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Brexit: Cabinet 'united' over EU transition deal

The “cabinet is united” over the need for a transitional period after Britain officially leaves the European Union, Cabinet minister Michael Gove has said. He said an “implementation period” ensuring access to migrant labour and economic stability would happen. He said it must be driven by “pragmatism” but also recognise the UK’s vote to leave the EU last year. It follows newspaper reports that free movement for EU citizens could continue for years after March 2019. The Times reports that the prime minister is ready to offer EU citizens free…

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Brexit: British and EU negotiators to outline progress

Brexit negotiators are to outline what progress has been made so far as the latest round of talks come to an end. The UK’s Brexit Secretary David Davis and the EU’s Michel Barnier will meet to assess the past four days of talks. Groups of British and EU officials have been discussing citizen’s rights, the Irish border and separation issues, including UK financial liabilities. The EU has said talks won’t move onto the subject of future trading until it judges there’s been adequate progress. The two sides are meeting for…

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Brexit talks resume: Get down to business, David Davis urges

Brexit Secretary David Davis has called on both sides in the negotiations on the UK’s departure from the European Union to “get down to business”. Mr Davis is in Brussels for a second round of formal talks on Brexit. He said his priority was to “lift the uncertainty” for EU citizens living in the UK and Britons living in the EU. The EU says there must be substantial progress on this – and on a financial settlement and the issue of the Irish border – before trade talks can begin….

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Brexit: EU could be flexible over movement, Blair says

EU leaders would be prepared to be flexible on freedom of movement of people to accommodate the UK after Brexit, Tony Blair has said. The ex-PM said senior figures had told him they were willing to consider changes to one of the key principles of membership of the single market. EU leaders have previously said the UK cannot stay in the single market, while limiting the free movement of people. The government insists Brexit will give the UK greater control of its borders. Writing in an article for his own…

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Brexit: Repeal Bill to be published by the government

The minister in charge of the UK’s EU exit says he will “work with anyone” to secure Brexit as he publishes a bill to end the supremacy of Brussels law. Known as the Repeal Bill, the legislation will transpose EU law into UK law so the same rules apply on the day of Brexit as the day before. Despite David Davis’s plea to parties to “work together”, the bill faces a tricky path through Parliament. Lib Dem leader Tim Farron warned the government: “This will be hell.” Labour vowed to…

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Boris Johnson: EU can 'go whistle' over Brexit divorce bill

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has told MPs the European Union can “go whistle” for any “extortionate” final payment from the UK on Brexit. And he said that the government had “no plan” for what to do in the event of no deal being agreed with the EU. He said: “The sums I have seen that they propose to demand from this country appear to be extortionate.” “Go whistle seems to me to be an entirely appropriate expression,” he added. Asked during Commons questions if there was a strategy, either public…

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Brexit: Theresa May's offer to EU citizens 'falls short'

Theresa May’s offer to give EU citizens in the UK “settled status” after Brexit has been described as being “far short of what citizens are entitled to”. European Parliament Brexit chief negotiator Guy Verhofstadt and leaders of four of the parliament’s main groups say the proposal is a “damp squib”. It offers Europeans in the UK fewer rights than Britons in the EU, they say in a joint letter to newspapers. Mrs May has said about three million EU citizens would be allowed to stay. EU migrants who had lived…

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