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Source: Global News

Brexit no-deal option looms as Theresa May blames divided Parliament

Today 08:03 GMT

Just eight days before Britain is due to leave the EU, May was making a last-ditch plea to the bloc’s 27 other leaders in Brussels to hand her a Brexit delay until June 30, a request she said was “a matter of personal regret” and one she firmly pinned on her country’s deeply divided parliament.

As Brexit is sapping EU resources, the leaders will also turn to other pressing issues on Thursday and Friday, including the state of their economies, ties with China, climate change and ringfencing the European elections from illegitimate interference.

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Source: DW

Pro-Brexit MP: Leave EU with May's deal or risk remaining

Today 08:59 GMT

"I think we need to fix it in this parliament and the obvious fix now is to vote the prime minister's deal through and move on to the next stage of these talks."

She embraced the euroskeptic wing of her party, which includes the hardline European Research Group (ERG) bloc chaired by MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, pursuing a so-called "hard Brexit" by leaving the single market and ending freedom of movement between Britain and remaining EU members.

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Source: The Guradian

Brexit: EU poised to insist on withdrawal no later than 22 May

Today 08:59 GMT

The European Union is poised to take control of Britain’s exit by rejecting Theresa May’s request for a three-month delay and setting a new withdrawal date of no later than 22 May.

“The problem is that Brexit is not being treated as an existential crisis on the table of British politics but as an element in a war between the Conservatives and Labour,” he said.

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Source: The Guradian

UK's top toilet roll supplier stockpiling in case of no-deal Brexit

Today 08:04 GMT

One of the UK’s biggest suppliers of toilet and kitchen roll has been stockpiling about 3.5m rolls in UK warehouses in preparation for a no-deal Brexit.

The firm has decided to charter ships to take toilet and kitchen roll from a supplier in Naples to Swansea, rather than relying on trucks carrying its products via the Calais-Dover route. The company has also built six weeks’ supplies of the cardboard core used inside the rolls, as this cannot be sourced from the UK in sufficient quantities and is imported from EU countries in eastern Europe and Scandinavia.

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Source: BBC

MPs have 'clear choice' as Brexit delayed

Today 07:00 GMT

Theresa May will return to the UK later to try and convince MPs to support her withdrawal deal after the EU agreed to postpone Brexit beyond 29 March.

On Thursday night, after eight hours of talks, EU leaders offered to delay Brexit until 22 May if MPs approve Mrs May's deal next week. If they do not approve it, the delay will be shorter - until 12 April - at which point the UK must set out its next steps or leave without a deal.

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Source: Global News

Petition to cancel Brexit breaks the U.K. government’s website

Today 07:00 GMT

The U.K. government site includes the option to start a petition to alert lawmakers to an issue, with a promise that 10,000 signatures will warrant an official response and 100,000 signatures will compel a debate in Parliament.

Chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, told Sky News that “if on Tuesday, MPs do not back the withdrawal agreement, then the only way for the U.K. to take back control of the Brexit process is to revoke the article 50 notification.”

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Source: DW

EU likely to delay Brexit until EU elections in May

Today 08:59 GMT

Leaders of EU states are willing to push the Brexit date to May 22, just ahead of European elections, according to a draft statement.

EU leaders are considering an extension on Brexit after meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May in Brussels on Thursday, which would give May more time to break the political impasse in London. This still hinges on the UK Parliament accepting Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement.

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Source: The Guradian

May's appeal falls flat as EU seizes control of Brexit date

Today 07:00 GMT

The EU has handed Theresa May two weeks’ grace to devise an alternative Brexit plan if her deal falls next week after the prime minister failed to convince the bloc that she was capable of avoiding a no-deal Brexit.

In a rare joint letter, the TUC’s general secretary, Frances O’Grady, and the CBI’s Carolyn Fairbairn described the situation as a “national emergency” and called on the prime minister to seek a plan B.

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Source: The Guradian

'Bad boys of Brexit' were guests at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club

Today 08:59 GMT

Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore, known as the “bad boys of Brexit”, visited the Palm Beach club in April, according to a review by the Palm Beach Post of Instagram posts tagged at the spot.

The two men flashed a thumbs up in several photos from inside Mar-a-Lago posted to Wigmore’s Instagram account on 11 April, where he wrote that they were scouting venues for a Royal Commonwealth Society event. The two men are prominent Brexit supporters who have drawn the scrutiny of investigators in Britain looking into possible Russian interference in the 2016 referendum vote.

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Source: Reuters

Stop Brexit - A million people sign UK petition to stay in EU

Today 07:00 GMT

More than one million people have rushed to sign a petition on the British parliament’s website calling for the government to revoke its divorce notice to the European Union and remain in the bloc.

More than 4 million people signed another petition in 2016 which called for another EU referendum in the event that neither the Remain or Leave camps achieved 60 percent of the vote.

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Source: BBC

EU considers potential Brexit delay

Today 08:59 GMT

The UK could be offered a Brexit delay to 22 May on the condition MPs approve the PM's deal next week, a draft European Council document says.

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said that a short Brexit delay "should be conditional on a positive vote next week in the House of Commons". And it's essential to be clear in these days and moments," said Mr Macron as he arrived at the summit.

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Source: DW

Angela Merkel to UK: EU's 'door is wide open' despite Brexit

Today 08:59 GMT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday echoed European Council President Donald Tusk's stance on the UK's exit from the EU by saying a "short extension" to the March 29 deadline could be granted if there was a "positive vote" in the British Parliament. She said she is convinced that the modifications to the Irish backstop — a key stumbling block in the Brexit negotiations — hammered out in Strasbourg last week are "sufficient" on the part of the EU to allow British Prime Minister Theresa May to move forward.

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Source: BBC

UK retail sales up but food spending falls

Today 07:00 GMT

Unusually warm weather in February contributed to the rise in retail sales, said the ONS, boosting spending at garden centres and on sporting equipment.

The ONS's head of retail sales, Rhian Murphy, said strong increases in fuel sales and online shopping had also driven the continued "bounce back". She added: "Food growth slowed, however, due to a significant fall for supermarkets, specialist food and alcohol stores in February after the sales and promotions seen in January came to an end."

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Source: BBC

How May summoned up her inner Trump

Today 08:59 GMT

If Donald Trump had wandered last night out from the Oval Office to the adjoining West Wing dining room where he has installed a 60 inch flat screen TV along one wall, and watched the Theresa May speech he might have found himself giving a knowing nod of the head.

Trump Jr claimed that May "ignored advice from my father," resulting in a process that "should have taken only a few short months has become a years-long stalemate, leaving the British people in limbo."

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Source: The Guradian

Macron: UK heading for no-deal Brexit if MPs reject May's plan

Today 08:59 GMT

Emmanuel Macron has warned that Britain is heading for a no-deal Brexit unless the House of Commons ratifies the withdrawal agreement negotiated with Brussels.

The stark choice for MPs was laid out by the French president shortly before the 27 EU heads of state and government listen to an appeal by Theresa May for a three-month Brexit delay. Emmanuel Macron has warned that Britain is heading for a no-deal Brexit unless the House of Commons ratifies the withdrawal agreement negotiated with Brussels.


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