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Persimmon practices in government house-funding scheme under fire-source

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Britain’s housing minister James Brokenshire is pressing builder Persimmon on how it operates within a public funding scheme for new house buyers as a review of the scheme comes due, a source close to the minister said on Saturday.

Brokenshire was ...

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UK minister 'increasingly concerned' by Persimmon handling of housing funding scheme

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Britain’s housing minister James Brokenshire has conveyed concerns to builder Persimmon that it may not be operating correctly within a public funding scheme for new house buyers, a source close to the minister said on Saturday.

Brokenshire was ...

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Three UK ministers throw weight behind Brexit delay to stop no-deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Three British cabinet ministers have publicly indicated they will back plans to delay Brexit if lawmakers vote down Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for a new deal with the European Union, writing a column in a national newspaper on Saturday.

Business minister ...

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Three cabinet ministers back Brexit delay if May's plan voted down - report

LONDON (Reuters) - Three cabinet ministers have publicly indicated they could back plans to delay Brexit if hardline MPs vote down Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for a new deal with the European Union, The Sun newspaper reported.

Business Secretary Greg Clark, work and pensions ...

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Labour leader Corbyn says he could back a second Brexit referendum

LONDON (Reuters) - Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said if his party won power he would renegotiate a Brexit deal with the European Union and could hold another referendum, as he comes under pressure to support giving the public another chance to stay in the bloc.

Parliament is deadlocked ...

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UK senior ministers want May to step down after local elections - Guardian

LONDON (Reuters) - British cabinet ministers want Prime Minister Theresa May to stand down after local elections in May and allow a new leader to carry out the next phase of the Brexit negotiations, the Guardian newspaper reported.

Supporters of leaving the EU in the cabinet want a new ...

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Corbyn could win back Scotland with second Brexit vote, says Blair

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn could seize on a “huge opportunity” to win back key seats in its former Scottish heartland by endorsing a second vote on Brexit, former Labour prime minister Tony Blair said.

He said Labour could recover ...

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Work continuing "at pace" on changes to Brexit deal - May's spokeswoman

LONDON (Reuters) - Work is continuing at pace to secure the changes Britain is seeking to its exit deal with Brussels in order to win the backing of parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokeswoman said on Friday.

May discussed the changes with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro ...

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Some Conservative MPs warn May they are ready to back Brexit delay

LONDON (Reuters) - A group of Conservative lawmakers said on Friday they had warned Prime Minister Theresa May that they are ready to try to force a delay to Britain’s exit from the European Union to prevent a disorderly ‘no deal’ Brexit.

With just five weeks until ...

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'No deal in the desert,' EU says of Brexit breakthrough in Egypt

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will not clinch a deal on Brexit during a summit with their Arab peers in Egypt scheduled for Sunday and Monday, an EU official said on Friday.

“There will be no deal in the desert,” the official said when asked about chances of a ...

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Islamic State teen Begum asks UK to show 'more mercy' - Sky News

LONDON (Reuters) - A teenager who was stripped of her British citizenship after leaving London to join the Islamic State group has asked the government to re-evaluate her case and show “a bit more mercy” as she seeks to return to Britain.

Shamima Begum, 19, left to join IS ...

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UK says focus in Brexit talks is now backstop guarantees

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain’s Brexit ministry said after talks in Brussels on Thursday that the focus of negotiations was now on getting new guarantees on the temporary nature of the Irish backstop.

In a statement after Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey ...

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Explainer - Britain's next Brexit flashpoint: What happens in parliament on February 26-27?

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May faces another trial by parliament next week when she must tell lawmakers what progress she has made in talks with the European Union, as patience in her party wears thin and the risk of a disorderly Brexit rises.

May wants to negotiate ...

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Risk of no-deal Brexit has risen - EU's Timmermans

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The risk of Britain crashing out of the European Union on March 29 without a deal to ease Brexit has increased this month, the deputy head of the European Commission said on Thursday.

Asked during a conference in Brussels if Britain would leave on the date scheduled, ...

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Brexit defections reveal frayed fabric of UK politics

LONDON (Reuters) - Brexit has torn the fabric of Britain’s political system, say a group of 11 lawmakers behind a dramatic series of defections that have sent shockwaves through one of the world’s oldest and most stable parliaments.

But the group needs to incite a much wider ...

2019-02-21 14:08 open_in_new
UK making progress in EU talks but still a lot of hard work to do - May's spokesman

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has been making progress in negotiations with the European Union over potential changes to its exit deal but there is still “a lot of hard work” to do, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said on Thursday.

“It is still very much the ...

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Conservative MP Davies charged with falsifying expenses

LONDON (Reuters) - Conservative lawmaker Christopher Davies, 51, has been charged with falsifying two invoices in support of parliamentary expenses claims, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said on Thursday.

“Following a review of the evidence, the CPS has today charged Mr Davies ...

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Police think Gatwick worker may have launched drone attack, Times says

LONDON (Reuters) - A drone attack that crippled London’s Gatwick Airport for three days may have been carried out by a disgruntled current or former airport employee, British police believe, according to The Times.

Britain’s second-busiest airport, Gatwick was forced to close ...

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I would not take decision to leave anyone stateless - Sajid Javid

LONDON (Reuters) - British interior minister Sajid Javid said he would not take a decision that would leave anyone stateless, after Bangladesh said it would not accept a teenager stripped of her British citizenship after joining the Islamic State group.

The fate of Shamima Begum, who was ...

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EU's Juncker "not very optimistic" about Brexit deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe’s chief executive said on Thursday he was “not very optimistic” about Britain’s chances of leaving the European Union with a deal, also warning that any failure to agree an orderly Brexit deal will be economically costly.

“If no ...

2019-02-21 13:05 open_in_new
Risk of no-deal Brexit has risen - Home Secretary Sajid Javid

(Reuters) - Home Secretary Sajid Javid said on Wednesday that the risk of a no-deal Brexit has risen and that the option could not be taken off the table.

"It is not possible" to rule out a no-deal Brexit, Javid told ITV in an interview

Reporting by Kanishka Singh ...

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