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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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Liam Fox: EU trade deal after Brexit should be ‘easiest in history’ to get

International trade secretary tells Today programme the government is not making contingency plans for leaving without deal Liam Fox has said a post-Brexit free trade deal with the EU should be the easiest in human history, but insisted that the UK could survive without one. Speaking to BBC Radio 4s Today programme on Thursday, the […]

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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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Brigitte Trogneux: From Macron’s teacher to France’s first lady

(CNN)The relationship between French President-Elect Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux has captivated the world. There is nothing cliche about their story, which began when a 15-year-old Macron took part in a school play directed by Trogneux, 24 years his senior. Trogneux went from being Macron’s teacher to his partner, and eventually his wife. […]

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Juncker tells May he is ’10 times more sceptical than before’ on Brexit

Account of meeting between PM and EU commission head sees some close to latter put chances of talks failing at over 50% A devastating account of a dinner in Downing Street between Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker has emerged, claiming the European commission president ended discussions about a potential Brexit deal by telling the British […]

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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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Theresa May rejects Scottish referendum call

London (CNN)British Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected demands for a new Scottish independence referendum, saying “now is not the time” for a vote as Britain prepared to begin Brexit talks. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Monday called for a vote before Britain leaves the European Union. But May rejected the timescale on Wednesday, […]

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