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Theresa May under pressure to break Brexit talks impasse

Theresa May is under increasing pressure from all sides to break the impasse in the Brexit talks. The DUP says there is “work to be done” if it is to agree to plans for the future of the border with Ireland. Irish PM Leo Varadkar said he was willing to consider new proposals and suggested the UK might put something forward later. Ambassadors of the 27 EU member states are understood to be “waiting for something from London”. On Monday, Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party – whose support the PM…

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Brexit: Theresa May under pressure to get DUP on side

Theresa May is under pressure to get an agreement from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on the status of the Irish border when the UK leaves the EU. The prime minister pulled out of a deal with Brussels that would have kick-started trade talks after meeting fierce resistance from the DUP. The party said it would not accept a deal which saw Northern Ireland treated differently from the rest of the UK. Mrs May will return to Brussels as early as Wednesday to try again. She is under pressure to…

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Brexit: Theresa May in Brussels for key talks with EU

Theresa May is set to meet key EU figures for talks on Brexit which could determine whether the UK is able to move on to negotiations on trade. The BBC understands deals on the UK “divorce bill” and citizens’ rights were reached this weekend. But the UK border with Ireland remains an outstanding issue. The PM will meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels, with Downing Street saying “plenty of discussions” lie ahead. The timings of Mrs May’s visit marks a deadline set by Donald Tusk, the president of…

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Theresa May to warn of 'hostile' Russia threat to EU security

PM Theresa May is to warn EU leaders to be wary of “hostile states like Russia” and pledge the UK will stay committed to European security after Brexit. In Brussels for a summit, she will say it is crucial that European countries work together to “protect our shared values and ideals”. She will also discuss Brexit with European Council President Donald Tusk. Last week Mr Tusk said the UK must show more progress on the “divorce bill” if trade talks were to begin this year. On Friday, Mrs May is…

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Russian politicians dismiss Theresa May 'election meddling' criticism

Media playback is unsupported on your device Senior Russian politicians have dismissed accusations by Theresa May that Moscow has meddled in elections and carried out cyber-espionage. On Monday night, Mrs May accused Moscow of “planting fake stories” to “sow discord in the West”. She said Vladimir Putin’s government was trying to “undermine free societies”. Russian senators accused the UK’s PM of “making a fool of herself” with a “counterproductive” speech. Mrs May’s comments, at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at London’s Guildhall, were in contrast to those of US President Donald…

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Theresa May says Brexit deal will help 'counter' Russia threat

The successful completion of a Brexit trade deal will help counter the threat posed by Russia to European security, Prime Minister Theresa May has said. She cited the use of disinformation and cyber warfare and Russia’s alleged meddling in elections as proof of its aim to “undermine free societies”. The UK did not want “perpetual confrontation” with Russia but would protect its interests, she added. The UK wants a new security treaty with the EU after it leaves in 2019. The UK government, which earlier this year reinforced its military…

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Theresa May to meet EU business leaders

European business leaders will meet Prime Minister Theresa May later on Monday to voice concerns about the future of UK-EU trade. Experts from groups including the CBI and BusinessEurope will stress the need for a transitional deal that preserves the status quo after Brexit. They will urge the government to clarify the future relationship between the UK and the rest of the EU. The next round of Brexit talks is due to start in mid-December. They will meet Mrs May at No 10, as well as Business Secretary Greg Clark,…

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