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EU expects UK request to help avoid food shortages under hard Brexit

PARIS The European Union expects Britain to seek its assistance to avoid disruption to food imports in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the EU's agriculture chief said on Saturday.

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UK senior ministers want PM May to step down after local elections: Guardian

LONDON British cabinet ministers want Prime Minister Theresa May to stand down after local elections in May and allow a new leader to carry out the next phase of the Brexit negotiations, the Guardian newspaper reported.

Half of Britain's social entrepreneurs don't fear a no-deal Brexit, says survey

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost half of British social entrepreneurs believe that Britain leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement will have no impact on their businesses, a survey said on Friday.


Thirty years on, U.S.-China politics and tech collide

LONDON "U.S. EASES CURBS ON EXPORTS TO CHINA" read a Reuters headline on March 1, 1989, when Washington lifted long-standing restrictions on technology shipments to China.

'No deal in the desert,' EU says of Brexit breakthrough in Egypt

BRUSSELS There will be no decisive breakthrough on a Brexit deal when Britain's prime minister meets other EU leaders at a summit with their Arab peers in Egypt at the weekend, an EU official said on Friday.


Ninth lawmaker quits Britain's opposition Labour Party

LONDON British lawmaker Ian Austin resigned from the opposition Labour Party on Friday, the ninth person to do so this week, saying it was "broken" and had been taken over by the "hard left".


UK Labour leader could win back Scotland with second Brexit vote, says ex-PM Blair

EDINBURGH British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn could seize on a "huge opportunity" to win back key seats in its former Scottish heartland by endorsing a second vote on Brexit, former Labour prime minister Tony Blair said.


Some UK Conservative lawmakers warn PM May they are ready to back Brexit delay

LONDON A group of Conservative lawmakers said on Friday they had warned Prime Minister Theresa May that they are ready to try to force a delay to Britain's exit from the European Union to prevent a disorderly 'no deal' Brexit.


Work continuing 'at pace' on changes to Brexit deal: UK PM May's spokeswoman

LONDON Work is continuing at pace to secure the changes Britain is seeking to its exit deal with Brussels in order to win the backing of parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokeswoman said on Friday.

Macron to receive Merkel on Feb. 27 for talks on Brexit, U.S., defense

PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron will host Germany's Angela Merkel in France on Feb. 27 for a working meeting to discuss Brexit, U.S. relations as well as the two countries defense partnership, Macron's office said on Friday.


German business morale sinks for a sixth month in February

BERLIN German business morale fell for the sixth straight month in February, a survey showed on Friday, reflecting concern among corporate executives that trade hostilities will worsen a slowdown in Europe's largest economy.


China says it would welcome visit by British finance minister

BEIJING China would welcome a visit by Britain's finance minister Philip Hammond, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Friday, a day after Hammond said talk of deploying a British warship in the Pacific had complicated bilateral relations.

German economic weakness set to drag on, Ifo economist says

MUNICH The German economic weak phase is set to continue, an economist at the Ifo institute said on Friday, adding a hard Brexit was by no means off the table yet and if U.S. President Donald Trump implemented punitive tariffs, it would hit export expectations.


Not there yet but closer: Britain and EU haggle over Brexit compromise

LONDON/BRUSSELS Britain and the European Union on Thursday played down the chances of clinching an immediate Brexit divorce deal but diplomats said they were edging closer to a legal compromise that Prime Minister Theresa May hopes will win over the British parliament.


EU's Barnier says cannot rule out that Brexit gets postponed

PARIS The European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Friday that he cannot rule out the possibility that Britain's EU withdrawal is pushed back.