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Brexit: Business leaders call for swift transition deal

Britain’s five biggest business lobby groups are calling for an urgent Brexit transition deal, or they warn the UK risks losing jobs and investment. In a joint letter being sent to Brexit Secretary David Davis, the groups, including the Institute of Directors and CBI, will say time is running out. Sources told the BBC the letter is still in draft form, but will be sent in the next day or two. A government spokesman said the talks were “making real, tangible progress”. The other lobby groups backing the letter are ...

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Brexit: Emily Thornberry predicts no deal with the EU

Brexit negotiations with the EU are heading for a “no deal” scenario, Labour’s Emily Thornberry has warned. Shadow foreign secretary Ms Thornberry said the PM’s failure to control her party was causing “intransigence” on the UK side, which was a “serious threat to Britain” and its interests. But International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said a failure to agree a deal was “not exactly a nightmare scenario”. The UK was preparing “mitigation” measures for such an outcome, he said. Meanwhile, the Spanish foreign minister said the lives of UK expats in ...

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Labour demands changes to Brexit repeal bill

Labour will back Conservative rebels over Brexit unless the prime minister accepts changes to its repeal bill, the party’s shadow Brexit secretary says. Sir Keir Starmer wants six changes to the bill, which aims to transfer EU legislation into British law. If these are not accepted Labour will back Tory rebels in an attempt to force a vote on the final EU deal, he said. The government said it would listen to MPs about possible improvements to the bill but would not let it be “wrecked”. Reality Check: Why Brexit ...

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Brexit: Theresa May urges new dynamic in Brexit talks

Theresa May has urged EU leaders to create a “dynamic” in Brexit talks that “enables us to move forward together”, at a working dinner in Brussels. The UK PM wants to move onto trade talks but her fellow EU leaders are expected to say on Friday there has not been enough progress in negotiations. But they may agree to begin talking among themselves about trade. Mrs May, excluded from Friday’s meeting, told leaders on Thursday that “firm progress” was being made. A source told the BBC the prime minister told ...

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Brexit: May offers more assurances to EU nationals

Theresa May has vowed to make it as easy as possible for EU citizens to remain in the UK after Brexit ahead of a key summit of European leaders. In a Facebook post, the prime minister insisted the application process for settled status would be “streamlined” and the cost “as low as possible”. She said representatives of EU citizens will sit on a “user group” which will iron out any problems in the system. The other 27 EU leaders will assess overall progress in the talks so far. At a ...

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Amber Rudd calls Brexit without a deal 'unthinkable'

The prospect of Brexit happening without any deal being reached between the UK and the EU is “unthinkable”, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said. Ms Rudd was responding to a question about the impact on security of nothing being agreed before the UK leaves. “We will make sure there is something between them and us to maintain our security,” she assured MPs. Earlier Brexit Secretary David Davis defended keeping the “no deal” option open in the on-going negotiations. After five rounds of Brexit negotiations, the EU has described the talks ...

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No deal? A messy Brexit would cost U.K. families $345 a year

UK, EU head to ‘court’ over Brexit Britain needs a new trade deal with the EU. If it fails to secure one as part of divorce talks with Brussels, a study published Tuesday predicts that higher prices will cost British households an extra £260 ($ 345) a year. The study, produced by the U.K. Trade Policy Observatory and the Resolution Foundation, predicts that 3 million of the hardest-hit families will have to fork out over £500 ($ 664). Failing to agree a new trade relationship before leaving the EU in ...

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Brexit negotiations should accelerate, say May and Juncker

Brexit negotiations should “accelerate over the months to come,” says a joint statement from the UK prime minister and the president of the EU Commission. Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker met in Brussels earlier for a dinner they called “constructive and friendly”. The meeting comes after the latest round of negotiations, where the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the two sides had reached “deadlock”. Downing Street sources said the dinner had “been in the diary for weeks”. Mrs May and Mr Juncker said they had had a “broad, constructive ...

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Theresa May to dine with EU chiefs amid Brexit 'deadlock'

Theresa May is to travel to Brussels later for a dinner with EU leaders in a bid to end a stalemate over Brexit. The meeting, with chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, comes days after the pair said talks were in “deadlock”. Brexit Secretary David Davis will join Mrs May for the meeting, ahead of this week’s summit of EU leaders. On Sunday, the PM phoned German chancellor Angela Merkel in a further attempt to break the impasse. Downing Street said Mrs May and Mrs Merkel agreed ...

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