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The Sunday Feature: Secret Police Files Opened Up in Albania

In Albania, attempts are now being made to discover the fate of about 6,000 people who went missing during 40 years of Communism. Andrew Hoskens in Tirana speaks to one man whose Catholic priest uncle fell foul of Enver Hoxha's regime. (Photo: Nikolin Kurti at the site of the mass grave he exhumed in 2009. Credit: Andrew Hoskens/BBC)


Brexit Watch: What's the Cost?

Some UK companies see possible gains from exiting the EU. But a survey of 700 British businesses concludes there is widespread uncertainty. Dan speaks to Paul Kenward of British Sugar, and Professor Nicholas Bloom of Stanford University (Photo: An aerial view of London's financial district on 12 July 2017. Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)


Brexit Watch: Europe's Hopes in a Post-Brexit EU

Jean Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, has been outlining his ambitious vision for the EU's future but is his plan possible? Dr. Ben Margulies, an American Political Scientist teaching at Warwick University in the UK gives analysis on Mr Juncker's plans. We also return to the border issues between the UK and Republic of Ireland because of Brexit. If Brexit negotiations go badly, the currently invisible border might have to be re-erected, with all of the dangers that poses for the peace deal that brought IRA and Ulster loyalist paramilitary violence to an end in 1998. The British government says it will find a way to keep the border invisible while still imposing customs and migration regulations. How they will do that has not been fully explained. Dan Damon speaks with Irish Times writer Fintan O'Toole. (IMAGE: FRANCE-EU-POLITICS-PARLIAMENT - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on September 13, 2017. CREDIT: PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)


Brexit Watch: Will British Courts Rule on British Laws?

Dan explores the thorny question of whether the EU's top court - the European Court of Justice - will still influence UK law. Also: Polls show pro-Leave voters have no remorse. We hear from polling analyst David Cowling, EU legal expert Professor Steve Peers, and the BBC political reporter Emma Vardy (Photo: The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Credit: JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)


Brexit Watch: How to Make the Best Use of a Referendum?

The vote for Brexit was the result of a referendum, the third in the UK in recent years. Referendums seem to be getting more and more common; but are they being used wisely and conducted fairly? Dan speaks with the director of the new Independent Commission on Referendums, Alan Renwick from the Constitutional Unit of University College London. There are also updates on this week's Brexit developments, including the UK government publishing position papers on trade and on the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish republic. (IMAGE: A man casts his ballot to vote in a referendum - ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)


Brexit Watch: The Four Freedoms

One of the big talking points over the past few days has been on freedom of movement - the four freedoms of goods, services, capital and labour that come with European Union membership. Prime Minister Theresa May has insisted that free movement will cease at the end of March 2019 when Britain leaves the EU. And one of the places seriously affected by that change will be Ireland, where the border between the North and the Irish Republic will become the only land border between a non-EU UK and the other 27 member. (Picture: Irish and UK Flag. Credit: Getty Images)


Brexit Watch: Trade Wars

In this week's negotiations between the UK and EU, the issue of trade came up earlier than expected. That's because agricultural import quotas are so important, as Professor. Fiona Smith, a trade law expert from Warwick University told Dan this week. Also Rob Watson on the Northern Ireland question, all on Brexit Watch.


Brexit Watch: Repeal bill published

The British government have introduced a bill to Parliament that if approved will convert thousands of European Union laws into British law when Britain leaves, in theory on 29th March 2019. But there are plenty of reasons why that might not go as smoothly as Theresa May's government hopes. To help us understand what should happen, for this week's Brexit Watch we spoke to Dr. Jo Hunt from the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University. ( Britain & EU Flags: Getty Images)


Brexit Watch: How to Bargain with Brussels

As negotiations begin Dan Damon speaks to two people with experience of cutting a deal with the European Union. Yanis Varoufakis was the Greek Finance Minister in 2015 and had to negotiate with the EU during the country's government-debt crisis. Jason Langrish is the Executive Director of the Canada Europe Roundtable for Business. He was involved in negotiations on the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). (Picture: European Parliament. Credit: Getty Images)


Brexit Watch: On the Road - Part 3 - Down on the Docks

In the last of our three-part road trip looking at how Brexit could effect different industries, we go to the docks and see how the haulage industry is prepared for Brexit. (IMAGE: The port of Dover at night CREDIT: merlinpf)


Brexit Watch: On the Road - Part 2 - Ramsgate Harbour

Dan Damon continues his road trip looking at the possible effects of Brexit on three different industries. In part two, Dan takes us to Ramsgate Harbour, and meets the fisherman who was a big campaigner to leave the EU. (IMAGE: A pro-Brexit flag flies on a fishing boat as a crew member washes their catch in Ramsgate on June 13, 2016 - CREDIT: CHRIS J RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images)


Brexit Watch: On The Road - Part 1 - Down on the Farm

Dan Damon goes on the road for a three-part series looking at the possible effects of Brexit on three different industries. In part 1, Dan visits an urban farm where the dairy cows took a particular interest in Dan. (IMAGE: Jersey cows graze in a field. CREDIT: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)


Brexit Watch: The UK's Tech Industry

What opportunities and pitfalls face the UK's I.T. and Finance industries after Brexit? Dan gets perspectives from Gianpiero Lotito, a founding member of the European Tech Alliance whose company FacilityLive is the first international company to be part of the London Stock Exchange ELITE programme, and Mark Kelly, Chief Executive for Olive Tree Financial. With analysis from the BBC World Service's Political Correspondent, Rob Watson. (IMAGE: Traders on the floor of ETX Capital in London on March 29, 2017 - CREDIT: CHRIS J RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images)


Brexit Watch: Brexit's Role in a Snap General Election

What will the 8th June election mean for Brexit? Dan Damon speaks with two experts in European and UK politics to find out more - Jacki Davis, senior adviser to the European Policy Centre in Brussels and Jo-Anne Nadler who formerly worked at the Conservative Central Office, the headquarters of the ruling Conservative Party. (IMAGE: A copy of the Evening Standard, with the front page story relating to British Prime Minister Theresa May's call for a snap general election on June 8 - Photo credit: DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)


Brexit Watch: Article 50 Was Only The Beginning

While Parliament is in recess, use the time to get acquainted with Article 207, 217 & 218. Dan Damon speaks with Catherine Barnard, professor in European Union Law and Employment Law at the University of Cambridge, as she prepares us for what happens next in the negotiations. The BBC's Political Correspondent Ben Wright is on hand to give analysis from Westminster. (IMAGE: A pro-remain protester holds up an EU flag with one of the stars symbolically cut out in front of the Houses of Parliament shortly after British Prime Minister Theresa May announced to the House of Commons that Article 50 had been triggered- CREDIT: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)


Brexit Watch: UK's Plans for Common Foreign and Security Policy post-Brexit

We take a look at security in a post-Brexit world. Cooperation has always been key when dealing with other countries so what should happen now to make sure everyone is still protected? The EU External Affairs Sub-Committee has been holding a one-off evidence session to gather information on what the Common Foreign and Security Policy could be now. Dan Damon speaks to one of those advising the sub-committee, Professor Karen Smith from the LSE's Department of International Relations. The BBC's Political Correspondent Eleanor Garnier gives analysis and overview from Westminster. (IMAGE: British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) greets European Council President Donald Tusk outside 10 Downing street in central London on April 6 - JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)


Brexit Watch: Article 50 Triggered

In this special edition of Brexit Watch, Dan goes to 'Brexit Central' - Boston in Lincolnshire - on the day the UK officially starts its departure from the EU. (IMAGE: The Prime Minster Of the United Kingdom Theresa May Signs Article 50 - Christopher Furlong - WPA Pool/Getty Images)


Brexit Watch: Timetable to Leave

What is the timeline for the UK's departure now? Jill Rutter is a Programme Director at the Institute of Government, an independent charity promoting effective government. Dan Damon asks what happens after 29th March, when the British Prime Minister, Theresa May triggers Article 50? (Photo: The front page of the London Evening Standard newspaper reporting that Britain will launch the process of leaving the EU on 29 March 2017. Credit: Daniel Sorabji/AFP/Getty Images)


Brexit Watch: Another Go at Scottish Independence?

Britain starts the formal process of leaving the EU this month, giving impetus to calls for a fresh vote on Scottish independence. Dan brings together the BBC's political correspondent Rob Watson, Professor John Curtice of Strathclyde University in Glasgow, and Britain Taylor, political editor for BBC Scotland. (Photo: Scottish voters in favour of independence on the first anniversary of Scotland's 2014 independence referendum, in which 55 percent of voters were against leaving the United Kingdom, 19 September 2015. Credit: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)


Brexit Watch: From Brexit to Nexit?

Will Geert Wilders and his supporters 'Make Netherlands ours again' in the upcoming election, possibly paving the way for another country to leave the EU? Dan Damon speaks to both sides of the argument, and asks how Brexit is influencing other EU countries. (IMAGE: Supporters of Dutch far-right politician and leader of the Partij Voor De Vrijheid (PVV or Freedom Party) Geert Wilders hold leaflets bearing his image and a slogan which translates as 'Make Netherlands ours again' - JOHN THYS/A FP/Getty Images)