Brexit News Archive: 19 Dec 2019

MPs set to approve Boris Johnson's Brexit deal

Prime minister hails 'beginning of a new dawn for our country' ahead of historic vote, but opposition MPs raise fears over ditching of several key concessions
Benjamin Kentish / The Independent   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 22:31:00

UK government sets out fast track timetable for Brexit law

The British government plans to push the legislation required to ratify its Brexit deal through the lower house of parliament by Jan. 9, leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg said on Thursday.
Reuters   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 21:30:51

Blockchain.com's New GBP Gateway Creates a Crypto-Hedge Against Brexit Uncertainty

Blockchain.com is adding a British pound gateway to its cryptocurrency exchange as it bets on more Brexit chaos.
Danny Nelson / CoinDesk   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 21:30:00

Brexit news - live: Boris Johnson unveils 'book of Trump' agenda to prevent courts challenging government and make voter ID mandatory

Follow all the latest developments as they happened
Adam Forrest, Ashley Cowburn / The Independent   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 20:13:00

Brexit, differentiation and disintegration

Timothée Houzel studies the issue of Brexit with his political science hat on. - Brexit
Timothée Houzel / New Federalist   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 20:00:34

Bailey emerges as favourite to head Bank of England

FCA chief the frontrunner to replace Carney as Shafik's hopes hit by anti-Brexit views
FT   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 19:25:18

Clive Lewis enters Labour leadership race

Shadow Treasury minister vows to 'unleash' party by handing more power to members as he criticises Jeremy Corbyn over 'lack of leadership'
Benjamin Kentish / The Independent   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 18:35:00

#Brexit Sneak Peek

The fun begins anew in London this weekend, with the Queen's speech on Saturday kicking off an intensive few days of legislative activity in Parliament. The questions continue to multiply: Will the resounding electoral victory be sufficient to break the logjam in Parliament so that the new-and-improved Withdrawal Agreement can ...
MoneyScience   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 18:08:05

Boris Johnson's new Brexit bill scraps powers for MPs to scrutinise future trade deals

"Trade deal process will now be conducted in secret,' warns Labour MP
Lizzy Buchan / The Independent   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 18:05:11

Big Ben To Bong For Brexit? British MPs Hope So

A group of eurosceptic lawmakers has revived an attempt to get Big Ben to chime for Britain's departure from the European Union, The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Thursday. Some 50 MPs, led by Mark Francois of the hardline anti-EU European Research Group, are backing the request, before an expected ...
IBTimes   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 17:58:24

EU Confidential episode #132: Top 2019 moments - UK vote fallout - Deepfakes - Catalonia's Alfred Bosch

Listen to the podcast on Spotify | Apple | Google | Soundcloud | Stitcher In the last episode of 2019, the EU Confidential podcast crew selects their top political moments of the year - from the launch of the Brexit party in the U.K., to the Ibiza affair that toppled ...
Cristina Gonzalez / Politico   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 16:34:38

Brexit: UK could be thrown out of European Arrest Warrant system, government admits

Admission in Queen's Speech triggers fresh warning country will become 'a haven for Europe's worst criminals'
Rob Merrick / The Independent   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 16:19:41

The bumpy year ahead on Brexit

Two factors suggest Boris Johnson will continue to seek hard departure when he negotiates with EU on trade
FT   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 15:30:59

Is Brexit And Strong Local Economy Driving Polish Immigrants Back Home?

Polish immigrants in the United Kingdom are now considering moving back home to a country with a booming economy while Britain looks to quit the European Union. After Poland joined the EU in 2004, waves of young people migrated to other countries, including the U.K. By 2018, some 2.5 million ...
IBTimes   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 15:05:58

Sterling faces worst week of the year as Brexit concerns reappear

Currency has had a volatile week as no-deal Brexit fears have returned
FT   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 14:40:56

Putin rejects charges of Russian meddling in UK politics, praises Johnson

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected allegations of Russian interference in British politics and praised Prime Minister Boris Johnson for better understanding the mood of British society on Brexit than his political rivals.
Reuters   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 14:30:57

Factbox: What laws does UK PM Johnson want to pass after election win?

Britain's Queen Elizabeth set out Prime Minister Boris Johnson's legislative agenda on Thursday, outlining Brexit and the National Health Service (NHS) as the government's main priorities.
Reuters   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 14:30:46

Britain’s Johnson puts Brexit top of agenda as queen opens parliament

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday put the UK’s departure from the European Union at the top of the agenda, as Queen Elizabeth read out his plans for government in a parliamentary ceremony following a sweeping election win.The monarch formally opened parliament with plenty of traditional pomp and pageantry ...
Agence France-Presse / South China Morning Post   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 13:53:30

Queen lays out Johnson's Brexit, NHS plans at Parliament opening

In lavish ceremony to open Parliament, monarch says Brexit is Conservative government's priority.
Al Jazeera   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 13:16:12

Bank Of England Holds Interest Rates As Brexit Looms

The Bank of England on Thursday froze interest rates at 0.75 percent before Brexit next month, but left the door open to a reduction in the event of fresh turmoil. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted 7-2 to hold borrowing costs, according to minutes of the two-day December gathering, with ...
IBTimes   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 13:02:35

UK companies fear hit from Brexit migration rules - CBI

Britain's plans to introduce a new system for immigration after Brexit risk being too complicated and causing a shortage of skilled workers, an employers group said on Thursday.
Reuters   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:51:57

British PM Puts Brexit Top Of New Agenda

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday put Britain's departure from the EU at the top of the agenda, as Queen Elizabeth II read out his plans for government in a parliamentary ceremony following a sweeping election win. The monarch formally opened parliament with plenty of traditional pomp and pageantry before ...
IBTimes   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:51:50

Boris Johnson launches Brexit-focused plan for government

The legislative program includes laws covering fisheries, farming, financial services, trade and immigration.
Cristina Gallardo, Emilio Casalicchio / Politico   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:38:36

Bank of England keeps interest rates on hold

Rates could be cut if global growth falters or Brexit uncertainty persists, the Bank indicates.
BBC   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:30:05

With a 'radical' agenda, Johnson sets his sights on quick Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled what he called a radical government agenda on Thursday, setting his sights on a quick Brexit, future trade deals and on transforming Britain to repay the trust of voters who handed him landslide election victory.
Reuters   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:24:18

UK government says Brexit department to close after January 31

Britain's Brexit department will be closed down once the country leaves the European Union at the end of January, a government spokesman said on Thursday.
Reuters   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:23:59

UK Brexit department to close

EU departure is set for January 31 next year.
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:23:56

Johnson sets Brexit on January 31 as top priority - Queen

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's main priority is to deliver Brexit on Jan. 31 and then negotiate a free trade deal with the European Union and other leading global economies, Queen Elizabeth said on Thursday, outlining his plans.
Reuters   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:19:12

UK government rejects demands for new Scottish referendum

Britain's government rejected Scotland's First Minister demands for a new independence referendum after Brexit, saying it would be "a damaging distraction" and would undermine the result of the last vote five years ago.
Reuters   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:13:52

New UK gov't: Queen to set out 2020 agenda

A week after decisive Conservative win, government bills on health service, Brexit to be presented in parliament.
Al Jazeera   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:07:42

Two tribes of Islington: the real challenge ahead as Labour seeks a new leader

Since Labour's devastating defeat in the general election, two rival explanations have been offered by those inside the party. For left-wing supporters of outgoing leader Jeremy Corbyn, Brexit was to blame. The policy of promising a second referendum, foisted on the leader by centrist Remainers, alienated pro-Brexit working-class Labour voters ...
Tom Quinn, Senior Lecturer, Department of Government, University of Essex / The Conversation   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:01:42

Boris Johnson announces new law to stop foreign spies and biggest overhaul of foreign policy 'since the Cold War'

Legislation, to 'disrupt hostile state activity', was promised by Theresa May but shelved because of Brexit logjam
Rob Merrick / The Independent   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 11:46:00

Queen's Speech focuses on Brexit and public services

Boris Johnson's programme includes 40 pieces of legislation to 'level up' opportunity
FT   |   Thu, 19 Dec 2019 11:45:39