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European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier walks from his hotel to the Conference Centre in London, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. With less than two months to go before the U.K. exits the EU's economic orbit, trade deal talks resume in London. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

With a month until split, Brexit trade deal hangs in balance

Dec. 1, 2020 10:33 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government told businesses on Tuesday to make sure they are ready for big changes when the U.K. makes its final Brexit break from the European Union in exactly a month. But with negotiations on a free-trade deal with the bloc stuck, firms say they still don't know key details of...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 11, 2019 file photo, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an event in Brussels. Scotland’s pro-independence leader said Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 that she hopes to hold a referendum on independence from Britain as early as next year, setting up a political showdown with a U.K. government that refuses to countenance a secession vote. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, file)

Scottish leader says she could seek 2021 independence vote

Nov. 30, 2020 12:41 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Scotland’s leader said Monday that she hopes to hold an independence referendum as soon as next year, setting up a political showdown with a U.K. government that refuses to countenance another secession vote. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would campaign in the May 2021...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech about German government's policies to combat the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease at the parliament Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Merkel and the country's 16 state governors have agreed to extend a partial shutdown well into December in an effort to further reduce the rate of coronavirus infections ahead of the Christmas period. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Germany's Merkel: Brexit no-deal would set bad example

Nov. 30, 2020 10:22 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that Britain and the European Union would set a bad example if they fail to reach a deal on their future relationship, but again insisted that the EU doesn't want a deal at any price. The U.K. left the EU on Jan. 31, but remained part of the...

People wearing face masks walk past as barber Matthew Jones stands inside his temporarily closed 'Sharpes Barbers' whilst putting up Christmas lights in the front windows in readiness for when he will be allowed to reopen for business when England's second coronavirus lockdown is due to end on December 2, on Broadway Market in Hackney, east London, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Small businesses around the world are fighting for survival amid the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Whether they make it will affect not just local economies but the fabric of communities.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

On London street, virus forces small shops to adapt or close

Nov. 30, 2020 2:32 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — In late October, Matthew Jones was enjoying a rare “bit of normality” at his London barber shop in a year that has been short on that. He was cutting hair and laughing with colleagues — when the news landed that the business would have to close for the second time. Jones,...

EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier, centre, with his team as he walks to a conference centre in Westminster in London, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. Teams from Britain and the European Union are continuing face-to-face talks on a post-Brexit trade deal in the little remaining time. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK says Brexit trade talks with EU are in their 'last week'

Nov. 29, 2020 7:24 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s foreign minister said Sunday there is only about a week left for the U.K. and the European Union to strike a post-Brexit trade deal, with fishing rights the major obstacle to an agreement. As talks continued between the two sides in London, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said...

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, center, and his team in Westminster, London, Saturday Nov. 28, 2020, ahead of talks with the UK Government. Teams from Britain and the European Union are resuming face-to-face talks on a post-Brexit trade deal, but both sides sound gloomy about striking an agreement in the little remaining time. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

UK, EU resume face-to-face trade talks with time running out

Nov. 28, 2020 7:21 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Teams from Britain and the European Union resumed face-to-face talks on a post-Brexit trade deal Saturday, with both sides sounding gloomy about striking an agreement in the little time that remains. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier returned to London to meet his U.K. counterpart David...

Brompton folding bicycles are assembled by hand at the Brompton factory in west London, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. The team at Brompton Bicycles company thought they were prepared for Britain's Brexit split with Europe, but they face uncertainty about supplies and unexpected new competition from China, all amid a global COVID pandemic.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

British bike maker pedals on, with Brexit deal up in the air

Nov. 27, 2020 9:31 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The team at Brompton Bicycle Ltd. thought they were prepared for Brexit. Bosses at the British firm, which exports hand-made folding bikes to 47 countries, looked at the uncertainty swirling around the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union and started stockpiling parts. Yet with...

European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier leaves the Conference Centre in London, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. With less than two months to go before the U.K. exits the EU's economic orbit, trade deal talks resume in London. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Another week gone, Brexit trade talks remain stuck

Nov. 27, 2020 7:44 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Friday that another week of talks with Britain on a new trade deal has gone with barely any progress. Its chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, is heading to London for ever-more pressing weekend negotiations to avoid chaos when Britain's trade agreements with the EU end...

Switzerland sets post-Brexit quota for British migrants

Nov. 25, 2020 7:02 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The Swiss government says up to 3,500 migrants from Britain will be given permits to live and work in the Alpine nation next year, when Britain's post-Brexit transition with the European Union expires. Britain's departure from the EU means that it isn't covered by Switzerland's freedom of...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a statement at EU headquarters in Brussels, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. The European Commission announced on Tuesday that it has approved a new contract to secure another COVID-19 vaccine for Europeans. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)

EU is willing to be "creative" to get a Brexit trade deal

Nov. 25, 2020 4:21 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday committed to be “creative" in the very final stages of the Brexit trade negotiations but warned that whatever deal emerges, the United Kingdom will be reduced to “just a valued partner" far removed from its former membership status. EU...