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Brexit hangs in the balance as talks between EU and Britain intensify

LONDON (Reuters) - Brexit talks with the European Union aimed at striking a last-minute divorce deal are getting serious, Britain said on Sunday, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepared to update his cabinet on the state of negotiations.

In a pivotal week that could decide the future of Brexit and the fate of the world’s fifth largest economy, Johnson is trying to strike an exit deal with the EU to allow an orderly departure on Oct. 31.

Brexit plans to center Queen's parliament speech

LONDON, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- British government said on Sunday that measures to help the country prosper in the post-Brexit era are set to be laid out in the Queen's Speech in the parliament.

The government said the Queen's Speech on Monday will outline 22 bills including some measures to allow Britain to "seize the opportunities that Brexit presents," according to local media.

British media reported that plans to end the free movement of European Union (EU) citizens into Britain and provide faster access to medicines will also be unveiled.

EU citizens in Britain face deportation if they don’t apply to stay after Brexit, says minister

LONDON, Oct 11 (NNN-AGENCIES) — European Union citizens living in the UK could be deported if they do not apply for settled status after a no-deal Brexit, a British government minister has warned.

Security minister Brandon Lewis told a German newspaper that the government will “apply the rules” and remove residents who haven’t applied to stay by the end of 2020, even if they meet the conditions necessary for a residence permit.

Around 1 million of the UK’s 3 million EU citizens have not yet applied for settled status, the UK Home Office said.

Last chance Brexit saloon: British and Irish leaders to meet

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet his Irish counterpart on Thursday in a last-ditch attempt to revive a British proposal for a Brexit deal that the European Union said falls far short of what is needed for an orderly divorce.

Just three weeks before the United Kingdom is due to leave the world’s biggest trading bloc, it is still unclear on what terms it will leave or indeed whether it will become the first sovereign state to depart the European project.

Anti-Brexit campaigners claim victory as Scottish court delays decision

LONDON (Reuters) - Anti-Brexit campaigners claimed victory after Scotland’s highest court decided on Wednesday to wait before ruling whether to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek a delay to Britain’s EU divorce date if he has not struck a deal in the next 10 days.

An alliance of rebels in Johnson’s Conservative Party and opposition lawmakers voted through a law, known as the Benn Act, last month which requires him to ask for a Brexit delay if there is no deal in place by Oct. 19.

Any threat to withdraw UK-Irish security cooperation is unacceptable: minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Julian Smith, the British minister for Northern Ireland, said any threat to withdraw security cooperation with Ireland was unacceptable and not in the interests of the province or the wider United Kingdom.

A Downing Street source was quoted in The Spectator magazine on Tuesday as saying that security and defense cooperation would inevitably be affected if the European Union tries to keep the United Kingdom in the EU against its will.

EU tells British PM Johnson to stop playing 'stupid' Brexit blame game

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union accused Britain of playing a “stupid blame game” over Brexit on Tuesday after a Downing Street source said a deal was essentially impossible because German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made unacceptable demands.

With just 23 days before the United Kingdom is due to leave the bloc, the future of Brexit remains deeply uncertain and both London and Brussels are positioning themselves to avoid blame for a delay or a disorderly no-deal Brexit.

U.S. businesswoman Arcuri refuses to answer questions about intimacy with Boris Johnson

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri repeatedly refused to answer questions on Monday about whether she had an intimate relationship with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson when he was mayor of London.

The Sunday Times has reported that when Johnson was mayor he failed to declare close personal links to Arcuri, who received thousands of pounds in public business funding and places on official trade trips.

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