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UK PM May urges devolved nations to back her Brexit deal


LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May will urge the devolved nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to "listen to business" at a meeting on Wednesday and back her Brexit deal, which envisages continuing close ties with the EU.

Irish government deal extended to avoid adding to Brexit 'chaos'

DUBLIN Ireland's main opposition party agreed to extend an expiring cooperation deal with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's minority government into 2020, to avoid what it called a spreading of the "political chaos" gripping Britain.

World, Dec 14 2018

EU leaders agreed Irish backstop should only be temporary: Austria's Kurz

BRUSSELS EU leaders agreed on Thursday to spell out that the "backstop" guarantee to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland should only be a temporary solution, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said.

World, Dec 13 2018

No credible fallback option to replace backstop: Irish minister

DUBLIN Ireland's foreign minister insisted there was no credible fallback option to take the place of the "backstop" to prevent the return of border checks on the island of Ireland after Brexit.

World, Dec 13 2018

Brexit clarifications possible, but no further negotiations: EU's Oettinger

BERLIN The European Union is open to add clarifications to the Brexit deal but there won't be further negotiations in substance on issues such as the backstop solution on Northern Ireland, European Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Thursday.

World, Dec 13 2018

UK Brexit minister: May 'fighting day and night' to secure deal

LONDON Theresa May is "fighting day and night" to secure a Brexit agreement, aiming to make progress on the issue of the Northern Ireland backstop that is recognized as a concern on both sides, Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Thursday.

World, Dec 13 2018

Germany does not want Northern Ireland backstop to take effect - official

BERLIN Germany does not want the Northern Irish 'backstop' - an insurance policy to avoid a return to controls between the British province and EU-member Ireland - to take effect after Brexit, a German government official said on Wednesday.

World, Dec 12 2018

Change Brexit agreement or face defeat, says Northern Ireland's DUP

LONDON Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party called on Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday to come back from Brussels with real changes to her divorce deal with the European Union or face a defeat in parliament.

World, Dec 10 2018

Lawmakers propose Northern Irish amendment to May's Brexit deal: BBC

LONDON Three lawmakers loyal to Prime Minister Theresa May have proposed new Brexit safeguards to give parliament more say on the contentious issue of Northern Ireland, in a bid to help her win a crucial vote to approve the government's exit deal.

World, Dec 06 2018

UK government has broken its promises on Irish backstop: DUP lawmaker

LONDON The British government has broken its promises to Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party and put pressure on the arrangement that keeps Prime Minister Theresa May in power, the party's Brexit spokesman said on Wednesday.

World Dec 05 2018

Trump willing to look at extraditing Turkish cleric, but noncommittal

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that Washington "would take a look at" the possibility of extraditing a U.S.-based Muslim cleric who Ankara suspects of being behind a 2016 coup attempt, but he made no commitment, the White House said on Tuesday.