Brexit Briefing: The Customs Union Just Won't Die

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GM Korea, union fail to reach agreement before Friday deadline

SEOUL (Reuters) - Wage talks between General Motors' South Korean unit and its labor union ended without an agreement on Thursday, a day before the deadline the company had set for filing for bankruptcy.


Why Theresa May's customs union defeat could ultimately save her premiership

Jack Taylor / Getty May's heavy defeat in the House of Lords over customs union membership was embarrassing, but could provide her with political cover to make a U-turn without losing face. A growing number of people believe that the government accepts m


MPs defy Brexit with new plans to keep Britain in Customs Union – but voters wouldn’t back re-joining EU after we leave

THERESA May faces a fresh Brexit headache within weeks after senior MPs said they would fight to keep Britain in the Customs Union. Last night Remainer Peers inflicted a damning defeat on the Government by slapping on a change to her flagship Brexit legis


EU foreign policy chief praises Montenegro's role in Balkans

The European Union foreign policy chief has praised Montenegro's role in the volatile Balkans region, where Russia is also vying for influence.

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England and New Zealand dispute over Brad Shields may end up in court

• New Zealand have threatened to block England picking Shields• Eddie Jones may select player for summer tour of South AfricaEngland and New Zealand will be on a collision course that may end in the courtroom should Eddie Jones seek to select Brad Shi


For Sake Of Manufacturing And Peace In Northern Ireland We Need A Customs Union

This week the House of Lords voted in favour of a customs union. Next week the House of Commons will get the chance to do the same in a debate called by the Chairs of Parliament’s Select Committees. With just six months to go before the Brexit


Britain's lower house to debate EU customs union membership

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's lower house of parliament will debate staying in a customs union with the European Union next week, stepping up pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to change her Brexit blueprint.


Senior MPs to force customs union vote

A powerful cross-party group of MPs is to force a vote on a customs union next week in the Commons.


May Faces Fresh Brexit Ambush As Senior MPs Stage Crunch Vote On Customs Union

Theresa May is facing a fresh Parliamentary showdown over Brexit after senior MPs tabled a motion on a continued customs union between the UK and the EU.The Commons Liaison Committee, made up of the chairs of a string of influential select committees, wil


Nation's largest teachers union, frustrated with gun-makers' response to shootings, turn to pension managers

Groups representing millions of workers are pressuring what they see as an even bigger change-maker on guns.

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Is Russia in the EU and are Tenerife, Holland, Ireland and Guernsey part of the European Union? List of EU countries revealed

THE European Union contains 28 countries – but Europe itself contains 50. So which countries are in the European Union, which countries aren’t, and are countries like Guernsey and Tenerife part of it? Here’s our lowdown… Which coun

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David Cameron: I have no regrets over holding EU referendum

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron says he doesn't regret calling a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union -- but wishes the result had gone the other way.

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UK government loses key Brexit vote

The UK Government has lost a key Brexit vote, with the upper House of Parliament backing calls to remain in the EU customs union after Brexit.


Brexit: Ministers suffer first defeat on EU Withdrawal Bill

Peers back a proposal requiring ministers to report on negotiating a continued customs union with EU.


Remainer Lords vote to keep Britain in EU customs union in Brexit blow for Theresa May

REMAIN-BACKING peers have voted to keep Britain in the EU customs union after we leave as Theresa May suffered her first defeat in the House of Lords on her key Brexit legislation. Peers passed an amendment which wants to force the Prime Minister to chan

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Newcastle Falcons looking to bring substance and legacy to the north-east as bright new future beckons

With the Falcons enjoying increased success and profile, both on and off the pitch, there's an emerging sense that Newcastle is entering a new chapter in its relationship with rugby

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Five Spain players banned for up to 43 weeks for physically and verbally abusing referee after Belgium defeat

Sebastian Rouet was handed a 43-week ban with four other Spanish players suspended for confronting Romanian referee Vlad Iordachescu

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All Blacks scrum-half Brad Weber hits out at Israel Folau over anti-gay Instagram comments

Chiefs half-back tweeted he 'can't stand having to play this game that I love with people like Folau' following his remark that gay people will go to 'hell' unless they repent


German government, union seal pay raise for public workers

German government and union negotiators have reached a deal that should give some 2.3 million public-sector workers a wage increase averaging 7.5 percent over the next two years.


Daily Mail must reinstate sacked reporter, journalists' union demands

Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance says publication of obscene language in error caused by lack of subeditors• Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noonDaily Mail Australia should immediately reinstate the reporter sacked for


Probation service 'failing' over minimum wage, union claims

A trade union tells Welsh MPs 107 people working for the national probation service are not being paid properly.

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