Tag: European Union

Will Theresa May Be ‘Poleaxed’? The Tories Turn to Poison-Pen Letters

LONDON — When the firestorm surrounding Prime Minister Theresa May and her plan for Britain’s exit from the European Union had quieted a little, the country’s political class finally had time to focus on the thing it really likes: plotting. In a secret location, the chairman of a panel called […]

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REPORT: Brexiteer Ministers to Demand May Make Changes to Brexit Deal as PM Faces Potential Leadership Challenge

Environment secretary Michael Gove is said to be leading a group of pro-Brexit Cabinet ministers to pressure the prime minister into renegotiating the deal with Brussels. Mr Gove, Penny Mordaunt, Liam Fox, Andrea Leadsom, and Chris Grayling are reported by The Telegraph to be planning to move in exchange for withdrawing their threats to resign […]

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Brexit: A Series of Unfortunate Choices

No sooner had Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled her 585-page draft of a deal on withdrawing from the European Union than all hell broke loose. Ministers resigned, hard-core Brexiteers began stirring up a leadership challenge; in the House of Commons, Mrs. May’s talk of a “smooth and orderly” divorce drew […]

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Theresa May and Her Brexit Deal Are on the Brink. Here’s What We Know.

ImagePrime Minister Theresa May held a news conference at 10 Downing Street in London on Thursday.CreditPool photo by Matt Dunham She parried questions about cabinet defections. She asked a caller about the weather, only for him to ask for her resignation. She discussed her blood sugar levels. Prime Minister Theresa […]

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‘The Panic Attacks Are Setting In’

On March 29, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. Probably. Since Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50, setting in motion a two-year exit process, the British government and the European Union have sparred over what Brexit might mean in practice. Questions have swirled. Will European Union citizens […]

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At Brexit Crunch Time, Theresa May Takes a Pummeling

LONDON — Theresa May rose to her feet before the British House of Commons on Thursday to make the sales pitch of her life, promising that the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union would be “smooth and orderly.” It was not supposed to be a laugh line. But the […]

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Brexit for the Non-Brit: What Is It, and Why Can’t They Get It Done?

LONDON — After years of delays, stumbles and intermittent negotiations, Prime Minister Theresa May this week finally presented a draft plan for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union — and it has been roundly and loudly panned. Her government is teetering on the verge of collapse. Supporters of Brexit had […]

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WATCH: PM Theresa May Faces Toughest Parliamentary Questioning Since Neville Chamberlain in 1940

Theresa May has faced arguably the toughest day in Parliament by any British prime minister since Neville Chamberlain’s Norway debate in 1940. The analogy was drawn by Sky News’s political correspondent Lewis Goodall after the prime minister faced hostile question after question on Thursday during House of Commons debate on the proposed UK withdrawal agreement, […]

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Brexit Could Leave Wedding Bouquets Stuck at the Border

ImageMore than a third of the global flower trade flows through the Aalsmeer marketplace in the Netherlands.CreditAndrew Urwin for The New York Times Far removed from the political posturing and brinkmanship that capture most of the attention in Britain’s long and tedious departure from the European Union, Yme Pasma is […]

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‘The Worst Deal in History’: Brexiteers Respond to Theresa May’s ‘Slave State’ Agreement With Europe

The Prime Minister has betrayed the principles of Brexit and is subjecting the United Kingdom to political slavery at the hands of Brussels, Brexiteers have said, as the details of the Prime Minister’s deal leaked to Irish media Tuesday afternoon. Brexiteers within the Conservative party met Tuesday as the news emerged of a “technical level” […]

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Trade War Watch: Were the Auto Tariffs Ever Supposed to Be More Than a Threat?

The U.S. Commerce Department has submitted draft recommendations to the White House on its investigation into whether it’s prudent to impose tariffs of up to 25 percent on imported automobiles and parts, based on the premise that they’re a threat to national security. The possibility has the industry in a […]

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Britain and E.U. Agree on a Plan for Brexit

LONDON — British and European Union officials reached a long-awaited draft agreement on Tuesday on Britain’s troubled withdrawal from the bloc, opening the way for a high-stakes meeting of Prime Minister Theresa May’s most senior ministers to consider the plans, the prime minister’s office said. Cabinet ministers will have a […]

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Prime Minister Calls Cabinet to Downing Street After Brexit Deal Reportedly Agreed with EU

A “technical level” Brexit deal has been struck between the United Kingdom and the European Union, Britain’s state broadcaster reported Tuesday afternoon, leading Prime Minister Theresa May to summon her cabinet to Downing Street to buy into the agreement before it is revealed to the British public. Just hours after the Cabinet — the group […]

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Could Oysters Ease Trade Tensions With U.S.? European Leaders Hope So

Brussels — The United States and Europe may one day put aside their differences on trade, eliminate tariffs on industrial goods and work together to rein in their common economic adversary, China. But for Cecilia Malmstrom, the European trade commissioner, the most urgent task is to produce quick results, however […]

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Stimulus Plan or Populist Giveaway? Italy’s Budget Sets Up Clash With E.U.

NAPLES, Italy — Italy’s desperate need for a financial shot in the arm is palpable at all levels of the economy, from the entrepreneurs in the industrial north who are hungry for tax breaks and a streamlined bureaucracy to the welfare seekers in the poverty-stricken south, with its dizzying levels […]

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News Analysis: Macron Hopes WWI Ceremonies Warn of Nationalism’s Dangers. Is Anyone Listening?

PARIS — All week President Emmanuel Macron toured France’s World War I memory trail. He visited the killing fields of Verdun, the vast ossuary at Douaumont and the monument to heroic African soldiers at Reims. Each stop made the same solemn point: Nationalism kills. It is a message Mr. Macron […]

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Google apps may cost EU phone makers as much as $40 per phone

Two days ago, Google unveiled new licensing terms for Android phones and tablets in the European Union, following the EU’s record $5 billion fine. Device manufacturers can now sell phones with heavily-modified builds of Android while also producing normal Android devices with the Play Store, and some apps (like Chrome and Google Search) are now […]

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‘It’s Just Chaos’ – Pro-Brexit and Pro-EU Tories All Turning on Theresa May over Negotiations

MPs from both the Brexiteer and EU loyalist wings of the Tory Party are turning on Theresa May over her “chaotic” mismanagement of negotiations with the bloc. The Prime Minister campaigned against Brexit during the 2016 referendum and has made concession after concession to Brussels, but the bloc has still stonewalled her on the border […]

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Google is splitting up Chrome, Search, and Android for the European Union

Google Search has been a key component of Android since the OS was first released, and Chrome has become increasingly important in recent years. All three products are now intertwined, but the European Union wants them to be separate. Google recently was hit with a $5 billion fine from the EU, and to avoid more […]

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Europe’s strict new digital copyright laws may make for a changed internet worldwide

In the ongoing saga that is copyright law in the age of the internet, the European Parliament has just approved stern and controversial new copyright legislation sure to have wide-reaching influence on government bodies worldwide. The two key items of contention? Charges for displaying snippets of content dubbed a “link tax” by critics, and a rule […]

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