Brexit

    • May hecticly seeks way to pull MPs behind her Brexit deal

      May hecticly seeks way to pull MPs behind her Brexit deal

      British PM Theresa May is making last ditch effort to convince rebel MPs to back her Brexit divorce deal, warning them that Britain's exit from the EU is now in peril from politicians seeking to thwart it. May will also set out new assurances from the EU that it does not aim to sever Northern Ireland from the rest of Britain under the “backstop” requiring EU rules in the province until a better free trade plan emerges.

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    • May suffers parliament defeat, govt forced to work on plan B

      May suffers parliament defeat, govt forced to work on plan B

      British PM Theresa May suffered an early defeat to her Brexit plans last Wednesday when parliament demanded the government come up with a plan-B within days if she loses a vote on her deal to leave the EU, news wires reported. With less than three months before Britain is due to quit the EU, parliament began a five-day battle over May's Brexit plan with undermining her preferred timetable. Lawmakers are to vote down her blueprint on 15 January.

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    • Commission tables no-deal contingency action plan

      Commission tables no-deal contingency action plan

      Mere days before Christmas the Commission set out short-term measures aimed at limiting disruption to air traffic, financial services and trade if Britain left the bloc without a deal, the EU press service reported. Given the continued uncertainty in the UK surrounding the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, the Commission started implementing its “no deal” Contingency Action Plan.

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    • EU, Britain agree on post-Brexit ties

      EU, Britain agree on post-Brexit ties

      The EU and the UK agreed in principle to a text setting out their future relationship after Britain leaves the Union next March, news wires reported. The text, however, still needs to be endorsed by EU leaders at a summit on 25 November, Council President Donald Tusk said last Thursday. The text was discussed and agreed last Wednesday by British PM Theresa May and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels.

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    • Brexit agreement drafted in turmoil

      Brexit agreement drafted in turmoil

      After 18 months of negotiations, the United Kingdom and the European Union have finally drafted a Brexit deal, which includes a financial settlement and a customs union backstop to prevent a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, news wires reported. The draft document includes 585 pages and has to ve voted by UK parliament and parliament of the other 27 EU Member States in order to get legal status.

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    • Downing Street: Draft Brexit deal with EU reached

      Downing Street: Draft Brexit deal with EU reached

      British and EU negotiators have reached a framework Brexit agreement that will be examined by the UK cabinet at an emergency meeting on Wednesday, PM Theresa May’s office announced. Downing Street says in a statement that the government will meet at 2:00pm (1400 GMT) on Wednesday to consider the draft agreement the negotiating teams have reached in Brussels, and to decide on next steps.

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    • May in final attempt to clinch Brexit deal

      May in final attempt to clinch Brexit deal

      British PM Theresa May stepped up last week attempts to get European support for a draft Brexit deal as negotiations on securing a smooth divorce with the EU enter final stage, news wires reported. Less than five months before Britain is due to leave the EU, a deal is 95% done. But officials have repeatedly cautioned they are still haggling over the fate of the land border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland. May told her cabinet last Tuesday that more time was needed to clear the final hurdle and ensure no hard border emerges on the island of Ireland.

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