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Boris Johnson on Brexit negotiations with the EU

[ad_1] The prime minister said "the mood music is good" following talks with EU leaders, but preparations for no deal continue.Mr Johnson insists the backstop - part of the withdrawal agreement reached by his predecessor Theresa May and the EU, but not ratified by Parliament - must be ditched if a new deal with Brussels is to be reached before then.Brexit is due to happen on 31 October.Read more: Boris
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Boris Johnson: New Brexit deal with EU won’t be a cinch

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Boris Johnson has said it will not be "a cinch" to persuade the EU to change its Brexit deal with the UK and that people "shouldn't hold their breath".Speaking in Devon, the prime minister said the government was "making progress", but will "have to prepare to come out without an agreement".Mr Johnson wants to renegotiate the backstop - which aims to prevent a hard border
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Secret files: Declassified documents reveal rocky road to peace

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Media Image caption British officials saw the 1994 meeting between Gerry Adams, Albert Reynolds and John Hume (L-R) as an example of "indecent haste" Declassified government papers show there were serious tensions between the British and Irish governments over their responses to the paramilitary ceasefires of the 1990s.The detail is contained in previously confidential documents released by the Public Record Office in Belfast.They show how the
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Brexit: Corbyn backs Macron on Irish backstop

[ad_1] Jeremy Corbyn has said he agrees with President Macron of France that the backstop, designed to avoid a hard border between the UK and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit, is indispensable.The Labour leader said the question of the Irish border was "fundamental" to a lot of things. "The Irish peace process was an enormous step forward. It's an international treaty. It's an international agreement," he said. "It cannot
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Boris Johnson insists Brexit deal can be made

[ad_1] Boris Johnson has met the French president Emmanuel Macron in Paris and said he still hopes a Brexit deal can be done.Mr Macron said the Ireland-Northern Ireland backstop plan was "indispensable" in preserving political stability and the integrity of the single market.Mr Johnson said that "with energy and creativity we can find a way forward". [ad_2] Source link
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Anthrax hoaxer admits sending white powder to MPs

[ad_1] Image caption Richard Hayes will be sentenced at Exeter Crown Court in November A hoaxer who sent packages of white powder marked as "anthrax" to female MPs has admitted targeting 16 victims.Richard Hayes, 40, sent substances including flour, protein powder and bicarbonate of soda "intending to create a belief of a noxious substance".Recipients included former Labour MP Heidi Alexander and Conservative MP Chloe Smith.At Exeter Crown Court, Hayes was
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UK migration: Eastern and Central Europeans leaving UK, ONS says

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images More EU citizens from Central and Eastern Europe left the UK than arrived last year as Brexit approaches, the Office for National Statistics says.It estimated that 7,000 more people from eight countries, including Poland, left the UK than arrived in the year to March 2019.Overall, EU immigration fell to its lowest level since 2013.The ONS warned that it underestimated EU migration up to 2016, and
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Brexit: Johnson and Merkel meet amid call to scrap backstop

[ad_1] The UK PM and German chancellor are meeting in Berlin with Mr Johnson expected to reiterate his call for the Irish border backstop plan to be scrapped.The PM has said the arrangement to avoid a hard border after Brexit is "anti-democratic" and must be removed to secure a deal.But the EU has rejected the possibility of any changes to the backstop. [ad_2] Source link
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Brexit: No-deal warnings ‘are old projections’, Gove says

[ad_1] Leaked warnings about the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit were "old projections", the minister in charge of planning has insisted.Michael Gove told the BBC the "assumptions" in the Operation Yellowhammer documents were produced under Theresa May."We have a new government now and under this new government we've been taking steps to make sure that we're properly prepared for exit on 31 October," he added. [ad_2] Source link
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Brexit will force Scot from German mayor’s post

[ad_1] In a quiet corner of northern Germany there is a small community where a Scotsman is in charge.Iain Macnab proudly flies the Scottish flag outside his home in Brunsmark, where he is the burgermeister - or mayor.He has been elected to the post three times but Brexit means he will not be able to stay in office for much longer."The minute Brexit occurs, that's me," Mr Macnab said. "That's