A departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU) with no agreements on trade and investments – a no-deal Brexit – would hit south-eastern European countries hardest among the emerging economies where the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invests.
Euractiv is organising a discussion with Roberto Balzaretti, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Swiss Confederation, on the EU-Switzerland relation with regards to Brexit. Indeed, this model of cooperation could inspire the post-Brexit EU-UK relations.
The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament’s vote today, which paves the way for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) to take up their seats in Amsterdam and Paris, respectively, as of 30 March 2019.
Update – press releases on Ireland and Malta have been published.
The latest Eurobarometer survey, measuring public attitudes to the EU across member states, highlights that more people than ever consider their country’s membership of the European Union to be a good thing (62%). This is the highest figure recorded in the last 25 years. 68% are also of the view that their country has benefitted from EU membership – the highest figure since 1983.
European Parliament Brexit Steering Group chaired by Guy Verhofstadt issued the following statement this Monday 15 October: “We have followed very closely the developments of the last 24 hours.It is our very strong view that the Withdrawal Agreement must include a workable, legally operational and all-weather backstop for the Ireland/Northern Ireland border fully in line with the Joint Report of last December and the Prime Minister May’s letter to President Tusk of 19 March 2018.”
While working on a Brexit deal, we also need to make sure, that we are prepared in case an agreement is not possible, or in case it is rejected. Therefore, tomorrow, leaders will discuss how to step up our preparations for a no-deal scenario. But, as I have already stressed: “the fact that we are preparing for a no-deal scenario must not, under any circumstances, lead us away from making every effort to reach the best agreement possible, for all sides.”