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UK Labour leader under pressure after MPs quit LONDON: The future of opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn looked shaky on Sunday after two members of his top team quit and others seemed set to follow over his handling of Britain's EU referendum.Corbyn's allies said he had no intention of resigning, but the veteran socialist is facing a revolt over concerns that he is ill-equipped to deal with the fallout from Britain's seismic decision to quit the bloc."He's a good and decent man but he is not a leader, and that's the problem," Labour MP Hilary Benn told BBC television after being sacked as foreign affairs spokesman late Saturday for challenging Corbyn's leadership.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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European Parliament urges Britain to begin EU exit Tuesday BERLIN: The European Parliament's chief called Sunday for British Prime Minister David Cameron to begin formal proceedings to leave the EU at a summit this week.Martin Schulz told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag that a period of limbo over Brexit would "lead to even more insecurity and thus endanger jobs"."Hesitating simply to accommodate the party tactics of the British Conservatives hurts everyone," he said. "That is why we expect the British government to now deliver. ...

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Brexit turmoil hits Labour, boosts Scots nationalists LONDON: Britain's opposition Labour party plunged into turmoil Sunday and the prospect of Scottish independence drew closer, ahead of a showdown with EU leaders over the country's seismic vote to leave the bloc.Two days after Prime Minister David Cameron resigned over his failure to keep Britain in the European Union, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faced a revolt by his lawmakers who called for him, too, to quit.US Secretary of State John Kerry will also fly ...

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Britain to become ‘new Norway’ after Brexit: Finland's Stubb BRUSSELS: Britain will get a Norway-type deal to keep close economic ties with the European Union but will have no say on decision-making in the bloc after "Brexit" materialises, Finland's former prime minister Alexander Stubb said on Sunday. The shock British referendum result has put into question Europe's post-war order, sent stocks tumbling around the world and left the EU pondering how to handle the divorce. Stubb, who served as Finland's prime minister in 2014-15, ...

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Spain votes to break political deadlock, far left set to rise MADRID: Spaniards voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election in which the anti-austerity party Podemos is expected to make big gains, potentially delivering a fresh jolt to Europe's political mainstream after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The last election, in December, broke the mould of 40 years of stable conservative or Socialist majorities and failed to produce a government, as upstart parties channelled growing resentment of the establishment following an economic crisis and ...

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Belgian to head EU Brexit task force BRUSSELS: The EU said Saturday it had appointed Belgian Didier Seeuws, a longtime aide to former EU president Herman Van Rompuy, to head the bloc's special task force to negotiate Britain's exit."I can confirm that... there is a task force which will handle all negotiations," Preben Aamann, a spokesman for current EU president Donald Tusk, told AFP, confirming Seeuws had been appointed to lead it.Aamann said Seeuws was currently doing preparatory work, with the negotiations ...

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Britain's Hill, an EU convert, steps down after Brexit vote BRUSSELS: Britain's European Commissioner Jonathan Hill, a eurosceptic convert to the EU who announced his resignation Saturday, is a pragmatic dealmaker given a plum job as an olive branch to London by his boss Jean-Claude Juncker.A member of Britain's House of Lords, officially styled The Lord Hill of Oareford, the 55-year-old was sent to Brussels by David Cameron in 2014 where was given the financial services portfolio.The velvet-voiced Hill stepped down Saturday, the latest high-level ...