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News Daily: Brexit compromise ‘rejected’ and O2 ‘restored’

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign up here Tinkering? Fiddling? After three days chained to Westminster debating Theresa May’s Brexit deal, ministers are being dispatched to different corners of the country on Friday to sell it to the public. Critics back in the Commons, though, still aren’t buying it, and an attempt to find a compromise seems to have been rejected. On Thursday night, an amendment – understood to have No 10’s backing – was laid down in the Commons offering MPs more say over when…

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‘Meaningful vote’ compromise bid dismissed by Brexiteers

Image copyright AFP A government bid to find a compromise to win over rebels before the Commons Brexit vote has run into criticism. A Tory backbench amendment – understood to have No 10’s backing – offers MPs more of a say over the contentious issue of the Northern Ireland backstop. DUP leader Arlene Foster dismissed it as “legislative tinkering” while Tory Brexiteers said it was “desperate”. Many MPs have expressed concerns about the backstop, aimed at preventing a “hard border” on the island of Ireland. It would mean Northern Ireland…

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Group of EU states reject compromise on digital tax as deadline looms

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A group of European Union countries rejected on Friday a new compromise plan for the introduction of an EU-wide tax on digital revenues of large companies, diplomats said, making it increasingly difficult to meet a year-end deadline for a deal. The Google app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Under a proposal from the EU’s executive Commission in March, EU states would charge a 3 percent levy on the digital turnover of large firms that are accused…

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News Daily: Raab warns over Brexit compromise, and waiters to get all tips

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign-up here Image copyright Getty Images Raab warns EU over Brexit compromises It’s Dominic Raab’s turn to address the Conservatives’ annual conference, and the Brexit secretary will have a few words of warning for Brussels. The UK’s willingness to compromise during negotiations is “not without limits”, he’ll say. There’ll be no acceptance of a customs union or anything that divides Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK, Mr Raab will insist. This comes after EU leaders rejected the prime minister’s…

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Tory conference: Dominic Raab sets out ‘limits’ for Brexit compromise

Image copyright Reuters The UK’s willingness to compromise is “not without limits”, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab will warn the EU in a speech to the Conservative conference. Mr Raab will vow to take a “pragmatic, not dogmatic” approach to the final phase of talks with Brussels. But if the EU tries to force the UK into accepting a customs union then it will leave without a deal, he will say. Later, Chancellor Philip Hammond will use his speech to try to outline plans for raising salaries. These include a £125m…

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Brexit compromise still possible, Donald Tusk says

Image copyright EPA Image caption European Council President Donald Tusk said he was “convinced” a compromise was possible. European Council President Donald Tusk has said a compromise with the UK over Brexit is “still possible”, after Theresa May warned she was prepared to walk away from talks. In a statement, Mr Tusk said he was a “true admirer” of the PM. But he defended the EU’s approach and said it was in fact Mrs May who had been “tough” and “uncompromising”. Mrs May on Friday demanded more respect from Brussels…

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News Daily: EU ‘must compromise’ on Brext, and police ‘aware’ of spy’s affair

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign-up here Compromise or no deal, Grayling tells EU Chris Grayling, one of the cabinet’s leading Brexiteers, has said there will be no deal with the EU unless it softens its approach to the Irish border. The transport secretary told the BBC he was confident an agreement could be reached, and that the “tough language” coming from leaders in other countries was to be expected during negotiations. The two sides say they want to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland…

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Brexit: ‘No deal’ without EU compromise, says Grayling

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May’s Chequers plan was rejected by EU leaders at their Salzburg summit Cabinet minister Chris Grayling has said there will be no deal with the EU on Brexit if it does not soften its position on the Irish border. He said the UK would not abandon its Chequers plan, despite EU leaders rejecting it at their Salzburg summit. EU chief Donald Tusk said a key part of that plan “will not work” but Theresa May said it was the only credible way to avoid…

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Germany calls for time on EU digital tax, France brokers compromise

VIENNA (Reuters) – Germany called for more time to agree a European Union tax overhaul to raise levies on large digital firms, although its Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said a solution was needed soon. FILE PHOTO: German Finance Minister and vice-chancellor Olaf Scholz attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany August 1, 2018. REUTERS/Joachim Herrmann/File Photo Under a proposal from the European Commission in March, EU states would charge a 3 percent levy on digital revenues of large firms like Google (GOOGL.O) and Facebook (FB.O) that are accused of…

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