Brexit News Archive: 17 May 2019

Corbyn calls halt to cross-party Brexit talks

Labour leader cites government's 'increasing weakness' as he scraps negotiations
FT   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 17:21:26

Brexit: May facing calls to quit immediately as collapse of Labour talks kills off EU withdrawal plans

Jeremy Corbyn was coming under pressure to throw Labour's weight fully behind a Final Say referendum
Andrew Woodcock / The Independent   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 16:44:00

European elections: Lib Dems could 'shake foundations' of British politics by beating Labour and Tories, says Vince Cable

Exclusive: For the first time in a century, it is 'possible' the third party could outstrip its rivals in a national poll
Andrew Woodcock / The Independent   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 16:41:00

Boris Johnson clear favourite among Conservative members to succeed May - poll

Boris Johnson, a prominent leader of the Brexit campaign and former foreign minister, is the top choice among members of Britain's ruling Conservative Party to replace Theresa May as prime minister, according to a poll published on Friday.
Reuters   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 16:39:03

EU's Barnier to discuss Brexit in Cyprus

EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier will discuss the developments on Britain's exit from the European Union with the Cypriot government and parliament during a visit to the country on Monday.
Kathimerini   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 16:38:16

Boris Johnson clear favourite among Conservative members to success May - poll

Boris Johnson, a prominent leader of the Brexit campaign and former foreign minister, is the top choice among members of Britain's ruling Conservative Party to replace Theresa May as prime minister, according to a poll published on Friday.
Reuters   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 16:26:55

EU elections: Mayors of Liverpool and Manchester unite to urge voters to reject 'divisive, hateful' candidates

Leaders hit out at Tommy Robinson and Brexit Party candidate who defended IRA
Lizzie Dearden / The Independent   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 15:51:38

Brexit breakdown: May to announce departure timeline in June

British Pm will lay out her departure plans as Labour withdraws from talks, and Brexit chaos continues.
Al Jazeera   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 15:19:21

CBI demands MPs cancel spring break to resolve Brexit crisis

As cross-party talks to end deadlock collapse, business leaders tell MPs: 'It's time to get on with it'
Benjamin Kentish / The Independent   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 15:10:00

Brexit: Does collapse of Labour talks spell end for Theresa May's hopes?

Could Labour MPs and Tories with their eyes on a future leadership contest come to the PM's rescue?
BBC   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 14:58:36

UK: European election campaigns bring Brexit divide to light

Campaigning in the UK for the European elections is seen as a barometer of support - or lack thereof - for Brexit.
Al Jazeera   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 14:55:01

Labour-Tory Brexit talks end without deal

Jeremy Corbyn says discussions "have gone as far as they can", while Theresa May calls them
BBC   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 14:47:10

Archive Document: Queen Outed Herself as a Fan of the EU

Does Britain's future lie in Europe? In 1988, long before the prospect of Brexit, the queen spoke about the issue with a German diplomat. A document viewed by DER SPIEGEL shows that she held a very clear view.
Spiegel   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 14:41:36

The UK government built a $146 billion war chest to stop a run on the pound in the case of a 'no-deal' Brexit, Bank of America says

The British government and the Bank of England built a $146 billion foreign currency reserve war chest to in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Bank of America said. The stash "suggests the UK government was piling up FX reserves on the chance the UK would leave the EU without ...
Jim Edwards / Money Game   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 14:37:01

European elections: Lib Dems pull ahead of Labour in YouGov poll but Farage's Brexit Party remains top

Vince Cable: Lib Dems are now "the only serious challenger" to Farage's party
Andrew Woodcock / The Independent   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 14:21:24

Anti-Brexit Billboard Campaign in Massive Apparent Breach of Electoral Law

Anti-Brexit campaign 'Led By Donkeys' have been busy racking up the FBPE retweets for a fresh swathe of billboards they've put up around the country. The billboards are branded as Brexit Party adverts with a fake Brexit Party web address and feature phrases like "Attack the NHS" and "Target Gay ...
Hugh Bennett / Guy Fawkes' blog   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 14:01:01

Sterling heads for worst week of the year as Brexit talks collapse

'Another day of failed politics, another dispiriting day for British business', says CBI The pound is on course for its worst week in 2019 after dropping to the lowest level in four months following the collapse of the Brexit talks, as business leaders warn that failure to break the deadlock ...
Richard Partington / Guardian   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 14:00:13

The brief holiday from Brexit is over

The mood in the business community has turned gloomy again
FT   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 13:12:58

US-China trade war and Brexit casting shadow over Hong Kong economy, warns government as revised data shows GDP year-on-year growth at just 0.6 per cent for first quarter

Hong Kong’s economic future is in limbo and dependent on US-China trade war negotiations, the government has said after the city’s GDP growth was revised to 0.6 per cent in the first quarter.The gross domestic product figure – the slowest quarterly increase in a decade – was adjusted based on ...
Denise Tsang / South China Morning Post   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 12:56:36

European elections guide: how to vote if you support Brexit

The European Elections weren't supposed to involve the UK. But the UK is still a member of the EU, having failed to agree a Brexit deal, so it is obliged to hold elections for the European Parliament. Excluding the possibility of a vote to remain in a confirmatory referendum, any ...
Chris Stafford, Doctoral Researcher, University of Nottingham / The Conversation   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 12:35:29

European elections guide: how should Remainers use their vote?

Supporters of Brexit have a fairly straightforward choice in the European elections. The expectation is many will vote for the Brexit Party, regardless of its lack of policies or manifesto. However, for Remainers and those opposed to the direction Brexit is currently taking, there are several options. With so many ...
Victoria Honeyman, Lecturer in British Politics, University of Leeds / The Conversation   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 12:34:48

Brexit process falters at every turn - Standard Chartered

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FX Street   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 12:33:45

Brexit talks collapse as May's premiership crumbles

Britain's tumultuous divorce from the European Union was again in disarray on Friday after the opposition Labour Party declared last-ditch talks dead due to Prime Minister Theresa May's crumbling government.
Reuters   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 12:32:33

Collapse of Brexit talks a very negative development: Irish PM

The collapse of talks between Britain's two main parties aimed at finding a way to leave the European Union with the support of a majority of lawmakers is a very negative development, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Friday.
Reuters   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 12:26:05

Jeremy Corbyn ends cross-party Brexit talks

Labour leader cites UK government's 'increasing weakness' as he scraps negotiations
FT   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 12:22:00

Brexit talks collapse as UK Opposition blames 'weak' Theresa May

The Labour Party has been in favour of a form of a common customs arrangement with the European Union (EU) that keeps the UK aligned with its European neighbours on trade tariffs post-Brexit.
PTI / Financial Express   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 12:15:48

Theresa May appeals for Tory votes in European elections

UK prime minister tells voters only Conservatives can deliver Brexit
FT   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 12:05:23

Pound Hits 4-Month Low As Talks With Labour Collapse

The pound weakened again on Friday, touching fresh four-month lows, as a No. 10 spokesman revealed that talks with Labour had ended without reaching a Brexit deal. Sterling slips 0.4% to $1.2752, the lowest since Jan. 15. Bloomberg reported that divisions in the Labour Party over support for a second ...
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 12:05:00

Dutch PM Rutte says idea of Brexit is "wrong"

Brexit as an idea is fundamentally misguided and causing chaos and misery in Britain, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.
Reuters   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 11:58:27

Back to the drawing board: U.K. Brexit compromise talks fail

Talks between Britain's government and opposition aimed at striking a compromise Brexit deal broke down without agreement Friday, plunging the country back into a morass ...
No Author / Japan Times   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 11:52:09

European elections guide: what's actually on the ballot paper?

Shutterstock Despite plans to go ahead with Brexit, the UK will now participate in elections to the European Parliament on May 23. Voting in this election will take place across Europe between May 23 and May 26, with different countries holding votes on different days. The majority of member states ...
Paula Keaveney, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Edge Hill University / The Conversation   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 11:48:27

GBP/USD - Plunges on Brexit fears

Sterling on the decline again as hard Brexit fears rise The pound is on the decline again as reports continue to suggest that Brexit talks between the Conservatives and Labour are about to reach an unsuccessful conclusion. Once again precious weeks have been lost and it appears we're no closer ...
Craig Erlam / OANDA   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 11:39:55

Britain's Brexit talks collapse as May's premiership crumbles

Britain's tumultuous divorce from the European Union was again in disarray on Friday after the opposition Labour Party declared last-ditch talks dead due to Prime Minister Theresa May's crumbling government.
Reuters   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 11:39:09

Pound slides to four-month low after Brexit talks end

Investors are pricing in a higher chance of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, say analysts.
BBC   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 11:36:37

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pulls plug on Brexit talks with Tories

Labour has pulled out of cross-party Brexit talks, with the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn writing to British Prime Minister Theresa May to say that a lack of progress and government instability means the discussions “have now gone as far as they can”.In a letter to May, released on Friday, Corbyn ...
The Guardian / South China Morning Post   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 11:30:42

Brexit: Theresa May blames Labour divisions over second referendum for collapse of cross-party talks

'There isn't a common position in Labour about whether they want to deliver Brexit, or hold a second referendum which could reverse it', prime minister says
Rob Merrick / The Independent   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 11:30:00

Timeline: Brexit - What is due to happen in British politics before Oct. 31?

When the European Union agreed in April to extend the date of Britain's exit from the bloc for a second time, European Council President Donald Tusk pleaded: "Don't waste this time".
Reuters   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 11:23:15

UK PM May: Conservative Party can deliver Brexit

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FX Street   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 11:21:13

Brexit news: Labour-Tory talks collapse with Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn blaming each other

Talks between Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May aimed at breaking the Brexit deadlock have collapsed without an agreement.
Ashley Cowburn, Samuel Osborne / The Independent   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 11:20:00

Brexit - What is due to happen in British politics before Oct. 31?

When the European Union agreed in April to extend the date of Britain's exit from the bloc for a second time, European Council President Donald Tusk pleaded: "Don't waste this time".
Reuters   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 11:08:42

If Brexit law not passed by summer, choices 'significantly more unpalatable' - government source

If British lawmakers do not pass the legislation to ratify Brexit before parliament breaks for the summer, the choices available will become "significantly more unpalatable," a source in Prime Minister Theresa May's office said on Friday.
Reuters   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 11:05:25

Boris Only Contender Winning Brexiteers Back to the Tories

With the Tory leadership race finally starting to hot up, a new Hanbury Strategy poll has looked at how the potential candidates fare with different sets of voters. Boris is the only contender to make 2017 Tory voters more likely to vote Tory next time round. Not a great result ...
Hugh Bennett / Guy Fawkes' blog   |   Fri, 17 May 2019 11:05:18

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