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22nd Jul 2018

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EU to hit US with import duties from Friday

The European Commission on Wednesday (20 June) adopted counter-measures in response to US steel and aluminium tariffs Brussels deems illegal. The EU will begin charging import duties of 25 percent on selected US products, such as jeans and motorbikes, starting Friday. The EU will put duties on €2.8bn-worth of US products, some chosen to target the states of Republicans who are facing elections in November.

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EU wants answers to de-dramatise Brexit talks

Further talks on the Irish border could continue next week as the EU is open to "any solution" that keeps the border invisible. EU negotiator Michel Barnier said key questions remain over the UK's white paper on a future partnership.

EU urges no-deal Brexit preparation

The EU Commission urged companies, citizens, and member states to prepare in case the UK next March crashes out of the EU without a deal - on the day the new UK Brexit minister arrived in Brussels.

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