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The road to Brexit


France's place in Europe at issue in vote for president

PARIS France voted on Sunday in the first round of a bitterly fought presidential election that could define the future of the European Union, and is sure to be seen as a gauge of the anti-establishment anger that has brought upsets in Western politics. | Video

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Brexit makes campsites cool again as Britons tighten belts

NEWTON FERRERS, England/LONDON Before last year's Brexit vote, Scott McCready was struggling to fill his holiday cabins on the coast of southwest England. Now the site is fully booked with British tourists avoiding more expensive foreign trips following a plunge in the pound.


May's Conservatives at 50 percent in poll, highest since 1991

LONDON Support for Theresa May's ruling Conservatives was at 50 percent in a Comres poll published on Saturday, putting the prime minister on course for a landslide election victory on June 8.


PM May's Conservatives on 48 percent support in YouGov poll

LONDON Support for Theresa May's ruling Conservatives stood at 48 percent in a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times, the third poll in as many hours to put the British prime minister on course for a sweeping election victory on June 8.


May refuses to rule out personal tax hikes after election

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May refused on Saturday to rule out an increase in personal taxes if she wins a June election, riling supporters at the start of a campaign designed to strengthen her hand ahead of Brexit talks. | Video


May's Conservatives hold 19 point lead in Opinium UK election poll

LONDON Theresa May's Conservative party held a 19 percentage point lead over Labour in a poll by research group Opinium on Saturday, helped by a slide in support for the main opposition party and the anti-EU group UKIP ahead of a June election.


May says June election result 'not certain'

MAIDENHEAD, England British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday that she was not taking anything for granted as she geared up for a snap election in June, in which polls suggest her Conservative party was heading for a landslide victory.


Factbox - Candidates in Britain's snap election: comings and goings

Britain's election on June 8 will mark the departure of some prominent lawmakers, while others are hoping to return.


Trump warming to EU trade deal with Britain behind in queue - Times

LONDON The United States could strike a free-trade agreement with the European Union after President Donald Trump warmed to a deal with the bloc, the Times reported on Saturday, quoting sources from both sides of the discussion.


Bank of England's Saunders edges towards rate rise

LONDON Bank of England policymaker Michael Saunders on Friday opened the possibility that he will soon join a minority calling for higher interest rates, predicting that both growth and inflation could well exceed the BoE's earlier forecasts.


Election regulator investigates pro-Brexit Leave.EU campaign group

LONDON Britain's Electoral Commission said on Friday it was investigating whether the influential pro-Brexit Leave.EU campaign group broke the law over donations it received during last year's European Union referendum.


Labour MP says her party is not trying to win election

LONDON A lawmaker from Britain's opposition Labour Party publicly admitted that the party is not trying to win a snap election that Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May called for June 8.

Deutsche raises sterling forecast but still sees weak UK outlook

LONDON Sterling will not fall as much as previously expected thanks to the prospect of a softer Brexit, currency analysts at Deutsche Bank said on Friday, raising their forecasts for the currency but maintaining a broadly gloomy outlook for the UK economy.


UK retail sales post biggest quarterly fall since 2010

LONDON British retail sales posted their biggest quarterly fall in seven years in the first three months of 2017, as rising prices since last year's Brexit vote put more pressure on consumers, official data showed on Friday. | Video


Hammond says 2015 tax promises hamper government

WASHINGTON Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said on Friday that earlier promises not to increase key taxes limited his ability to manage the economy, as his Conservative party prepares to set out its manifesto for an election on June 8.