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UK Conservative Party chairman says Brexit must be binding

LONDON Britain’s vote to leave the European Union must be binding, the chairman of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party said on Sunday, and the exit process will be started before the next general election. Patrick McLoughlin, who was made party chairman by new Prime Minister Theresa May last week, told the BBC’s Marr Show that the […]

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UK seeks to assuage global worries over path to Brexit

CHENGDU, China Britain’s new finance minister Philip Hammond, under pressure from his peers from around the world, said on Sunday there could be more clarity later this year on how the country will exit the European Union. Several nations called on Britain during weekend talks on the world economy to explain how the politically fraught […]

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Conservative lawmaker Liam Fox to announce leadership bid on Thursday

LONDON Former British Defence Secretary Liam Fox will formally announce his bid to succeed Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday, he told radio station LBC on Wednesday. Asked whether he would be launching his bid on Thursday, he said: “I will.” Fox will become the second candidate to run for the leadership of the […]

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‘For heaven’s sake man, go!’ PM Cameron tells Labour leader Corbyn

LONDON Prime Minister David Cameron, who promised to resign after Britain voted to leave the European Union, had some advice for his opposite number in the Labour Party on Wednesday: “For heaven’s sake man, go!” An overwhelming majority of Labour lawmakers passed a no confidence motion in Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday and almost all his […]

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Sturgeon’s plea to stay in Europe rebuffed in Brussels

BRUSSELS Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon pleaded her case in Brussels on Wednesday for Scots to stay in the EU, showing how Britain’s vote to leave the bloc could splinter the United Kingdom. But she drew a rebuff from Spain and a mixed response from European officials. EU leaders met for the first time without Britain. […]

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British expats flock to Brussels city halls to become Belgian

BRUSSELS Belgium is receiving hundreds of requests from British nationals keen to get Belgian citizenship following the decision of British voters in last Thursday’s referendum to back leaving the European Union, officials said. Nearly 24,000 British citizens live in Belgium, about a third of them in the capital Brussels, where many work for the EU […]

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Rescuers trying to reach 20 children lost in Welsh mountains

LONDON Police said rescuers had found 20 schoolchildren who had become lost on Wednesday in the Brecon Beacons, a mountainous area in Wales. “We are pleased to confirm that following a search and rescue operation on the Brecon Beacons this afternoon, all 26 members of the party involved have been accounted for,” a police spokesman […]

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PM candidate Crabb says immigration is red line in Brexit talks

LONDON Britain must secure control over immigration in divorce negotiations with the European Union, Stephen Crabb, the first candidate to put himself forward to succeed David Cameron as British prime minister, said on Wednesday. Work and pensions minister Crabb, who supported Britain staying in the EU at last week’s vote, ruled out holding another referendum […]

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Britain’s future at stake in opposition turmoil over Brexit

LONDON In the global maelstrom created by Britain’s vote to the leave the European Union, turbulence within the opposition Labour Party looks like a ripple. But it could define the country for years to come. Jeremy Corbyn, the 67-year old activist behind a grassroots left-wing rebranding of Britain’s main opposition, is clinging on as party […]

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