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Irish, EU governments sound out Johnson to avoid no-deal Brexit: Sunday Times

Irish, EU governments sound out Johnson to avoid no-deal Brexit: Sunday TimesAhead of Boris Johnson’s likely election next week as Britain’s prime minister, EU countries are secretly wooing him in a bid to thrash out a new Brexit plan that would avoid a no-deal disaster, the Sunday Times newspaper reported. German and French figures as well as the Dutch and Belgian governments have also established contact with Johnson’s team and signaled an intention to do a deal, it added. In a limited extract released on Saturday evening ahead of publication, the paper reported that Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has indicated Dublin is prepared to compromise.



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Boris Johnson rejects EU compromise and pushes Britain towards the no-deal Brexit cliff edge

Boris Johnson rejects EU compromise and pushes Britain towards the no-deal Brexit cliff edgeThe likely next prime minister said he would not accept a time-limit or exit mechanism on the contentious backstop for Northern Ireland.



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Brexit: Ex-PM vows legal action if UK Parliament suspended

Brexit: Ex-PM vows legal action if UK Parliament suspendedA former British prime minister threatened Wednesday to take Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson to court if he tries to suspend Parliament to deliver a U.K. departure from the European Union without a deal. John Major told the BBC it would be unacceptable and against tradition to shut down Parliament, and he would seek a court ruling to overturn it if it happened. Major’s suggestion is important because Parliament has repeatedly signaled its opposition to a no-deal Brexit, but has no obvious way of stopping it.



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Trump takes parting Brexit shot at Theresa May, says he won't 'deal' with U.K. ambassador

Trump takes parting Brexit shot at Theresa May, says he won't 'deal' with U.K. ambassadorThe president also sharply criticized the U.K.'s ambassador, who described him as "inept."



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Bogus Brexit murder plot and other lies planted online by Russian accounts: study

Bogus Brexit murder plot and other lies planted online by Russian accounts: studyIn August 2018, Spanish authorities uncovered a plot by anti-Brexit campaigners to assassinate leading Brexiteer and now favorite to be Britain’s next prime minister, Boris Johnson. The effort employed scores of accounts posting in at least six languages on platforms including Facebook and Twitter, as well as multiple other blogging sites and forums. The aim was to “divide, discredit, and distract” Western countries by planting false information about topics ranging from alleged British meddling in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections to Irish paramilitary involvement in the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England last year.



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European Union delays Brexit until Oct. 31, saving Britain from messy EU exit this week

European Union delays Brexit until Oct. 31, saving Britain from messy EU exit this weekThe extension to Oct. 31 is intended to give British Prime Minister Theresa May more time to get her Brexit deal through Parliament.



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Merkel says backs longer Brexit delay than London seeking

Merkel says backs longer Brexit delay than London seekingGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that she was open to giving Britain more time to arrange its exit from the EU than the June 30 departure London is seeking. Merkel told Germany’s parliament ahead of a special EU summit in Brussels dedicated to Brexit that leaders may well agree to a delay “longer than the British prime minister (Theresa May) has requested”. “I am of the opinion, the German government is of the opinion, that we should give both (British) parties a reasonable amount of time” to reach an agreement on an orderly Brexit, she said.



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Lords Move to Prevent No-Deal as Talks Stumble: Brexit Update

Lords Move to Prevent No-Deal as Talks Stumble: Brexit UpdateTheresa May is trying to find a new Brexit compromise with the opposition Labour Party, and officials from both sides will hold “technical talks” talks on Monday evening. House of Lords approves a bill aimed at stopping a no-deal Brexit.



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REFILE-UPDATE 1-UK's May says greater risk of no Brexit the longer it takes to find compromise

REFILE-UPDATE 1-UK's May says greater risk of no Brexit the longer it takes to find compromiseBritish Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday that the longer it takes to find a compromise with the opposition Labour Party to secure a parliamentary majority for a Brexit deal, the less likely it is that Britain will leave the European Union. May has so far failed to secure backing for her negotiated agreement with Brussels as some Conservative lawmakers and Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, which props up her minority government, have voted it down. “The fact is that on Brexit there are areas where the two main parties agree: we both want to end free movement, we both want to leave with a good deal, and we both want to protect jobs,” May said in comments released by her Downing Street office.



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UK opposition leader: I'm waiting for May to move Brexit 'red lines'

UK opposition leader: I'm waiting for May to move Brexit 'red lines'With Britain due to leave the bloc on April 12 and no sign of her minority government being able to pass a deal through parliament on its own, May turned to Labour Party leader Corbyn in recent days in the hope of securing a bi-partisan agreement. A deal with Corbyn could be May’s last chance to deliver Brexit without either a long delay or leaving with no deal at all. “I’m waiting to see the red lines move,” he told the BBC.



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