UK’s May to face fresh ire at home after being spared by EU
BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May will head home from an inconclusive European Union summit on Brexit to a barrage of criticism that her 27 EU counterparts spared her during the two-day event that ended Thursday..
LONDON (AP) — Britain's slow move away from the European Union took a new twist Sunday as the new Brexit chief suggested that Britain might not pay its 39 billion pound ($51 billion) divorce bill if no trade agreement with the European Union is reached.
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab told the Sunday Telegraph that there must be "conditionality" between Britain making the hefty exit payment and its ability to create a new relationship with the EU.
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May insisted Tuesday that her plan to retain close ties with the European Union "absolutely keeps faith" with voters' decision to leave the bloc, as she tried to restore government unity after the resignations of two top ministers over Brexit.
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
British Prime Minister Theresa May has named Jeremy Hunt to the job of foreign secretary after the resignation of Boris Johnson.
Hunt, who had been the health secretary, is considered one of May's most loyal ministers.
May's government was rocked Monday by the resignations of Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis. They quit amid divisions in the government over Brexit.
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May dug in her heels Monday after the resignation of two top government ministers over Brexit negotiations whipped up a storm that threatened to topple her fragile minority government
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit with a resignation letter accusing May of flying "white flags" of surrender in negotiations with the European Union. He said "the Brexit dream is dying, suffocated by needless self doubt "
LONDON (AP) — Britain's most senior official in charge of negotiating the country's exit from the European Union resigned Sunday, accusing Prime Minister Theresa May of undermining Brexit with her plan to keep close trade ties with the bloc.
Brexit Secretary David Davis quit just two days after May announced she had finally united her quarrelsome government behind a plan for a divorce deal with the EU.
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May forged a compromise with senior members of her government Thursday, agreeing that any interim arrangement to maintain customs links with the European Union after the U.K. leaves the bloc would be expected to last until the end of 2021 at the latest.
EU says UK must make its mind up on future trade relations
LONDON (AP) — The European Union's Brexit negotiator warned Monday that the time has come for the U.K. to clarify what relationship it wants with the bloc once it leaves, and warned that exiting its customs union would hurt trade.
Michel Barnier shook his head as he outlined the results of a meeting with the U.K. Brexit chief David Davis. With Britain set for departure on March 29, 2019, Barnier said it was time for Britain to decide whether it wants.
The Latest: EU warns UK on impact of exiting customs unions
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's negotiations to leave the European Union (all times local):
The European Union's Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier has warned the U.K. that leaving the customs union will lead to barriers to trade.
He also says it is time for Britain to decide whether it wants to remain in a customs union, arguing that time is running out ahead of the country's planned departure in 2019.
UK’s May under pressure as Conservatives at war over Brexit
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was under mounting pressure Sunday to take sides in the Conservative Party's civil war over Brexit, as a new round of talks between Britain and the European Union is set to begin.
Since becoming prime minister in 2016, May has walked a fine line between two feuding factions in her party: those who want a clean break, even if it means trade barriers with Europe, and those who want to keep Britain's economy closely aligned to the 28-nation EU.
UK’s Davis denies Brexit backtracking with transition period
LONDON (AP) — European Union citizens will remain free to settle in the U.K for about two years after the country leaves the bloc in 2019, Britain's top Brexit official said Wednesday.
Brexit Secretary David Davis said that during a transition period, Britain will abide "to a very large extent" by the EU's rules. It will continue to pay into EU coffers and be subject to the jurisdiction of European courts.
UK’s May shuffles Cabinet, but Brexit divisions limit scope
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May attempted to re-energize her government with a Cabinet shake-up Monday as Britain prepares for a crucial phase in the negotiations over its departure from the European Union.
But May, who heads a minority government divided over Brexit, had limited room to make changes, and the overhaul could reinforce perceptions that her authority is fragile.
UK’s May plans Cabinet changes as Brexit enters new phase
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing to shuffle her Cabinet as she tries to bolster her authority ahead of a crucial new phase in Brexit negotiations.
May said she will re-jig government ranks "soon," with changes expected as early as Monday.
She did not indicate which ministers are set to lose their jobs. The Sunday Times reported that several senior ministers will stay in their posts, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis.
EU’s Tusk: Brexit will be a “furious race against time”
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union Council President Donald Tusk warned Tuesday that it will be a "furious race against time" for the EU and Britain to finish Brexit negotiations by next fall, saying only "moderate progress" has been achieved so far.
Brexit secretary says a no-deal Brexit now less likely
LONDON (AP) — The likelihood of Britain leaving the European Union without a future trade deal has "dropped dramatically" now that the two sides have reached a preliminary agreement on their divorce terms, the country's Brexit secretary said Sunday.
The deal hammered out by Prime Minister Theresa May last week means the negotiations on Britain's March 2019 departure from the EU can move onto the next phase, Brexit Secretary David Davis told the BBC.
Doubts grow over UK government’s preparation for Brexit
LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government acknowledged Wednesday that it has made no detailed assessment of the economic impact of leaving the European Union, as its lack of preparation for a momentous break became clear.
David Davis, the official shepherding Britain's departure from the 28-nation bloc, said the nation should be prepared for a profound shift in the way the economy operates on a scale similar to that of the 2008 financial crisis.
The Latest: UK Parliament to get vote on final Brexit deal
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the Brexit negotiations (all times local):
British officials say Parliament will be given a chance to vote on the final withdrawal agreement between Britain and the European Union.
Brexit Secretary David Davis told Parliament on Monday the promised vote on an implementation bill means lawmakers will be able to scrutinize and oversee the Brexit process.
UK Brexit chief says he expects talks to go down to the wire
LONDON (AP) — Brexit negotiations between Britain and the European Union may not end until the last moment before the U.K. officially leaves the bloc in March 2019, Britain's minister for leaving the EU said Wednesday.
The comments by Brexit Secretary David Davis drew an angry reaction from British lawmakers, who have been promised a vote on any deal struck between Britain and the bloc on their divorce.
The Latest: UK says it is preparing for ‘no deal’ Brexit
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local):
Britain's Brexit minister says he is optimistic about progress in divorce talks with the European Union, but is planning for the possibility they will break down.
Brexit Secretary David Davis told the Conservative Party's annual conference on Tuesday that Britain "will be ready for the alternative" if negotiations end without a deal.
The Latest: Brexit: UK envoy says money linked to trade deal
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
Britain says that any commitment toward outstanding payments into the EU budget will have to be clearly linked to a future political and trade relationship once the nation has officially left the group.
The Latest: UK shifts Brexit team; opposition sees “chaos”
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local):
The top civil servant on Britain's Brexit negotiating team has left the Department for Exiting the European Union in what opponents said was a sign of chaos in Britain's Conservative government.
The department says Oliver Robbins is moving to become British Prime Minister Theresa May's EU adviser. It says he will continue to lead the team of British officials at negotiations with the bloc.
UK lawmakers back key Brexit bill, but fight still looms
LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers voted a key Brexit bill past its first big hurdle in Parliament early Tuesday. But many legislators branded the bill a government power grab, and vowed to change it before it becomes law.
After a debate that stretched past midnight, the House of Commons backed the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill by a vote of 326 to 290. That means lawmakers approve the bill in principle, but the government will now face attempts to amend it before a final vote later this year.
British government facing battle to pass key Brexit bill
LONDON (AP) — With 18 months until Britain is due to leave the European Union, the U.K. government warned lawmakers on Thursday that it would be "reckless" to oppose a key piece of Brexit legislation.
Meanwhile, the EU's chief negotiator said he was worried by some of the suggestions coming from the U.K. on a deal over Ireland, and voiced concerns Britain was backpedaling on its financial commitments to the bloc.
UK Brexit chief faces jeering lawmakers during talks update
LONDON (AP) — Britain's chief Brexit negotiator faced a jeering House of Commons on Tuesday, as lawmakers returning from summer recess challenged government plans to "intensify" talks with the European Union.
Britain looking to push Brexit talks with EU onto trade
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain started a third round of Brexit negotiations on Monday with EU negotiator Michel Barnier testily berating the British government for what he perceives as a lack of focus and insufficient progress during the five months since it triggered divorce proceedings.
UK opponents of Brexit mull new centrist political party
LONDON (AP) — Opponents of Britain's departure from the European Union are floating the idea of setting up a new anti-Brexit political party.
James Chapman, a former top aide to Brexit Secretary David Davis, has become an outspoken critic of Britain's looming departure from the 28-nation bloc.
He is calling for a new centrist political party because both the governing Conservatives and main opposition Labour parties say they will go through with the decision to leave.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Talks to extricate Britain from the European Union began in earnest Monday with both sides still seemingly far apart on citizens' rights after Brexit officially takes place in less than two years.
After an initial meeting last month where the structure of the talks was determined, Britain's Brexit minister, David Davis, met up with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator in Brussels ahead of four-days of discussions.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU's chief Brexit negotiator says Britain cannot enjoy "frictionless" trade with EU partners after it leaves the union.
Michel Barnier took a tough position on the Brexit negotiations Thursday, warning there will be "negative" consequences no matter what.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Talks on Britain leaving the European Union began Monday with both sides saying they will focus first on an orderly withdrawal: a deal for citizens living in each other's territory, border arrangements between Ireland and the U.K. and the amount that Britain will pay to get out of previous EU commitments.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Brexit talks to lead Britain out of the European Union kicked off on Monday and the chief negotiators are already on a first-name basis. Here's a look at the people who are likely to dominate these talks over much of the next two years.
David Davis, United Kingdom Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union:
Britain-EU Brexit talks to start Monday as planned
LONDON (AP) — The British government says that the talks to leave the European Union will start Monday, as planned.
David Davis, who leads the Department for Exiting the European Union, says in a joint statement Thursday that the decision comes after discussion in Brussels.
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May had hoped the election would provide more certainty to Britain's exit from the European Union. Her failure to even retain a majority has delivered anything but, throwing up an even wider array of Brexit scenarios.
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May has named a Cabinet to lead her Conservative minority government after last week's humbling election result. Some of the key players:
Prime Minister — Theresa May
First Secretary of State — Damian Green
Chancellor of the Exchequer (Treasury) — Philip Hammond
Chief Secretary to the Treasury — Liz Truss
Foreign Secretary — Boris Johnson
Home Secretary — Amber Rudd
Exiting the European Union — David Davis
Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor — David Lidington
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the British exit from the European Union (all times local):
With Britain's departure from the European Union on the horizon, the Netherlands is seeking to take over an agency based in London that evaluates, supervises and monitors medicines developed for use in the EU.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local):
Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis has met with Britain's Brexit secretary amid simmering tension over the future of Gibraltar following Britain's departure from the European Union.
A foreign ministry notice said Dastis expressed Spain's backing for the EU's position that Spain should have veto rights on any agreements regarding the British territory on the southern Iberian coast.
Negotiator denies UK is blackmailing EU on security
LONDON (AP) — Britain's chief negotiator in the country's divorce from the European Union on Thursday rejected suggestions that the U.K. has threatened to end security cooperation unless it gets a good trade deal with the bloc's remaining member countries.
The British government, meanwhile, announced plans for the huge task of converting thousands of EU laws and regulations — covering everything from the safety of airplanes to the curve of bananas — into domestic statutes.
LONDON (AP) — Britain will begin divorce proceedings from the European Union on March 29, starting the clock on two years of intense political and economic negotiations that will fundamentally change both the nation and its European neighbors.
Britain's ambassador to the EU, Tim Barrow, informed European Council President Donald Tusk of the exact start date on Monday morning.
UK minister tells lawmakers not to delay Brexit
LONDON (AP) — Britain's top minister for leaving the European Union said Sunday that lawmakers should let Prime Minister Theresa May "get on with the job" of quitting the bloc, and the main opposition Brexit spokesman said he expects the divorce papers to be filed this week.
Brexit Secretary David Davis said lawmakers should pass a bill authorizing exit talks on Monday without amendments so the government can enter EU negotiations "with no strings attached."
UK Brexit plan seeks close EU ties, but details still short
LONDON (AP) — Britain is leaving the European Union's single market but wants a "frictionless" new trade relationship with the bloc, the government said Thursday in the most detailed account yet of its EU exit plans.
Many UK lawmakers signal they’ll back govt’s Brexit bill
LONDON (AP) — Dozens of British lawmakers said Tuesday that they will vote to authorize the start of European Union exit talks — signaling likely victory for the government on the vote it had fought in court to avoid.
The House of Commons began a two-day debate on a bill that lets Prime Minister Theresa May trigger two years of divorce negotiations, as the government races to meet a self-imposed March 31 deadline to begin the process.
UK govt gives lawmakers limited time to eye bill on Brexit
LONDON (AP) — As British lawmakers cried out "Disgraceful!," the Conservative government on Thursday introduced the long-awaited bill to start the country's exit from the European Union and gave the House of Commons less than two weeks to consider it.
David Davis, the Cabinet secretary in charge of Brexit, unveiled the legislation just two days after a Supreme Court ruling that torpedoed the government's effort to avoid a parliamentary vote on starting the process of leaving the 28-nation bloc.
British official: Britain does not condone torture
LONDON (AP) — A senior British lawmaker, reacting to comments by U.S. President Donald Trump, says Britain does not condone torture "under any circumstances whatsoever."
David Davis, the Brexit secretary overseeing Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, made the comments to Parliament on Thursday as Prime Minister Theresa May headed to the U.S. to meet with Trump.