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What's holding up Brexit talks? The Irish issue explained

London - The main sticking point in Brexit negotiations is how to keep Britain's land border with the Republic of Ireland open after it leaves the European Union.

Britain's May confronts EU leaders amid Brexit crisis

Apo - Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May faces a Brexit showdown with frustrated EU leaders Wednesday with talks on agreeing an orderly break-up at an impasse.

'Disorderly' Brexit could harm US economy: Fed's Powell

Washington - A "disorderly" European Union exit by Britain could have a negative knock-on effect on the American economy, the chairman of the US Federal Reserve warned Tuesday.

Tusk to ask May for 'concrete proposals' to break Brexit impasse

Apo - EU summit host Donald Tusk on Tuesday said he will ask British Prime Minister Theresa May for concrete and creative proposals to break the Brexit impasse, as she tried to rally her divided cabinet.

Barnier calls for more time to find Brexit deal

Luxembourg - The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Tuesday called for more time to reach a deal with London, as fears grow about Britain crashing out of the union with no agreement in place.

EU official: May statement underscores risk of no-deal Brexit

Apo - British Prime Minister Theresa May's statement to parliament on Brexit negotiations has underlined how hard it will be to reach an amicable divorce, a European official warned Tuesday.

UK PM rallies ministers on eve of Brexit summit

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May gathered her divided cabinet Tuesday to seek their support for her approach to Brexit, the day before she addresses EU leaders at a crucial Brussels summit.

Brexit clouds on horizon for Holyhead's lifeline port

Holyhead - Hundreds of trucks roll off the docks at Holyhead every day, bringing goods to and from Ireland in an economic lifeline for this deprived corner of Wales, which is now threatened by Brexit.

Locals fear being cast away on Brexit border 'island'

For people living in and around the Drummully Polyp, a squiggle on the map of the Irish frontier, life without an open border is unimaginable and a reminder of the bad old days of checkpoints.

Scottish leader vows to reject UK PM's Brexit deal

London - Scotland's pro-independence leader vowed on Monday to vote against any Brexit agreement that fails to preserve much closer EU-UK ties than currently under discussion.

EU says still time for Brexit deal as failure looms

London - British and European leaders insisted Monday they could still reach a Brexit deal despite the latest failed round of divorce talks, but the EU warned a no-deal scenario was "more likely than ever before".

German business losing patience with limping Brexit talks

Frankfurt Am Main - With just under six months until Brexit day, German business is losing patience with negotiations ahead of a vital deadline, warning ever more stridently of the risks of a no-deal departure.

Britain vs Europe, the final countdown?

Apo - Exhausted diplomats in Brussels have taken to calling this stage of the Brexit negotiations "The Tunnel".British and EU officials are negotiating day and night to get to the outline of a Brexit deal by Wednesday.

Brexit talks provide stage for Barnier's second act

Apo - Michel Barnier's time on the political stage was supposed to be over.Passed over by his allies in Brussels in a failed audition for Europe's top role and out of step with his own party in his French homeland, it was time for him to take his bow.

Brexit talks in crisis over Irish border ahead of crunch summit

Apo - Last-ditch talks between London and Brussels' chief Brexit negotiators failed to agree a draft divorce settlement on Sunday, still blocked on the issue of the Northern Irish border just days before a make-or-break European Union summit.

UK PM faces backlash over Brexit compromise

London - Prime Minister Theresa May's office insisted Friday it would not "trap" Britain in an endless customs union with the EU after Brexit, amid reports some ministers could quit if this is the price of a divorce deal.

What is the 'real' Brexit deadline?

Apo - Next week's EU summit has been billed as a last chance to negotiate an orderly Brexit, but is the cliff edge really that close? When is the true deadline?

UK govt brushes off Brexit threat by N. Irish allies

London - The British government brushed off a threat Thursday by its Northern Irish allies to withdraw their support if it compromises too much on Brexit, amid reports of progress in negotiations with the European Union.

Merkel warns 'devil is in detail' on Brexit

Den Haag - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday there had been progress on Brexit ahead of a crunch summit but warned that the "devil is in the detail".

N.Ireland divide threatens Brexit deal days before crunch summit

Apo - A stark divide over Northern Ireland threatened Wednesday to capsize efforts to negotiate Britain's orderly exit from the European Union.

UK economy grinds to halt in August

London - Britain's Brexit-facing economy ground to a shuddering halt in August, hit by weaker hotel and restaurant activity, official data showed Wednesday.

EU: Brexit means new controls on trade to N. Ireland

Apo - Britain will have to accept limited new administrative controls on trade with Northern Ireland in any negotiated Brexit deal, Europe's chief negotiator warned on Wednesday.

UK, Ireland suggest Brexit talks will go to November

London - British and Irish ministers on Tuesday played down hopes of a breakthrough in Brexit negotiations at an EU summit next week, suggesting it would take until November to clinch a divorce deal.

UK minister suggests Brexit talks will go to November

London - The British minister in charge of Brexit negotiations on Tuesday played down hopes of a breakthrough at an EU summit next week, suggesting it will take until November to get a deal.

Northern Ireland party warns may oppose Brexit deal

Apo - The leader of the Northern Irish party that holds the key to British Prime Minister Theresa May's parliamentary majority warned Tuesday it could yet oppose the Brexit deal she is trying to negotiate.

What's holding up Brexit talks? The Irish issue explained

London - The main sticking point in Brexit negotiations is how to keep the land border between Britain and Ireland open after Britain leaves the European Union.

UK says still 'big issues' to resolve in Brexit talks

London - Britain said Monday there were still "big issues" to resolve in Brexit negotiations with the EU, seeking to dampen growing talk of a breakthrough ahead of a crucial summit next week.

Japan PM says post-Brexit Britain welcome to join Pacific trade pact

Apo - Japan would welcome Britain to the Pacific trade deal "with open arms" after Brexit, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said in an interview published on Monday.

Hundreds of dogs hound May for 'Wooferendum' on Brexit

London - Huskies, Chihuahuas, boxers and beagles -- and even a lumbering Leonberger -- joined a "Wooferendum march" in central London on Sunday as their pro-European owners called for a new people's vote on Brexit.

Chances growing of Brexit deal: EU's Juncker

Vienna - The chances of a Brexit agreement have grown in recent days, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Saturday, after weeks of growing fears that Britain could crash out of the EU without a deal.
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US President Barack Obama gives a speech at an event in central London on April 23, 2016 warning against leaving the European Union
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