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EU keeps hopes of Brexit deal alive, for now

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:23 PM

'This work has been intense all along the weekend and yesterday because even if the agreement will be difficult – more and more difficult to be frank – it's still possible this week,' says chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier

BREXIT. European Union Chief Negotiator in charge of Brexit negotiations, Michel Barnier at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 29, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

EU and UK intensify Brexit talks ahead of key summit

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:53 PM

(UPDATED) European Union member states will review progress on Monday, October 14, following a meeting between influential leaders French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

BREXIT. EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives at the EU headquarters in Brussels on October 11, 2019 for a meeting with EU ambassadors. Photo by KenzoTribouillard/AFP

EU warns no-deal Brexit imminent if UK doesn't get serious

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'The risk of a no deal remains very real. That will maybe be the choice of the United Kingdom but never the choice of the European Union,' says European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker

ON BREXIT. EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) gestures as he speaks past European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during a debate on Brexit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, northeastern France on September 18, 2019. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

EU's Barnier: No-deal Brexit 'day after day more likely'

Apr 02, 2019 - 4:13 PM

EU chief negotiator Michael Barnier says if the UK does not vote in favor of the withdrawal agreement in the coming days, it has only two options: leaving without an agreement or requesting a longer extension of the Article 50 period

ON BREXIT. This file photo shows Michel Barnier during a joint press at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 29, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

British PM mulls solution to Brexit deadlock as EU warns of no-deal

Apr 02, 2019 - 12:44 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Theresa May is to call in her cabinet to discuss the next steps after lawmakers failed to find a majority on any alternative to the divorce deal she struck with Brussels

BREXIT PROTEST. A puppet head of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May spearing a representation of the British economy is positioned on Whitehall outside Downing Street. Photo by Isabel Infantes/AFP

MPs to vote on no-deal Brexit as businesses sound alarm

Mar 13, 2019 - 6:03 PM

(UPDATED) MPs are expected to vote against leaving the bloc without a deal but it remains the default option unless an alternative can be secured by March 29, the scheduled Brexit date

BREXIT. Anti-Brexit supporters, wave flags as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 12, 2019, ahead of the second meaningful vote on the government's Brexit deal. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Britain braces for make-or-break Brexit vote

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:07 PM

Prime Minister Theresa May will update lawmakers on what changes, if any, she has secured to her EU divorce deal which was agreed with the bloc last year but overwhelmingly rejected by MPs in January

ON BREXIT. This file photo shows Michel Barnier during a joint press at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 29, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

EU makes counteroffer as Brexit pressure rises

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:42 AM

The European Union offers Britain to leave the customs union, but without bringing Northern Ireland with them

BREXIT UNCERTAINTY. Union and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London. File photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

EU says 'no solution' yet to break Brexit deadlock

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:11 PM

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has informed the European Commission that 'no solution has been identified at this point that is consistent with the withdrawal agreement'

'DEADLOCK.' Britain and the EU are stuck in a deadlock over Brexit. File photo by Daniel Sorabji/AFP

Britain must pay EU bill even in 'no deal' – Barnier

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Brussels negotiator Michel Barnier says the bill will still be settled at some point, even if London rejects the withdrawal agreement Britain signed in November and crashes out on March 29

ON BREXIT. This file photo shows Michel Barnier during a joint press at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 29, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

UK's May wins cabinet backing for Brexit deal

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:39 AM

But British Prime Minister Theresa May concedes that she could face even stronger resistance when she takes the 585-page text to parliament for approval next month

BREXIT. British Prime Minister Therese May wins the support of her cabinet for a draft Brexit agreement. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

EU offers UK a sweetener before difficult Brexit summit

Oct 17, 2018 - 7:52 PM

To break the impasse in the Brexit negotiations, an EU negotiator offers to extend the transition period

EU's Brexit treaty set to reignite tensions

Feb 28, 2018 - 11:52 AM

EU negotiator Michel Barnier will unveil a long-awaited draft Brexit divorce treaty, which threatens to trigger new arguments with Britain on key issues

CHIEF NEGOTIATOR. In this file photo, European Union Chief Negotiator in charge of Brexit negotiations, Michel Barnier gives a press after a General affairs council debate on the article 50 concerning Brexit in Brussels, at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 29, 2018. John Thys/AFP

EU negotiator warns Britain: time to choose Brexit future

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:58 AM

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier warns that Britain faces 'unavoidable' trade barriers after Brexit if it also quits the bloc's single market and customs union

LEAD NEGOTIATOR. European Union Chief Negotiator in charge of Brexit negotiations, Michel Barnier gives a press after a General affairs council debate on the article 50 concerning Brexit in Brussels, at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 29, 2018. John Thys/AFP

EU says Britain must obey its laws during transition

Jan 30, 2018 - 7:00 AM

The EU's insistence on keeping the 'status quo' during that time prompts furious Brexit-supporting lawmakers to cause fresh trouble for embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May

FOLLOW THE RULES. European Union Chief Negotiator in charge of Brexit negotiations, Michel Barnier gives a joint press after a General affairs council debate on the article 50 concerning Brexit in Brussels, at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 29, 2018. John Thys/AFP

EU Brexit chief preparing for 'possible' failure

Nov 12, 2017 - 6:43 PM

EU Brexit chief Michel Barnier says that he is making contingency plans for the 'possible' failure of divorce talks with Britain

WAVING PROUD. A Union Jack (R) hangs down next to European Union flags fluttering in front of the European Commission building in Brussels on October 16, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

May and Juncker agree to 'accelerate' Brexit talks

Oct 17, 2017 - 9:56 AM

May came to Brussels on short notice for a working dinner with Juncker as fears grow that negotiations on Britain's exit from the bloc in 2019 could end without an agreement

FLYING PROUD. A Union Jack (R) hangs down next to European Union flags fluttering in front of the European Commission building in Brussels on October 16, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

British PM heads to Brussels to unblock Brexit talks

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:21 PM

May is hoping for a breakthrough that will bolster her position and ease some of the uncertainty around Britain's withdrawal

British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and her husband Philip May (R) leave after attending the Sunday morning service at a church in her Maidenhead constituency in Berkshire, east of Reading in southern England, on October 8, 2017. Tolga Akmen/AFP

Brexit talks in 'disturbing deadlock', EU's Barnier says

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:29 AM

EU leaders are set at a summit next week to order the launch of preparatory work on a future trade deal, even though they will not approve moving on to full trade talks until December.

'DEADLOCK.' Britain and the EU hail the progress of 'constructive' Brexit divorce negotiations. File photo by Daniel Sorabji/AFP

Brexit progress but trade talks 'weeks or months' away

Sep 29, 2017 - 10:56 AM

European Union negotiator Michel Barnier says more progress is needed on divorce arrangements before they could move on to discussing a future relationship including a possible trade deal

Brexit negotiators clash as talks resume

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:19 AM

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier insists that he would not discuss Theresa May's call for a two-year post-exit transition deal until there was progress on key issues

European Commission member in charge of Brexit negotiations with Britain, Michel Barnier (R) and British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Brexit Minister) David Davis give a joint press conference during the negotiation of Brexit at the EU headquarters in Brussels on September 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS

2nd round of Brexit talks set for July 17

Jul 15, 2017 - 7:58 AM

Britain s Brexit minister David Davis will meet EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier for talks followed by a meeting of coordinators and negotiating groups

Britain bows to EU Brexit talks timetable

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:22 AM

In carefully choreographed talks EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Brexit minister David Davis agree to discuss divorce issues before negotiations on a future trade deal can start

TALKS START. British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Brexit Minister) David Davis (R) and European Commission member in charge of Brexit negotiations with Britain, Michel Barnier leave after addressing a press conference at the end of the first day of Brexit negotiations at the European Commission in Brussels on June 19, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Britain, EU to start historic Brexit talks

Jun 19, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Britain already appears to have capitulated to the EU s insistence that talks first focus on 3 key divorce issues before moving onto the future EU UK relationship and a possible trade deal

BREXIT CHIEFS. A combination of file pictures created in London on June 15, 2017 shows (L-R) European Commission member in charge of Brexit negotiations, Michel Barnier and British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Brexit Minister) David Davis. Ben Stanstall and Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

'Somber' Britain prepares for historic Brexit talks

Jun 18, 2017 - 8:09 PM

The government s current weakness has fueled criticism of its approach to Brexit and given rise to notions that the government might pursue a softer tone

UNION JACK. Union flags fly near the Houses of Parliament, comprising the House of Commons and the House of Lords, in London on March 13, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

EU sees Brexit talks delay after vote shock

Jun 09, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Brussels had set June 19 as the start date for talks but a series of key figures said that was now in doubt after Prime Minister Theresa May s gamble to increase her majority failed

DIVORCING SOON. The British Union flag (L) and the EU (European Union) flag (R) fly from flag poles in London on March 2, 2017.  Daniel Sorabji/AFP

EU's Barnier gets green light for Brexit talks

May 22, 2017 - 7:32 PM

Negotiations are not expected to begin until mid June but the two sides are already at loggerheads over key issues including the cost of Britain s departure

A recently painted mural by British graffiti artist Banksy, depicting a workman chipping away at one of the stars on a European Union (EU) themed flag, is pictured in Dover, south east England on May 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

UK's May to meet EU's Juncker, Barnier ahead of key summit

Apr 26, 2017 - 12:52 PM

In the first such meeting between the 3 key players they will discuss the upcoming negotiations on Britain s withdrawal from the European Union over dinner at May s Downing Street residence

In this file photo, British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2016. Adrian Dennis/AFP

EU wants 'sufficient progress' on Brexit divorce before talks on new ties

Mar 31, 2017 - 10:57 AM

UPDATED The draft guidelines obtained by Agence France Presse call for a phased approach that prioritizes an orderly withdrawal that reduces the disruption caused by Britain s departure in March 2019

DIVORCE UP AHEAD. Demonstrators fly an EU and a Union flag during a rally following an anti Brexit, pro-European Union (EU) march in London on March 25, 2017, ahead of the British government's planned triggering of Article 50 next week. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Britain says 'in position of economic strength' for Brexit talks

Jul 27, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Economic growth unexpectedly accelerated in the run up to the Brexit referendum according to data

BREXIT. A British Union flag, commonly known as a Union Jack, flies in in front of the landmark Big Ben, in London, Britain, June 22, 2016. Photo by Hannah McKay/EPA

EU won't seek law to separate banking activities: Financial Times

Jan 06, 2014 - 10:01 AM

The draft European Commission paper will complete EU reforms to make banks safer and easier to wind down