Thursday

30th Mar 2017

Ticker

Pro-EU liberal wins UK by-election

Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney unexpectedly gained a UK parliamentary seat in a by-election in Richmond Park, a southwest London district that overwhelmingly backed staying in the EU in June’s referendum. She defeated former conservative MP and pro-Brexit candidate Zac Goldsmith. Olney has pledged to vote against the invoking of Article 50 that starts Brexit talks. "We do not want a hard Brexit," she said in a speech after her victory.

'Unhappy' day as UK delivers Brexit letter

European Council chief Donald Tusk said that "damage control" starts for the EU, as British PM Theresa May has invoked Article 50 nine months after the UK voted to leave the bloc.

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Let's not lecture Trump, says top German MP

Europeans need to propose "projects of common interest" to the US president to preserve "Western unity" on Russia, Norbert Roettgen, the chair of Bundestag's foreign affairs committee said.

Commission stops German-British stock merger

The decision to block the merger of the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse was expected, as negotiations between the parties broke down a few weeks ago.

News in Brief

  1. UK delivered its Article 50 letter to the EU
  2. Support for Germany's anti-EU party fading
  3. Turkish intelligence not welcome in Germany
  4. US senate approves Montenegro’s Nato bid
  5. Scottish MPs give go ahead to seek referendum
  6. Uber pulls out of Denmark over new taxi-regulation
  7. EU court validates sanctions on Russia's Rosneft
  8. Luxembourg to team up with Ireland in Apple tax appeal

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