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UK ex-Brexit secretary: No deal preferable to current one

LONDON (AP) — Eurotunnel struck a 33 million-pound ($43 million) agreement Friday with the British government to ensure that vital medicine and other critical goods keep flowing to the country in the event Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal. As part of the arrangement, the company withdrew its lawsuit against the … Continue reading UK ex-Brexit secretary: No deal preferable to current one

The Latest: Eurotunnel withdraws lawsuit against UK

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain’s departure from the European Union (all times local): 11 a.m. Eurotunnel has withdrawn its lawsuit against the British government over a claim of being unfairly excluded from bidding for contracts being offered to run ferry services after the country leaves the European Union. In an agreement worth 33 … Continue reading The Latest: Eurotunnel withdraws lawsuit against UK

LONDON | The Latest: Dutch agency warns firms to get ready for Brexit

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain’s plans to leave the European Union (all times local): 5:05 p.m. The British government has agreed to allow citizens of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein already living in Britain to remain after Brexit even if the country leaves the European Union without a deal. The agreement finalized on Friday … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Dutch agency warns firms to get ready for Brexit

LONDON | May urges UK lawmakers: Give me more time to get Brexit deal

LONDON (AP) — With Brexit just 47 days away, the British government is asking lawmakers to give Prime Minister Theresa May more time to rework her divorce deal with the European Union. Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said Sunday that Parliament would get to pass judgment on May’s Brexit plan “by no later than Feb. 27.” … Continue reading LONDON | May urges UK lawmakers: Give me more time to get Brexit deal

LONDON | UK scraps Brexit ferry deal with firm that has no ships

LONDON (AP) — The British government has canceled a contract to ship goods to the country after Brexit with a company that turned out to have no boats and no experience running a ferry service. Authorities had been criticized for the 13.8 million pound ($18 million) deal with Seaborne Freight, part of plans to keep … Continue reading LONDON | UK scraps Brexit ferry deal with firm that has no ships

LONDON | Work on UK nuclear power plant halted over financing impasse

LONDON—Jan 17, 2019—Work on a major new nuclear power station in Britain was suspended after the developer, Japan‘s Hitachi, said Thursday it had been unable to agree on financing with the U.K. government. Hitachi said Thursday that it was halting work already underway on the Horizon Project, located in Wylfa, on the Welsh island of … Continue reading LONDON | Work on UK nuclear power plant halted over financing impasse

LONDON | The Latest: Brits in Finland urged to get living permit

LONDON —Jan 16, 2019—The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 11:35 a.m. Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila is urging all British citizens living the Nordic country to immediately register at Finland’s immigration service to make sure they receive a living permit in case of no-deal Brexit. Sipila told Finnish news agency STT Wednesday that the … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Brits in Finland urged to get living permit

LONDON | The Latest: EU sends UK warm words but no new Brexit offer

LONDON — Jan 14, 2019— The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 11:20 a.m. The British government has published a letter from European Union leaders that it hopes will ease U.K. lawmakers’ worries over the Brexit agreement between Britain and the bloc. The letter to Prime Minister Theresa May from European Council President Donald Tusk … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: EU sends UK warm words but no new Brexit offer

LONDON | UK to tighten laws on sale of puppies and kittens

LONDON — The British government has decided to ban third-party sales of puppies and kittens to improve animal welfare. Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley said Sunday the ban “is part of our commitment to make sure the nation’s much-loved pets get the right start in life.” The decision follows a public consultation that found widespread … Continue reading LONDON | UK to tighten laws on sale of puppies and kittens

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Britain also accuses China of cyberespionage

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on Chinese cyberespionage (all times local): 11:45 a.m. The British government has accused China of conducting a “widespread and significant” campaign of cyberespionage against the U.K. and its allies. The Foreign Office says a group known as APT 10, acting on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security, carried out … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Britain also accuses China of cyberespionage

LONDON | 100 days to Brexit: EU, UK act to cushion no-deal chaos

LONDON — The European Union marked 100 days until Brexit on Wednesday by triggering an action plan to ensure planes can still fly and money can still flow between Britain and the bloc in the increasingly likely event that the U.K. leaves the EU without a divorce deal. The British government, struggling to break a … Continue reading LONDON | 100 days to Brexit: EU, UK act to cushion no-deal chaos

LONDON | UK to unveil post-Brexit immigration plan amid business fear

LONDON — The British government is publishing long-awaited plans for a post-Brexit immigration system that will end free movement of European Union citizens to the U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the proposals to be published Wednesday set out a “skills-based immigration system built around the talent and expertise people can bring, rather than where … Continue reading LONDON | UK to unveil post-Brexit immigration plan amid business fear

LONDON | The Latest: German lawmakers oppose Brexit deal revision

LONDON— The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 11 a.m. The German parliament has approved a motion stating that the Brexit deal can’t be renegotiated, underlining the stance of the government and European Union allies. The largely symbolic motion was approved hours before Chancellor Angela Merkel and the other 27 EU leaders gather in Brussels. … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: German lawmakers oppose Brexit deal revision

LONDON | The Latest: Brexit: Pound rises further after May’s victory

LONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 9:10 a.m. Germany’s main business lobby group says it’s up to the British government “not to waste any more time” and to secure an orderly exit from the European Union. The Federation of German Industries placed responsibility for avoiding a no-deal Brexit squarely on London. In … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Brexit: Pound rises further after May’s victory

LONDON | EU court adviser: Britain could change its mind on Brexit

LONDON — A top official at the European Union‘s highest court advised Tuesday that Britain can unilaterally change its mind about leaving the EU. Advocate General Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona told the European Court of Justice that a decision by the British government to change its mind about invoking Article 50 would be legally valid. The … Continue reading LONDON | EU court adviser: Britain could change its mind on Brexit

LONDON | The Latest: EU court adviser says Britain can stop Brexit

LONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 8:30 a.m. A top official at the European Union‘s highest court is advising that Britain can unilaterally change its mind about leaving the EU. Advocate General Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona has told the European Court of Justice that a decision by the British government to change its … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: EU court adviser says Britain can stop Brexit

LONDON  | MI6 speaks: UK intelligence chief makes rare public speech

LONDON  — Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service director used a rare public speech Monday to outline threats facing Britain and the need for more diversity in secret agent ranks. MI6 chief Alex Younger, known by the code name “C”, told students at his alma mater, the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, that Britain will fortify … Continue reading LONDON  | MI6 speaks: UK intelligence chief makes rare public speech

LONDON | The Latest: Brexit: UK gives consent to Spain over Gibraltar

LONDON— The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Spain’s junior minister for the European Union says British authorities have consented to Spanish demands granting Madrid prior approval on matters relating to Gibraltar. Luis Marco Aguiriano says “we have a promise, a commitment, from the British government saying they … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Brexit: UK gives consent to Spain over Gibraltar

LONDON | The Latest: May loses another Cabinet minister over Brexit

LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s departure from the European Union (all times local): 10:30 a.m. More ministers have quit the British government, piling pressure on embattled Prime Minister Theresa May. Junior Brexit Minister Suella Braverman and Anne-Marie Trevelyan, a junior education minister, have quit. They follow Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: May loses another Cabinet minister over Brexit

BRUSSELS | EU and Britain start on campaign to sell Brexit deal

BRUSSELS— The British government and the European Union began the fraught process of selling a Brexit deal that they hope will ensure Britain leaves the bloc next March in as orderly a manner as possible. On Thursday, European Union chief Donald Tusk has called for a summit of leaders to take place on Nov. 25 … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU and Britain start on campaign to sell Brexit deal

LONDON | The Latest: May to try to sell Brexit deal to lawmakers

LONDON  — The Latest on Britain’s departure from the European Union (all times local): 8:25 a.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May will start on a campaign to sell a Brexit deal agreed with the European Union to Britain’s divided Parliament. May, who has persuaded a majority of her cabinet to back the deal, is addressing … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: May to try to sell Brexit deal to lawmakers

LONDON | UK economy gets World Cup lift in face of Brexit uncertainty

LONDON — A spike in consumer spending driven by warm weather and England‘s surprise advance to the semifinals of the soccer World Cup helped the British economy post its best growth in nearly two years during the third quarter, official figures showed Friday. However, the 0.6 percent quarterly rate may not be sustainable. It was … Continue reading LONDON | UK economy gets World Cup lift in face of Brexit uncertainty

LONDON | Jeremy Heywood, who ran Britain’s civil service, dies at 56

LONDON — The British government says Jeremy Heywood, who ran the country’s civil service until illness forced him to step down, has died of cancer. He was 56. British Prime Minister Theresa May said Heywood, who died early Sunday, “worked tirelessly to serve our country.” She called his death “a huge loss to British public … Continue reading LONDON | Jeremy Heywood, who ran Britain’s civil service, dies at 56

LONDON | Britain mulls making firms disclose ethnicity pay gap

LONDON — The British government is considering making companies reveal the pay gap between white and non-white workers, in a bid to end disadvantages faced by employees from ethnic minorities. Prime Minister Theresa May says revealing the figures might “uncover some uncomfortable truths.” She says “too often ethnic minority employees feel they’re hitting a brick … Continue reading LONDON | Britain mulls making firms disclose ethnicity pay gap

LONDON | UK hits back after EU trashes May’s Brexit plan

LONDON— The British government on Friday accused the European Union of slamming the handbrake on Brexit negotiations, after the bloc said Prime Minister Theresa May’s blueprint was unworkable. European Council President Donald Tusk said bluntly at a meeting in Salzburg, Austria on Thursday that parts of May’s plan simply “will not work,” while French President … Continue reading LONDON | UK hits back after EU trashes May’s Brexit plan

LONDON | Vacuum maker Dyson plans expansion for UK electric car site

LONDON  — Dyson, the British company best known for its ground-breaking vacuum cleaners, said Thursday that it has submitted a planning application to expand facilities at a former British military airfield to develop electric vehicles. The company said Thursday it plans to build more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) of test tracks at the former … Continue reading LONDON | Vacuum maker Dyson plans expansion for UK electric car site

JOHANNESBURG | UK’s May pledges to boost Britain’s investments in Africa

JOHANNESBURG — British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged Tuesday to make Britain the biggest investor in Africa from the developed world, as she began a three-nation tour of the continent. With Britain due to leave the European Union in March 2019, May is seeking to bolster Britain’s ties with other regions around the world, notably … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | UK’s May pledges to boost Britain’s investments in Africa

LONDON | Superdry founder gives $1.28 million to anti-Brexit campaign

LONDON— The co-founder of the fashion brand Superdry has donated 1 million pounds ($1.28 million) to those seeking a new referendum on Britain’s departure from the European Union. Julian Dunkerton writes in the Sunday Times he is backing the People’s Vote campaign because he predicts that Brexit will be a “disaster” and “we have a … Continue reading LONDON | Superdry founder gives $1.28 million to anti-Brexit campaign