The Path to Brexit

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The complexities of Brexit are beginning to dawn on Theresa May’s ministers

The footage of Theresa May turning friendlessly to look for someone to talk to in Brussels on Thursday night was worth thousands of words on the …

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Len McCluskey: 'Workers do best when labour supply is controlled'

Union general secretary says safeguards to reduce impact of free movement will help stability, as he launches re-election bid<p>Unite’s general secretary, Len McCluskey, has said the union must listen to the concerns of working people, including about the impact of free movement on their …

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Brexit Britain has the deepest faultlines of any country I have known

British society needs modernisation but instead Brits will be busy rebuilding bridges they are about to tear down<p>I love British humour. When something goes fundamentally wrong, the British laugh at it.<p>Brexit? The EU now has 1GB of free space. If that gives you a wry smile, better jokes will be …

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Andy Burnham: Labour wrong to put single market ahead of immigration

Manchester mayoral candidate departs from Labour policy with suggestion that its priorities over Brexit are wrong<p>Andy Burnham, Labour’s candidate to become the mayor of Greater Manchester, has accused his party of getting its priorities over Brexit wrong by placing single market access at the top …

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‘I think I’d better leave now’ Theresa May said to EU leaders when they refused to discuss Brexit

Theresa May said ‘I think I’d better leave now’ to other EU leaders, to break an embarrassing silence when they refused to discuss Brexit in front of …

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Poorer voters' worries on immigration fuelled Brexit vote, study finds

Joseph Rowntree Foundation research also showed general mistrust of politicians as voters are increasingly driven by emotion<p>The vote for Brexit was fuelled by poorer voters feeling they had very little control over immigration, coupled with a more general mistrust of politicians and officials, …

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EU extends Russia sanctions over Ukraine

<b>EU leaders have agreed to extend economic sanctions against Russia for six more months.</b><p>Earlier, France and Germany complained that the Minsk peace deal for Ukraine was still not being fulfilled.<p>Russia's military interventions, first in Ukraine, then in Syria, were high on the EU summit agenda in …

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The EU’s Brexit negotiators prepare for disaster

“BREXIT is so fascinating!” exclaims a French official. Few Europeans wanted Britain to quit the European Union. But now that it is happening, …

Liberal Democrats See "Anti-Brexit Bounce" In Polls Following By-Election Victory

Highest ratings for years<p>The Liberal Democrats have jumped to their highest poll ratings in five years in the wake of their Richmond Park by-election victory.<p>In an apparent “anti-Brexit bounce”, Tim Farron’s party have gone up from 10% to 14% in a new IpsosMORI/Evening Standard poll.<p>Labour, which …

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Pound To Euro Exchange Rate Since Brexit Forces Wigan Biscuit Company To Cut 99 Jobs

The Pink Panther wafer will be no more.<p>Almost 100 jobs are to be lost in Wigan after a biscuit manufacturer went into administration citing the falling pound in the wake of Brexit as the cause.<p>Rivington Biscuits, which makes Pink Panther wafers, suffered a “sustained deterioration” in its financial …

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Reality check: will it take 10 years to do a UK-EU trade deal post Brexit?

After warning from UK’s EU ambassador, we look at whether trade deals are really that tricky and what could derail one<p>Britain’s ambassador to the European Union, Sir Ivan Rogers, has said it could take up to 10 years to negotiate a post-Brexit UK-EU trade deal – and even then it risks being …

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Call for Brexit 'bridge' for financial sector

A report by the Lords EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee said there should be a "bridge" to avoid a "cliff edge" break with the European Union.<p>It …

The European Parliament just threatened to reject a Brexit deal

European Parliament head Martin Schulz demanded Wednesday that the role laid out for MEPs in the Brexit negotiations be beefed up, threatening otherwise to reject any resulting deal.<p>In a letter to EU President Donald Tusk, Schulz criticised draft plans for the process that would relegate the …

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How Brexit may not mean Brexit

The risk with referendums, as Margaret Thatcher used to say, is that they become a device for demagogues and dictators: the people have spoken so now …

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Brexit trade deal could take 10 years, says UK's ambassador

<b>A post-Brexit UK-EU trade deal might take 10 years to finalise and still fail, the UK's top diplomat in Brussels has privately told the government.</b><p>The BBC understands Sir Ivan Rogers warned ministers that the European consensus was that a deal might not be done until the early to mid-2020s.<p>He also …

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Financial services will 'more likely to relocate to New York than to the EU' after Brexit

LONDON — Financial services relocating away from Britain as a result of Brexit are more likely to move to New York than elsewhere in the European Union, a House of Lords committee has concluded.<p>The House of Lords European Union select committee says in a report on Brexit's impact on financial …

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Lego ‘To Raise Prices By 5%’ After Brexit Weakens UK Pound

'Thanks Brexit.'<p>Prices of Lego will rise in Britain in the new year, the Danish company has confirmed.<p>Lego Group is increasing its prices in response to the pound’s decline in the aftermath of the EU referendum.<p>According to a letter signed by vice-president Fiona Wright, the price rise is “a direct …

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Brexit Bulletin: We’re All Transition Fans Now

<i>Sign up to receive the Brexit Bulletin in your inbox, and follow @Brexit on Twitter.</i><p>So much for Prime Minister Theresa May’s pledge to give “no …

Oxford English dictionary now offers a definition of what Brexit means

Theresa May famously declared that “Brexit means Brexit”, but now the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has come up with its own definition.<p>Six months …

Language

Schulz calls for beefed-up EU Parliament role in Brexit talks

Schulz said that sidelining MEPs would risk any resulting deal being thrown out, potentialy leading to a "hard" Brexit. EU leaders are to meet in …

EU politicians believe trade deal could take decade, No 10 is warned

UK’s ambassador to EU is reported to have told PM of view that deal will not be finalised until early to mid-2020s<p>Europe’s politicians believe a trade deal with the UK could take up to a decade or more and could still fail in the final stages, Downing Street has been warned by the UK’s ambassador …

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EU leaders turn on each other over Brexit negotiation tactics, as David Davis warns them border controls are not up for discussion

Splits have emerged among the 27 EU member states over Brexit negotiating tactics, with several smaller members indicating they want the European Commission to begin early trade talks with Britain.<p>The European Commission, led by Jean-Claude Juncker, has been adamant that Britain must finalise a …

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'It terrifies me': Britons in Europe on how Brexit is going to affect them

Britons living elsewhere in EU tell how they fear their pensions, healthcare and right to remain will disappear<p>British citizens who have chosen to work or spend their retirement years elsewhere in Europe fear their pensions, healthcare and right to remain will disappear post-Brexit.<p>“We were not …

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The Nick Clegg interview: Brexit is being handled by 'one of the most clueless governments in living memory'

LONDON — When I heard Nick Clegg speak at the University of Westminster just days before the EU referendum, he delivered one of the most impressive cases for Remain that I'd heard throughout the entire campaign.<p>Yet, bar an early and explosive two-part joust with the former leader of UKIP Nigel …

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May to brief Brussels as EU prepares for Brexit talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders agreed their plan for Brexit negotiations on Thursday, pledging to move swiftly and stick together to ensure Britain does not cherry pick a sweet deal that might inspire others to unstitch the bloc.<p>Prime Minister Theresa May left before the other 27 …

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Brexit plan will not be published before February, says David Davis

Brexit secretary indicates government’s demands will include a refusal to allow the EU any control over UK immigration policy<p>Britain will not have a Brexit plan until February but should be able to complete talks within 18 months and then go through a transitional phase of leaving the EU if …

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David Davis privately 'accepts' Britain may need to enter into so-called Brexit transition arrangements

David Davis, the Brexit secretary, has privately conceded that Britain may need to enter into so-called "transition arrangements" with Brussels when Brexit talks are concluded in 2019, The Telegraph understands.<p>In meetings with both top EU officials and some senior bankers, Mr Davis has indicated …

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Bank of England says finance sector needs transitional Brexit deal soon

LONDON (Reuters) - A transitional deal “sooner rather than later” on Britain’s exit from the European Union would ensure Brexit does not undermine financial stability, a senior Bank of England official said on Wednesday.<p>It would be in the interests of both Britain and the rest of the European Union …

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Brexit and Donald Trump only happened because 'moderate and sane' people fell asleep, Tory ex-Cabinet Minister claims

Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US President only happened because “moderate and sane” people fell asleep and ignored populist politicians …

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