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Iceland's pro-EU parties end demand for referendum

The two pro-EU parties remaining in Iceland's parliament after 28 October elections have declared they won't insist on a referendum on whether to re-apply for EU membership as a condition for participation in government, reports Morgunbladid. Social democrat leader, Logi Einarsson, said his party would not insist on an EU referendum and centrist Restoration Party chair, Thorgerdur Katrin Gunnarsdottir, said it was best not to set any such conditions.

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EU summit hits asylum fatigue as deadlock continues

Leaders at the EU summit are unlikely to discuss migration, preferring instead to rubber-stamp pre-cooked conclusions. Recent proposals by the European Commission to get some of the reforms finalised are also unlikely to get broad support. The two-year deadlock continues.

Battered May seeks Brexit 'assurances' from EU

Having just survived a leadership challenge 24 hours ago in London, Theresa May is back in Brussels for the EU summit in a hope of getting 'guarantees' from the EU on the Irish backstop. But could they be enough?

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Lost in Brexit chaos - abortion rights in Northern Ireland

Labour MP Diana Johnson has brought a private members bill to Westminster that proposes to decriminalise abortion in the whole of the UK, which means that, if successfully passed, current provisions for Northern Ireland will also be repealed.

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