Brexit talks 'to focus on withdrawal first'

Brexit talks 'to focus on withdrawal first'

Formal Brexit negotiations will first focus on issues to do with the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, as part of a sequenced approach to talks, the European Commission has said. The BBC has been told by EU sources that the talks will follow the EU’s preferred pattern of exit negotiations first, with the future relations between the two sides at a later date. The UK’s Department for Exiting the EU said it still held the…

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Theresa May to hold talks with DUP leaders on government deal

Theresa May to hold talks with DUP leaders on government deal

Theresa May is set to meet the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in Downing Street as she seeks a deal to enable the Conservatives to govern. The prime minister will host Arlene Foster to thrash out the terms of the DUP’s backing for her minority government. Mrs May says they will have no veto on key policies. Mrs Foster says her party has the national interest at heart. MPs are returning to Westminster on…

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Trump holds first face-to-face talks with Pope Francis

Trump holds first face-to-face talks with Pope Francis

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has met Pope Francis at the Vatican for a short private audience on the third leg of his overseas trip. He arrived for the meeting along with his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner. The meeting was keenly awaited as the two men have already clashed at a distance on issues including migration and climate change. Mr Trump is meeting Italy’s president…

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Brexit bill: Parliament clears way for talks with EU

Brexit bill: Parliament clears way for talks with EU

Parliament has passed the Brexit bill, paving the way for the government to trigger Article 50 so the UK can leave the European Union. Peers backed down over the issues of EU residency rights and a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal after their objections were overturned by MPs. The bill is expected to receive Royal Assent and become law on Tuesday. This means Theresa May is free to push the button on withdrawal…

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'The public perception of him is wrong' – Hodgson backed after Leicester talks

'The public perception of him is wrong' – Hodgson backed after Leicester talks

Premier League champions Leicester have held informal talks with former England boss Roy Hodgson about him becoming their new manager. However, it is thought the 69-year-old was just one potential candidate spoken to in the search for Claudio Ranieri’s replacement. And acting boss Craig Shakespeare could stay in charge until the end of the season if results continue to improve. Ranieri was sacked on 23 February, nine months after winning the title. The Italian departed…

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Theresa May and Donald Trump to hold face-to-face talks

Theresa May and Donald Trump to hold face-to-face talks

Prime Minister Theresa May is to hold face-to-face talks with US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office later. The pair will spend about an hour together in the first visit by a foreign leader to the White House since Mr Trump became president. Earlier, Mrs May told US Republicans the UK and US could not return to “failed” military interventions “to remake the world in our own image”. But she said they should not…

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Boris Johnson in New York for talks with Donald Trump's team

Boris Johnson in New York for talks with Donald Trump's team

The foreign secretary has held “positive but frank” talks with some of Donald Trump’s key advisers during a visit to New York, officials have said. Boris Johnson met Mr Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kuchner, and Steve Bannon, the US president-elect’s strategist. It was the first formal face-to-face meeting between members of the incoming US administration and a UK minister. Officials said they discussed US foreign policy towards Syria, China and Russia. On Monday Mr Johnson will…

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Ceta talks: Last-ditch bid to save EU-Canada trade deal

Ceta talks: Last-ditch bid to save EU-Canada trade deal

Emergency talks are under way in Brussels in an effort to save an EU free trade deal with Canada (Ceta), blocked by a Belgian region. European Parliament head Martin Schulz is to hold separate talks with Canadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland and the head of Belgium’s Wallonia region. Ms Freeland abandoned talks on Friday, after seven years of negotiations. Failure to reach agreement on Ceta would call into question the EU’s ability to forge other…

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