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Theresa May suffers severe blow on Brexit as ministers quit

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May was dealt a severe blow on Thursday when her Brexit secretary and another minister quit, striking at the heart of a draft divorce deal with the EU she is battling to sell to her party, parliament and the country. Just over 12 hours after May announced that her team of top ministers had agreed to the terms of the draft agreement, Brexit minister Dominic Raab and work and pensions minister Esther McVey quit, saying they could not support it. Their departure, and the…

British PM avoids Brexit defeat in knife-edge parliament vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly avoided a major blow to her Brexit strategy Tuesday after MPs rejected a plan that would have given parliament a veto on the final deal negotiated with Brussels. The House of Commons voted 324 to 298 to defeat an amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill which would have removed her government's power to unilaterally walk away from talks with Brussels. But in extraordinary scenes, ministers were forced to offer last-minute compromises to pro-European MPs before holding private…

British PM seeks summit breakthrough with offer on EU citizens

BRUSSELS: British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged Thursday to treat European nationals living in Britain fairly as she tried to get sceptical EU leaders to revive Brexit negotiations at a summit in Brussels. Her 27 EU counterparts are set to say there is insufficient progress on divorce issues to move on to a second phase on future relations, and the most they can do is to start internal preparations to discuss trade and a transition deal in December. But in a move to sway EU leaders on what is a key topic for them,…

Facing criticism, British PM to visit London fire victims

LONDON: Facing increasing criticism for not meeting with locals sooner, British Prime Minister Theresa May will visit those injured in a London tower block blaze in hospital on Friday, as pressure mounts on her after a failed election gamble. Britain's Queen Elizabeth, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan have all met residents. The queen and Prince William visited residents on Friday morning after government ministers had done so. May has even been criticized from within her own Conservative…