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FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 file photo, former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair, left and John Major attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall in London. Remembrance Sunday is held each year to commemorate the service men and women who fought in past military conflicts. The two former British prime ministers who played crucial roles in bringing peace to Northern Ireland joined forces Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 to urge lawmakers to reject government plans to over-ride the Brexit deal with the European Union, arguing that it imperils that peace as well as damaging the U.K.’s reputation.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Former UK leaders unite to slam Boris Johnson on Brexit plan

Sep. 13, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Two former British prime ministers who played crucial roles in bringing peace to Northern Ireland joined forces Sunday to urge lawmakers to reject government plans to override the Brexit deal with the European Union, arguing that it imperils that peace and damages the U.K.'s reputation. In an...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street to attend the weekly session of Prime Ministers Questions in Parliament in London. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has strongly defended his controversial plan to override sections of the Brexit deal that he negotiated with the European Union, arguing that the bloc has an “extreme” interpretation of the treaty that could jeopardize the future of the U.K. In a column Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 in The Daily Telegraph, Johnson said the Internal Market Bill is required to end EU threats to impose a “blockade” in the Irish Sea that he argues could “carve up our country.”  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)

Boris Johnson defends Brexit change to avoid UK 'carve-up'

Sep. 12, 2020 7:42 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has strongly defended his government's plan to override sections of the Brexit deal he negotiated with the European Union, arguing that the EU has an “extreme” interpretation of the treaty that could jeopardize the U.K.'s future. In a column...

European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic addresses the media as he arrives at the Europa house in London, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. UK and EU officials have their eighth round of Brexit negotiations in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

EU demands UK drop a planned law that breaches Brexit deal

Sep. 10, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Instead of closing in on a future trade deal, the European Union and Britain entered a bitter fight Thursday over a planned British law that the EU says would constitute a serious violation of the Brexit divorce agreement and destroy what little trust remains between the two sides. The...

FILE - In this Friday, June 5, 2020 file photo, European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gives a news conference after Brexit talks, in Brussels, Belgium. The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator said Monday Sept. 7, 2020, he is going to seek “clarification” from his counterpart in the U.K. over reports that the British government may be planning to renege on commitments made ahead of its departure from the bloc earlier this year.  (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP, File)

As EU talks resume, UK says it could break international law

Sep. 8, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. indicated Tuesday that it was prepared to break an international agreement as post-Brexit trade discussions with the European Union resumed on an increasingly acrimonious tone. With concerns mounting that the talks could be just weeks from collapse, the U.K. urged the EU to show...

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, May 18, 2020, traffic moves along the M6 motorway near Birmingham,  England.  Trade associations representing British freight haulers and storage companies are asking for urgent talks with government leaders to allay concerns over preparations for Brexit, that may threaten supplies of critical goods caused by border controls and computer systems. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, FILE)

EU warns UK on commitments ahead of more Brexit trade talks

Sep. 7, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union warned the British government on Monday that any attempt to renege on commitments made ahead of its departure from the bloc earlier this year could put at risk the hard-won peace in Northern Ireland. The comments show growing signs that trust between the two sides is...

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, May 18, 2020, traffic moves along the M6 motorway near Birmingham,  England.  Trade associations representing British freight haulers and storage companies are asking for urgent talks with government leaders to allay concerns over preparations for Brexit, that may threaten supplies of critical goods caused by border controls and computer systems. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, FILE)

Johnson says UK will quit Brexit talks if no deal by Oct 15

Sep. 6, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson talked tough on Sunday ahead of a crucial round of post-Brexit trade talks with the European Union, saying Britain could walk away from the talks within weeks and insisting that a no-deal exit would be a “good outcome for the U.K.” With talks...

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, May 18, 2020, traffic moves along the M6 motorway near Birmingham,  England.  Trade associations representing British freight haulers and storage companies are asking for urgent talks with government leaders to allay concerns over preparations for Brexit, that may threaten supplies of critical goods caused by border controls and computer systems. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, FILE)

Freight firms warn of Brexit disruption amid UK-EU deadlock

Sep. 4, 2020 7:23 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British freight haulers and storage companies are demanding an urgent meeting with government leaders because of concern that gaps in preparations for Brexit may threaten supplies of critical goods. Trade associations representing the companies wrote to Michael Gove, the minister overseeing...

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian left, and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas attend the opening session of the French ambassadors to European countries in Paris, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

France accuses UK of stalling in post-Brexit trade talks

Aug. 31, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — On the cusp of a crucial month of negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal between the European Union and the U.K., France has lambasted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government for what it sees as deliberate stalling and for harboring unreasonable expectations. The 27-nation EU and...

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks during a media conference after Brexit trade talks between the EU and the UK, in Brussels, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP)

EU-UK deadlock on trade talks goes on with time running out

Aug. 21, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain remained deadlocked Friday in their talks on trade ties after Brexit, with EU negotiator Michel Barnier saying that any chance of a deal seemed to be slipping away. “Too often this week it felt as if we were going backwards more than forward given the...

UK, EU resume talks on future ties, as new deadline looms

Aug. 18, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Negotiations were to resume Tuesday on the future trade ties between the European Union and the United Kingdom after Brexit, with the Europeans insisting that important differences in the two sides' positions must be bridged and an agreement found by October. The U.K. officially left the EU...