• Brexit in limbo, Johnson faces tough votes

      Brexit in limbo, Johnson faces tough votes

      British PM Boris Johnson faces two pivotal votes in parliament on Tuesday that will decide whether he can deliver on his promise to lead the UK out of the EU by the end of the month, news wires reported. As the clock ticks down to the latest deadline, Brexit is hanging in the balance as a divided parliament debates when, how and even whether it should happen.

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    • Brussels asks clarification from France, Italy over budgets

      Brussels asks clarification from France, Italy over budgets

      The European Commission fears next year’s draft budgets for France and Italy could be in breach of European Union fiscal rules and it asked for clarification by Wednesday in letters sent to the countries’ finance ministers, news wires reported. The EU executive has also issued budget warnings to Finland over its spending, and to Spain, Portugal and Belgium who have submitted incomplete budget plans because of recent elections.

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    • Future economy commissioner calls for less restrictive EU budget policies

      Future economy commissioner calls for less restrictive EU budget policies

      The EU needs looser budgetary policies and an overhaul of its fiscal rulebook, Paolo Gentiloni, who is going to become the bloc’s new economic affairs commissioner said in an article published on Sunday. In Italian financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore he said that while the EU’s deficit and debt rules must not be ignored, they needed to be “reviewed and updated”. “It’s time for countries which have fiscal space to use it, in an overall context of less restrictive budgetary policies,” Gentiloni, due to replace Pierre Moscovici as economic and financial affairs commissioner, said.

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    • Migrants torch cars, injure policeman in Malta

      Migrants torch cars, injure policeman in Malta

      A group of migrants went on rampaging in Malta, and torched at least five cars and injured a policeman in a holding centre, demanding to be let free, news wires reported. The violence broke out Sunday night at a former British army barracks, close to Malta's airport. The migrants took control of part of the compound, and the situation was brought back under control only in the early hours of Monday.

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    • Johnson pushes for yet another Brexit deal vote

      Johnson pushes for yet another Brexit deal vote

      British PM Boris Johnson will again try to put his Brexit deal to a vote in parliament on Monday after he was forced by his opponents to send a letter seeking a delay from the EU, news wires reported. With just 10 days left until the UK is due to leave the EU, the divorce is again in disarray as Britain's politicians continue to argue over whether to leave with a deal, exit without a deal or hold another referendum.

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    • Spanish government dismisses call for Catalan talks

      Spanish government dismisses call for Catalan talks

      Spain’s government dismissed calls on Saturday from Catalonia’s pro-independence regional chief for talks over a wave of violence sparked by the jailing of separatist leaders, as police braced for fresh protests. Barcelona saw its worst night of disturbances in decades on Friday as masked youths blocked roads with blazing garbage bins and hurled rocks at security forces, who responded by firing repeated rounds of smoke grenades and tear gas.

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    • MPs passed amendment to delay the decisive Brexit vote

      MPs passed amendment to delay the decisive Brexit vote

      The House of Commons has dealt Boris Johnson a heavy blow by passing a measure that defers the pivotal vote on his Brexit plans. Parliament voted 322 to 306 in favor of an amendment put forward by Oliver Letwin, a former Conservative cabinet minister. According to legislation passed earlier, the vote means Johnson is obliged to write to the European Union seeking a delay beyond Britain’s scheduled departure date of 31 October. 

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    • Brexit drama: Johnson battles further delay

      Brexit drama: Johnson battles further delay

      Prime Minister Boris Johnson appealed to lawmakers to back his last-minute Brexit deal in an extraordinary sitting of the British parliament on Saturday after his plans were plunged into chaos by his opponents’ moves to derail the legislation. The PM is struggling to find the 320 votes he needs, but some hardline Brexiteers and rebel Labour MPs indicated they would back it. However the final decision could be derailed by a last-minute amendment from Oliver Letwin which – if backed – will push the “meaningful vote” back and force Johnson to ask the EU for an extension to Brexit – the deadline for which is 11pm tonight.

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    • British PM tries to sell Brexit deal to MPs

      British PM tries to sell Brexit deal to MPs

      British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Saturday seek to sell his Brexit deal to sceptical MPs, as he returns home fresh from an EU victory but risking defeat in parliament. Johnson pulled off a major coup in agreeing a new divorce deal with the European Union leader, paving the way for him to deliver his promise to leave the bloc on 31 October.But Thursday's deal must still pass the House of Commons, which is meeting for a special session on Saturday to debate the text - and many MPs are strongly opposed.

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