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At least they're talking: EU, UK push on with Brexit meets

Sep. 20, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British and European Union negotiators agreed Friday to press on with talks in search of an elusive Brexit deal, as Ireland's deputy leader warned that the two sides remain far apart despite an improvement in the "mood music." After weeks spent demanding that Britain provide concrete...

UK top court aims to rule next week on Parliament shutdown

Sep. 19, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused by one of the country's former leaders of obstructing Parliament by shutting down the legislature for five weeks, as a landmark legal challenge to the suspension wrapped up Thursday at the U.K. Supreme Court. But a government lawyer warned the...

The Latest: UK's Supreme Court aims to rule early next week

Sep. 19, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Britain's Supreme Court says it is aiming to hand down its judgment in a landmark legal challenge to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament early next week. The country's top court must...

Prince William told British PM to imagine FIFA voter naked

Sep. 19, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister David Cameron has recalled being told by Prince William to imagine an American FIFA voter naked to ease nerves at a presentation for England's World Cup bid in a process that was mired in wrongdoing. Cameron and the prince led an English delegation to Zurich in...

Ex-UK PM Cameron says he sought queen's help in Scots vote

Sep. 19, 2019 5:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged Thursday that he asked Queen Elizabeth II, who is supposed to remain politically neutral, to help the pro-"remain" side in Scotland's 2014 independence referendum. Cameron told the BBC that he felt "panic" that the pro-secession side...

The Latest: UN chief: Experts on way to probe Saudi attacks

Sep. 18, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 10:00 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says U.N. experts have already left for Saudi Arabia to investigate attacks on key Saudi oil installations. Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said...

Johnson faces Brexit flak from EU lawmakers and top UK court

Sep. 18, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused by European Union officials Wednesday of failing to negotiate seriously and branded the "father of lies" by a lawyer in the U.K. Supreme Court, as his plan to leave the EU in just over six weeks faced hurdles on both sides of the...

UK govt insists suspension of Parliament was not illegal

Sep. 18, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government was back at the country's Supreme Court on Wednesday, arguing that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks just before the country is set to leave the European Union was neither improper nor illegal. But the justices pushed back on...

UK's Boris Johnson confronted by angry parent at hospital

Sep. 18, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been confronted by an angry parent during a hospital visit. Johnson was touring Whipps Cross University Hospital in London on Wednesday when Omar Salem angrily complained about the shortcomings of the National Health Service. He told Johnson his young...

The Latest: Merkel open to free trade agreement post-Brexit

Sep. 18, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 3:45 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she still sees a possibility for Britain to make "an orderly exit" from the European Union but Germany also is prepared for a disorderly Brexit. Merkel said a day after a telephone call with...