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January 16, 2019 6:56 AM Germany's foreign minister on Brexit: Stop 'playing games'

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said there was not much time left to find a solution for Britain’s departure from the European Union and “the time for playing games is now over.” He told broadcaster Deutschlandfunk that after the vote in British parliament on Tuesday there needed to be new talks between Britain and the EU, adding 1622

January 15, 2019 8:09 PM 'Keep calm and carry on', Austria urges after UK Brexit vote

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Theresa May to act swiftly to avert a ‘no-deal’ Brexit after British lawmakers rejected a withdrawal deal she had agreed with Brussels, adding that the deal would not be renegotiated. Britain’s lower house of parliament voted 432-202 against May’s deal, the worst parliamentary defeat for a government 1445

January 15, 2019 7:14 PM UK opposition's Corbyn says Brexit deal could be renogotiated if May's plan rejected

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain could reopen negotiations with the European Union over the terms of its departure from the bloc, opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Tuesday, as he urged lawmakers to reject Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal. “I say this to our negotiating partners in the EU: If parliament votes down this deal, then re-opening 1425

January 15, 2019 7:05 PM At 'historic' moment, British PM May urges lawmakers to back her deal

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May urged lawmakers to back her deal on Tuesday, saying it was a historic decision that the country would live with for generations. “The responsibility on each and every one of us at this moment is profound, for this is a historic decision that will set the future of our country for generations,” May told parliament 1472

January 14, 2019 8:10 AM UK trade minister Fox says no Brexit deal is default government policy

LONDON (Reuters) - The default policy of the British government is to leave the European Union on March 29 without any deal if Prime Minister Theresa May cannot get an agreement through parliament, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said on Monday. “The government will want to leave with a deal but the government will want to prepare for no deal if it’s impossible 92

January 13, 2019 11:30 AM UK parliament will act to stop no deal Brexit: pro-EU party leader

LONDON (Reuters) - The British parliament will act to stop a no deal Brexit from happening, Vince Cable, the leader of the pro-EU Liberal Democrats, said on Sunday. The Sunday Times, citing a senior government source, reported that rebel lawmakers were planning to wrest control of the legislative agenda away from Prime Minister Theresa May next week with a view to suspending 104

January 13, 2019 11:02 AM Greek right-wing coalition partner says will not back government in a confidence vote

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek right-wing coalition partner Panos Kammenos said on Sunday he would not support Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in a confidence vote in parliament. Kammenos, whose Independent Greeks party props up the government, resigned on Sunday from the defense minister’s post in protest at a deal ending a long running dispute with Macedonia 90

January 11, 2019 8:54 AM Greek PM to seek support from ally to avert snap election

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will ask his conservative coalition ally on Friday to keep supporting the government, hoping to avert a snap election after the parties fell out over a deal on neighboring Macedonia’s name. Tsipras has said that he will request a confidence vote if he loses the parliamentary support of the right-wing 97

January 9, 2019 10:48 AM Germany: Must prepare for no-deal Brexit until UK parliament ratifies deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Wednesday that he hoped a Brexit deal would be ratified in time for Britain’s planned departure from the European Union in March but it was necessary to keep preparing for a no-deal scenario until then. Altmaier, who was meeting Britain’s Business Minister Greg Clark in Berlin on Wednesday 87

January 9, 2019 10:07 AM U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo meets Iraqi Speaker in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Iraqi Speaker of Parliament Mohammed al-Halbousi in Baghdad on Wednesday, according to a statement from the Speaker’s office. Pompeo is on a tour of Middle Eastern capitals. The U.S. State Department did not immediately comment on reports of Pompeo’s visit to Iraq. Asked on Tuesday about 95