May offers EU fine words, but pushes British interests

BRUSSELS Theresa May's Brexit letter to European Union President Donald Tusk will please EU leaders by sounding constructive and acknowledging Britain must settle obligations before leaving. But the prime minister also made some tougher demands.

In the six-page document delivered on ...

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May urges Northern Ireland to form a government and engage in Brexit process

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May called on the rival political parties in Northern Ireland to come together and form a regional government so their voice can be heard in Brexit negotiations.

Northern Ireland politics has been in crisis since Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein ...

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May goes into Brexit talks with ambitions high

LONDON After nine months of preparation, bitter public argument and a battle with parliament, British Prime Minister Theresa May is launching talks with the European Union armed with a plan she hopes will secure a better divorce deal than many expect.

But what is it? Although May has ...

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May says hopes to settle rights of EU nationals in Britain early

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday she hoped to be able to agree a deal to clarify the position of European Union nationals in Britain and British nationals in the EU as early as possible in the Brexit negotiations.

May triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty ...

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London attack a 'wake-up' call for tech firms to put house in order -police

LONDON The London attack which left four people dead was a "wake up call" for technology firms to get their house in order over extremist material being circulated on the internet, the acting head of London's police force said on Wednesday.

The comments from Craig Mackey, acting ...

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May says now is the time for Britain to be united

LONDON Now is the time for Britain to come together and ensure it gets the best Brexit deal possible, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday after the country formally triggered its exit from the European Union.

European Council President Donald Tusk received a letter from the ...

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Parliament to review security, incident response after attack

LONDON Two reviews will be held into the attack last week in which a man killed a police officer within the grounds of parliament, the speaker of Britain's lower house said on Wednesday.

Khalid Masood drove a car through a crowd of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing three and ...

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Branded 'enemies of the people' over Brexit case, senior UK judges hit back

LONDON Britain's most senior judges have denounced as abusive a barrage of criticism levelled at them over a ruling that displeased the pro-Brexit press, culminating in a front page branding them "Enemies of the People".

The vitriolic coverage, which included personal attacks on ...

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Barnier and Davis face off on Brexit mountain

BRUSSELS They have much in common, in public and private life, affirm a mutual respect and will be spending plenty of time in one another's company, but Brexit negotiators David Davis and Michel Barnier are poles apart on Europe.

Born into the tough postwar years, Brexit Secretary Davis ...

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Goldman Sachs reassures staff over Brexit in voicemail

LONDON Goldman Sachs (GS.N ) sought to reassure London-based staff over potential disruption to its business as Britain prepares to leave the European Union, in a voicemail to staff sent by the Wall Street firm's Europe CEO.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger formal EU ...

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No one wants lines of trucks at borders after Brexit - Hammond

LONDON Finance minister Philip Hammond said on Wednesday he was confident Britain would negotiate a customs arrangement with the European Union that would allow for borders to be as frictionless as possible after Brexit.

Hammond was speaking hours before Prime Minister Theresa May ...

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Paris, London plan Brexit-busting business, tourism tie-up

PARIS The capital cities of France and Britain will pool their tourist development resources and offer startup companies cheap rates on the Eurostar train link as part of an attempt to limit the impact of Brexit, the Paris and London mayors said on Tuesday.

"We are developing new ...

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Scottish parliament backs bid for new independence referendum

EDINBURGH The Scottish parliament on Tuesday backed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's bid for a new independence referendum, further complicating Britain's political situation just as years of talks on the terms of Brexit were about to begin.

The United Kingdom's vote last year to exit the ...

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Daily Telegraph publisher cuts sub-editing jobs

LONDON Britain's Telegraph Media Group, the publisher of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph broadsheets, is cutting jobs by outsourcing more of its sub-editing and page production to a third party agency, the company said on Tuesday.

The group, which has been owned by British businessmen ...

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PM May to fire the starting gun on Brexit

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May will file formal Brexit divorce papers on Wednesday, pitching the United Kingdom into the unknown and triggering years of uncertain negotiations that will test the endurance of the European Union.

Nine months after Britons voted to leave, May will notify ...

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'You can still stop Brexit,' EU lawmakers to tell Britons

BRUSSELS European Union lawmakers want to tell Britons they can change their minds and stay in the EU after Prime Minister Theresa May triggers a two-year Brexit countdown on Wednesday.

The European Parliament is drafting a resolution to respond to May's notice of withdrawal under Article ...

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On Brexit eve, Barnier pledges to defend expats' rights

BRUSSELS The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said he would defend the rights of expatriates once Prime Minister Theresa May triggers Britain's withdrawal from the EU on Wednesday.

"Brexit made EU citizens worry about their future in EU27 and UK. EU will be firm on ...

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New UK rules to partly exempt some heavy industries from renewables scheme cost

LONDON Britain's government presented new regulations to Parliament on Tuesday which it said will exempt certain heavy industries from some of the costs of a renewable energy support scheme, saving them around 100 million pounds ($125 million) a year.

The measures will exempt around 130 ...

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UK to consider all options including direct rule for Northern Ireland if talks fail

LONDON The British government will have to consider all options including direct rule from London if talks to resolve a political crisis in Northern Ireland and set up a new devolved government there fail, Northern Ireland minister James Brokenshire said on Tuesday.

A deadline to resolve ...

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U.S. wiretap allegations have not harmed ties - Boris Johnson

LONDON Britain's relationship with the United States has not been harmed by unproven claims made on a U.S. television station that it helped eavesdrop on Donald Trump, foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday.

"It has certainly done no lasting damage to our relationship, certainly ...

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Banks try to calm staff nerves with staggered Brexit shift

LONDON Banks are treading carefully, enacting two-stage contingency plans, to avoid losing nervous London-based staff as they work out how many jobs will have to move to continental Europe as Britain exits the European Union.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger formal EU ...

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