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UK Brexit minister Raab says open-minded on extending post-Brexit transition

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is open-minded about extending the post-Brexit transition period if it means the European Union drops its proposals for the so-called Irish backstop, Brexit minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday. Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the EU Dominic Raab arrives in Downing Street, London, Britain October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay “If […]

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Prince Harry inspires athletes as pregnant Meghan trims Australia schedule

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The pregnant wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will cut back her busy schedule as the royal couple enter the last week-and-a-half of their tour to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex meet Team UK competitors while attending […]

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Hundreds of thousands take to streets in London demanding second Brexit vote

By Andrew MacAskill and Amanda Ferguson LONDON/BELFAST (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of supporters of the European Union marched through London on Saturday in the biggest demonstration so far to demand that the British government holds a public vote on the terms of Brexit. The protesters waved the blue and gold flag of the EU […]

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UK PM May reassures business of EU commitment to autumn Brexit deal – source

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May struck an upbeat tone on the Brexit talks and told business leaders during a teleconference on Friday that EU politicians are committed to reaching an agreement this autumn, a source told Reuters. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after a news conference at the European Union leaders […]

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UK, South Korea to work on trade ties after Brexit – PM May’s office

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to work on improving trade ties with South Korea after Brexit in a meeting with President Moon Jae-in in Brussels, May’s office said. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May arrives for a news conference at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Toby […]

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Britain posts smaller-than-expected budget gap, in boost for Hammond

By Andy Bruce and Andrew MacAskill FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond arrives in Downing Street, London, Britain October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s government recorded a smaller budget deficit than expected in September, but the improvement is unlikely to give much help to finance minister Philip Hammond as […]

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Longer Brexit transition just an idea – UK PM May’s spokeswoman

LONDON (Reuters) – People should not overplay the idea of an extension to a Brexit transition period during which Britain would keep EU rules in place after it leaves the bloc, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday. “We shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. What we have is an idea, we haven’t […]

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Ireland insists on Brexit ‘backstop’ – PM Varadkar

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Friday that a possible extension of Britain’s post-Brexit transition period would not diminish Ireland’s need for a “backstop” to avoid a hard border with Northern Ireland. Ireland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) and Defence Minister Leo Varadkar speaks to the media at the ASEM leaders summit in […]

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Britain’s Harry scales Sydney Harbour Bridge, joins group hug at Bondi

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry climbed Australia’s Harbour Bridge on Friday, accompanied by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, during a royal tour that broke with the staid routine of such events to involve the royal couple in a group hug on Bondi Beach. Britain’s Prince Harry gives a thumbs-up as he climbs the Sydney Harbour […]

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EU’s Barnier says Brexit deal 90 percent done, but Ireland issue could derail it

PARIS (Reuters) – European Union negotiator Michel Barnier said on Friday a Brexit deal with the United Kingdom was 90 percent done, although there was still a chance no accord would be reached due to ongoing stumbling blocks over the Irish border. European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives at an European Union leaders […]

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Britain’s royal couple join mental health group hug on Australia’s Bondi Beach

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan joined in a group hug at a “Fluro Friday” event on Australia’s Bondi Beach organised by surfers to raise awareness of mental health issues. Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, meet participants of Fluro Friday, an event organized by surfing community […]

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Britain’s Pivot Power to build $33 million battery, EV charging hub near M6 motorway

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Pivot Power will build a 25 million pound ($33 million) large-scale battery and electric vehicle (EV) supercharging hub in the north of England, close to the M6, the country’s longest motorway, it said on Friday. Britain plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 […]

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France’s Macron denies reports of visas for UK travellers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday dismissed media reports that France was preparing to impose visas on British travellers in case of a no-deal Brexit. French President Emmanuel Macron holds a news conference at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir “It’s fake news, as some […]

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May says option to extend transition could solve Northern Irish backstop issue

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain is not proposing extending the post-Brexit transition period but the option to do so could help solve the issue of the Northern Irish backstop, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May holds a news conference at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 18, […]

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May says will tell MPs to remember Britons voted for Brexit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday she would tell parliament to remember that Britons voted to leave the European Union when she asks lawmakers to approve whatever Brexit deal she is able to strike with Brussels. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May holds a news conference at the European Union leaders […]

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Macron: onus on May to bring Brexit proposals with UK backing

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday it was now up to British Prime Minister Theresa May to come back with new Brexit proposals that she can defend politically at home. French President Emmanuel Macron holds a news conference at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Francois […]

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May and EU voice renewed confidence on Brexit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May and other EU leaders voiced renewed confidence on Thursday that they could secure a Brexit deal, saying they were working hard to overcome the very same hurdles that only days ago brought the talks to a halt. Less than six months before Britain quits the EU in […]

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UK ministers have discussed extending Brexit transition – May’s spokeswoman

LONDON (Reuters) – British ministers have been discussing in recent weeks the idea of extending the country’s post-Brexit transition period, but the idea is not yet a formal proposal, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokeswoman said on Thursday. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May holds a news conference at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium […]

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May: Brexit backstop issues remain but we have made new proposals

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday that there were still considerable unresolved issues with the European Union relating to a backstop Irish border arrangement, but that Britain had made a new proposal on the subject. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May holds a news conference at the European Union leaders summit […]

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Take it or leave it? EU offers May few options on Brexit deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union and Britain have given themselves a few more weeks to break the deadlock in their Brexit talks but for Brussels the delay seems mainly about Prime Minister Theresa May dealing with critics back in London. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at an European Union leaders summit […]