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European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier, right, meets with European Council President Charles Michel at the EU Council building in Brussels, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (Yves Herman, Pool via AP)

EU leader Michel lashes out at Britain over post-Brexit plan

Sep. 25, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leader Charles Michel used the virtual pulpit of the U.N. General Assembly on Friday to lash out at Britain for its threats to renege on parts of the withdrawal treaty it signed with the EU and warned that the 27-nation bloc won't back down in the final weeks of acrimonious...

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 file photo, lorries wait to board ferries on the morning after Brexit took place at the Port of Dover, in Dover, England. The British government says there could be lines of 7,000 trucks at the English Channel and two-day waits to get into France immediately after the U.K. makes its economic break from the European Union at the end of the year. Brexit preparation minister Michael Gove describes that as a reasonable worst-case scenario in a letter to logistics firms. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

UK says no-deal Brexit could see 7,000-truck border queues

Sep. 23, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — There there could be lines of 7,000 trucks at the English Channel and two-day waits to get into France immediately after the U.K. makes its economic break from the European Union at the end of the year, the British government said Wednesday, as it urged businesses to prepare for major change....

European Council President Charles Michel, wearing a protective face mask, arrives ahead of a video conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (Aris Oikonomou, Pool via AP)

EU postpones summit after Michel goes into quarantine

Sep. 22, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic forced the European Union to postpone a scheduled summit for a week after EU Council President Charles Michel went into quarantine because a close collaborator was diagnosed with COVID-19. Spokesman Barend Leyts said Tuesday that Michel “today learned that a...

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...