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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...

FILE - In this file photo dated  Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier, centre, leaves the Conference Centre in London with unidentified members of his team.  The Brexit trade negotiations have been suspended Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, at a crucial stage because an EU negotiator has tested positive for the coronavirus and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said that “we have decided to suspend the negotiations at our level for a short period.”  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)

EU, UK still have 'fundamental' differences in trade talks

Nov. 23, 2020 12:14 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — With the European Union's chief negotiator Michel Barnier in quarantine, trade talks with the United Kingdom continued by videoconference this week, though the optimism expressed last week seemed to have faded. Barnier stressed on Monday that negotiators were running out of time to make a...

FILE - In this file photo dated  Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier, centre, leaves the Conference Centre in London with unidentified members of his team.  The Brexit trade negotiations have been suspended Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, at a crucial stage because an EU negotiator has tested positive for the coronavirus and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said that “we have decided to suspend the negotiations at our level for a short period.”  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)

Brexit trade negotiations suspended because of COVID-19 case

Nov. 19, 2020 6:11 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — As if the Brexit trade negotiations were not tortuous enough, the coronavirus added a twist at a crucial stage on Thursday when top-level talks had to be suspended because an EU negotiator tested positive for COVID-19. It added uncertainty to the negotiations as a deadline looms ever...

European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier arrives for Brexit talks at the Conference Centre in London, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. With less than two months to go before the U.K. exits the EU's economic orbit, trade deal talks resume in London on Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK, EU make one more push for elusive Brexit trade deal

Nov. 9, 2020 1:58 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Negotiators from Britain and the European Union met Monday to seek a breakthrough in gridlocked trade talks, with just days until a deadline to strike a post-Brexit deal. As EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier met his British counterpart, David Frost, in London, members of Britain's House of...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen outside 10 Downing Street in London.  Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have agreed to stay in contact over coming days as their negotiating teams step up efforts to conclude a post-Brexit trade deal between the U.K. and the European Union. With less than two months to go before the U.K. exits the EU’s economic orbit, a spokesman at Johnson’s Downing Street office said the negotiating teams would “redouble efforts to reach a deal” when the talks resume in London on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

UK and EU to 'redouble efforts' on post-Brexit trade deal

Nov. 7, 2020 12:26 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the head of the European Union's executive arm agreed Saturday to stay in contact as their negotiating teams step up efforts to conclude a post-Brexit trade deal between the U.K. and the European Union before time runs out. With less than two months to...

European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier talks to journalists as he leaves the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Barnier on Wednesday briefed the European Union ambassadors on the state of negotiations with the United Kingdom, as both sides continue to struggle to find common ground on a free trade deal which needs to be in place by Jan. 1. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

UK, EU leaders to discuss state of post-Brexit trade talks

Nov. 6, 2020 1:31 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen are set to speak by telephone Saturday to assess the state of post-Brexit trade talks between the U.K. and the European Union. A spokesman at Johnson's Downing Street office said Friday that the prime...

European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier, left, leaves the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Barnier on Wednesday briefed the European Union ambassadors on the state of negotiations with the United Kingdom, as both sides continue to struggle to find common ground on a free trade deal which needs to be in place by Jan. 1. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU: Brexit trade talks still face 'too many difficulties'

Nov. 4, 2020 3:38 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — With a deadline looming ever more menacingly, the European Union's chief negotiator on the post-Brexit trade deal with Britain Wednesday publicly blamed London for a lack of progress in the two sides' belated attempt to reach an even rudimentary agreement. “At this stage, there are...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 file photo the flag of the European Union and the British national flag are flown on poles during a demonstration by remain in the EU outside spporters the Palace of Westminster in London. It’s more than four years since Britain voted to leave the European Union, and almost a year since Prime Minister Boris Johnson won an election by vowing to “get Brexit done.”
Spoiler alert: It is not done. As negotiators from the two sides hunker down for their final weeks of talks on an elusive trade agreement, Britain and the EU still don’t know whether they will begin 2021 with an organized partnership or a messy rivalry.  (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

AP Explains: Why are UK and EU still arguing over Brexit?

Oct. 23, 2020 2:48 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — It’s more than four years since Britain voted to leave the European Union, and almost a year since Prime Minister Boris Johnson won an election by vowing to “get Brexit done.” Spoiler alert: It is not done. As negotiators from the two sides hunker down for their final...

European Council President Charles Michel addresses the chamber on a report of last weeks EU summit during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

UK-EU trade talks back on after bloc offers olive branch

Oct. 21, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and the European Union will resume their stalled trade negotiations at an “intensified” pace, the British government said Wednesday, in hope of striking a deal within weeks to avoid a messy economic breakup at the end of he year. The announcement came five days after...

People walk opposite Britain's Parliament in London, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Britain’s foreign minister says there are only narrow differences remaining in trade talks between the U.K. and the European Union. But Dominic Raab insists the bloc must show more “flexibility” if it wants to make a deal. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK's Lords condemns Brexit bill as UK-EU talks stay stalled

Oct. 20, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s upper house of Parliament delivered a resounding condemnation of the government’s contentious new Brexit legislation on Tuesday, as a standoff continued between the U.K. and the European Union over future trade relations. The House of Lords voted 395-169 to add words...