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UK’s May sees ‘no alternative’ to her Brexit plan

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May says she sees no alternative to the Brexit deal she presented earlier this week, amid reports that some of her senior ministers want her to renegotiate the draft agreement before meeting EU leaders next weekend. “There is no alternative plan on the table. There is no different approach that we could agree with the EU,” May wrote in an article for the Sun on Sunday newspaper. “If MPs (legislators) reject the deal, they will simply take us back to square one. It would mean more…

Trump blasts UK PM May’s Brexit plan

ENGLAND: US President Donald Trump said a free trade deal with Britain might be impossible if London went ahead with Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposals for post-Brexit ties with the European Union, in damaging remarks that could widen domestic criticism of her plans. In an interview with Britain’s Sun newspaper published late on Thursday, Trump said May’s plans for a business-friendly Brexit would leave it too close to the EU to allow a new trans-Atlantic trade deal to be struck. Just hours earlier at a lavish…

British foreign secretary quits in protest over May’s Brexit plan

LONDON: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit on Monday over Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to leave the European Union, the second resignation in a day leaving the British leader’s Brexit plans all but in tatters. After a day when the foreign secretary cancelled meetings for crisis talks at his official residence in central London, Johnson decided to walk from his job - just hours after May’s Brexit minister David Davis did the same in protest at her plans. The two resignations leave May badly exposed at the top of…

Government accepts call to publish Brexit plan, asks parliament to respect timetable

LONDON: The British government has accepted the opposition Labour Party's call for it to set out its plan for leaving the European Union before formal talks begin, but has asked parliament to respect its Brexit timetable. Prime Minister Theresa May had faced a rebellion among her own lawmakers when parliament debates on Wednesday whether she should set out her plans before triggering Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty to begin the exit process. Labour's motion called on May to commit to publishing the government's…

Britain has no Brexit plan, leaked memo claims

LONDON: The British government has no overarching plan for Brexit and may take another six months to agree a negotiating strategy, according to a leaked memo published by The Times on Tuesday. Civil servants are struggling to cope with more than 500 Brexit-related projects and an extra 30,000 extra staff may be needed to handle the workload, according to the memo, reportedly prepared for the government by a consultant. The document, dated November 7 and titled "Brexit update", says "no common strategy has emerged" for…