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Fate of Brexit deal in hands of the EU: UK Conservative chairman

LONDON The European Union needs to show flexibility over the Irish border "backstop" because the issue of whether Britain leaves the bloc with or without a deal is now mainly up to Brussels, Conservative party chairman James Cleverly said on Tuesday.

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UK PM Johnson and Ireland's Varadkar agree to meet in Dublin in early Sept

LONDON British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar spoke by phone for almost an hour on Monday and agreed to meet in Dublin in early September, the Irish and British governments said.


U.S. Senator Schumer says he would oppose any U.S.-UK trade deal imperiling Irish border

WASHINGTON U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday he would oppose any post-Brexit trade deal between the United States and Britain if it undermined the Good Friday agreement, which helped end three decades of violence in Northern Ireland.


UK plans to end EU freedom of movement immediately in no-deal Brexit

LONDON Britain said on Monday it would end European Union freedom of movement rules immediately after it leaves the bloc on Oct. 31 but Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country would not be hostile to immigration.

Blast targets police near Northern Ireland border: officers

BELFAST A device exploded in Northern Ireland near the border with Ireland early on Monday in what police said was an attempt to kill officers looking into an earlier incident.


Paradise Lost? Edinburgh on edge as Brexit divides festival audiences

EDINBURGH For many home-grown performers at the world's largest arts festival, Britain's looming departure from the European Union presents a unique artistic challenge.


UK PM Johnson to deliver Brexit message to Macron, Merkel

LONDON British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will deliver his message on Brexit to French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during visits this week, a government spokeswoman said on Monday.


British PM Johnson calls on Germany and France to compromise on Brexit

LONDON Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday called on Germany and France to compromise on Brexit, cautioning that the United Kingdom would be ready to leave the European Union without a deal on Oct. 31 if necessary.


EU says ready for no-deal Brexit, 'British would be the biggest losers'

BRUSSELS The European Commission said on Monday that the EU was ready for a no-deal Brexit and that Britain would suffer most under such a scenario.


UK Labour's Corbyn: we want parliament recalled

LONDON British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Monday he supported recalling parliament to deal with the Brexit crisis but sidestepped a question about whether he would step down as leader.


British minister Gove nearly drops Brexit documents

LONDON Michael Gove, the British minister in charge of coordinating no-deal Brexit planning, almost dropped his official government documents on the floor when his briefcase unexpectedly opened as he left home on Monday, Reuters pictures showed.


BoE's Carney says negative rates not an option for UK: Central Banking

LONDON Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said he did not think negative interest rates were an option for the British economy at the moment, in comments published on Monday.


British Conservative lawmaker says Labour's Corbyn can't lead a unity government

LONDON British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is unsuitable for leading a possible government of national unity, rebel Conservative Party lawmaker Dominic Grieve said on Monday.


Macron to discuss Brexit with PM Johnson on Thursday

PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron will meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Aug. 22 to discuss Brexit as well as the crises in Iran and Syria, an official from Macron's office said on Monday.


UK households more cautious about major purchases: IHS Markit

LONDON British working-age households are growing more cautious about making major purchases amid concerns about Brexit and a possible recession, a monthly consumer survey showed on Monday.