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    • Jean-Claude Juncker “not very optimistic” about avoiding No Deal February 22, 2019
      European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker yesterday said he was “not very optimistic” about the prospect of avoiding a No Deal Brexit, adding that this scenario “would have terrible economic and social consequences, both in Britain and on the Continent, and so [his] efforts orient in a way that the worst can be avoided.” He told […]
    • Three Conservative MPs resign over Brexit and join The Independent Group February 21, 2019
      Three pro-EU Conservative MPs, Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston, yesterday defected to The Independent Group, which was established by former Labour MPs on Monday. In a joint statement the three MPs said, “We no longer feel we can remain in the party of a government whose policies and priorities are so firmly in […]
    • Theresa May to continue Brexit talks with Jean-Claude Juncker February 20, 2019
      Prime Minister Theresa May will meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels today to continue discussions on the Irish backstop. The Prime Minister’s spokesman said there was “ongoing work” in relation to the options to include a unilateral exit mechanism, a time limit or alternative arrangements to the backstop, adding, “MPs have been clear […]
    • Seven Labour MPs quit party to form ‘The Independent Group’ February 19, 2019
      The Labour MPs Luciana Berger, Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Gavin Shuker, Ann Coffey and Mike Gapes yesterday quit the party in order to form 'The Independent Group' of Members of Parliament. At a press conference announcing the decision, the MPs cited disagreement with the Labour party leadership, including its stance on Brexit and its handling […]
    • Swedish Euroscepticism is growing, but a ‘Swexit’ remains very unlikely February 18, 2019
      The majority of Swedes have historically been pro-EU membership. With the European Parliament elections approaching, Open Europe’s Marcus Cadier assesses the prospects for Swedish Euroscepticism. The post Swedish Euroscepticism is growing, but a ‘Swexit’ remains very unlikely appeared first on Open Europe.
    • PM writes to party outlining commitment to securing “legally-binding changes to the backstop” February 18, 2019
      Prime Minister Theresa May wrote to Conservative MPs this weekend, saying her message to EU leaders is, “the UK wants to leave the EU as scheduled on 29 March with a guarantee that there will be no hard border in Northern Ireland, there is a majority in Parliament for a revised Withdrawal Agreement, and we […]
    • Government loses vote on its Brexit strategy February 15, 2019
      The Government yesterday lost a vote on its Brexit strategy  by 303 votes to 258, after 64 Conservative MPs abstained and 5 voted against. Ministers had moved a neutral motion asking the House to approve “the approach to leaving the EU expressed by this House on 29 January 2019,” included searching for an alternative to the […]
    • MPs to vote on Government’s motion to continue negotiations on backstop February 14, 2019
      The House of Commons will today vote on a Government motion which states that “discussions between the UK and the EU on the Northern Ireland backstop are ongoing." The motion asks MPs to “reiterate” their “support for the approach to leaving the EU expressed by this House on 29 January.” On this date, the House […]
    • MPs need to “hold their nerve” as UK-EU talks continue, Prime Minister says February 13, 2019
      Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May said that talks between the EU and the UK over the issue of the Irish backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement would continue, adding, “We now all need to hold our nerve to get the changes this House requires and deliver Brexit on time.” May […]
    • Theresa May to update Parliament on Brexit today February 12, 2019
      The Prime Minister, Theresa May, will today give Parliament an update on recent Brexit negotiations. She will ask MPs to give her more time to renegotiate the Brexit deal, and is expected to say that now is a "crucial time" in talks with the EU and that "we all need to hold our nerve." The […]

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