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@VP: An honor to welcome the courageous parents of little Charlie Gard, Chris and Connie, to the @WhiteHouse to discuss the life and legacy of their son. Their parental love and devotion to their son is inspiring and a reminder of how precious all lives are.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson expressed "grave concerns" to the government of Myanmar over the arrests. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the arrests were a 'threat to a democratic and peaceful development of Myanmar and that region'
Senior EU officials tells the Irish border dilemma will remain "one of the very difficult" issues in Phase II of the Brexit negotiations
Britain eyes closer Belt and Road cooperation with China
Spanish PM @marianorajoy: transition period will not be agreed until the nature of the future UK-EU is outlined. During transitional period the UK will have to follow EU rules but will not have voting powers
: I hear anything from Canada plus…to Norway plus …and it's impossible to know what those meanif you leave the CU and SM it's not possible to retain all the benefits it is a sad reality but as UK holds that position they are going to lose things
: I want to make sure what we agreed in Brexit joint report last week is stitched in the withdrawal agreementthat will be a legally binding international agreement
: many leaders agreed reason why EU got a good outcome in 1st phase of Brexit is because of European unity and we now need to maintain that unitywe agreed that there wouldn't be bilateral negotiations
on what a 'hard border' means to him: no physical infrastructure no associated checks or controls
: there is a view around the table that we shouldn't be spending the transition phase negotiating new EU-UK relationship we should try to have that done, or as much possible have it done, before UK leaves the EU in March 2019
Irish Taoiseach @campaignforleo: view of EU is Brexit transition period should run about 2 years, it should not be renewable, should not roll over, it should be time limited during that period UK would remain bound by rules of CU, SM and ECJ
Theresa May: There's still more to do, but we're well on the road to achieving the Brexit that the UK voted for sufficient progress
Prime Minister Theresa May: Sufficient progress decision is an important step to achieving an orderly Brexit, I'm pleased that there is agreement that we need rapid progress to agree an implementation period that will bring certainty
Juncker: the negotiations on the second phase will start in March next year; I cannot say when they will be concluded
Juncker says responds: the first issue is the drafting of the withdrawal agreement, this political text assembles what we agreed and what still needs to be resolved, we need to have it ratified after October 2018
Tusk (asked about the PM's goal of getting an agreement by March '19): still realistic but dramatically difficult, the second phase will be a more difficult negotiation
Manchester United defender Eric Bailly will be sidelined for "two to three months" because he needs surgery on an ankle injury
Italian PM @PaoloGentiloni says 2nd phase of negotiations will be difficult but praises UK government for its approach to negotiations since PM Theresa May's Florence speech
Juncker: It is up to us to draft the withdrawal agreement together with the UK, I hope it will be approved by the European and British parliaments
President @JunckerEU speaking at the European Council summit: Prime Minister Theresa May was a tough, smart, polite and friendly negotiator, we were able to conclude that sufficientprogress has been made
Asked about the Irish border issue, Merkel says "it is not up to us to present wishes of Britain, it has to tell us what it wants that is in accord with the Irish"
Tusk: opening the second phase of talks wouldn't have been possible without the unity of the EU27, the hard work of Michel Barnier and the constructive efforts of Prime Minister Theresa May
Merkel on 2nd phase of Brexit: If everyone wants to go his or her own waythen we will not come to a good positive outcome
President @donaldtusk speaking at the European Council summit: It is now time for internal EU27 preparations and exploratory contacts with the UK to get more clarity on a vision; we should adopt guidelines and start negotiations next year
Macron: There will be no seperate agenda of bilateral talks with UK the goal is to have by March 2018 conclusions which shall be very specific and will provide for 2nd phase a very specific mandate to @MichelBarnier so he can finalise future relationship
Macron: there will be "no separate agenda of bilateral talks with the United Kingdom"
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to marry on May 19: palace
on first phase of Brexit negotiations: we managed to keep the unity of EU27 and integrity of single market and in future we will do what it takes to do the same
Angela Merkel: phase 2 of Brexit negotiations is an even tougher negotiation
EU set to back Brexit's next stage after May's plan wins praise
Theresa May has said Britain is working to secure the best trade deal with the European Union while regaining control over issues like immigration
Britain First deputy leader is released on bail
PM @theresa_may : "Thank you to Presidents @JunckerEU and @donaldtusk. Today is an important step on the road to delivering a smooth and orderly Brexit and forging our deep and special future partnership."
Irish Foreign Affairs Minister suggests Brexit transition period should be closer to five years
David Davis: UK must have right to negotiate trade deals during transition period
Britain says West must defend undersea cables from Russian navy
British military chief warns Russia could cut off internet to Nato countries as Moscow continues to perfect unconventional capabilities and information warfare: @guardian