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Johnson, Hunt raise Brexit stakes with Irish border views

Jul. 16, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The two contenders to become Britain's next prime minister raised the Brexit stakes by saying they will discard a contentious part of the European Union divorce deal agreed by outgoing leader Theresa May. The pound fell to a 27-month low of $1.2408 Tuesday after Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt...

Irish leader: EU reluctant to give UK further Brexit delay

Jul. 8, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Ireland's prime minister says European Union leaders would feel a "great deal of reluctance" about giving Britain another delay to Brexit. Leo Varadkar said Monday that many EU countries felt "very frustrated" and would only postpone Britain's departure date for "a very good reason," such as...

UK Tory contenders vow to scrap Irish border Brexit policy

Jul. 2, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The two contenders to be Britain's next prime minister both said Tuesday they would unblock the Brexit impasse by scrapping a contentious Irish border provision that has hamstrung efforts to approve a divorce agreement with the European Union. Critics accuse Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson of...

The Latest: Ireland's Varadkar cool on Brexit extension

Jun. 20, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says European Union countries are losing patience with Britain and are hostile to extending the Brexit deadline beyond Oct 31. Varadkar told reporters that "while I have endless patience, some of my colleagues...

Trump's 'poor leadership' criticized by ex-leaders' group

Jun. 11, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former Irish president Mary Robinson, who heads the group of prominent former leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, criticized President Donald Trump for "poor leadership" Tuesday, saying it is aggravating the world's difficulty in uniting to tackle climate change and the threat of...

The Latest: Salvini says populists will control 150 EU seats

Jun. 8, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on elections for the European Parliament (all times local): 3 p.m. The leader of Italy's right-wing League Party, Matteo Salvini, calculates that populist and nationalist parties will control at least 150 seats in the new 751-seat European Parliament. Votes were still coming in...

Trump, Irish prime minister differ on Brexit, meeting venue

Jun. 5, 2019 9:35 PM EDT

SHANNON, Ireland (AP) — For the backdrop to his first official visit to Ireland, President Donald Trump wanted to promote his golf course on the nation's rocky west coast. The Irish government countered with the grand staging of an ancient castle. In the end, neither side got what they wanted. The...

The Latest: Trump: Ireland shares US concerns about Huawei

Jun. 5, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Britain (all times local): 6:05 p.m. President Donald Trump says Ireland shares U.S. concerns that allowing China's Huawei Technologies to help build communications networks threatens global security. The U.S. is pressing its longtime allies to...

The Latest: May gives draft of Atlantic Charter to Trump

Jun. 3, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Europe (all times local): 10:30 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May is giving President Donald Trump a gift that underscores the trans-Atlantic special relationship — and the international order the president often derides. May and...

Ceremony, political gibes mark Trump's first day in London

Jun. 3, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Mixing pageantry and pugilism, President Donald Trump plunged into his long-delayed state visit to Britain on Monday, welcomed with smiles and a cannon salute by the royals but launching political insults at others in a time of turmoil for both nations in the deep, if recently strained,...