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UK POLITICS: Britain ‘Confident’ of New Phase in Brexit Talks By October

UK POLITICS: Britain ‘Confident’ of New Phase in Brexit Talks By October

Prime Minister Theresa May said, “It’s good that we’ve had a constructive, positive approach to the negotiations so far, and those negotiations are continuing … There’s a lot to be done. We will develop a deep and special partnership with the European Union for the future that’s good for the UK and good for the EU as well.”

A spokeswoman for Britain’s Department for Exiting the European Union said in a statement, “As the Secretary of State (Brexit minister David Davis) has said, it is important that both sides demonstrate a dynamic and flexible approach to each round of the negotiations.”

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UK POLITICS: Britain Seeks Brexit Without Borders for Northern Ireland

UK POLITICS: Britain Seeks Brexit Without Borders for Northern Ireland

Britain said it wanted to maintain a Common Travel Area, a pact that allows free movement between the United Kingdom and Ireland for British and Irish citizens, and introduce new ‘trusted trader’ arrangements to help larger companies. Smaller firms would be exempt from customs processes. It rejected the idea of an effective customs border in the Irish Sea that separates England, Wales and Scotland from Ireland and Northern Ireland as “not constitutionally or economically viable”.

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SCOTLAND POLITICS: UK Brexit Customs Union Plan ‘Daft’: Sturgeon

SCOTLAND POLITICS: UK Brexit Customs Union Plan ‘Daft’: Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon posted an initial reaction to the customs union plan on Twitter, saying: “Seems UK gov is back to its daft ‘have cake and eat it’ approach to Brexit. They should commit to staying in single market and customs union, period.”

“You’ve got the UK government appearing to say that they don’t want to say in ‘the’ customs union, but they want to stay in ‘a’ customs union, which would be pretty much identical to the European customs union that we’re in already. It’s nonsensical and ridiculous. “I think it increasingly makes the UK government look like a bit of a laughing stock.”

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UK POLITICS: Voters Sense Betrayal in Britain’s Brexit Heartlands

UK POLITICS: Voters Sense Betrayal in Britain’s Brexit Heartlands

Throw in a visceral distrust of the London political classes, and for many voters it all points to one thing: a plot to water down, or even stop, Brexit.

“We voted to come out, so why didn’t they do it straight away? Why have we got to wait?” asked 64-year-old Chris Murdoch, in the small English town of Chatham, 50 km (30 miles) east of London. “We won’t come out completely because it’s not in their favour.”

Her husband Peter, a retired construction worker, added: “They’re all in it for themselves. They’re all two-faced … We don’t trust any of them.”

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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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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 11 August 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 11 August 2017

WORLD BRIEF: James Chapman, a former aide to Brexit Secretary David Davis said, “there is an enormous gap in the center now of British politics” that could be filled by an anti-Brexit force. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has also called for pro-EU politicians from all parties to unite.

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UK POLITICS: Brexit Opponent James Chapman Seeks to Form New Political Party

UK POLITICS: Brexit Opponent James Chapman Seeks to Form New Political Party

James Chapman, a former top aide to Brexit Secretary David Davis said, “Two people in the cabinet, a number of people who have been in Conservative cabinets before now – better cabinets, I might say, than the current one – and a number of shadow cabinets ministers have also been in touch. They are not saying they are going to quit their parties, but they are saying they understand that there is an enormous gap in the centre now of British politics. There is an enormous gap in the center now of British politics that could be filled by an anti-Brexit force.”

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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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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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