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EU's Barnier warns of tough times ahead on UK trade deal

Nov. 5, 2019 10:37 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Tuesday drew the battle lines for the upcoming free trade talks with the U.K. once it has left the bloc and warned Britain not to undercut EU standards. Barnier said the trade talks after Britain leaves as expected on Jan. 31 might...

UK parties promise end to Brexit agony if they win election

Nov. 5, 2019 9:05 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's three major national political parties wooed weary voters on Tuesday, all promising an end to Brexit wrangling if they win next month's national election — but offering starkly different visions of how to achieve that. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says if his Conservative...

EU delays Brexit to Jan. 31; Johnson election bid fails

Oct. 28, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain got Brexit breathing space but no clarity on Monday when the European Union granted a three-month delay to the U.K.'s departure from the bloc, postponing it until Jan. 31. British politicians immediately began using the extra time to do what they have done for more than three years:...

EU envoys agree that Brexit extension is needed, no date set

Oct. 25, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Less than a week before Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union, ambassadors from the bloc's 27 other nations agreed Friday to grant the U.K.'s request for another extension to the Brexit deadline — but they did not settle on how long that delay should be. As so often during...

The Latest: EU envoys agree that Brexit extension is needed

Oct. 25, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 12:30 p.m. EU ambassadors have agreed on the principle of granting Britain's request for another extension to the Brexit deadline but have yet to decide on the length of the new delay. Speaking Friday...

Boris Johnson faces frenzied week as Brexit deadline nears

Oct. 20, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a frenzied week of activity in Parliament, and possibly in the courts, as he tries to woo rebellious lawmakers in time to meet the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline. Johnson has vowed to avoid needing yet another extension to that deadline, even though he has...

The Latest: UK minister: No-deal Brexit preparations gear up

Oct. 20, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 1:25 p.m. The British minister in charge of Brexit preparations says contingency plans are being "triggered" to cope with the disruptions expected if the country crashes out of the European Union without a...

Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament

Oct. 17, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's career of disdain for the European Union was a thing of the past on Thursday as he and the bloc's leaders celebrated their long-sought Brexit deal. He now faces an opponent closer to home: his own Parliament. With the ink barely dry on the proposal and...

The Latest: EU lawmakers might not OK Brexit deal by Oct. 31

Oct. 17, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 9:20 p.m. The European Parliament's chief Brexit official says the EU legislature will take its full time to carefully examine and approve any divorce deal for Britain. Belgian lawmaker Guy Verhofstadt tells The Associated Press that could well spill...

EU Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier: revised withdrawal agreement answers the 'uncertainty' created by Brexit

Oct. 17, 2019 6:12 AM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — EU Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier: revised withdrawal agreement answers the 'uncertainty' created by Brexit.