18:03 | India, Africa, British empire | Guardian

Dutch PM Rutte fends off far-right's Wilders

Dutch centre-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte fought off the challenge of anti-Islam and anti-EU rival Geert Wilders to score an election victory that was hailed across Europe on Thursday by governments facing a rising wave of nationalism. The euro gained as the results of Wednesday's vote showed a clear win for Rutte, albeit with fewer seats than in the last parliament. He declared it an "evening in which the Netherlands, after Brexit, after the American elections, said 'stop'
2017-03-16 09:03 | News | EgyptIndependent

The Brexit Delusion and the Battle for Scotland

Brexiteers won with impossible promises to "take back control." Will the same magic work for Scottish independence?
2017-03-15 20:03 | Argument, Brexit, Britain | ForeignPolicy

Dutch vote is test of anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe

The Dutch tested their own tolerance for immigration and Islam on Wednesday in an election magnified by a furious row with Turkey, the first of three polls in the European Union this year where nationalist parties are seeking breakthroughs. The center-right VVD party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte, 50, is vying with the PVV (Party for Freedom) of anti-Islam and anti-EU firebrand Geert Wilders, 53, to form the biggest party in parliament. As many as 13 million voters
2017-03-15 12:03 | News | EgyptIndependent

Scottish Independence, Round Two: Let It Come!

The die is cast. Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP and First Minister of Scotland, has announced that she is to seek approval from the Scottish Parliament to proceed with a second referendum on Scottish Independence between the autumn of 2018 and spring of 2019. That Nicola Sturgeon had no choice but to take this course has been self evident for some time. With 62% of people in Scotland voting to remain in the EU last year, which translates to every
2017-03-15 09:03 | articles 2015, Leading Article | CounterPunch

Worthless MPs Refuse to Challenge Tyrannical Theresa May on Their Own Right to Vote on Final Brexit Deal or on the Rights of EU Nationals in the UK

Please support my work as a reader-funded investigative journalist and commentator.   Another day, another thoroughly depressing example of why, in the post-EU referendum era, the House of Commons seems intent on proving that it no longer has any worth. In the last two weeks, peers in the House of Lords have voted for two […]
2017-03-14 17:03 | Battle for Britain: Fighting the Tory Government's Vile Ideology, Brexit disaster, UK politics | AndyWorthington

Dutch brace for election as Turkey row intensifies nationalism

The Dutch will vote on Wednesday in an election that was seen as a test of anti-immigrant sentiment even before a rift with Turkey at the weekend put immigration and nationalism at the top of the political agenda. Geert Wilders, who wants to “de-Islamicise” the Netherlands, hopes clashes between Turkish-Dutch protesters and the police, along with Ankara’s accusations of Dutch “fascism”, will help bolster his chances of finishing first. Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV) has virtually no chance of forming
2017-03-14 16:03 | News | AbrarOnline

BJP’s landslide win can strengthen reform push: CEA

Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian has said the recent election results came as a surprise to him, and the outcome has given the Modi government a “political mandate” to carry out its economic agenda. Nobody was able to predict the “magnitude of the UP election”, just as Brexit vote or the US election, he said. […] BJP’s landslide win can strengthen reform push: CEA
2017-03-14 09:03 | India, Politics | JantaKaReporter

Brexit Blues, Continued

In a piece in CounterPunch published in January I indicated how the UK’s Brexit roll-out was chaotic and incoherent.  Since then matters have not improved. The UK has been desperate to sign trade deals to replace the EU-sponsored deals it will no longer be a party to when Brexit occurs. Theresa May has crawled before More
2017-03-14 09:03 | articles 2015, Leading Article | CounterPunch

Brexit Might Pave Way For An Independent Scotland – Analysis

By Ryan McMaken* The BBC reports  (and here) that Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced she’ll seek a new referendum on Scottish independence to be held in late 2018 or early 2019: That would...
2017-03-14 03:03 | 1, Analysis, Business | EurasiaReview

Scotland Seeks Second Referendum On Brexit Doubts

(EurActiv) — The Scottish government announced today (13 March) a new independence vote, pre-empting this week’s expected start of the Brexit process. Nicola Sturgeon will seek the power to call a new referendum on whether...
2017-03-14 03:03 | 1, Business, World News | EurasiaReview

British MPs approve bill to begin Brexit

British MPs today overwhelmingly approved a bill allowing Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger negotiations for the UK’s exit from the European Union. The House of Commons rejected amendments by the House of Lords, calling on the government to protect the status of EU nationals within three months of the start of Brexit talks, by […] British MPs approve bill to begin Brexit
2017-03-14 02:03 | India, World | JantaKaReporter

British MPs approve bill to begin Brexit

British MPs today overwhelmingly approved a bill allowing Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger negotiations for the UK’s exit from the European Union. The House of Commons rejected amendments by the House of Lords, calling on the government to protect the status of EU nationals within three months of the start of Brexit talks, by […] British MPs approve bill to begin Brexit
2017-03-14 02:03 | India, World | JantaKaReporter

UK government wins approval for Article 50 legislation

Government to trigger Article 50 by the end of March, formally starting the country's exit from the EU.
2017-03-13 22:03 | News | Aljazeera

UK parliament approves Brexit bill, clearing path for Theresa May to trigger Article 50

The British government has won final approval from parliament for legislation giving Prime Minister Theresa May the power to trigger the country's exit from the European Union.
2017-03-13 22:03 | News | TheAge

Scotland's leader Nicola Sturgeon calls for second independence referendum before Brexit

Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon has launched a fresh push for independence, complaining she hit a brick wall trying to avoid her country being dragged down a "hard Brexit" path.
2017-03-13 16:03 | News | TheAge

Scottish Leader Seeks New Vote On Independence: 'It Will Be Scotland's Choice'

Citing frustrations over Brexit negotiations, Nicola Sturgeon announced Monday that she will pursue a second referendum on Scottish independence, to be held as early as fall 2018.
2017-03-13 14:03 | News | NPR

Brexit: Nicola Sturgeon plans new independence vote

Citing threat from Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon says she will move to give voters a chance to make Scotland independent.
2017-03-13 14:03 | News | Aljazeera

Scotland to seek new independence referendum

Scotland will begin the process next week for making a request to the British government to hold a new independence referendum between late 2018 and early 2019, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Monday. Her announcement came as British Prime Minister Theresa May was set this week to trigger the process of leaving the European Union after last year's Brexit vote. "Next week I will seek the authority of the Scottish parliament to agree with the UK government...
2017-03-13 14:03 | News | EgyptIndependent

'Little England' could be the big loser of Brexit

If Scotland and N Ireland decide to leave the UK after Brexit, the term 'Little England' will really come into its own.
2017-03-13 08:03 | News | Aljazeera

Please Join the March Against Racism National Demo in London This Saturday, March 18, 2017

Please support my work as a reader-funded investigative journalist and commentator.   This Saturday (March 18), if you’re in London or able to get to the capital, I do hope you’ll come to a national March Against Racism demo, beginning at noon by the BBC in Portland Place, London W1A 1AA, with other demos taking […]
2017-03-12 22:03 | Battle for Britain: Fighting the Tory Government's Vile Ideology, Brexit disaster, UK politics | AndyWorthington

UK retail sales dip to record lows in February

LONDON: Britain’s shops endured their worst fall in February sales since 2009, a survey showed on Friday, adding to evidence of a Brexit-related consumer slowdown as London gears up for divorce talks with the European Union. Recent data and surveys have indicated that consumers are feeling the strain of rising prices after last year’s Brexit vote, while British retailers, including department stores chain John Lewis, supermarket
2017-03-11 00:03 | BUSINESS | GulfToday

Running Out Of Steam? Brexit And Future Of EU Energy Policy – Analysis

This Elcano-IFRI analysis examines some of the main challenges that Brexit might pose to the future of energy policy in Brussels and London. It provides a perspective on the UK’s energy and climate policy choices...
2017-03-09 07:03 | 1, Analysis, Business | EurasiaReview

Britain's budget driving blind into oncoming Brexit

In his entire hour-long first Budget speech, UK chancellor Philip Hammond avoided saying 'Brexit'. There's a reason why.
2017-03-08 22:03 | News | TheAge

On Brexit, the House of Lords Do What MPs Wouldn’t Do, and Pass An Amendment Guaranteeing Them A Final, Meaningful Vote on Any Deal to Leave the EU

Please support my work as a reader-funded investigative journalist and commentator.   Congratulations to the House of Lords, where peers, by 366 votes to 268, have voted to give Parliament a veto over the final outcome of Theresa May’s Brexit negotiations, while voting against another amendment to allow a second referendum. This is the second amendment […]
2017-03-08 12:03 | Battle for Britain: Fighting the Tory Government's Vile Ideology, Brexit disaster, UK politics | AndyWorthington