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November 25, 2018 11:24 AM Britain 'optimistic' about case of academic jailed in UAE

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Sunday he was optimistic that progress could be made in the case of Matthew Hedges, a British academic jailed for life in the United Arab Emirates on spying charges on Wednesday. “I am more optimistic as we sit here now that we can find a way through this,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show. “The UAE is a very longstanding 74

November 25, 2018 10:57 AM Northern Ireland DUP's Foster: Will 'review' May support if her Brexit deal succeeds

LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of Northern Ireland’s DUP said she would “review” the agreement that props up Britain’s Conservative government if Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal is passed by the UK parliament. “If it came to the situation that parliament did decide, and there’s no evidence that they’re going to, but if they did decide 57

November 25, 2018 8:00 AM Elections, referendum still possible in Britain: Lithuania

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union should not rule out several scenarios after leaders sign a withdrawal agreement for Britain’s exit from the bloc, Lithuania’s president said on Sunday, highlighting new British elections or a second Brexit referendum as possibilities. “Everything could happen, at least four possible scenarios could be in place 70

November 24, 2018 2:38 PM EU gives Spain reassurances over Gibraltar in Brexit deal: document

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will declare in approving the Brexit deal with Britain on Sunday that any future arrangements regarding Gibraltar must be discussed directly with Madrid, a draft document seen by Reuters shows. “After the United Kingdom leaves the Union, Gibraltar will not be included in the territorial scope of the agreements 70

November 24, 2018 2:17 PM Britain gives Spain assurances on Gibraltar to unlock Brexit deal

(Reuters) - Britain provided assurances to the European Union on Saturday that it will not insist on interpreting the Brexit withdrawal agreement as binding the EU to apply a future EU-UK trade treaty to Gibraltar, soothing Spanish concerns on the issue. The British government “will negotiate the future agreements implementing the Joint Political Declaration 75

November 24, 2018 2:14 PM Britain says will hold talks with Spain on future of Gibraltar

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The UK government said in a statement on Saturday it would discuss the future of Gibraltar directly with Spain, part of reassurances given to Madrid to agree to the European Union’s Brexit deal. “For the withdrawal negotiations, given there are some circumstances which are specific to Gibraltar, we held talks with Spain which directly 74

November 24, 2018 2:12 PM US, Britain mourn loss of Syrian activists

In this photo undated photo released by the Syrian anti-government activist group Kafranbl News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a portrait of the anti-Syrian government activist Raed Fares, who was also a vocal critic of Islamic militants, killed on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, by gunmen with his colleague 190

November 24, 2018 1:34 PM EU's Tusk, Spain's Sanchez push for Gibraltar Brexit deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU summit chair Donald Tusk said on Saturday that a Brexit summit on Sunday which had been in doubt over Spanish concerns on Gibraltar was now closer to going ahead as planned after he spoke to the Spanish prime minister. “After the phone call between (European Council President Tusk) and (Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez) a few minutes 71

November 24, 2018 12:40 PM Northern Irish DUP says will support Gibraltar cause in parliament

BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party on Saturday pledged to use its 10 votes in parliament to support the cause of Gibraltar if necessary. The European Union is trying to broker a compromise between Spain and the United Kingdom over the future of the British overseas territory to stop Madrid from blocking an agreement on Britain’s 66

November 22, 2018 1:38 PM Gibraltar still unresolved before Sunday EU's Brexit summit: draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A statement by 27 European Union leaders will say on Sunday that the bloc would show “particular vigilance” on how Britain behaves regarding fisheries and industry standards after Brexit, according to a draft seen by Reuters on Thursday. Before the Sunday summit, meant to endorse the Brexit deal with Britain, the draft statement 69