Britain and E.U. Clear Way for Brexit Talks to Proceed

New York Times, Dec 8, 2017
by Stephen Castle

LONDON — Britain and the European Union on Friday cleared the way to start a crucial new round of talks on British withdrawal from the bloc, announcing a breakthrough after months of deadlock, an internal political standoff in London and a dispute over the future of the Irish border.

Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain made a predawn flight to Brussels to make the announcement with Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, after she wrapped up tough negotiations with the small Northern Irish party on which her government depends.

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