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UK POLITICS: Britain Says Brexit Talks Should Move to Next Phase, as Ministers Show Unity

UK POLITICS: Britain Says Brexit Talks Should Move to Next Phase, as Ministers Show Unity

“We need to get on with negotiating the bigger issues around our future partnership to ensure we get a deal that delivers a strong UK and EU,” Brexit minister David Davis said in a statement. David Davis’s Brexit department said it was preparing to publish several papers, including plans for a new customs arrangement and a proposal on how to resolve the difficulties of a non-physical border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

“We’ve been crystal clear that issues around our withdrawal and our future partnership are inextricably linked,” a source in Britain’s Brexit department said.

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UK POLITICS: Brexit Most Popular News Today

UK POLITICS: Brexit Most Popular News Today

Brexit is the “…biggest calamity for our country since WW2, I’m afraid,” said James Chapman, who ran chief negotiator Davis’s office for nearly a year after the June 2016 EU referendum. He has since moved to work for a public relations firm.

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YEMEN POLITICS: Supreme Political Council Urges Active EU Role in Conflict Resolution Efforts

YEMEN POLITICS: Supreme Political Council Urges Active EU Role in Conflict Resolution Efforts

Saleh Ali al-Sammad, the Yemen’s Supreme Political Council’s head expressed hope that the EU would draw the world’s attention to the sufferings of the Yemeni people, citing the bloc’s influence on the United Nations’ Security Council member states. The protracted war, which has been accompanied by a naval and aerial blockade, has already killed over 12,000 Yemenis.

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UK POLITICS: UK Top Judge to Theresa May: Provide Legal Clarity on Brexit

UK POLITICS: UK Top Judge to Theresa May: Provide Legal Clarity on Brexit

David Neuberger, President of the UK’s Supreme Court, told the BBC in an interview: “If the United Kingdom parliament says we should take into account decisions of the ECJ then we will do so, if it says we shouldn’t then we won’t, and basically we will do what the statute says. If it doesn’t express clearly what the judges should do about decisions of the European Court of Justice, then the judges will simply have to do their best. But to blame the judges for, as it were, making the law when parliament has failed to do so would be unfair.”

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UK POLITICS: Britain Accepts to Pay EU €40b for Brexit: Report

UK POLITICS: Britain Accepts to Pay EU €40b for Brexit: Report

“We know (the EU’s) position is 60 billion euros, but the actual bottom line is 50 billion euros. Ours is closer to 30 billion euros but the actual landing zone is 40 billion euros, even if the public and politicians are not all there yet,” the newspaper quoted one “senior Whitehall source” as saying.

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IRELAND POLITICS: Varadkar to EU, UK: Find ‘Unique Solutions’ to Brexit Logjam

IRELAND POLITICS: Varadkar to EU, UK: Find ‘Unique Solutions’ to Brexit Logjam

“At the moment the mechanism by which most European agreements are upheld is through the European Court of Justice and the United Kingdom has indicated it no longer wishes to be part of. Time is running out and I fear there will be no extra time allowed,” Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said.

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UK POLITICS: Boris Johnson, Michael Gove Should be Jailed for Brexit ‘Lies: Lord Sugar

UK POLITICS: Boris Johnson, Michael Gove Should be Jailed for Brexit ‘Lies: Lord Sugar

Asked in a BBC Radio interview on Friday, whether Johnson and Gove should be in prison for promising more money for the National Health Service (NHS) while campaigning to Leave the EU, Lord Sugar said, “Absolutely. 100% absolutely. I mean, absolutely. Or at least they should have a criminal record.”

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UK POLITICS: Big Business to Theresa May: ‘Delay Brexit to Avoid Economic Crash’

UK POLITICS: Big Business to Theresa May: ‘Delay Brexit to Avoid Economic Crash’

The Institute of Directors (IoD) urged Prime Minister Theresa May: “This is the simplest way of allowing sufficient time for full negotiations to include a comprehensive free trade agreement, and ensuring one single period of adjustment/implementation for business, negotiators and government machinery to grapple with.”

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FRENCH POLITICS: ‘We Thought British Were Rational’: French Ambassador to UK Shocked By Brexit

FRENCH POLITICS: ‘We Thought British Were Rational’: French Ambassador to UK Shocked By Brexit

French ambassador to London Sylvie Bermannhas says, “Frankly, what surprised me most [during the tenure as ambassador] was Brexit because we have always thought of the British people as being very pragmatic and taking rational decisions based on their economic interests. Yet we know that this time it wasn’t the overriding factor in the decision to leave the EU.”

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UK POLITICS: Britain Heading Towards Brexit Disaster: William Hague Warns

UK POLITICS: Britain Heading Towards Brexit Disaster: William Hague Warns

“There is the clear potential for Brexit to become the occasion of the greatest economic, diplomatic and constitutional muddle in the modern history of the UK, with unknowable consequences for the country, the Government and the Brexit project itself,” former Conservative Party leader William Hague said.

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UK POLITICS: UK Will Not Cut Taxes Below EU Average After Brexit: Hammond

UK POLITICS: UK Will Not Cut Taxes Below EU Average After Brexit: Hammond

“It is said London would launc into unfair competition in terms of fiscal regulation. That is not our project or our vision for the future,” Hammond.

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UK POLITICS: March 2019 Free Movement With EU Will End: Theresa May’s Spokesman

UK POLITICS: March 2019 Free Movement With EU Will End: Theresa May’s Spokesman

“Free movement will end in March 2019,” May’s spokesman told reporters, adding that the government had already set out some details including proposals on EU citizens rights post-Brexit.

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UK POLITICS: Free Movement After Brexit Divides Theresa May’s Government

UK POLITICS: Free Movement After Brexit Divides Theresa May’s Government

Boris Johnson – who has advocated a tough approach to the Brexit negotiations – has been silent on the issue recently.

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UK POLITICS: Spats Over How to Leave, Irish Border Entangle Brexit

UK POLITICS: Spats Over How to Leave, Irish Border Entangle Brexit

As Prime Minister Theresa May holidayed in Italy, her ministers engaged in a public debate about how Brexit how should look.

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UK POLITICS: Brexit Transition Could Last Until 2022: Hammond

UK POLITICS: Brexit Transition Could Last Until 2022: Hammond

“I think there’s broad consensus this process has to be completed by the scheduled time of next general election which is in June 2022,” Hammond told BBC.

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EUROPE POLITICS: ‘EU, UK Free Labor Movement to End’ After Brexit

EUROPE POLITICS: ‘EU, UK Free Labor Movement to End’ After Brexit

According to reports, Britain and the EU have failed to reach an agreement on the future rights of EU citizens in the UK and Britons in Europe after Brexit.

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UK POLITICS: EU to Theresa May: ‘No Brexit Bill, No Trade Talks’

UK POLITICS: EU to Theresa May: ‘No Brexit Bill, No Trade Talks’

“We can only start talking about a new EU-UK relationship if sufficient progress has been achieved in the three main withdrawal areas: citizens’ rights, the financial settlement and the border issue on the island of Ireland.”

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Goes on Holiday From Brexit Politics

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Goes on Holiday From Brexit Politics

British Prime Minister Theresa May was photographed with her husband Philip on holiday in Italy on Tuesday, the first leg of a three week summer holiday.

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UK POLITICS: London Faces Greater Threat to Its Primacy Because of Brexit

UK POLITICS: London Faces Greater Threat to Its Primacy Because of Brexit

Brexit negotiations continue. The City of London is still rich, still semi-detached from the rest of the UK – but it’s running a little scared.

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HUNGARY POLITICS: Soros, EU Planning to ‘Muslimized Europe’: Viktor Orban

HUNGARY POLITICS: Soros, EU Planning to ‘Muslimized Europe’: Viktor Orban

”The only network which operates in mafia ways, which is not transparent… in Hungary is the Soros network,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said.

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