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[Analysis] Key points of the Brexit deal (if it ever comes into effect)

The main points of the Brexit withdrawal deal between London and Brussels dissected. Although the EU is preparing to sign the agreement, the UK government has been rocked by resignations since its publication less than 24 hours ago.

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[Ticker] UK’s May defends Brexit deal to MPs, after ministers resign

Under-fire British prime minister Theresa May spent three hours on Thursday defending her government's withdrawal deal with the EU to the House of Commons, despite the resignation of two cabinet ministers. May admitted she shared some MPs "concerns" at...

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[Ticker] Brexit MP calls for ‘no confidence’ vote on May

Conservative pro-Brexit MP Jacob Rees-Mogg on Thursday wrote to the UK prime minister calling on her to resign, in the wake of the publication of the withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU, and the subsequent resignations of two cabinet ministe...

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[Ticker] Denmark blocks Tanzania aid over homophobic crackdown

Denmark has suspended €8.7m of aid to Tanzania over a homophobic crackdown in the country. Ulla Tornaes, the Danish development minister said she was "very concerned" by "unacceptable homophobic comments" made by a senior politician. She spoke after Paul Makonda, a commissioner in charge of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's commercial capital, urged people to denounce gay men to police. "Respect for human rights is crucial for Denmark," Tornaes said.

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[Ticker] Second UK cabinet minister resigns over Brexit deal

A second British cabinet minister resigned on Thursday morning rather than supporting the Brexit withdrawal deal agreed between the UK and the EU on Wednesday night. Esther McVey quit as secretary for work and pensions, just minutes after the Brexit se...

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[Ticker] UK Brexit secretary quits morning after deal agreed

Dominic Raab, the UK Brexit secretary, dramatically resigned on Thursday morning, just hours after signing off on the withdrawal agreement agreed between the UK and the EU. Raab, in his resignation letter, cited the Northern Ireland border and the 'bac...

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[Ticker] Romanian MPs call for national ‘Magnitsky Act’

Some 43 Romanian MPs have signed a petition urging the government to adopt a 'Magnitsky Act', imposing sanctions on human rights abusers, named after Russian anti-corruption activist Sergei Magnitsky. "Today the campaign for a Romanian Magnitsky Act be...

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Romania heaps scorn on ‘revolting’ EU criticism

Romania's ruling party has, literally, shown the middle finger to EU institutions as it prepares to take on the bloc's presidency next year.

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[Ticker] Greece to investigate former PM’s bank accounts

Greek anti-money laundering authorities have ordered the opening of former Pasok prime minister Costas Simitis and his family's bank accounts, as well as those of Simitis' public order minister, Michalis Chrisochoidis in relation to bribe allegations r...

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[Ticker] Tusk: Brexit summit on Sunday 25 November

European Council president Donald Tusk announced Thursday that EU leaders will meet for a summit to formalise the Brexit deal on Sunday 25 November, at 9:30AM – "if nothing extraordinary happens" between now and then. He said that EU ambassadors will meet by the end of this week to discuss the agreement. "I hope there will not be too many comments," said Tusk, after meeting EU negotiator Michel Barnier.

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[Ticker] EU threatens to retaliate if US introduces auto tariffs

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Wednesday that the EU has a list of potential retaliation targets ready in case US president Donald Trump imposes auto tariffs on EU member states. "It could be cars, it could be the agricultural sector, ...

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[Ticker] Frontex: Spain now main destination for migrants

Illegal border crossings into the EU have dropped to a five-year low, with Spain now the main destination, accounting for 60 percent of new arrivals, the EU's border agency Frontex said on Wednesday. Frontex reported 118,900 illegal border crossings in...

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