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a big gulf to bridge, and little time, for eu and britain


as the u.k. and european union stake out their positions for negotiations over brexit, the huge gulf between the two sides is becoming clearer. ivan rogers, britain’s amb ador to the eu until he left the role last month, told a u.k. parliamentary committee this week the negotiations would be “on a scale that we haven’t experienced, probably...






brexit: when mps voted to back article 50 bill


mps have voted by a majority of 384 to allow theresa may to get brexit negotiations under way.they backed the government's european union bill, supported by the labour leadership, by 498 votes to 114.but the scottish national party and the liberal democrat leadership opposed the bill, while 47 labour mps and tory ex-chancellor ken clarke rebelled.






clarke: brexit hopes 'like alice in wonderland'


veteran conservative ken clarke likens post-brexit trade hopes to alice in wonderland.mr clarke, who was speaking as mps began two days of debate on a bill to give the go-ahead to the official two year process of leaving the eu, said he had been told he was being too pessimistic about prospects for the uk after brexit.watch more: ken clarke on why he's voting against brexit






brexit: mps set for vote on triggering talks with eu


media captiondavid davis: listen to the people on brexitmps are to vote later on whether to give theresa may the power to get brexit negotiations under way.the government is expected to win, with most conservative and labour mps set to back its european union bill.but labour leader jeremy corbyn faces a rebellion by some on his side, while the snp and liberal democrats are also promising to oppose ministers.the vote, which will follow two days of parliamentary debate, is expected at about 19:00 gmt.on monday, politicians made imp ioned speeches for and against the bill, which, if p ed, will allow mrs may to trigger article 50 of the lisbon treaty by her own deadline of 31 march.this would get formal brexit negotiations with the eu started, with the uk expected to leave the 28-member group






mps set for brexit talks-triggering vote


image copyrightpamps are to vote later on whether to give theresa may the power to get brexit negotiations under way.the government is expected to win, with most conservative and labour mps set to back its european union bill.but labour leader jeremy corbyn faces a rebellion by some on his side, while the snp and liberal democrats are also promising to oppose ministers.the vote, which will follow two days of parliamentary debate, is expected at about 19:00 gmt.on monday, politicians made imp ioned speeches for and against the bill, which, if p ed, will allow mrs may to trigger article 50 of the lisbon treaty by her own deadline of 31 march.this would get formal brexit negotiations with the eu started, with the uk expected to leave the 28-member group in 2019.brexit secretary david davis sa






brexit: mps set for vote on triggering talks with eu


image copyrightpamps are to vote later on whether to give theresa may the power to get brexit negotiations under way.the government is expected to win, with most conservative and labour mps set to back its european union bill.but labour leader jeremy corbyn faces a rebellion by some on his side, while the snp and liberal democrats are also promising to oppose ministers.the vote, which will follow two days of parliamentary debate, is expected at about 19:00 gmt.on monday, politicians made imp ioned speeches for and against the bill, which, if p ed, will allow mrs may to trigger article 50 of the lisbon treaty by her own deadline of 31 march.this would get formal brexit negotiations with the eu started, with the uk expected to leave the 28-member group in 2019.brexit secretary david davis sa






brexit: mps set for vote on triggering talks with eu


image copyrightpamps are to vote later on whether to give theresa may the power to get brexit negotiations under way.the government is expected to win, with most conservative and labour mps set to back its european union bill.but labour leader jeremy corbyn faces a rebellion by some on his side, while the snp and liberal democrats are also promising to oppose ministers.the vote, which will follow two days of parliamentary debate, is expected at about 19:00 gmt.on monday, politicians made imp ioned speeches for and against the bill, which, if p ed, will allow mrs may to trigger article 50 of the lisbon treaty by her own deadline of 31 march.this would get formal brexit negotiations with the eu started, with the uk expected to leave the 28-member group in 2019.brexit secretary david davis sa






brexit: mps set for vote on triggering talks with eu


media captiondavid davis: listen to the people on brexitmps are to vote later on whether to give theresa may the power to get brexit negotiations under way.the government is expected to win, with most conservative and labour mps set to back its european union bill.but labour leader jeremy corbyn faces a rebellion by some on his side, while the snp and liberal democrats are also promising to oppose ministers.the vote, which will follow two days of parliamentary debate, is expected at about 19:00 gmt.on monday, politicians made imp ioned speeches for and against the bill, which, if p ed, will allow mrs may to trigger article 50 of the lisbon treaty by her own deadline of 31 march.this would get formal brexit negotiations with the eu started, with the uk expected to leave the 28-member group






deputy speaker orders mps to stop whistling during brexit vote


scottish national party mps were told off by deputy speaker lindsay hoyle for whistling and singing the eu anthem "ode to joy" in the commons chamber as mps voted on brexit legislation.mps agreed by 494 votes to 122 to let the government begin the uk's departure from the eu.brexit vote: clive lewis quits shadow cabinet as mps back billtheresa may: don't obstruct voters over brexitnick boles leaves hospital for brexit vote






deputy speaker orders mps to stop whistling during brexit vote


scottish national party mps were told off by deputy speaker lindsay hoyle for whistling and singing the eu anthem "ode to joy" in the commons chamber as mps voted on brexit legislation.mps agreed by 494 votes to 122 to let the government begin the uk's departure from the eu.brexit vote: clive lewis quits shadow cabinet as mps back billtheresa may: don't obstruct voters over brexitnick boles leaves hospital for brexit vote






brexit: can the uk get a better deal? | uk


with the uk set to withdraw from the european union in early 2019, many are fearing the consequences for both britain and europe. will the negotiations leave a lingering sense of resentment between them?guy verhofstadt, the european parliament's chief negotiator settling terms of the uk's withdrawal, says the eu is not "looking for revenge" and the terms won't be "punitive"."what we are looking for is a fair agreement in which you can never have outside the european union a better status than as member of the european union," says verhofstadt, who served as prime minister of belgium.asked why 52 percent of britons voted to leave, verhofstadt blamed internal partisan politics and anti-immigrant sentiment.in this web extra, mehdi hasan talks brexit with mep and european parliament negotiator






sir ivan rogers: brexit talks to be on humongous scale


media captionsir ivan rogers: brexit talks on a 'humongous scale'brexit talks will be on a "humongous scale" involving "difficult trade-offs", the uk's ex-eu amb ador says.sir ivan rogers predicted much of the talks would be "conducted very publicly" with "name-calling" and an "extremely feisty atmosphere".he added that eu commission chiefs were saying the uk should pay 40-60bn euros to leave and thought a trade deal could take until the mid-2020s to agree.sir ivan, who had been due to leave his post in october, resigned last month.in december he attracted criticism from some mps when his warning to ministers that the european consensus was that a deal might not be done until the early to mid-2020s was revealed by the .giving evidence to the commons european scrutiny committee, he said thi






scotland rejects triggering brexit in non-binding vote | scotland news


scotland's devolved parliament has overwhelmingly rejected britain's march towards a european union exit, in a non-binding vote that could potentially be used as groundwork for a second referendum on scottish independence.tuesday's symbolic motion, which was proposed by the scottish government led by first minister nicola sturgeon, was backed by 90 votes to 34.it argued that the triggering of article 50, which starts the two-year brexit process, should be rejected because the uk government has left too many questions unanswered. opinion: scotland is t ped in a zombie union it said the westminster parliament is not guaranteed a say in any new trade relationship once britain has left the eu and the decision to proceed "does not respect the majority vote to remain part of the eu that was retu






scotland rejects triggering brexit in non-binding vote | scotland news


scotland's devolved parliament has overwhelmingly rejected britain's march towards a european union exit, in a non-binding vote that could potentially be used as groundwork for a second referendum for scottish independence.tuesday's symbolic motion, which was proposed by the scottish government led by first minister nicola sturgeon, was backed by 90 votes to 34.it argued that the triggering of article 50, which starts the two-year brexit process, should be rejected because the uk government has left too many questions unanswered. opinion: scotland is t ped in a zombie union it said the westminster parliament is not guaranteed a say in any new trade relationship once britain has left the eu and the decision to proceed "does not respect the majority vote to remain part of the eu that was ret






mps vote on brexit talks bill


media captiongeorge osborne: economy not government's brexit prioritymps are voting on whether to allow the government to get negotiations for brexit under way.with labour also backing the european union bill, the commons is expected to p it by a large majority, with the result expected at about 1930 gmt.but several labour mps are expected to rebel by voting against it. rachael maskell and dawn butler have just quit jeremy corbyn's front bench to do so.the snp also opposes the bill, which has been debated for two days.if it p es, it will undergo more scrutiny in the commons and lords before p ing into law.mps voted down an snp amendment aimed at scuppering the bill.prime minister theresa may says she wants to trigger article 50 of the lisbon treaty, enabling negotiations with the eu to get






yanis varoufakis on jeremy corbyn and brexit |


in this web extra, former greek finance minister yanis varoufakis tells upfront host mehdi hasan that brexit could hasten the disintegration of the eu, and that uk labour party leader jeremy corbyn is unlikely to be the next prime minister."the chances that he will become prime minister any time soon in the united kingdom are slim, and that is mainly because of the deep divisions within the labour party," says varoufakis.on brexit, varoufakis says the vote to leave was a "huge mistake" and could "speed up" the disintegration of the eu, likening their decision to exit as though the eu were a football club."i have a great worry that the british made a huge mistake leaving the eu," says varoufakis."the european union is not a club. it’s a lot more than that, and it is at an a nced stage of di






brexit plan published in government white paper


media captionwho said what, when, and what happened next?the government has published an official policy document setting out its brexit plans.the white paper lays out the government's 12 "principles" including migration control and "taking control of our own laws".brexit secretary david davis said the uk's "best days are still to come", outside the eu.labour said the document "says nothing" and had been produced too late for "meaningful" scrutiny.the white paper's publication comes after pressure from mps across the house of commons.it sets out the themes of the government's goals for its negotiations with the eu, as announced by prime minister theresa may last month.these include withdrawing from the eu single market and customs union and negotiating a new free trade agreement.it also sa






osborne says economy not government's brexit priority


media captiongeorge osborne: economy not government's brexit prioritythe government has chosen not to make the economy the priority in the forthcoming brexit negotiations, according to george osborne.the ex-chancellor said he respected the decision to prioritise immigration controls and withdrawal from the european court of justice instead.he was speaking as mps began a second day of debating the draft legislation that will allow formal talks to begin.downing street said: "the former chancellor speaks for himself."the government is expected to win the vote later, with most tory and labour mps set to back its bill.if the bill is p ed, article 50 of the lisbon treaty, triggering formal brexit talks, can be invoked.mr osborne said the government had chosen "not to make the economy the priorit






brexit wins first round in british parliament


this image taken from parliamentary recording unit tv shows the result of the parliamentary vote in favor of the british government's brexit bill being handed to the speaker of the house of commons on feb. 1, 2017.(p o: ap) 6 connect 1 linkedinemailmorebritish lawmakers voted overwhelmingly wednesday in favor of formal talks to extricate the united kingdom from the european union.the house of commons voted 498-114 in parliament's first round of brexit voting. more rounds are required, but brexit appears certain to gain approval after its stunning victory in a june referendum."historic vote in parliament tonight. a huge majority to get our brexit negotiations going forward," british foriegn secretary boris johnson tweeted. "history has been made."johnson, a former mayor of london, was a lea






brexit wins first round in british parliament


this image taken from parliamentary recording unit tv shows the result of the parliamentary vote in favor of the british government's brexit bill being handed to the speaker of the house of commons on feb. 1, 2017.(p o: ap) 5 connect 1 linkedinemailmorebritish lawmakers voted overwhelmingly wednesday in favor of formal talks to extricate the united kingdom from the european union.the house of commons voted 498-114 in parliament's first round of brexit voting. more rounds are required, but brexit appears certain to gain approval after its stunning victory in a june referendum."historic vote in parliament tonight. a huge majority to get our brexit negotiations going forward," british foriegn secretary boris johnson tweeted. "history has been made."johnson, a former mayor of london, was a lea






british mps approve first stage of brexit bill


british mps have approved the first stage of a bill empowering prime minister theresa may to start pulling britain out of the european union.the bill, approved on wednesday, would allow the government to trigger article 50 of the eu's lisbon treaty and formally begin two years of exit negotiations. it was approved by a margin of 498 to 114.it was the first brexit-related vote in the house of commons, coming after more than 17 hours of debate, with a second and final vote in the lower house set for next week.the opposition labour party ordered mps to not block the bill, but 47 rebelled against leader jeremy corbyn. he is yet to announce how he will respond to frontbenchers and other lawmakers who refused to tow the party line.brexit: can the uk get a better deal?mps on wednesday also voted






brexit plan to be published in government white paper


media captionwho said what, when, and what happened next?the government's brexit strategy will come under scrutiny when an official policy document setting out its plans is published later.the white paper, which was promised after pressure from mps, comes after the commons voted to allow the pm to begin the brexit process.mps backed the european union bill by 498 votes to 114 on wednesday night, with 47 labour rebels voting against. the bill will now face more debate before it can become law.mps will discuss the bill in more detail next week when it reaches the committee stage in the commons, and labour has vowed to force through amendments.hundreds of amendments have already been tabled for debate between monday and wednesday, with objectives set out in the government's strategy expected






brexit plan to be published in government white paper


media captionmps voted to back the article 50 bill on wednesday eveningthe government's brexit strategy will come under scrutiny when an official policy document setting out its plans is published later.the white paper, which was promised after pressure from mps, comes after the commons voted to allow the pm to begin the brexit process.mps backed the european union bill by 498 votes to 114 on wednesday night, with 47 labour rebels voting against. the bill will now face more debate before it can become law.mps will discuss the bill in more detail next week when it reaches the committee stage in the commons, and labour has vowed to force through amendments.hundreds of amendments have already been tabled for debate between monday and wednesday, with objectives set out in the government's stra






brexit plan to be published in government white paper


media captionmps voted to back the article 50 bill on wednesday eveningthe government's brexit strategy will come under scrutiny when an official policy document setting out its plans is published later.the white paper, which was promised after pressure from mps, comes after the commons voted to allow the pm to begin the brexit process.mps backed the european union bill by 498 votes to 114 on wednesday night, with 47 labour rebels voting against. the bill will now face more debate before it can become law.mps will discuss the bill in more detail next week when it reaches the committee stage in the commons, and labour has vowed to force through amendments.hundreds of amendments have already been tabled for debate between monday and wednesday, with objectives set out in the government's stra






brexit: white paper to reveal government strategy


media captionwhen mps voted to back article 50 billthe government's strategy for brexit will face scrutiny from politicians and the public for the first time when a white paper is published later.the paper, which comes after mps voted to allow the pm to begin the brexit process, will outline downing street's negotiating aims for leaving the eu.mps backed the european union bill by 498 votes to 114 on wednesday night.the bill will now face more debate before it can become law, with labour vowing to force through amendments.mps will discuss the bill in more detail next week when it reaches the committee stage in the commons.hundreds of amendments have already been tabled for debate between monday and wednesday, with objectives set out in the white paper expected to attract more.labour leader






trump and brexit pose new questions for financial regulation


europe has spent the years since the financial crash constructing an edifice of regulation to curb excessive risk-taking by banks and other financial institutions. with the last bricks almost in place, two factors threaten to bring the building down: donald trump and brexit.mr. trump’s administration has raised two pertinent questions. will it embark on an aggressive deregulation of the financial system, leaving deeply different...






british parliament gives brexit go-ahead


london—members of the british parliament’s lower house overwhelmingly gave prime minister theresa may a green light to begin the country’s formal withdrawal from the european union, leaving the government on course to begin brexit as planned by the end of march.the house of commons voted 494 to 122 on wednesday to approve a government bill authorizing it to start the divorce process. the proposals now must go before the unelected...






french on mission to woo bankers from uk after brexit


london — a team of french officials went to london monday on a mission to make paris the european union's financial hub once britain leaves the eu.officials including deputy paris mayor jean-louis missika and valerie pecresse, head of the wider ile-de-france region, met with representatives of firms based in the city, london's financial district.many banks and other firms are considering moving jobs from london once the u.k. leaves the 28-nation bloc and its single market in goods and services.frankfurt is also trying to woo companies away from britain, but pecresse says paris has the a ntage in culture and lifestyle. she asked reporters: "when was the last time you took your partner off for a weekend in frankfurt?"missika said brexit was a "once-in-a-century opportunity" for paris.some co






brexit bill: how people think their labour mps should vote


27 january 2017 last updated at 17:39 gmt people in wakefield and brixton give their opinions on whether their labour mps should back legislation paving the way for the uk's departure from the eu.brexit: labour tensions as article 50 bill published






brexit strategy to be revealed by government


media captionmps voted to back the article 50 bill on wednesday eveningthe government's strategy for brexit will face scrutiny from politicians and the public for the first time when a white paper is published later.the paper, which comes after mps voted to allow the pm to begin the brexit process, will outline downing street's negotiating aims for leaving the eu.mps backed the european union bill by 498 votes to 114 on wednesday night.the bill will now face more debate before it can become law, with labour vowing to force through amendments.mps will discuss the bill in more detail next week when it reaches the committee stage in the commons.hundreds of amendments have already been tabled for debate between monday and wednesday, with objectives set out in the government's strategy expected






brexit strategy to be revealed by government


media captionmps voted to back the article 50 bill on wednesday eveningthe government's strategy for brexit will face scrutiny from politicians and the public for the first time when a white paper is published later.the paper, which comes after mps voted to allow the pm to begin the brexit process, will outline downing street's negotiating aims for leaving the eu.mps backed the european union bill by 498 votes to 114 on wednesday night, with 47 labour rebels voting against. the bill will now face more debate before it can become law.mps will discuss the bill in more detail next week when it reaches the committee stage in the commons, and labour has vowed to force through amendments.hundreds of amendments have already been tabled for debate between monday and wednesday, with objectives set






brexit: mps overwhelmingly back article 50 bill


media captionwhen mps voted to back article 50 billmps have voted by a majority of 384 to allow theresa may to get brexit negotiations under way.they backed the government's european union bill, supported by the labour leadership, by 498 votes to 114.but the scottish national party and the liberal democrat leadership opposed the bill, while 47 labour mps and tory ex-chancellor ken clarke rebelled.the bill now faces further scrutiny in the commons and the house of lords before it can become law.the prime minister has set a deadline of 31 march for invoking article 50 of the lisbon treaty, getting official talks with the eu started.mps held two days of debate on the bill, which follows last june's referendum in which voters opted by 51.9% to 48.1% in favour of brexit.foreign secretary boris






brexit: mps overwhelmingly back article 50 bill


media captionwhen mps voted to back article 50 billmps have voted by a majority of 384 to allow prime minister theresa may to get brexit negotiations under way.they backed the government's european union bill, supported by the labour leadership, by 498 votes to 114.but the snp, plaid cymru and the liberal democrats opposed the bill, while 47 labour mps and tory ex-chancellor ken clarke rebelled.the bill now faces further scrutiny in the commons and the house of lords before it can become law.the prime minister has set a deadline of 31 march for invoking article 50 of the lisbon treaty, getting official talks with the eu started. the bill returns to the commons next week.mps held two days of debate on the bill, which follows last june's referendum in which voters opted by 51.9% to 48.1% in






brexit plan published in government white paper


media captionwho said what, when, and what happened next?the government has published an official policy document setting out its brexit plans.the white paper lays out the government's 12 "principles" including migration control and "taking control of our own laws".brexit secretary david davis said the uk's "best days are still to come", outside the eu.labour said the document "says nothing" and had been produced too late for "meaningful" scrutiny.the white paper's publication comes after pressure from mps across the house of commons.it sets out the themes of the government's goals for its negotiations with the eu, as announced by prime minister theresa may last month.these include:trade: the uk will withdraw from the single market and seek a new customs arran ent and a free trade agreemen






brexit plan published in government white paper


media captionwho said what, when, and what happened next?the government has published an official policy document setting out its brexit plans.the white paper lays out the government's 12 "principles" including migration control and "taking control of our own laws".brexit secretary david davis said the uk's "best days are still to come", outside the eu.labour said the document "says nothing" and had been produced too late for "meaningful" scrutiny.the white paper's publication comes after pressure from mps across the house of commons.it sets out the themes of the government's goals for its negotiations with the eu, as announced by prime minister theresa may last month.these include:trade: the uk will withdraw from the single market and seek a new customs arran ent and a free trade agreemen






uk lawmakers voting on bill to trigger eu exit talks


london — britain's house of commons plans to vote wednesday on a bill authorizing prime minister theresa may to start exit talks with the european union — the first major test of whether lawmakers will try to impede the conservative government's brexit plans.the vote comes after two days of debate in which both government and opposition lawmakers said they would respect voters' june 23 decision to leave the eu and back the bill.but the pro-independence scottish national party will try to p a "wrecking amendment" blocking the start of divorce talks because the government has not disclosed detailed plans for its negotiations with the bloc.the opposition labour party says it will try to amend the bill, but at a later stage. the bill is due to return to the house of commons for a final vote ne






brexit wins first round in british parliament


this image taken from parliamentary recording unit tv shows the result of the parliamentary vote in favor of the british government's brexit bill being handed to the speaker of the house of commons on feb. 1, 2017.(p o: ap)connectlinkedinemailmorebritish lawmakers voted overwhelmingly wednesday in favor of formal talks to extricate the united kingdom from the european union.the house of commons voted 498 to 114 in parliament's first round of of brexit voting. more rounds are required, but brexit appears certain to gain approval after its stunning general election victory in june."historic vote in parliament tonight. a huge majority to get our brexit negotiations going forward," british foriegn secretary boris johnson tweeted. "history has been made."johnson, a former mayor of london, was a






brexit: mps overwhelmingly back article 50 bill


media captionwhen mps voted to back article 50 billmps have voted by a majority of 384 to allow prime minister theresa may to get brexit negotiations under way.they backed the government's european union bill, supported by the labour leadership, by 498 votes to 114.but the snp, plaid cymru and the liberal democrats opposed the bill, while 47 labour mps and tory ex-chancellor ken clarke rebelled.the bill now faces further scrutiny in the commons and the house of lords before it can become law.the prime minister has set a deadline of 31 march for invoking article 50 of the lisbon treaty, getting official talks with the eu started. the bill returns to the commons next week.mps held two days of debate on the bill, which follows last june's referendum in which voters opted by 51.9% to 48.1% in






uk lawmakers voting on bill to trigger eu exit talks


london — britain's house of commons plans to vote wednesday on a bill authorizing prime minister theresa may to start exit talks with the european union — the first major test of whether lawmakers will try to impede the conservative government's brexit plans.the vote comes after two days of debate in which many lawmakers from both government and opposition lawmakers said they would respect voters' june 23 decision to leave the eu and back the bill.may said the question facing members of parliament is: "do they trust the people?"but the pro-independence scottish national party will try to p a "wrecking amendment" blocking the start of divorce talks because the government has not disclosed detailed plans for its negotiations with the bloc.may, meanwhile, announced that the government will pu






uk and turkey sign defence deal, push for more trade | uk news


british prime minister theresa may has signed a $125m defence equipment deal with turkey as the two countries promised to ramp up trade partnerships.may, who arrived in turkey on urday after a trip to the us, visited both countries for the first time as prime minister, promoting trade agreements to strengthen her hand in the uk's negotiations to leave the european union, or brexit.following three hours of talks, turkish president recep tayyip said the two leaders head discussed steps towards defence industry cooperation.he also told reporters he hoped to increase annual trade with britain to $20bn - up from $15.6bn now.trade, defencemay said the two countries had agreed to form a joint working group for post-brexit trade.they would step up an aviation security programme, signing a defence






uk and turkey sign defence deal, push for more trade | uk news


british prime minister theresa may has signed a $125m defence equipment deal with turkey as the two countries promised to ramp up trade partnerships.may, who arrived in turkey on urday after a trip to the us, visited both countries for the first time as prime minister, promoting trade agreements to strengthen her hand in the uk's negotiations to leave the european union, or brexit.after three hours of talks, turkish president recep tayyip erdogan said the two leaders had discussed steps towards defence industry cooperation.he also told reporters he hoped to increase annual trade with britain to $20bn - up from $15.6bn now.trade, defencemay said the two countries had agreed to form a joint working group for post-brexit trade.they would step up an aviation security programme, signing a defen






theresa may: don't obstruct voters over brexit


theresa may has warned mps not to "obstruct" the will of uk voters by changing the parliamentary bill aimed at getting brexit talks under way.the commons is beginning detailed scrutiny of the european union bill, with labour, snp and lib dem mps seeking concessions.these include a guarantee that eu citizens resident in the uk at the time of last year's referendum can remain. but mrs may said she and eu leaders wanted to "get on" with brexit talks.mps have already backed the principle of the bill, which would give mrs may the power to trigger article 50 of the lisbon treaty, starting formal negotiations on brexit.labour has suggested it will not "frustrate brexit" even if it fails to amend the bill in its committee stage this week, during which it will undergo more detailed scrutiny.the gov






theresa may: don't obstruct voters over brexit


theresa may has warned mps not to "obstruct" the will of uk voters by changing the parliamentary bill aimed at getting brexit talks under way.the commons is beginning detailed scrutiny of the european union bill, with labour, snp and lib dem mps seeking concessions.these include a guarantee that eu citizens resident in the uk at the time of last year's referendum can remain. but mrs may said she and eu leaders wanted to "get on" with brexit talks.mps have already backed the principle of the bill, which would give mrs may the power to trigger article 50 of the lisbon treaty, starting formal negotiations on brexit.labour has suggested it will not "frustrate brexit" even if it fails to amend the bill in its committee stage this week, during which it will undergo more detailed scrutiny.the gov






the latest: eu chides trump for travel ban on refugees


london — the latest on president donald trump, his travel ban on seven muslim-majority countries and other immigration actions (all times local):12:10 p.m.the european union's foreign policy chief lashed out at u.s. president donald trump on sunday, insisting that instead of building walls, the continent will "celebrate" every wall which is torn down and "every new bridge that is built up."building on criticism from several national eu capitals on trump's decision to impose a travel ban on refugees, eu high representative federica mogherini said that "all men are first and foremost human beings, with their inalienable rights."she says in a blog post that "everyone deserves respect, beyond their faith, gender, and nationality."and she added between brackets "it feels so strange that we need