Ireland’s Varadkar explains EU concerns over concessions to May

After EU leaders rebuffed a plea by British Prime Minister Theresa May to help her sell her Brexit deal to parliament, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says many were concerned May was asking for concessions without being able to guarantee they would be enough to get the withdrawal treaty past the House of Commons. SOUNDBITE

May says further Brexit talks with EU in coming days

British Prime Minister Theresa May says that Britain and the EU are to hold more talks in the coming days, denying reports that bloc leaders refused her plea for reassurances on her Brexit plan. SOUNDBITE

Brexit could wilt huge Dutch flower trade

Every day from dawn, a fleet of forklift trucks carries crates of roses, tulips, chrysanthemums and 22,000 other flower varieties through the world’s biggest flower market. But this well-oiled operation, where robotic efficiency meets a riot of colour and fragrance, is facing a challenge that could make the hardiest bloom wilt: Brexit.

Dutch flower trade challenged by Brexit

Every day from dawn, a fleet of forklift trucks carries crates of roses, tulips, chrysanthemums and 22,000 other flower varieties through the world’s biggest flower market. But this well-oiled operation, where robotic efficiency meets a riot of colour and fragrance, is facing a challenge that could make the hardiest bloom wilt: Brexit.

Minute of silence in the EU Council for Strasbourg victims

European Union leaders, meeting in Brussels for a Brexit summit, observe a minute’s silence after the shooting that bloodied the city’s Christmas market, killing at least two people and injuring 14 others. IMAGES

How Theresa May Survived The Threat Of Political Extinction (HBO)

British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a mutiny by members of her own Conservative party Wednesday — but the result brings her government no closer to fixing the turmoil over Brexit.

May comfortably won the no-confidence vote in her leadership triggered by Brexit hardliners, with 200 Conservative MPs voting in her support and 117 against.

But with more than one-third of her MPs voting against her, it underscored the significant opposition to her draft EU withdrawal deal within her party — and highlighted the battle she still faces to get the agreement approved by Parliament ahead of a fast approaching deadline.

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Britain’s May sees no ‘immediate breakthrough’ at EU

British Prime Minister Theresa May warns she expects no “immediate breakthrough” on her Brexit deal at EU summit. SOUNDBITE

May ‘grateful’ for vote keeping her in office

(12 Dec 2018) Moments after surviving a no-confidence vote, British Prime Minister Theresa May said she’s pleased her colleagues chose to keep her in office and said her government now needs to “get on with the job of delivering Brexit for the British people. (Dec. 12)

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