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Hand yourselves in, UK police tell Northern Irish brothers wanted over 39 truck deaths

BELFAST (Reuters) - British police, investigating deaths of 39 people found dead in the back of a truck near London last week, made a direct appeal on Friday to two brothers from Northern Ireland to hand themselves in to detectives.

Police say Ronan Hughes and his brother Christopher are crucial to their inquiries into the discovery of the bodies of 31 men and eight women in the container on an industrial estate in Grays, to the east of the British capital.

Northern Ireland's DUP to oppose UK PM Johnson's call for an election: FT

(Reuters) - Arlene Foster, leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), told the Financial Times that her party opposed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s call for an early election.

"We need to amend that legislation and we need time to do that. If we consider that we won't have time to do that in the fashion that he (Johnson) is going to bring it forward then we will have to vote against him on this occasion," she told here the FT.

However, she added that the DUP would make its “final decision” on the day of the vote, according to the FT.

Irish PM supports Tusk’s proposal for Brexit extension

DUBLIN, Oct 24 (NNN-Xinhua) — Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar expressed his support for the proposal made by the European Council’s President Donald Tusk to grant a Brexit extension requested by Britain, according to a government statement.

“The Taoiseach (prime minister in English) confirmed his support for President Tusk’s proposal to grant the request for an extension which was sought by the UK” during a Wednesday morning phone talk with Tusk, said the statement.

Irish PM says very difficult to secure Brexit deal by next week

DUBLIN (Reuters) - It will be very difficult to secure a Brexit agreement by next week with big gaps remaining in the British position, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday following a phone call with his British counterpart, Boris Johnson.

“I’ll certainly work until the very last moment to secure that (a deal) but not at any cost... I think it will be very difficult to secure an agreement by next week, quite frankly,” Varadkar told Irish national broadcaster RTE.

Irish PM says seeking to meet UK's Johnson on Brexit next week

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is seeking a meeting with his British counterpart Boris Johnson next week, stressing on Saturday that time was tight for London to go further with the fresh Brexit proposals it presented this week.

With less than a month until its scheduled exit, Johnson is seeking significant changes to how the most contentious issue - the border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland - was dealt with in the divorce deal agreed by his predecessor, Theresa May, almost a year ago.

Britain's new Brexit proposals not fully meet backstop objectives: Irish PM

DUBLIN, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday that the latest Brexit proposals from the British government do not fully meet the agreed objectives of the backstop.

Varadkar made the comment in a statement issued after a phone talk with his British counterpart Boris Johnson, which took place on Wednesday evening.

In the statement, Varadkar indicated that he would study the proposals in further detail and would consult with the European Union (EU) institutions, including the EU Brexit task force and Ireland's EU partners.

Ireland says no Brexit breakthrough as EU needs credible proposals

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland said on Thursday that the United Kingdom had failed to supply credible Brexit proposals, adding that there had been no breakthrough at talks last night with the Northern Irish party which props up Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government.

Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney said there was growing frustration in the European Union that London had not yet tabled proposals on an alternative to the Irish border backstop.

Ireland says gap between EU and UK on Brexit 'very wide'

GARRYVOE, Ireland (Reuters) - The gap between Britain and the EU over Brexit is “very wide”, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Friday, and the British government’s Northern Irish allies poured cold water on suggestions the contentious border “backstop” could be reworked.

With Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowing to take Britain out of the EU on Oct. 31 with or without a deal, the EU has focused in recent days on whether the main disagreement - over plans to guarantee the border in Ireland remains open - can be bridged.

EU wants Trump to drop 'reckless' trade policies: incoming trade chief

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The European Union will seek to convince U.S President Donald Trump to see “the error of his ways” and abandon some of his reckless trade policies, the EU executive’s incoming trade commissioner said on Tuesday.

The new head of the executive, Ursula von der Leyen, named a 27-strong team of commissioners on Tuesday who will take office on Nov. 1, assuming they secure approval from the European Parliament.

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