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LONDON | UK leader fights back against critics, defends Brexit deal

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May is fighting back against critics of her Brexit deal, telling her Conservative opponents that their alternative plans for Britain’s departure from the European Union wouldn’t work. May is battling to win over rebels in her own ranks and save her leadership, with two Cabinet ministers quitting and other … Continue reading LONDON | UK leader fights back against critics, defends Brexit deal

LONDON | UN human rights expert says UK cuts to services causing harm

LONDON — A U.N. human rights expert says cuts to Britain‘s social support are causing misery for poorer citizens. Philip Alston, the U.N. rapporteur on poverty, concluded Friday that Britain’s government remains in a state of denial about the impact of benefit cuts and says the country’s departure from the European Union could make things … Continue reading LONDON | UN human rights expert says UK cuts to services causing harm

LONDON | The Latest: France’s Le Pen blames EU for Brexit

LONDON — The Latest on the Brexit negotiations (all times local): 1:50 p.m. French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is blaming the policies of the European Union for Britain’s exit from the bloc. “If the EU wasn’t what it is now, the United Kingdom would still have been a member of a structure that respects … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: France’s Le Pen blames EU for Brexit

SINGAPORE | World markets subdued on trade, Brexit tensions

SINGAPORE— World markets were subdued on Friday as trade tensions and political risks surrounding Britain‘s exit from the European Union kept investor cautious. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC lost 0.2 percent to 5,021 while Germany’s DAX was down 0.1 percent at 11,344. Britain’s FTSE 100 shed 0.3 percent to 7,016. Wall Street was set for a … Continue reading SINGAPORE | World markets subdued on trade, Brexit tensions

LONDON | The Latest: Environment Minister Gove won’t quit over Brexit

LONDON — The Latest on the Brexit negotiations (all times local): 10:15 a.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May has had one piece of good news as she battles a rebellion within her Conservative Party. Environment Minister Michael Gove has decided not to follow two other Cabinet ministers and resign over May’s Brexit deal with the … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Environment Minister Gove won’t quit over Brexit

LONDON | UK’s May appeals to public on Brexit as opponents circle

LONDON  — British Prime Minister Theresa May is appealing directly to voters to back her Brexit plan, as she waits to see whether rivals within her party have gained enough support to launch a leadership challenge. May was answering questions from callers on a radio phone-in Friday, the day after she vowed to stay in … Continue reading LONDON | UK’s May appeals to public on Brexit as opponents circle

SINGAPORE | Asia shares mixed on uncertainty over trade tensions

SINGAPORE — Shares were mixed in early trading in Asia on Friday on revived concerns over the prospects for a breakthrough in trade tensions between the U.S. and China. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index lost 0.4 percent to 21,717.57 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong gave up 0.5 percent to 25,967.01. South Korea’s … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Asia shares mixed on uncertainty over trade tensions

LONDON | UK’s defiant May tells critics it’s her Brexit deal or chaos

LONDON— Prime Minister Theresa May defied mounting calls to quit or change course Thursday over Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, warning that abandoning her Brexit plan would plunge the country into “deep and grave uncertainty.” Britain’s long-simmering divisions over its future in the EU erupted into turmoil just a day after the government agreed … Continue reading LONDON | UK’s defiant May tells critics it’s her Brexit deal or chaos