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Ireland govt thrown into crisis ahead of key Brexit talks

Dublin - Ireland's minority government was on the brink of collapse Friday after the main opposition party submitted a motion of no-confidence in the deputy prime minister just weeks before a key summit on Brexit.

Ireland govt thrown into crisis ahead of key Brexit talks

Dublin - A crisis surrounding Ireland's deputy prime minister was on Friday threatening the country's minority government and throwing key Brexit negotiations into confusion.

British PM in crunch Brexit deal talks with EU chief

Brussels - British Prime Minister Theresa May holds a crunch meeting with European Union President Donald Tusk on Friday as hopes mount that she will offer compromises to secure a Brexit deal in December.

May urges EU to 'step forward' for Brexit deal

Brussels - Prime Minister Theresa May urged the EU to "step forward together" with Britain on Friday as the bloc's leaders hoped she would finally offer a compromise to reach a Brexit divorce deal in December.

Brexit strips UK of 2023 European Capital of Culture

Brussels - Britain can no longer host the European Capital of Culture in 2023 as planned because of Brexit, even though some non-EU countries are eligible, the European Commission said on Thursday.

Irish minister floats Hong Kong solution for post-Brexit N.Ireland

Belfast - Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney on Wednesday said the arrangement linking Hong Kong with China could be a possible solution for addressing the fate of Northern Ireland after Brexit.

German crisis 'can't stop' euro reforms: commissioner

Brussels - Germany's political crisis "cannot stop our work" and the EU will push ahead with plans to reform the euro after Brexit, the European Commission's euro chief vowed in an interview on Tuesday.

UK ministers 'agree in principle to higher Brexit bill'

London - Senior British ministers have agreed to offer more money to Brussels in Brexit negotiations, but only as part of a final deal on leaving the EU, a government source said Tuesday.

Madrid, Catalan separatists spar over failed bid for EU agency

Madrid - Spain's central government and Catalan separatists traded the blame Monday after Barcelona failed to be picked to host the European Medicines Agency, which is leaving London after Britain's decision to exit the EU.

Amsterdam, Paris to host key EU agencies after Brexit

Brussels - Amsterdam and Paris on Monday won the fight to host two major EU agencies when they leave London after Brexit, in a suspenseful vote that eventually had to be decided by the drawing of lots.

EU to vote on relocation of agencies after Brexit

Brussels - The fight for some of the most prized spoils of Brexit comes to a climax on Monday when 27 EU states pick the new host cities for two London-based regulatory agencies.

UK pushes for trade talks to solve N.Ireland border issue

Dublin - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Friday called on Brussels to move on to post-Brexit trade talks to solve the Irish border issue, despite a warning from the EU that London still had work to do.

EU, May say 'more work' needed for Brexit deal

Gothenburg - British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU leaders agreed on Friday that "more work" is needed on Brexit as fears mount that talks will fail to move on to the next phase as hoped in December.

'Mutineers' hit back as tensions rise over Brexit bill

London - Lawmakers from British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative party reacted angrily Wednesday after a newspaper labelled them "mutineers" for challenging the government's Brexit legislation, saying they would only fight harder.

UK cyber security chief blames Russia for hacker attacks

London - Russia has launched cyber attacks on the UK media, telecoms and energy sectors in the past year, Britain's cyber security chief said Wednesday, amid reports of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum.

UK Govt wins first votes to amend key Brexit bill in Parliament

London - Britain's government survived the first parliamentary challenges to its Brexit bill on Tuesday evening, as MPs began voting on various amendments tabled on the landmark legislation.

British MPs warn of 'catastrophic' customs failure after Brexit

London - Britain's customs system needs extra funding to prepare for an expected five-fold increase in work after Brexit, a group of MPs said on Tuesday, warning that failure to adapt in time would be "catastrophic".

Embattled PM embarks on parliamentary Brexit clash

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May begins a major parliamentary battle over Brexit on Tuesday, facing competing demands by MPs to change her strategy as tensions rise among her scandal-hit ministers.

EU Brexit chief preparing for 'possible' failure

Paris - EU Brexit chief Michel Barnier said Sunday that he is making contingency plans for the "possible" failure of divorce talks with Britain, which he has given two weeks to reach preliminary agreement on key issues.

EU's Barnier gives Britain two-week Brexit deadline

Brussels - EU Brexit chief Michel Barnier on Friday handed Britain a two-week ultimatum to make concessions on a divorce agreement if it wants to unlock the next phase of talks in December.

EU calls for N. Ireland to stay in customs union after Brexit

Brussels - The EU called at Brexit talks this week for Northern Ireland to effectively stay in a customs union with the bloc to prevent a hard border with Ireland, officials and sources said Friday.

EU warns Britain to speed up Brexit talks

Brussels - The European Union on Thursday warned Britain to reach a divorce deal by the end of the month to guarantee moving to trade negotiations, as Brexit talks resumed in Brussels.

EU to 'brainstorm' post-Brexit ties: sources

Brussels - European Union countries will on Wednesday begin mapping out for the first time possible future relations with Britain after the nation leaves the bloc, sources said ahead of a new round of Brexit talks this week.

UK government under pressure to publish Brexit papers

London - The British government came under pressure on Wednesday to publish papers detailing the potential impact of Brexit, after MPs appealed to a rare parliamentary power.

UK steps up Brexit preparations with thousands of new staff

London - The British government said Tuesday it expects to have hired up to 8,000 new staff by next year as it steps up preparations for leaving the European Union -- with or without an exit agreement.

EU's Tusk says 'up to London' how Brexit ends

Strasbourg - EU President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday that the outcome of fraught Brexit talks was "up to London" and that abandoning the EU divorce remained an option for the UK.

Senior EU officials deny Brexit dinner report about May

Brussels - EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and his senior aides on Monday vehemently denied a German newspaper report saying British Prime Minister Theresa May pleaded with him for help in stalled Brexit negotiations at a dinner in Brussels last week.

Top EU official denies Brexit dinner report

Brussels - A senior EU official on Monday denied a German newspaper report saying a "tortured" British Prime Minister Theresa May pleaded with Jean-Claude Juncker for help in stalled Brexit negotiations at a dinner in Brussels last week.

EU parliament's Brexit pointman pokes May to pay up

London - Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit coordinator, told British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday to confront the Brexiteers in her cabinet and offer greater concessions to the EU.

UK PM May's 'lonely' Brexit photo goes viral

London - Social media on Friday mocked embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May over a photograph of her sitting alone in a room awaiting EU Brexit talks, calling it a "metaphor" for her isolated position.
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US President Barack Obama  pictured in London with Prime Minister David Cameron  has warned of negat...
US President Barack Obama, pictured in London with Prime Minister David Cameron, has warned of negative economic consequences of a so-called Brexit
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US President Barack Obama gives a speech at an event in central London on April 23  2016 warning aga...
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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Britons with EU spouses retain the right to live and work on the continent but the right to citizens...
Britons with EU spouses retain the right to live and work on the continent but the right to citizenship is up to the individual country
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British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (R) has claimed the economy would shrink by 6% by...
British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (R) has claimed the economy would shrink by 6% by 2030 in the event of a Brexit, costing every household the equivalent of £4,300 a year
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