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UK leader warns ousting her won't make Brexit talks easier

Nov. 18, 2018 9:13 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's besieged Prime Minister Theresa May warned Sunday that a leadership change wouldn't make Brexit negotiations easier, as opponents in her Conservative Party threaten to unseat her and the former Brexit secretary suggested she failed to stand up to bullying from European Union...

The Latest: Labour leader: New EU vote 'not for today'

Nov. 18, 2018 9:03 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn says another referendum on Britain and the European Union is "an option for the future" — but not today. The Labour Party leader also panned British Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed...

UK leader fights back against critics amid Brexit upheaval

Nov. 17, 2018 12:34 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May fought back against critics of her Brexit deal Saturday, telling opponents from within her party their alternative plans for Britain's departure from the European Union wouldn't work. May is battling to win over rebels in her Conservative Party and and to...

Britain says Russian contractors have no say in visa process

Nov. 17, 2018 6:00 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Britain's Home Office says that the company contracted to collect visa applications in Russia has "absolutely no involvement with the decision-making process." The company, TLSContact, is "simply an application point," according to a statement. Final decisions are made in the U.K. The...

Allies rally to UK's May amid leadership woes over Brexit

Nov. 16, 2018 12:55 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May won support for her beleaguered Brexit deal Friday from key politicians and business groups, but she remained besieged by internal party opponents determined to oust her. In a tumultuous week, May finally clinched a divorce deal with the European Union...

The Latest: UK's May fills Brexit-related Cabinet vacancies

Nov. 16, 2018 11:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the Brexit negotiations (all times local): 4:40 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May has filled two vacancies in her Cabinet left by ministers who quit over Brexit. Little-known lawmaker Stephen Barclay was named Brexit secretary. He replaces Dominic Raab, who quit Thursday...

Theresa May: A resilient politician facing a tough fight

Nov. 16, 2018 10:53 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — As Cabinet ministers quit and lawmakers demanded her resignation, cricket-loving British Prime Minister Theresa May summoned the spirit of one of her sports heroes. Asked by a reporter "how many wickets need to fall" before she was out, May spoke of her admiration for Geoffrey Boycott, a...

Near Irish border, the Brexit drama is followed with alarm

Nov. 16, 2018 9:52 AM EST

NEWRY, Northern Ireland (AP) — Families and business owners near the Irish border that separates the U.K. from the rest of the EU are watching in apprehension as political chaos in London threatens to torpedo a Brexit deal that aims to avoid a return of customs checks and possible sectarian violence to the...

UN human rights expert says UK cuts to services causing harm

Nov. 16, 2018 9:14 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A U.N. human rights expert says cuts to Britain's social support are causing misery for poorer citizens. Philip Alston, the U.N. rapporteur on poverty, concluded Friday that Britain's government remains in a state of denial about the impact of benefit cuts and says the country's departure...

World markets subdued on trade, Brexit tensions

Nov. 16, 2018 7:30 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — World markets were subdued on Friday as trade tensions and political risks surrounding Britain's exit from the European Union kept investor cautious. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC lost 0.2 percent to 5,021 while Germany's DAX was down 0.1 percent at 11,344. Britain's FTSE 100 shed 0.3...