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Leaked UK memos warn of food, drug shortages in Brexit chaos

Aug. 18, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Secret British government documents have warned of serious disruptions across the country in the event that the U.K. leaves the European Union without a trade deal on Oct. 31, according to The Sunday Times. The newspaper published what it said were three pages worth of "planning assumptions"...

UK police officer slain investigating burglary, 10 arrested

Aug. 16, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A 28-year-old police officer investigating a reported burglary in southeast England has died after being dragged by a vehicle, police said Friday. Police have arrested and detained 10 males on suspicion of murder in the death of Andrew Harper, 28. The youngest is 13 while the oldest is 30....

Merkel to meet UK prime minister soon to discuss Brexit

Aug. 16, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel could meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson soon to discuss Brexit, her spokesman said Friday. Asked about reports of a possible imminent meeting, Steffen Seibert told reporters that "indeed, a meeting is planned in the very near future." Seibert said it...

The Latest: US to revoke visas held by crew of Iranian ship

Aug. 15, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The latest on Iranian supertanker at center of Persian Gulf tensions (all times local): 4:05 a.m. The State Department says it will revoke U.S. visas for crew members on an Iranian oil tanker that was seized by authorities in Gibraltar for sanctions violations but released Thursday. The...

Gibraltar releases Iran supertanker that US sought to seize

Aug. 15, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The British overseas territory of Gibraltar released a seized Iranian supertanker Thursday over last-minute objections from the U.S., potentially easing tensions between London and Tehran, which still holds a British-flagged vessel. The release of the Grace 1 comes amid a growing...

What's next as Labour Party seeks to stop a no-deal Brexit?

Aug. 15, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will lead the country out of the European Union in 11 weeks, with or without a divorce deal — but an awful lot of U.K. lawmakers want to stop him. The stage is set for a high-stakes battle over the country's future, with public opinion,...

The Latest: Germany expects no-deal Brexit, report says

Aug. 15, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit preparations (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Business daily Handelsblatt reports that German officials expect Britain to leave the European Union without a deal at the end of October and consider the EU's preparations for this eventuality to be "largely completed." In its...

UK planning post-Brexit freight service for vital medicines

Aug. 14, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government wants to create an "express freight service" to ensure essential medicines are still available if the U.K. leaves the European Union without a divorce deal. The Department of Health said Thursday it is inviting potential providers to submit offers for a contract lasting...

UK Labour leader lays out plan to stop a no-deal Brexit

Aug. 14, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The leader of Britain's biggest opposition party on Wednesday urged other opposition forces to unite, topple Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative government and prevent Britain from leaving the European Union in October without a divorce agreement. The move came after Johnson accused...

Bolton's UK trade-deal promise leaves questions unanswered

Aug. 13, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday that getting a free trade deal with the United States would be "a tough old haggle," after U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton promised the U.K. quick sector-by-sector trade deals once it leaves the European Union. Bolton said after...