German Greens leap in EU vote as left slumps

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany’s Green party doubled its share of the vote in Sunday’s European Parliament election, leaping into second place behind Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and above the center-left Social Democrats. An exit poll in the European Union’s biggest member state showed the Greens on 22%, Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their conservative allies on 28%, down eight percentage […]

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British PM May expected to announce date of her departure

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected on Friday to announce the date of her departure, triggering a contest that will bring a new leader to power who is likely to push for a more decisive Brexit divorce deal. After a crisis-riven premiership of almost three years, May is due to meet the chairman of the powerful […]

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Theresa May in peril over Brexit on EU election day

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May was under intense pressure to name a date for her departure after her final Brexit gambit failed, overshadowing a European election that will show a United Kingdom still riven by divisions over its EU divorce. The labyrinthine Brexit has stunned allies and foes alike, and with deadlock in London, the world’s fifth largest […]

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Brexit crisis: Minister quits, piling pressure on Britain's May

LONDON (Reuters) – Prominent Brexit supporter Andrea Leadsom resigned from Prime Minister Theresa May’s government on Wednesday, piling pressure on the British leader after a new Brexit gambit backfired and fueled calls for her to quit. So far May has resisted, vowing to press on despite opposition from lawmakers and other ministers to her bid to get her Brexit deal […]

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UK government says it will introduce Brexit bill as soon as possible

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government will introduce the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill to parliament as soon as possible in order to give lawmakers time to scrutinize it, the leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom said on Thursday. The government has said parliament will hold its first debate and vote on the bill, which will enact Prime Minister […]

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Fight to replace PM May complicating Brexit talks: Labour's McDonnell

LONDON (Reuters) – The battle among leading Conservatives to replace Theresa May as prime minister threatens to derail talks with the opposition Labour Party and the bid to find a Brexit compromise, Labour’s John McDonnell said. May, who has offered to quit if lawmakers accept her Brexit deal, opened cross-party talks with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party more than a month […]

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