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EU, UK fail to resolve border row as Brexit deadline looms

Sep. 20, 2018 12:18 PM EDT

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Britain and its European Union partners failed on Thursday to secure a breakthrough in Brexit talks, largely because of seemingly intractable divisions over the best way to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and how to deal with future trade. With Britain's departure from...

The Latest: May says hers is only serious plan on table

Sep. 20, 2018 10:05 AM EDT

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — The Latest on Brexit talks at the European Union summit (all times local): 4 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May has said her Brexit plan is the "only serious and credible" proposal on the table, minutes after EU chief Donald Tusk said May's plan will not work. May says her...

Britain appeals for EU Brexit compromise over Irish border

Sep. 19, 2018 3:31 PM EDT

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday appealed to the European Union to soften its stance in Brexit negotiations, saying that only her government has a workable plan to prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland in the U.K. and EU member state Ireland. But despite...

Inquest hears attacker near UK Parliament had violent past

Sep. 19, 2018 12:41 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An inquest into the death of five people in an extremist attack last year on the British parliament has heard that the attacker had a history of violence and heavy drinking and had told his children he planned to die fighting for God. Khalid Masood killed four people on Westminster Bridge in...

Port wine? Feta? Brexit may spell trouble for famed EU names

Sep. 19, 2018 6:17 AM EDT

PINHAO, Portugal (AP) — The scorching late summer sun of northern Portugal is ripening the black, super-sweet grapes that will go to make what European Union rules say is the only wine in the world that can be called port. Winemaking has for centuries been a way of life for many families here in the...

EU optimistic about Brexit border compromise

Sep. 18, 2018 4:05 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union Brexit envoy Michel Barnier said Tuesday that his team is studying ways to carry out checks on goods moving into Northern Ireland in an effort to overcome a major obstacle in the negotiations, on the eve of a summit of EU leaders. Brussels and London are struggling to come up...

The Latest: EU studying Brexit border compromise

Sep. 18, 2018 3:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 9:30 p.m. European Union Brexit envoy Michel Barnier says his team is studying new ways to check goods moving into Northern Ireland in an effort to overcome a major obstacle in the negotiations. Brussels and London are still seeking a solution that...

UK judge: Spy evidence on dead Russian should stay secret

Sep. 18, 2018 8:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Information about possible links between a Russian businessman who died in mysterious circumstances and U.K. intelligence services will remain secret for security reasons, a British judge said Tuesday. Judge Nicholas Hilliard is leading an inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy,...

Report urges UK to lift cap on skilled migrants after Brexit

Sep. 18, 2018 7:36 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Citizens of European Union countries should not have easier access to the U.K. after Brexit than people from other parts of the world, a government-commissioned report recommended Tuesday. EU citizens now can live and work in the U.K. under the bloc's free-movement rules, but that will end...

UK's Hunt says Britain can flourish even without Brexit deal

Sep. 18, 2018 4:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Tuesday that the U.K. will flourish with or without an agreement on its relationship with the European Union after it leaves the grouping next year. A "no-deal" Brexit is possible, he said in an interview in Tokyo, "but I don't think it's in anyone's...