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Minister for London slams 'blanket ban' on Uber

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LONDON A government minister has criticised the London authorities for deciding to strip Uber of its taxi licence, a major setback to the U.S. technology firm that has become a big player in the city's transport system. | Video

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May sets out transition plan in bid to unlock Brexit talks 22 Sep 2017

FLORENCE, Italy Prime Minister Theresa May set out a plan on Friday to retain full access to the EU's single market for two years after Brexit to try to reassure business and reset the tone of stalled negotiations with Brussels. | Video

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Britain says Moody's downgrade based on 'outdated' Brexit view 22 Sep 2017

LONDON Britain's government said on Friday that a decision by ratings agency Moody's to downgrade the country's credit rating was based on an "outdated" assessment of its plans to leave the European Union.

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EU leaders want clarity on citizens, Brexit financial terms and Ireland 22 Sep 2017

PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that in Brexit talks, rules on the settlement of European Union citizens, the financial terms of Britain's departure from the bloc, and the question of Ireland must be clarified before other issues can be tackled.

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Close but no hurrah - EU welcomes May Brexit speech, but warily 22 Sep 2017

BRUSSELS Theresa May's "constructive spirit" won a cautious welcome from the European Union on Friday, though the British prime minister's keynote Brexit speech raised more questions than answers for some and they want more details next week.

Polish PM - Want to ensure rights of Poles in UK in Brexit talks 22 Sep 2017

WARSAW Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said on Friday that for Poland the key issue in Brexit negotiations is to focus on the rights of Polish citizens in Britain and issues related to the EU budget.

Head of G4S immigration unit at centre of abuse scandal quits 22 Sep 2017

The head of a G4S-run immigration unit in Britain at the centre of allegations of bullying and abuse, has resigned, the outsourcing company said on Friday.

Ireland says 'lot of work' needed to move to next phase of Brexit talks 22 Sep 2017

DUBLIN Ireland's foreign minister on Friday welcomed Theresa May's speech in Florence calling for a Brexit transition deal, but said a lot of work was still required before the EU could move on to the next phase of talks with Britain.

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Factbox - Uber operates in more than 90 European cities, despite legal battles 22 Sep 2017

Uber faces having to withdraw ride hailing services in London, its busiest European market, after local regulator Transport for London pulled the company's licence for private hire cabs on Friday, a move Uber said it planned to appeal.

Poland says full protection of EU citizens' rights in UK key in Brexit 22 Sep 2017

WARSAW Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski, commenting on Brexit proposals presented on Friday by British Prime Minister Theresa May, said that protecting the rights of European Union citizens in the United Kingdom was one of the key conditions.