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Source: BBC

Tories at war over Brexit

Today 01:31 GMT

As has so often been the pattern for this premiership, Number 10 scales one summit only to find it's false, with a meaner one behind.

That does not remotely protect her from the brutal reality that she, right now, has no workable Brexit policy that can make it through the Commons. That on its own is a sigh of relief certainly for her supporters, who were claiming a "good result" last night.

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Source: Reuters

Weakened UK PM May turns to Brussels for help on Brexit

Today 01:31 GMT

A weakened Theresa May was set to ask European leaders for help on Thursday after a mutiny by more than a third of her lawmakers failed to unseat her but left parliament heading for deadlock over Brexit.

May won the backing of 200 Conservative members of parliament in the high-stakes secret vote while 117 dissented, far from the robust affirmation she needs as she heads to Brussels to ask for an improvement to the Brexit divorce deal.

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Source: The Week

How Theresa May won the confidence vote but lost the country

Today 01:30 GMT

The vote is being touted as a victory by May's ministers — she prevailed, after all, winning one vote more than she did when she contested for the leadership in 2016 in the wake of the Brexit referendum.

If the Brexiteers are lucky, by the time Britain's next prime minister gets around to negotiating the new terms of Britain's relationship with the EU, the EU might itself have exited.

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Source: The Guradian

What next for Theresa May and her Brexit deal?

Today 01:30 GMT

”No deal by accident” still cannot be ruled out, however, if the clock runs down to the end-of-March deadline without May managing to have her deal ratified, and the EU27 run out of patience and refuse to extend article 50.

Theresa May has embarked on yet another dash to Brussels in the hope of securing assurances about the terms of the Irish backstop. Brexit-backing cabinet ministers believe there should be wriggle room to provide more legal certainty, which Downing Street hopes could peel off wavering leavers when the prime minister brings her deal back to parliament for a vote in January.

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Source: The Guradian

Hand of clod Brexit and Theresa May divide England's 1986 World Cup squad

Thursday 23:39 GMT

Brexit has divided communities, families and friends, so it should perhaps come as no surprise to find it has done the same to England’s 1986 World Cup squad.

England were defeated 2-1 by Argentina in the 1986 quarter-final which also featured Diego Maradona’s infamous “Hand of God” goal. Hope remains that Bobby Robson’s boys can find common ground once again, while defender Terry Butcher is yet to share his thoughts on the subject.

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Source: The Guradian

May’s real plea to the EU: save me from a second referendum

Thursday 23:39 GMT

May’s true message to her EU colleagues this evening will be: in the name of all that is holy, please don’t put us through that again.

Having defined her premiership as a mission to implement the 2016 referendum result, the real threat to her legacy is not Britain crashing out without a deal (much less likely since Tory MP Dominic Grieve’s amendment gave the Commons the right to modify government proposals) but, as she increasingly puts it, “no Brexit at all”.

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Source: DW

May brings Christmas wish list to Brussels but the EU looks unlikely to deliver

Today 01:30 GMT

Theresa May, already walking a tightrope at home, took her act on the road to Brussels for an EU summit on Thursday with her Christmas wish in hand.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite was far more direct, tweeting: "Brexit Christmas wish: finally decide what you really want and Santa will deliver." Kurz also touched on the difficulty European politicians are having in their efforts to help May, because they don't quite know what she wants to bring home to skeptics: "Not all the arguments of Brexit supporters are rational."

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Source: The Guradian

Labour plans to 'throw kitchen sink' to force May's hand on Brexit

Today 01:30 GMT

Jeremy Corbyn will seek to increase pressure on Theresa May in parliament next week in a bid to prevent the Tories running down the clock on Brexit.

“Essentially we can throw the parliamentary kitchen sink at them,” said another senior Labour source, “with all the trimmings”. Some shadow ministers are more sceptical about calling a no-confidence vote early, fearing it would only unite the Conservatives behind May.

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Source: The Guradian

May urges EU leaders to work with her to salvage Brexit deal

Today 01:30 GMT

Theresa May has pleaded with European leaders before dinner in Brussels to hold “nothing in reserve” and work with her to salvage her Brexit deal by putting a 12-month limit on the unpopular Irish backstop. The embattled prime minister has pinned her hopes on a last-ditch effort to persuade the European Union to work with her in devising a legal guarantee, known as a “joint interpretative instrument”, that she believes could get her Brexit deal through parliament.

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Source: Common Domain

Brexit Woes Scare Off Would-Be Home Sellers

Today 01:30 GMT

A majority of surveyed real estate professionals in every subregion of the country reported that new home listings declined in November, a sign that sellers are also responding to the general malaise over an extremely unpleasant Brexit process.

Negative sentiment over Brexit had an exaggerated effect on London and its affluent suburbs, but that uncertainty has clearly spread to the rest of the country, based on agents’ comments in the most recent survey.

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Source: DW

EU rules out Brexit renegotiation, vows to avoid Irish backstop with free trade deal before 2021

Today 01:31 GMT

British Prime Minister Theresa May wants reassurances that a section of the Brexit withdrawal agreement known as the Irish backstop is temporary.

But they reassured British Prime Minister Theresa May that they would try to finalize a new UK-EU free trade deal before 2021. In a joint statement, the leaders of 27 EU member states said it was their "firm determination" to finish the free trade deal as quickly as possible to avoid triggering a controversial "backstop" arrangement in the withdrawal agreement.

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Source: Common Domain

Brexit Uncertainty Projected to Weigh on U.K.’s Housing Market in 2019

Thursday 20:56 GMT

Strutt & Parker’s numbers look at Britain’s housing market overall, and did not include specific figures on the high-end market.

"The likely outcome of Brexit negotiations remains extremely unclear, with the potential for this uncertainty to continue longer than hoped," said Vanessa Hale, director of research at Strutt & Parker, in the report. But in prime central London, prices could grow by 2% or fall by 5%, with projections leaving room for flexibility as Brexit’s outcome remains uncertain.

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Source: CBS News

U.K. leader Theresa May survives no-confidence vote over Brexit plan

Thursday 20:56 GMT

British Prime Minister Theresa May has survived a challenge to her leadership from European Union skeptics in her own party over her handling of the Brexit process.

With more than four decades of common laws, rules regulations and standards suddenly thrown out the window, Britain would suddenly have to negotiate new, unilateral trade deals with other countries guided only by broad World Trade organization rules.

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Source: Common Domain

British pound rallies as U.K.’s May faces leadership vote

Thursday 19:05 GMT

The British pound was one of the strongest major developed market currencies on Wednesday, advancing on expectations U.K. Prime Minster Theresa May would survive a vote of no-confidence over her leadership of the Conservative Party.

If she wins, she will remain leader and will have to figure out her embattled Brexit deal for which she scrapped the parliamentary approval vote on Monday. “This is not necessarily the end of the road for May, however, as MPs may well decide that as much as they despise the backstop — and they do — they hate the prospect of a leadership election, Article 50 extension and possible no deal even more,” wrote Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda.

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Source: Common Domain

Corporates Step Up Brexit Planning Amid U.K. Political Turmoil

Thursday 16:21 GMT

Corporate decision makers at British and European companies are stepping up their preparations for a potentially disruptive Brexit amid deepening uncertainty over the U.K.’s future trading relationship with Europe.

Lush expects the annual costs of its U.K. business to go up by at least £1.2 million ($1.5 million) as a result of Brexit. Unipart Group Ltd., a car parts and logistics group based in Oxford, England, is putting stocks aside for some customers, Chairman John Neill said.


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