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'Breakthrough' Made in Brexit Talks

Negotiations ready to move to next phase

(Newser) - Britain and the European Union made a significant step forward Friday in Brexit talks, officials said, after a flurry of overnight diplomacy by phone bridged differences over the Irish border . "I believe that we have now made the breakthrough that we needed," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said... More »

Irish Border Problem Holds Up Brexit Talks

Deal slips away after talks in Brussels

(Newser) - The European Union and Britain ended a flurry of top-level diplomacy on Monday without a deal on the terms of their divorce, as agreement on how to maintain an open Irish border after Brexit slipped out of the negotiators' grasp, the AP reports. British Prime Minister Theresa May went to... More »

Author of Brexit Rules: Yes, This Is Reversible

Author of Article 50 says Britain can halt the process at any time

(Newser) - An interesting wrinkle in Britain's move toward a Brexit: The guy who wrote the rulebook on the process says it can be reversed at any time. "While the divorce talks proceed, the parties are still married. Reconciliation is still possible," said John Kerr, British ambassador to the... More »

After Brexit, Colin Firth Gets Italian Citizenship

Actor says it's 'sensible' in current political climate to become dual citizen

(Newser) - British actor Colin Firth says he has taken Italian citizenship as a "sensible" move amid global political uncertainty. Firth, who is married to environmentalist Livia Giuggioli, says he has become a dual UK-Italian citizen, and his wife is applying for British nationality. Their two sons already have dual citizenship.... More »

UK: There Must Be No Border Posts With Ireland After Brexit

UK commits to free movement for British, Irish, and EU citizens

(Newser) - The British government has said repeatedly that it will end the free movement of people from the European Union when the UK leaves the bloc in 2019. On Wednesday it acknowledged that, in practice, it won't. Britain said there must be no border posts or electronic checks between Northern... More »

Scotland's New Brexit Worry: Whisky

Minister wants UK to extend EU standards so inferior booze doesn't invade market

(Newser) - Scotland has found one more thing to fret about as Britain drags it toward a breakup with the European Union: Its precious whisky. Scotland has called for Scotch to be defined in UK law so its vital whisky industry—worth about $5.3 billion in exports—can be protected after... More »

Odd New Brexit Glitch: The Border With Ireland

Ireland wants the Irish Sea to be the new boundary, but Britain won't have it

(Newser) - Britain and the rest of the United Kingdom are supposed to exit the European Union in 2019, but the current round of Brexit talks is getting hung up on a geographic snag: how to create a border between Ireland and the UK. The Times of London reports that Ireland wants... More »

Banksy Unveils His Latest Mural

This time, he's not happy with Brexit

(Newser) - Banksy has let the world know his take on Britain's decision to leave the European Union: The street artist has created a large mural in the British port of Dover showing a workman chipping away one of the 12 stars on the EU flag, per the AP . His representatives... More »

Theresa May Drops Political Bombshell

Calls for surprise early election in June

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Theresa May dropped what's seen as a political bombshell Tuesday with a surprise call for an early election in June. The next election had been scheduled for 2020, and May had repeatedly ruled out a snap election before then, but the fallout over Brexit has changed... More »

Geologists Find Evidence of a Real Brexit

Britain cut off from Europe 150K years ago: study

(Newser) - "Without this dramatic breaching Britain would still be a part of Europe," says Sanjeev Gupta—and no, he's not talking about Brexit. In what he dubs "Brexit 1.0—the Brexit nobody voted for," the Imperial College London researcher reveals two massive floods were responsible... More »

Spain 'Surprised' by British Talk of War

Gibraltar debate is getting heated

(Newser) - The triggering of Brexit was expected to lead to some robust exchanges between Britain and other EU members—but not many people expected open talk of war within days. The BBC reports that on Sunday, former Conservative Party leader Michael Howard warned that if it has to, Britain will defend... More »

As Brexit Is Triggered, JK Rowling Has Wistful Tweet

Two-year clock is ticking to reach a deal on UK's exit from European Union

(Newser) - On March 29, 2019, Britain will no longer be a member of the European Union. That's the schedule, at least, now that Prime Minister Theresa May has notified the EU of the United Kingdom's decision to exit and set in motion a two-year clock to negotiate the details.... More »

2-Year Clock Starts Ticking: Article 50 Triggered Today

UK begins process to leave the EU

(Newser) - The UK is preparing to say adios, au revoir, and auf wiedersehen to the European Union after 44 years of membership. Prime Minister Theresa May signed a letter Tuesday night invoking Article 50, and the EU received it Wednesday, formally triggering two years of negotiations leading up to Britain's... More »

UK Tabloid's Brexit Cover Is Being Ripped as Sexist

2 female leaders met on serious political matters; 'Daily Mail' showed off their legs

(Newser) - A Daily Mail editor looking for a clever phrase to sound like "Brexit" should've perhaps plumbed the rhyming dictionary a bit further. Instead, the UK tabloid's Tuesday front cover settled on "Legs-it!," which sounds somewhat like "sexist," which is how many are now... More »

March 29 Just Became an Important Date in UK History

Brexit to be officially triggered next week, kicking off 2-year EU withdrawal process

(Newser) - Britain's government will begin the process of leaving the European Union on March 29, starting the clock on the two years in which to complete the most important negotiation in a generation, the AP reports. Britain's ambassador to the 28-nation EU, Tim Barrow, informed European Council President Donald... More »

UK Parliament Approves Brexit Bill

Paving the way for EU exit to begin

(Newser) - Britain lurched closer to leaving the European Union Monday when Parliament stopped resisting and gave Prime Minister Theresa May the power to file for divorce from the bloc, the AP reports. The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill passed its final hurdle in Parliament's upper chamber, the House of... More »

Scotland's Leader: We'll Seek Another Independence Referendum

She wants to give Scotland another chance to leave UK after Brexit vote

(Newser) - Scotland's leader delivered a shock twist to Britain's EU exit drama on Monday, announcing that she will seek authority to hold a new independence referendum in the next two years because Britain is dragging Scotland out of the EU against its will. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that... More »

The British Government Just Lost a Key Brexit Case

Court decides Parliament has to vote on EU exit

(Newser) - Britain's government must get parliamentary approval before starting the process of leaving the European Union, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, potentially delaying Prime Minister Theresa May's plans to trigger negotiations by the end of March. The ruling forces the government to put a bill before Parliament, giving pro-EU... More »

A Hard Brexit Is Confirmed

UK will remain open to global trade: Theresa May

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Theresa May has made it clear : the UK will make a clean break from the European Union and leave its single market of some 500 million people. In her most direct remarks since the June 23 vote, May says Britain must regain control of its laws and... More »

Markets Fret, Trump Applauds as UK Signals 'Hard Brexit'

Trump says Britain 'so smart' to leave EU

(Newser) - Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May plans to make a big speech on Brexit on Tuesday and the country's currency is taking a beating amid signs she will set out plans for a "hard Brexit"—meaning a clean break from the European Union's single market. British... More »

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