• Support for Ireland staying in the EU hits record high of 92%: A full 92 per cent of the Irish population now support staying in the EU, according to a new survey by pollsters Red C, with just 7 per cent supporting a theoretical “Irexit” and 1 per cent saying they don’t know. The findings are likely to disappoint Brexiteers, some of whom have suggested Ireland might follow Britain’s march towards the exit door – and that Irish departure could be a way of solving the border question currently plaguing Brexit talks. On the contrary, findings appear to show the experience of the Brexit process has further strengthened pro-EU sentiment in Ireland. Though the country has long been overwhelmingly pro-EU, as recently as 2013, when Ireland faced deep austerity cuts, only 81 per cent of the country supported remaining. (The Independent)
  • Lords rebellion backs keeping UK in single market after Brexit: The House of Lords has voted in favour of keeping Britain in the European single market, issuing a rebuke to the government and the Labour leadership, which had both opposed the option. The UK’s upper chamber voted by a majority of 29 for Britain to negotiate continued membership of the European Economic Area, in effect adopting the Norwegian model. Former ministers Michael Heseltine, Ros Altmann and Stephen Green were among 17 Tories to rebel against the government, while 83 Labour peers defied their front bench’s instruction to abstain. (The Financial Times)
  • Airbus space contract will move from UK to continent due to Brexit: A potential €200m contract between the European Space Agency and Airbus in Portsmouth will be moved to the continent because of Brexit, the managing director of Airbus said on Wednesday. Airbus will move all the work for the ground control for the new EU satellite navigation system, Galileo, from the UK to France or Germany should it win the bid. Colin Paynter, managing director of the Portsmouth based Airbus Defence and Space, told MPs that it was “committed” to this move as part of its bid for the contract, which it submitted on 24 April. The decision is a response to the European Space Agency’s rule that it will only allow EU member states to be lead contractors on the Galileo work after 29 March 2019 when the UK is scheduled to leave the bloc. (The Guardian)