OE: Europe reacts to the approval of the Brexit deal
Open Europe's Anna Nadibaidze, Zoe Alipranti and Pieter Cleppe look at the various European press reactions to the Brexit deal agreed by the UK and the EU and the future steps in negotiations.
At a special European Council summit held on November 25, the leaders of the EU27 member states approved the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration on future UK-EU relations. The deal will now head to the UK House of Commons, for a crucial vote on December 11 which will determine the future of Brexit negotiations.
European politicians expressed regret at the UK’s withdrawal. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called Brexit a “moment of deep sadness” while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was “tragic.” President Macron suggested it was a time to rethink the foundations of Europe.
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OE: Is the Franco-German engine running out of steam?29/01/2019 14:33:00
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OE: Crunching the numbers - is there a Parliamentary majority for anything?28/01/2019 11:20:00
MPs voted overwhelmingly against the Brexit deal last week, but could any outcome command a majority in the House of Commons? Open Europe’s Dominic Walsh takes a look at the numbers.
Are MPs close to ruling out a No Deal Brexit?24/01/2019 13:25:00
Two groups of cross-party MPs have tabled legislation aimed at preventing a No Deal Brexit – but can they actually achieve this goal? Open Europe’s Anthony Egan and Dominic Walsh take a look.
Romania’s first EU presidency: Achieving cohesion will be challenging23/01/2019 12:15:00
Romania took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU in January. Open Europe's Anna Nadibaidze and Zoe Alipranti assess the presidency's goals and the outlook for EU politics in the coming months.
The Government’s paper on Northern Ireland15/01/2019 15:15:15
The Government recently published a paper on Northern Ireland setting out a range of commitments on the backstop. Open Europe's David Shiels examines the proposals as well as the response from the EU.
Questions to put to opponents of the Brexit deal15/01/2019 12:15:00
MPs from across the political spectrum have denounced the Brexit deal, but their proposed alternatives are not without their problems. Open Europe’s Dominic Walsh argues that the deal’s critics in Parliament should consider key questions about the alternatives ahead of the vote.
Accepting Labour MPs’ amendment sends a useful political signal11/01/2019 12:15:00
The government has suggested it could accept an amendment by Labour MPs to protect social, employment and environmental standards after Brexit. Open Europe's Aarti Shankar examines what this means and how it might affect MPs support for the Prime Minister's deal.