EP Group leaders on Brexit: “the agreement is not open to renegotiation”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Conference of Presidents indicated that the Withdrawal Agreement is fair and balanced and the only deal possible. It is therefore one not open to renegotiation. The Conference of Presidents, together with the Brexit Steering Group, discussed today the state of play of the […]

Britain in chaos: May stays as Tory leader and PM but none can defuse the Brexit time bomb

Yesterday night the embattled British Prime Minister and President of the Conservative Party, Theresa May, won an intraparty no confidence vote. This was a Tory party internal procedure, triggered by members of her own parliamentary group. In the final result 200 Conservative MPs voted for May and 117 against her. In this way, she secures […]

Brexit: the time has come to back the withdrawal deal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament debated the UK’s withdrawal from the EU with EU Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier on Thursday. Commenting on the conclusions of the Extraordinary European Council of 25 November, where heads of state or government backed the negotiated withdrawal agreement and the political declaration […]

Why the UN is investigating poverty in the United Kingdom

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.  Authors: John McKenna, Formative Content For the past 12 days Philip Alston, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, has been investigating the poverty of a nation in 2018. But the country he is investigating […]

European Commission recommends to the European Council (Article 50) to find that decisive progress has been made in Brexit negotiations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The negotiators of the European Commission and the United Kingdom have today reached a deal on the terms of the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement. All aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement have now been finalised and agreed at negotiator level. This agreement marks a decisive […]

Britain’s May won the first round on the Brexit agreement with the EU

Last Tuesday, the British Prime Minister Theresa May, said she has struck a Brexit agreement on the future relationship with the European Union. In reality though this is a withdrawal agreement, not a full trade or otherwise deal for the future relations between the two sides. Yesterday she won the backing of her deeply divided […]

Brexit: European Commission intensifies preparedness work and outlines contingency action plan in the event of a no deal scenario with the UK

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today published detailed information on its ongoing preparedness and contingency work in the event of a no deal scenario in the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom. First, the Commission has published a Communication, which outlines a limited number […]

British PM May’s Brexit proposal remains obscure while her government unravels

Only days before, Theresa May, the British Prime Minister is expected to table her proposal for a Brexit deal in the Commons, the British Parliament, and her government appears unraveling. Her transport Minister Joe Johnson resigned last week, having revived the discussion about a second referendum. He was strongly pro-remain in the June 2016 Brexit […]

Brexit: Ensuring a smooth transition for car producers and safety on the roads

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Manufacturers who obtained a UK type-approval for their cars will be able to apply for new EU-27 approvals to retain access to the European Union’s market. The draft law voted on in the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee on Monday addresses the legal […]

Brexit effect: Public opinion survey shows that EU is more appreciated than ever

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The latest EU public opinion survey, conducted in September 2018, reveals a clear and growing appreciation for EU membership, reaching a record high of 68%. The latest Eurobarometer survey, measuring public attitudes to the EU across member states, highlights that more people than ever […]

Main results of European Council of 18/10/2018

This article is brought to you in association with the European Council. The European Council on 18 October focused on migration and internal security. It was followed by the Euro Summit in an inclusive format. On 17 October, EU27 leaders met in the European Council (Art.50) to discuss Brexit. Brexit At the European Council (Art. 50) working dinner on […]

EU tells Britain stay in as long as you wish

This newspaper has repeatedly asserted there will be no real Brexit, at least in the foreseeable future. Last week, the European Council in Brussels confirmed this. The President of the Council, Donald Tusk, made it clear. He plainly said Britain can remain as a full EU member after the Brexit day of 29 March 2019, […]

Window for a Brexit deal: Brussels to think again May’s proposal

This is the first time the British Prime Minister Theresa May can tell mainland Europeans, she can guarantee her Tory conservative Party won’t topple her over her Brexit proposal. The reason is that, last week, she marked a triumph at the annual conference of the governing Party at Birmingham. Obviously, the burning subject of the […]

Brexit and migration dominates the debate on October’s EU summit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. During a debate on the EU summit, MEPs welcomed the EU’s unified approach on Brexit and criticised the Council’s inaction on key dossiers, such as migration and social policies. Migration should be the main topic on the agenda during the meeting of EU heads […]

Impossible Brexit options: WTO or new referendum?

In western Austria’s ‘saltcastle’ – Saltzburg – the baroque native city of Mozart, the last EU Summit which took place there left a very bitter Brexit taste. The city’s confectioners’ efforts of supplying an unlimited variety of chocolates, baring the face of the celebrated composer, were to no avail. The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, […]

Who can unlock the stalled Brexit negotiations? UK Premier sticks to her proposal

The Brexit cataclysm comes to its apex. On the one side is Prime Minister Theresa May, and on the other around 50 unrepentant Brexiteer Tory MPs. The sides are about to cross swords within and without Parliament. Reportedly, May could pass her own – not so mild but negotiable in Brussels – version of Brexit […]

Draghi to lay his print on long term ECB policies prior to exiting next year

Mario Draghi, the President of the European Central Bank, was criticized by major global financial media for insisting to end the easy money policy this December. The argument is that, after ECB’s Governing Council decided at the end of the prosperous 2017 to end its extraordinary monetary policy, the world has become a riskier place. […]

The Brexit factor in the US-China trade war and other conflicts

Last Friday, the American President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One threatened China with new tariffs on $267 billion of goods heading for the US markets, on top of the $200bn worth of Chinese exports Washington currently is ready to punish with extra levies. The US has already imposed extra tariffs on $50bn of Chinese […]

Brexit: MEPs concerned over reported UK registration plans for EU27 citizens

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Joint statement by the Brexit Steering Group on reports that the UK Home Office is considering processing applications for “settled status” by EU citizens on an alphabetical basis. “The European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group (BSG) is deeply concerned by reports that the UK Home […]

The UK option: An overarching alternative for the whole Brexit options

This article was exclusively written for The Sting by one of our passionate readers, Dr Ali Albasha. The opinions expressed within reflect only the writer’s views and not The European Sting’s position on the issue. As a fait accompli, the UK has made up mind to exit the EU by March 2019, which entails the analysts, politicians and the […]

Theresa May attempts to ease the EU stance as Britons request another EU referendum

With less than eight months away from the exit of the UK from the EU, continuous negotiations are being held between the two parties in order to avoid a no-deal Brexit. UK Prime Minister Theresa May will visit French President Emmanuel Macron at his Fort de Brégançon on Friday in an attempt to persuade him […]

Brexit: No withdrawal agreement without a “backstop” for the Northern Ireland/Ireland border

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group insist that the withdrawal agreement must include a viable backstop for the Northern Ireland – Ireland border. The European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group (BSG) has been briefed on the negotiations that have taken place over the last two […]

Brexit: European Commission publishes Communication on preparing for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a Communication outlining the ongoing work on the preparation for all outcomes of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. On 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom will leave the EU and become a third country. This […]

Does May have enough time in Parliament to table a soft Brexit deal?

The American President, last Wednesday and Thursday, after having infuriated his European allies at the NATO Summit, flew to London. Just after landing there he told the Brits that the US will not offer Britain a trade deal after Brexit, because May’s proposal for the divorce with the EU is not to his liking. In […]

Statement by the Brexit Steering Group on UK government White paper

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Statement by the Brexit Steering Group on the Chequers Statement of 6 July 2018 and on the White Paper released by the UK Government The European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group (BSG), chaired by Guy Verhofstadt, met today and had an extensive exchange of views […]

10 Downing street: Another desperate attempt to unite Britain on Brexit

Once more, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, is trying to pool together her deeply divided cabinet and country and formulate a common proposal for a Brexit deal with the EU. In the latest development, the ‘Leave’ campaign ministers and the Bremain group are reported by 10 Downing Street to have agreed on a ‘business […]

Statement by the Brexit Steering Group on UK paper on EU citizens in the UK

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Statement by the Brexit Steering Group on the proposed “EU settlement scheme: Statement of Intent”, published on 21 June. Responding to the release of the UK’s policy paper “EU Settlement Scheme statement of intent” policy paper, which describes how EU citizens and their families […]

To Brexit, or not to Brexit…rather not: 10 Downing Street, London

Almost exactly two years have elapsed after the Brits voted to leave the European Union. Tomorrow, Tuesday 12 June, the elected lower House of the Parliament, the Commons, is expected to open the way for Britain to remain in EU’s customs union and the single market for an extended period of time. Most probably, Prime […]

Discussion at Europe House: Brexit & Food

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EPLO in the UK hosted a debate in London aimed at understanding the implications of Brexit on the food industry On 18 May, the European Parliament Liaison Office in the UK organised a debate exploring the impact of Brexit on the future of […]

Britain aligns with EU rivaling US on trade and Iran, abandons bilateral ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Last Sunday 29 April, Britain determinedly joined the other two major European Union powers, Germany and France in cautioning the US not to activate its super levies of 25% and 10% on imports of steel and aluminum respectively. Donald Trump, the president of ‘America first’, on 23 March had announced the imposition of the above […]