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EU tells May – We will not renegotiate the Brexit treaty

THE HAGUE/STRASBOURG: The European Union ruled out renegotiating the Brexit divorce treaty or its Irish border protocol on Tuesday as Prime Minister Theresa May sought last ditch assurances from the bloc to save her deal after pulling a vote she acknowledged she would lose. Less than four months until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on March 29, May finally accepted that British lawmakers would reject her deal. But she said the only other options were a disorderly no-deal divorce, or a reversal of…

I will be PM to take Britain out of EU, says May

BUENOS AIRES: Theresa May said on Saturday she would be the prime minister to take Britain out of the European Union and that parliament should back her Brexit deal to ensure certainty for the future. May sealed a deal with EU leaders last Sunday that would see Britain leave the bloc on March 29 with continued close ties, but the odds look stacked against her getting it approved by a deeply divided British parliament. The deal has been criticized by many of May’s Conservative MPs, both supporters of a cleaner break…

No rush to topple May’s government, says opposition finance chief McDonnell

LONDON: Britain’s opposition Labour Party is in no rush to topple Prime Minister Theresa May’s government over Brexit, the party’s finance policy chief John McDonnell told Reuters on Wednesday. McDonnell, the man who would become Chancellor if Labour are able to capitalise on a crisis of confidence in May’s leadership and form their own government, said the party wanted to first take a look at what more May can negotiate in Brussels. “We are not rushing a vote of no confidence by any means,” McDonnell said in an…

Trump, after questioning May’s Brexit plan, arrives in ‘hot spot’ Britain

LONDON: US President Donald Trump arrived in “hot spot” Britain on Thursday after casting doubt on Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans for leaving the European Union and with protests planned across the country where he says the people like him a lot. After a NATO summit where he provoked a crisis session to force allies to raise their defence spending, Trump landed in Britain for his first visit as president having described the closest US ally in Europe as being in turmoil over Brexit. May hopes Trump, who landed at…

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…

Under pressure to soften Brexit plans, May signals faster pace

LONDON: European leaders told Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday to soften some of her red lines on Brexit, warning her that time was running out to prevent Britain crashing out of the European Union without a deal. At an EU summit focused more on a crisis over migration than on Brexit, the region’s leaders expressed rising frustration over the lack of progress in the talks, just nine months before Britain is due to leave. May has hesitated to spell out detailed plans for Britain’s departure from the EU because of…