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Brexit: EU ‘refusing to negotiate’, says Gove

Cabinet minister Michael Gove says the EU “seem to be refusing to negotiate with the UK” over a new Brexit deal. Mr Gove, who is responsible for no-deal planning, said he was “deeply saddened” that Brussels was, in his words, saying “no, we don’t want to talk”. It comes after the EU said UK demands to remove the Irish backstop ...

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Brexit: Parliament can’t stop no deal, says minister

Hancock says he has changed his mind because “the facts have changed” Parliament can no longer block a no-deal Brexit, the health secretary has said. During his bid for the Tory leadership, Matt Hancock said no deal was “not an available choice” to the next PM, as MPs “will never allow it to happen”. He told the BBC he had ...

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Boris Johnson’s party suffers defeat in UK special election

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s governing Conservative Party lost a special election early Friday, leaving it with a one-vote working majority in Parliament as Brexit looms. In the Conservatives’ first electoral test since Johnson became prime minister nine days ago, the party was defeated for the seat of Brecon and Radnorshire in Wales by Jane Dodds of the opposition Liberal ...

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Bangladesh seeks more British investment to boost growth

Dhaka, Aug 1 : Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has said more British companies should come up to invest in Bangladesh and take advantage of its young and growing population. He said Bangladesh needs more foreign direct investment (FDI) to move forward. The Finance Minister made the remarks at a breakfast meeting hosted by Chair of British Business Group (BBG) ...

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Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy

London, Aug 1 : New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday finished his rocky debut tour of the U.K. in Northern Ireland, where he faces a doubly difficult challenge of restoring the collapsed Belfast government and finding a solution for the Irish border after Brexit. Since he took office a week ago, Johnson has been touring England, Scotland, Wales ...

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Boris Johnson urges NI parties to ‘seal power-sharing deal’

Boris Johnson has urged political parties in Northern Ireland to step up their efforts to restore devolved government, during talks in Belfast. The PM held a series of meetings with the five main Stormont parties, in which Brexit was also discussed. NI has been without a government since January 2017, when the power-sharing DUP/Sinn Féin coalition collapsed. On Tuesday, Mr ...

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UK PM Johnson heads to Northern Ireland

Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be confronted by the most intractable riddle of Brexit on Wednesday when he visits Northern Ireland on a nationwide tour to sell his plan to pull Britain out of the European Union with or without a deal. A week after he took power, Johnson’s office made no mention of Brexit in a statement ...

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Boris Johnson tries to reassure on Brexit as pound slumps

Photo: Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, right, gestures to Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, outside Bute House, ahead of their meeting, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Monday July 29, 2019. London, Jul 30 : British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is visiting Wales as part of a national tour intended to reassure Britons that his push for a hard Brexit won’t hurt the ...

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It’s official: UK broke temperature record during heat wave

Photo: People flock to Broadstairs beach in Kent, England, Thursday July 25, 2019. London, Jul 30 : Britain has officially had its hottest day on record. Weather agency the Met Office says the temperature reached 38.7 C (101.7 F) at Cambridge University Botanic Garden in eastern England during last week’s heat wave. The temperature was recorded Thursday and confirmed Monday ...

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Boris Johnson to ‘hold out the hand’ for new Brexit deal

  Boris Johnson has pledged to “hold out the hand” and “go the extra thousand miles” to strike a new Brexit deal. During a visit to Scotland, the prime minister said the existing withdrawal agreement negotiated with European leaders was “dead” and has “got to go”. However, he said he wanted the UK to be “very outward going” and said ...

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