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Breakingviews - Trump gives Britain glimpse of post-Brexit reality

03 Jun 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Donald Trump’s state visit may do Britain a favour - just not in the way he envisages. Even before Air Force One touched down in London on Monday, the U.S. president had intervened in the race to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, advocated a chaotic Brexit, and insulted the capital’s mayor, Sadiq Khan. Leaving the European Union makes Britain even more dependent on an increasingly erratic ally.

Breakingviews - May’s replacement will face same Brexit dilemma

24 May 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Brexit has claimed its second British prime minister. Less than three years after she took over from David Cameron following the country’s vote to leave the European Union, Theresa May on Friday announced she would step down on June 7. But her replacement will face the same dilemmas.

Breakingviews - Breakdown: Europe’s least irrelevant election

23 May 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The European Parliament is limbering up for its least irrelevant election. Voters in the European Union – which still includes the United Kingdom – started heading to the polls on Thursday in the latest iteration of continent-wide democracy.

Breakingviews - The Exchange: Margrethe Vestager

07 May 2019

BRUSSELS (Reuters Breakingviews) - The EU’s antitrust commissioner is famous for imposing multi-billion-dollar fines on Alphabet and Apple. She joins Liam Proud and Peter Thal Larsen to explain why combatting the greed, power and fear that stifles competition is even more crucial in a data-driven world.

Breakingviews - Brexit extension lets UK remain in name only

11 Apr 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The latest Brexit extension lets Britain remain in name only. Postponing the country’s departure from the European Union to October 31 avoids a chaotic exit and gives it more time to find a way out of the impasse. In the meantime, though, it will be largely reduced to a spectator.

Breakingviews - Theresa May’s soft-Brexit pivot has three barriers

03 Apr 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The lady is for turning after all. After failing for a third time to ram her Brexit deal through parliament last week, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday offered to compromise. Her belated approach to the opposition Labour party, following an all-day cabinet meeting, is a welcome sign that she wants to avoid crashing out of the European Union without a deal. But her pivot still faces at least three obstacles.

Breakingviews - Four lessons of Theresa May’s third Brexit defeat

29 Mar 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Only one definite conclusion can be drawn from Theresa May’s latest parliamentary defeat. Britain will not leave the European Union on March 29, despite the prime minister’s repeated promises that it would. After lawmakers on Friday voted by a majority of 58 to reject her Brexit deal for the third time, the country will remain part of the bloc for at least another two weeks.

Breakingviews - Brexit extension sharpens Britain’s choices

22 Mar 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The European Union didn’t kick the Brexit can so much as nudge it. After another late-night summit in Brussels, leaders of 27 EU countries did what they do best and extended the deadline for a difficult decision. But by giving Theresa May’s government only two more weeks to agree a plan for leaving the bloc, they also sharpened Britain’s difficult choices.

Breakingviews - Britain positions for longer Brexit limbo

12 Mar 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Britain is stretching out its journey to an unknown final destination. Parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s blueprint for leaving the European Union for a second time on Tuesday. With only 17 days to go until the official departure date, buying more time is the probable next step, and the least painful way forward.

Breakingviews - Brexit tips Ireland into economic purgatory

11 Mar 2019

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - They’re counting the cranes over Dublin again. A decade after Ireland’s devastating property crash, the capital city’s skyline is once again a display of frantic construction activity. In January journalists at the Irish Times spotted more than 100 cranes from the newspaper’s offices, triple the number three years earlier.

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