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How May’s failed deal shattered EU relations

Lack of assurances on backstop and customs union led to impasse If they want to leave, they should do it now, Brexit adviser, Olly Robbins, to speak to the EUs most senior lawyers would be denied until the treaty exit mechanism, known as article 50, was triggered. Timeline Five key moments Show Hide 19 June […]

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One telling image: in a Brussels corridor, the EU takes back control of Brexit

A photo of an ad hoc crisis meeting gives an insight into the efforts made to cope with a floundering British government As pictures go, it spoke volumes. On Thursday evening in Brussels, Bulgarias permanent representative to the EU, Dimiter Tzantchev, EU taking back control if not, crucially, of the final decision, at least of […]

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Labour threat to defeat Theresa May over Brexit bill

Conservatives risk defeat over great repeal bill that unbundles EU laws if they do not make concessions to opposition parties, warns Keir Starmer Theresa May is facing the threat of a humiliating parliamentary defeat over Brexit after Labour warned that it would vote against her flagship entreaties for Jeremy Corbyns party to work alongside her […]

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Brexit: UK caves in to EU demand to agree divorce bill before trade talks

On first day of Brexit negotiations chief EU negotiator makes clear Britain cannot dictate timing of negotiations British negotiators have capitulated to key European demands for a phased approach to Brexit talks, agreeing to park discussions on free trade until they have thrashed out the cost of the multibillion-euro UK divorce settlement. Putting a brave […]

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How Juncker’s Downing Street dinner turned sour

Talks between EU commission president and British PM started pleasantly enough, say reports, but then they started discussing Brexit Jean-Claude Juncker had prevaricated when he was first asked to Downing Street for dinner. The prime minister had already announced a general election when the surprise invite came from Theresa May, and he wasnt sure whether […]

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Why hard Brexiteers should fear an all-powerful Theresa May | Matthew dAncona

Conservatives who want the prime minister to have a stronger hand in the Brexit negotiations must realise that she may use it against them Welcome to the momma-cussing, rap-battling, are you disrespecting my family phase of the Brexit talks. Though the official negotiations have yet to begin, the insults are already flying. It cannot be […]

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Britain set to lose EU crown jewels of banking and medicine agencies

Rival member states vie to attract prestigious agencies currently located in London as diplomats agree to block talks on future comprehensive trade deal The EU is set to inflict a double humiliation on Theresa May, stripping Britain of its European agencies within weeks, while formally rejecting the prime ministers calls for early trade talks. The […]

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Brexit is about to get real. Yet we are nowhere near ready for it | Jonathan Freedland

The triggering of Article 50 will kickstart negotiations of mindbending complexity. Brexiteers should drop the hubris and get to work In the coming days, perhaps as soon as Wednesday, Brexit will turn from abstract to concrete. A near-theological argument that raged in one form or another for nearly three decades will become hard and material, […]

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Theresa May’s speech to warn EU of risk of giving UK a raw Brexit deal

PM is expected to build on chancellors combative language by highlighting other potentially lucrative deals Britain can seek Theresa May will aim to strike a defiant tone in her upcoming Brexit speech on the risks to the rest of the EU of giving Britain a raw deal, echoing the combative approach taken by the chancellor. […]

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Ministers press for interim EU deal to avoid article 50 ‘cliff edge’

Diplomats say it will be impossible to reach full deal on terms of exit from EU within two years Ministers are pressing Downing Street to make an interim deal with the EU an explicit option when the government sends its formal letter to Brussels to trigger article 50, the process that starts the two-year divorce […]

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