New poll puts Brexit Party in lead for European Parliament electionsA new poll by YouGov puts the new Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage in first place for the European Parliament elections, which are due to go ahead in the UK on 23 May if the Withdrawal Agreement has not been ratified. The poll, conducted between 14 and 16 April in Great Britain, shows the Brexit Party leading with 27%, followed by Labour with 22% and the Conservative Party in third place with 15%. The Green Party was on 10%, Liberal Democrats, 9%, UKIP, 7%, Change UK, 6% and the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru together on 4%.
Meanwhile, a separate YouGov poll for The Times also puts the Brexit Party in the lead on 23%, Labour on 22%, the Conservatives Party, 17%, the Green Party, 10% and the Liberal Democrats, 9%. Change UK was on 8% and UKIP, 6%. The poll was carried out between 16 and 17 April.
The Daily Shakeup will be back on Tuesday, April 23. In the meantime, the Open Europe team wishes Happy Easter holidays to all of our subscribers! Sources: YouGov, The TimesSenior UK Official: Technological solution for Irish border “would take years to implement”The Director General for Border Co-ordination at HM Revenue and Customs, Karen Wheeler, said, “There is no technology solution which would mean that you could do customs controls and processes and not have a hard [Irish] border…If there was, trust me, we would have found it.” She told businesses in a speech this week that there are technologies which can assist with automated customs processing or tracking goods, adding, “Many of them would take years to implement and there is no border in the world which has a full package of all of these technologies.”
This comes as the European Commission’s Secretary General Martin Selmayr told ARTE broadcaster, “Let’s be very clear – if there is no Withdrawal Agreement there will be a hard border” on the island of Ireland.
Sources: Belfast Telegraph, BBC NewsGermany reduces 2019 growth forecast to 0.5%The German government has lowered its growth forecast for 2019 to just 0.5%. German Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier said yesterday that this was a “a wake-up call” for the German economy, adding that politicians needed to think about how they could stimulate growth.
This comes as the European Union has released a list of the US products it could hit with new tariffs, as part of a dispute over subsidies given to aircraft maker Boeing. The list covers $20bn of imports into Europe each year and hundreds of different items, ranging from dried fruit to ketchup, fish, tobacco, handbags and suitcases.
Sources: FT, DW, Guardian, Sky NewsHorizon Europe programme to initiate in January 2021A majority vote in the European Commission yesterday guaranteed that the Horizon Europe programme will be fully operational by January 2021. Horizon Europe is a €100 billion research and innovation programme that will replace the Horizon 2020 initiative and continue until 2027. European Commissioner Carlos Moedas said, “From the left to the right to the middle, every one of you converged to this agreement and to the fact that we can really change the lives of scientists and researchers, and our children’s future.”
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