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FILE - In this Sunday, June 25, 2017 file photo, singer Simon Neil performs with his band Biffy Clyro at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England. British musicians are demanding that the UK government faces the music after new post-Brexit regulations failed to consider their unique work lives and left them in the lurch. Nearly 260,000 people — including U.K. artists Laura Marling, Louis Tomlinson and Biffy Clyro — have signed a petition for the British government to negotiate a review of the rules for musicians touring in the 27-nation European Union. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP, File)

Brexit hikes costs, hassle for UK musicians touring EU

Jan. 14, 2021 3:27 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British musicians are demanding that the UK government faces the music after new post-Brexit regulations failed to consider their unique work lives and left them in the lurch. Nearly 260,000 people — including U.K. artists Laura Marling, Louis Tomlinson and Biffy Clyro — have...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 file photo, fishermen arrange crabs after their boat returned from a fishing trip to the harbour in Hartlepool, England. British fishing communities were among the strongest supporters of Brexit. But now some say they face ruin because of new red tape imposed by Britain’s departure from the European Union. One seafood firm has threatened to dump rotting crustaceans on the government’s doorstep if the situation doesn’t improve within days. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

UK fishers cry foul as Brexit red tape leaves catch rotting

Jan. 14, 2021 12:28 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British fishing communities were among the strongest supporters of Brexit. But now some say they face ruin because of new red tape imposed by the U.K.'s departure from the European Union. One seafood firm has threatened to dump rotting crustaceans on the government’s doorstep if the...

Depleted shelves are seen in a Sainsbury's supermarker at the Forestside shopping centre in Belfast, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The U.K.’s biggest supermarket chains warned Wednesday, Jan. 13 that food supplies in Northern Ireland face disruption because of new checks imposed by Britain’s departure from the European Union. After photos emerged showing empty shelves, the chief executives of Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Iceland, Co-Op and Marks & Spencer wrote to the government saying there would be “significant disruption” unless urgent action was taken to fix an “unworkable” system. (David Young/PA via AP)

NIreland stores see empty shelves as Brexit trade rules bite

Jan. 13, 2021 7:23 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.’s biggest supermarket chains warned Wednesday that food supplies in Northern Ireland face disruption because of new checks imposed by Britain’s departure from the European Union. After photos emerged showing empty shelves, the chief executives of Tesco,...

British Ambassador to the United Nations Barbara Woodward poses for a photo, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

UN envoy: Britain is `gung ho' about world role after Brexit

Jan. 10, 2021 12:34 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain’s new U.N. ambassador says the government is feeling “gung ho” about continuing its role as an important player on the world stage despite its exit from the European Union. Barbara Woodward pointed to the United Kingdom’s permanent seat on the...

The road heading the check point on the Eurotunnel site is pictured in Coquelles, Monday Jan.4, 2021. Britain left the European bloc's vast single market for people, goods and services, completing the biggest single economic change the country has experienced since World War II. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Companies say post-Brexit rules are clogging up UK-EU trade

Jan. 8, 2021 12:15 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Some businesses said Friday that costs and paperwork are hampering trade between Britain and the European Union as the reality of the U.K.’s post-Brexit trading relationship with the bloc takes hold. Britain left the economic embrace of the 27-nation bloc, the final stage of Brexit, at...

Backdropped by the Gibraltar rock, people walk along the stalls of a weekly market at the Spanish city of La Linea on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Fears of disruptions following Britain's departure from the European Union were replaced by coronavirus-related restrictions on border traffic between Spain and Gibraltar on Monday, the first working day at the United Kingdom's only land border with the European mainland. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Virus, more than Brexit fallout, worry in and near Gibraltar

Jan. 4, 2021 10:32 AM EST

LA LÍNEA DE LA CONCEPCIÓN, Spain (AP) — Fears of disruptions following Britain’s departure from the European Union were replaced by coronavirus-related restrictions on border traffic between Spain and Gibraltar on Monday, the first working day at the United Kingdom’s only land...

British travelers returning to their homes in Spain wait to speak to airline staff after they were refused entry onto planes, at London's Heathrow airport on Saturday Jan. 2, 2021. Dozens of British residents in Spain were refused travel because airlines refused to take in as proof of residency documents used until the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union at midnight on Dec. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Max Duncan)

Britons flying home to Spain caught in post-Brexit red tape

Jan. 3, 2021 11:13 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Blame COVID-19 travel restrictions or Brexit but whatever the cause, some British citizens trying to return to their homes in several European countries this weekend have been barred from boarding flights. Airlines refused documents that before Brexit had been valid proof of the Britons'...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 16, 2017 file photo, Stanley Johnson poses for a portrait as he talks to the Associated Press at the London Book Fair, in London, about his forthcoming thriller based around a fictitious Brexit scenario. As Britain prepares to split from the European Union, the father of Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears to be seeking closer ties with the bloc by applying for French citizenship. Stanley Johnson told broadcaster RTL on Thursday Dec. 31, 2020, that he was in the process of “reclaiming” his French identity. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

France praises nationality bid by British leader's dad

Jan. 1, 2021 1:11 PM EST

CALAIS, France (AP) — France's government cast a favorable light Friday on a reported bid by the father of Britain's prime minister to take up French nationality, saying it shows how attached Britons are to the European Union that they're no longer part of. Reports that Stanley Johnson, the father of...

A lorry arrives to board the first ferry heading to Britain after Brexit, Friday Jan.1, 2021 in Calais, northern France. Britain left the European bloc's vast single market for people, goods and services at 11 p.m. London time, midnight in Brussels, completing the biggest single economic change the country has experienced since World War II. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)

Quiet New Year gives breathing room after UK-EU Brexit split

Jan. 1, 2021 11:54 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A steady trickle of trucks rolled off ferries and trains on both sides of the English Channel on Friday, a quiet New Year’s Day after a seismic overnight shift in relations between the European Union and Britain. The busy goods route between southeast England and northwest France is on...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves Downing Street in London.  Treasury chief Sunak has committed to ending the widely unpopular tax on women’s sanitary products, but the change could only take effect Friday Jan 1, 2021, after Britain had finally left the economic orbit of the EU.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)

UK abolishes 'sexist' tax on women's sanitary products

Jan. 1, 2021 10:50 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain on Friday became the latest country to abolish the so-called "tampon tax,” eliminating sales taxes on women's sanitary products. The move was widely praised by women's rights advocates as well as proponents of the country's departure from the European Union. Treasury chief...