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    • Johnson, Merkel meet for first Brexit talks

      Johnson, Merkel meet for first Brexit talks

      British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Berlin on Wednesday to kick off a marathon of tense talks with key European and international leaders as the threat of a chaotic no-deal Brexit looms. On his first foreign visit since taking office, Johnson will seek to convince German Chancellor Angela Merkel to renegotiate elements of the UK's impending divorce from the European Union - something the EU leaders have already ruled out.

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    • Gibraltar releases Iranian tanker

      Gibraltar releases Iranian tanker

      Gibraltar announced it is releasing an Iranian oil tanker it detained in July despite an eleventh-hour efforts by the United States to block the move to release it. Gibraltar’s chief minister said Thursday that the release of the vessel, Grace 1, was approved after receiving written assurances from Tehran the ship would not be used to violate sanctions.

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    • British diplomats to pull out from EU meetings

      British diplomats to pull out from EU meetings

      British diplomats are planning on pulling out from the EU’s institutional structures of power in Brussels within days under plans being drawn up by Downing Street, The Guardian reports citing unnamed sources. The move under discussion is said by UK officials to be in line with Boris Johnson’s first statement in the House of Commons, in which he said he would “unshackle” British diplomacy from EU affairs.

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    • Johnson to meet Ireland's Varadkar over Brexit

      Johnson to meet Ireland's Varadkar over Brexit

      British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted an offer to meet Irish leader Leo Varadkar to discuss Brexit and the Northern Irish backstop, the Sunday Telegraph said citing UK government sources. The Telegraph said it was hoped the meeting between Johnson and Varadkar to take place before the G7 summit in France later in August.

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    • UK economy posts worst quarter since 2012

      UK economy posts worst quarter since 2012

      The British economy has shrunk for the first time since late 2012, after official data Friday showed second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 0.2%, dragged down by a slump in manufacturing just as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to leave the European Union with or without a divorce deal.

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    • British ministers in US, 'fast-track' post-Brexit trade deal

      British ministers in US, 'fast-track' post-Brexit trade deal

      Britain was seeking to fast-track a crucial post-Brexit trade deal with the United States on Wednesday after new Prime Minister Boris Johnson dispatched his top diplomat and foreign trade minister to Washington. Johnson, clearly enjoying warmer relations with Trump than his predecessor Theresa May, is hoping that he can clinch a swift deal that can send a message of Britain's ability to strike out on its own.

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