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May expects tough talks; EU alarmed at Brexit 'illusions'

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LONDON/BRUSSELS British Prime Minister Theresa May expects divorce talks with the European Union to be tough, she said on Sunday after EU leaders agreed stiff terms and voiced alarm at "illusions" in London that may wreck a deal.

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May pledges not to increase VAT, quiet on other taxes 3:10pm BST

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she would not increase value-added tax (VAT) if her Conservative Party was elected on June 8, but she did not extend the same promise to other major taxes.

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Opposition gains in British polls, but May's party keeps strong lead 1:33pm BST

LONDON Three opinion polls showed a rise in support for Britain's opposition Labour Party, although Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives maintained a commanding lead ahead of a June 8 election expected to define the terms of the country's EU exit.

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PM May sets out plans to protect pensions during takeovers 12:38am BST

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to protect workers against irresponsible practices over pensions on Sunday, promising new regulations on how schemes are handled during corporate takeovers.

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Britain gears up for negotiations of a 'lifetime' after EU outlines Brexit stance 29 Apr 2017

LONDON Britain's minister for leaving the European Union said on Saturday the country was gearing up for the most complex negotiations "in our lifetimes" after the European Union outlined its tough approach to Brexit talks.

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UKIP leader Nuttall to stand in pro-Brexit stronghold in election 29 Apr 2017

LONDON The leader of eurosceptic party UKIP will stand in the constituency of Boston and Skegness in Britain's general election in June, the party said on Saturday, seeking to capitalise on strong pro-Brexit sentiment in the area.

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'Phased approach': How to read EU Brexit guidelines 29 Apr 2017

BRUSSELS European Union leaders approved on Saturday guidelines for their chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, setting priorities that the Union of 27 governments staying in the bloc wants to achieve in talks on Britain's withdrawal.

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EU says united Ireland would be automatic full member 29 Apr 2017

BRUSSELS European Union leaders promised on Saturday to embrace the British province of Northern Ireland into the EU if a referendum in the future were to unite it with the Republic of Ireland.

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Japan's Abe cautions against Brexit regulation cliff edge 29 Apr 2017

LONDON Japan's Shinzo Abe called on Prime Minister Theresa May to ensure a smooth transition for business as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, to avoid a cliff edge where rules and regulations for firms change overnight.

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EU unity in Brexit talks in Britain's interest - Tusk 29 Apr 2017

BRUSSELS The European Union will only be able to conclude talks on Britain's exit if it stays united, which means the bloc's unity is in Britain's interest, the chairman of EU summits Donald Tusk said on Saturday.

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