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Alastair Macdonald

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EU leaders try to clear 'unnecessary irritants' before Brexit talks

30 April 2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Several EU leaders took advantage of a Brexit summit on Saturday to finalise deals settling various thorny issues as part of a strategy to present a united front ahead of tough negotiations with Britain on its withdrawal from the bloc.

EU's Juncker urges Britain to stop blocking EU spending

29 April 2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union called on Britain to lift a pre-election veto on some EU spending, warning it could disrupt the start of Brexit talks, and EU officials suggested London was needling Brussels ahead of negotiations.

Hungary's Orban has to change behaviour - EU centre-right

29 April 2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told leaders of his centre-right EU political group on Saturday that he would comply with demands from Brussels to change measures branded an attack on academic freedom, the party said.

EU leaders meet, united on Brexit demands - for now

29 April 2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders endorsed stiff divorce terms for Britain on Saturday and warned Britons to have "no illusions" about swiftly securing a new relationship to keep their access to EU markets.

Northern lite - Britain's EU club seeks life after Brexit

28 April 2017

COPENHAGEN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - For its neighbours and closest friends in Europe, Britain's impending departure from the EU has prompted a flurry of networking in the hope of defending free trade and lean budgets in Brussels.

EU to say united Ireland would be automatic full member

28 April 2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders at a Brexit summit on Saturday should give a formal undertaking to embrace the British province of Northern Ireland in the EU if a referendum unites the island, diplomats said on Friday.

EU has no 'Plan B' if French voters deliver upset

21 April 2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has no special plan if the two anti-EU candidates reach the final round of France's election on Sunday, diplomats said, leaving the bloc to brace itself and hope for a centrist victor.

EU offers Spain veto right over Gibraltar in Brexit talks

1 April 2017

BRUSSELS/MADRID (Reuters) - The European Union on Friday offered Spain a veto right over the future relationship between Gibraltar and the EU after Britain leaves the bloc, a move that could smooth Brexit talks but also dash Gibraltar's hopes to win a special status.

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