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World The Latest: EU Commission lauds Brexit progress

10:50  08 december  2017
10:50  08 december  2017 Source:   ap.org

Latest Stumbling Block in Brexit Talks: The Irish Question

  Latest Stumbling Block in Brexit Talks: The Irish Question A Northern Irish party scuppered a deal Prime Minister Theresa May had reached with the E.U. The deal was a prerequisite for the next stage of talks.LONDON — Britain’s divorce negotiations with the European Union hit a major snag on Monday, when a hard-line Northern Ireland party that is a crucial ally of Prime Minister Theresa May pulled its support at the last minute from an agreement on the future of the border between the United Kingdom and Ireland.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is lauding a breakthrough in Brexit talks and says he will recommend that negotiations be May's EU partners insist that the talks must make "sufficient progress " on Britain's financial settlement, a way to keep open Northern Ireland's border

Brexit negotiations. The Article 50 negotiation process and principles for the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union . The EU is represented by Michel Barnier, as Chief Negotiator for the 27 EU countries. His Task Force at the European Commission coordinates the work on all

British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, walks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, prior to a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) © The Associated Press British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, walks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, prior to a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

BRUSSELS — The Latest on Brexit talks (all times local):

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is lauding a breakthrough in Brexit talks and says he will recommend that negotiations be broadened to future relations and trade.

Brexit is engulfed in chaos as 'perfect storm' threatens U.K. government

  Brexit is engulfed in chaos as 'perfect storm' threatens U.K. government British Prime Minister Theresa May's underlying problem is this: Where should the border between a post-Brexit U.K. and the E.U. lie? The British government wants different rules than the E.U. on the free movement of goods and people, and that would require some form of checkpoint.Between the U.K. and the European continent, the answer is easy: The English Channel provides a distinct, watery boundary separating Britain from France, the Netherlands and Belgium, and beyond them Germany, Spain and Italy.Related: Professionals wave goodbye to U.K.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is lauding a breakthrough in Brexit talks and says he will recommend that negotiations be broadened to future relations and trade. Juncker told reporters Friday that "I believe that we have now made the breakthrough that we needed."

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU Commission lauds Brexit progress , recommends broadening talks to future relations and trade.

Juncker told reporters Friday that "I believe that we have now made the breakthrough that we needed."

He said that he would recommend to European Union leaders that "sufficient progress has been achieved" on the terms of the divorce to starting talking about issues like future relations and trade.

Britain and E.U. reach divorce deal to move on to new phase in Brexit talks

  Britain and E.U. reach divorce deal to move on to new phase in Brexit talks The bargain came as May compromised on the biggest challenges facing Britain during its split. A disagreement over borders between Northern Ireland and Ireland nearly derailed the deal this week.On those issues and a host of others, Britain has been forced to capitulate to the European Union after saying earlier this year that it held the upper hand in the negotiations. Instead, British negotiators have found a largely united European Union that sees little need to give in to London's demands.

The EU 's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has hailed a "new dynamic" in the talks aimed at arranging Britain's exit from the bloc. The term "sufficient progress " is used by EU negotiators to gauge whether the UK has created the conditions for further negotiations on the future relationship

The European Commission says exploratory talks between the UK and the EU on future trade relations can now begin. Britain and the EU have made "sufficient progress " on a Brexit divorce deal, paving the way for the two sides to move onto the next phase of negotiations, EU Commission

EU leaders meet in Brussels next Thursday and are likely to endorse the assessment that enough progress has been made on the terms of Britain's financial settlement, the status of Irish borders and the rights of citizens hit by Brexit.

Brexit deal shows UK can leave EU in 'smooth and orderly' way: May

  Brexit deal shows UK can leave EU in 'smooth and orderly' way: May Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday hailed an interim Brexit deal as proof that Britain could leave the European Union in a "smooth and orderly way", although she warned that payment of the divorce bill was dependent on a final trade agreement. The government struck a deal with Brussels last week on three priority separation issues, paving the way for EU leaders meeting on Thursday and Friday to approve the start of trade talks.Updating parliament on the terms of the financial settlement, rights of European citizens and the Irish border after Brexit, May drew plaudits from all sides of her Conservative party.

EU Commission lauds Brexit progress , recommends broadening talks to future relations and trade.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is meeting with top European Union officials to make a final push to expand talks on her country leaving the bloc to the vital issues of future relations and trade.

May arrived in Brussels early Friday to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, after a round of overnight telephone calls appeared to have clinched a breakthrough on the issue of Irish borders.

May's EU partners insist that the talks must make "sufficient progress" on Britain's financial settlement, a way to keep open Northern Ireland's border with Ireland and the rights of citizens hit by Brexit.

Facebook found essentially no Russian effort to sway Brexit vote

  Facebook found essentially no Russian effort to sway Brexit vote The New York Times reports that Facebook has found little evidence of Russian interference, at least when it comes to Russian-purchased Facebook ads. According to Facebook, the Internet Research Agency -- the Russian organization accused of using social media sites like Facebook to influence the outcome of the US presidential election -- spent less than a dollar on Facebook ads ahead of the Brexit vote. In contrast to the thousands of ads seemingly purchased by Russian actors during the US presidential election, just three were purchased during the lead up to the June 2016 Brexit vote.

Notices from European Commission departments on how Brexit would change law and policy in their areas of work. Proposed legislative measures to ensure that the future EU 27 framework is operational after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom.

European lawmakers vote against advancing Brexit . Lawmakers in the European Parliament European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also said on Tuesday that it was too soon to Representatives from both the UK and EU said the latest round of Brexit talks had brought new

They meet in Brussels in a week to decide whether enough ground has been made to broaden the talks to future relations and trade, as Britain so badly wants.

More than half of Britons now want to stay in EU: poll .
A poll has found that 51 percent of Britons would now keep European Union membership while 41 percent want to leave the bloc, a near reversal of last year's referendum result.The BMG poll of 1,400 people for The Independent published on the newspaper's website on Saturday came as Britain moves into a second phase of negotiations on exiting the EU, which will focus on trade.

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