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The road to Brexit

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EU leaders to give mandate for next phase of Brexit talks - Lithuanian president

BRUSSELS European Union leaders will agree on Friday to move forward with Britain's exit negotiations to prepare a future trade deal, Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite said.

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UK retailers enjoy bumper Black Friday sales

LONDON British shoppers pounced on electrical goods and other Black Friday bargains last month, giving an unexpectedly big boost to retail sales, which contrasted with earlier signs of a subdued start to Christmas spending. | Video

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Japan, UK eye post-Brexit mutual recognition of trade standards

LONDON Japan and Britain said they hoped to achieve a swift deal on mutual recognition of each other's standards for goods and services when Britain leaves the European Union.

Chronology - It only took seven decades: the path to EU's defence pact

BRUSSELS Twenty-five EU governments have agreed a defence pact to mark a new era of greater European military integration after Britain's decision to quit the bloc.

Parliamentary rebellion will not stop Brexit - Boris Johnson

LONDON Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday that a rebellion in parliament will not stop Britain's plans to leave the European Union after lawmakers defeated the government on proposed changes to its EU withdrawal legislation.

UK's May says on course to deliver Brexit despite parliament setback

BRUSSELS British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday she was on course to deliver Brexit and a new partnership with the European Union, shrugging off a parliamentary defeat that could weaken her hand as the decisive phase of talks begin.

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Bank of England - disorderly Brexit risk reduced by EU talks progress

LONDON Last week's breakthrough in Brexit talks has reduced the risk of a disorderly British departure from the European Union and may boost economic confidence, the Bank of England said on Thursday after it left interest rates unchanged.

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Next phase of Brexit talks to be real test of EU unity - Tusk

BRUSSELS The next phase of talks on Brexit will be the real test of European Union unity and success can only come if the 27 remaining EU countries stick together, the chairman of EU leader Donald Tusk said on Thursday.

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Merkel says good chance to start next phase of Brexit talks

BRUSSELS German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she believed there was a good chance that the next phase of Brexit negotiations could begin.

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Dutch PM says initial Brexit deal has to become legal text soon

BRUSSELS The agreement reached Friday between Britain and the European Union on the country's initial terms of withdrawal needs to transformed into a legally binding text as soon as possible, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Thursday.

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Luxembourg PM says May's task complicated by need for parliament vote

BRUSSELS Luxembourg's prime minister on Thursday said British counterpart Theresa May's ability to negotiate her country's withdrawal from the European Union is complicated by her need for parliament's approval at home.

Irish mortgage arrears inch lower again in third quarter

DUBLIN The number of Irish homeowners in arrears for more than 90 days inched lower to 7 percent in the third quarter from 7.1 percent three months earlier, central bank data showed on Thursday, confirming a pattern of moderating declines.

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Bank of England says risk of disorderly Brexit reduced by progress in talks

LONDON Last week's breakthrough in Brexit talks has reduced the risk of Britain leaving the European Union in a disorderly way and may boost economic confidence, the Bank of England said on Thursday after it left interest rates unchanged.

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Parliament rebellion leaves UK with compressed Brexit timetable - May's spokesman

LONDON Britain now faces a compressed timetable to pass all the laws it needs to get ready for Brexit, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday after lawmakers defeated the government on proposed changes to its EU withdrawal legislation.

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Government avoids contempt of parliament charge over Brexit papers

LONDON Ministers will not be held in contempt of parliament for their statements about the existence of studies on how Brexit will affect the economy, Britain's House of Commons speaker John Bercow said on Thursday.