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Brexit: 'Don't put politics above prosperity', Davis urges EU

David Davis has warned against “putting politics above prosperity” in Britain’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU. In a speech in Berlin, the UK’s Brexit Secretary outlined his hopes for a deal that “allows for the freest possible trade in goods and services”. He also said he thought it “incredibly unlikely” there would be no deal. The EU says negotiations cannot move on to trade until questions about the UK “divorce bill”, citizens’ rights and Northern Ireland are resolved. All you need to know about Brexit Who does UK trade with…

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Northern Ireland midfielder Oliver Norwood urges boss Michael O'Neill to continue as manager

Oliver Norwood hopes Northern Ireland’s valiant display in Switzerland will persuade manager Michael O’Neill to remain at the helm. O’Neill will consider his future after his team came up just short in their World Cup play-off with the Swiss, after a dubious penalty decision in the first leg ended their hopes of reaching back-to-back major tournaments for the first time in the country’s history. It felt like the end of an era in Basel on Sunday, where at least four veteran players – Aaron Hughes, Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Jamie Ward –…

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Spain Catalonia: Barcelona rally urges prisoners' release

Three-quarters of a million people have rallied in Barcelona to protest against Spain’s detention of Catalan independence leaders, police estimate. They shone phone torches in unison at sunset as calls were made to free eight regional ministers and two grassroots campaign leaders being held on remand. Some of the detainees will be included on the list of a Catalan separatist party at next month’s snap election. Meanwhile, Barcelona’s mayoress has condemned pro-independence leaders. Reality Check: Would Catalonia be a viable country? Basque leaders worry about Catalan chaos The Catalan parliament…

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New York truck attack: Trump urges death penalty for Sayfullo Saipov

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has repeated calls for the suspect in the New York truck attack to get the death penalty. But Mr Trump backed away from his call a day earlier to send Sayfullo Saipov to Guantanamo Bay, saying “that process takes much longer”. The suspect told police he “felt good” about Tuesday’s Halloween attack and wanted to kill as many as possible. The 29-year-old allegedly drove a rented pick-up along a Manhattan bike path, killing eight people. The victims were five…

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May urges reform of procedures to tackle Commons abuse

Theresa May has reacted to claims of harassment of staff by MPs by calling for new grievance procedures. In a letter to Commons Speaker John Bercow, the PM said the current House of Commons disciplinary regime lacked “teeth” and needed to be reformed. A mediation service should be set up for all MPs, regardless of their party, she said. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to back the PM and establish “robust and effective” new rules. In her letter to the speaker, Mrs May said she was concerned…

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Trump urges House GOP to move quickly on budget, tax cuts

President Donald Trump warned House Republicans on Sunday that 2018 would be a political failure for the GOP and disappointment for the nation if they fail on tax overhaul. A GOP aide familiar with the conversation said Trump told the lawmakers again and again that the party would have a steep price to pay in next year’s midterm elections if they failed to pass his plan. It would slash the corporate tax rate to 20 percent and double the standard deduction used by most average Americans. The president also said…

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Brexit: Theresa May urges new dynamic in Brexit talks

Theresa May has urged EU leaders to create a “dynamic” in Brexit talks that “enables us to move forward together”, at a working dinner in Brussels. The UK PM wants to move onto trade talks but her fellow EU leaders are expected to say on Friday there has not been enough progress in negotiations. But they may agree to begin talking among themselves about trade. Mrs May, excluded from Friday’s meeting, told leaders on Thursday that “firm progress” was being made. A source told the BBC the prime minister told…

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