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Threatened by Italy and Brexit, the EU must turn the tide | Martin Kettle

Threatened by Italy and Brexit, the EU must turn the tide | Martin Kettle

George Soros is not exactly an insurgent leader from central casting, but you certainly can’t fault the billionaire philanthropist for his frankness. “The EU is in an existential crisis,” Soros said in a speech in Paris this week, before adding: “Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.” With Italy compounding Europe’s woes in the…

Voters getting more pessimistic about Brexit impact on economy and UK generally, poll suggests – Politics live

Voters getting more pessimistic about Brexit impact on economy and UK generally, poll suggests – Politics live

Our consultation has shown that the views of our branches and regions are finely balanced and the conference has decided that, whilst we do not support affiliation at this current time, there is the potential for the union to affiliate to the Labour party at a future date if there is clearer support for this.…

Brexit: UK may get poorer access than Israel to EU science scheme

Brexit: UK may get poorer access than Israel to EU science scheme

Theresa May’s appeal for a special Brexit deal on science and research collaboration, worth billions to the British economy, is being stonewalled by Brussels as it prepares to offer an arrangement less privileged and more expensive than that given to non-EU states such as Israel. The European commission’s negotiators refused to discuss the issue in…

Britain and EU’s ongoing war of words – Brexit Means … podcast

Britain and EU’s ongoing war of words – Brexit Means … podcast

Acast, Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Audioboom. Join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter and email us at podcasts@theguardian.com With just a month to go until a crunch EU summit in Brussels, things are getting heated. Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, has accused Britain of “chasing a fantasy” and “playing hide and seek” in…

Brexit: Public health at risk if UK loses access to EU food safety databases, say council chiefs – Politics live

Brexit: Public health at risk if UK loses access to EU food safety databases, say council chiefs – Politics live

One consequence of Brexit is that it is focusing public attention on all sorts of issues – basically, the regulatory and legal plumbing of the modern British state – that for years have languished in obscurity. For example, have you ever heard of RASFF (the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed)? Or TRACES (the…