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Too late for new Brexit deal, France's Macron tells Johnson

French President Emmanuel Macron told Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday that there was not enough time to wholly rewrite Britain's Brexit divorce deal before an Oct. 31 deadline.

Boris Johnson puts his feet up in Macron's palace

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson may have taken a month to embark on his first trip abroad, but he was quick to make himself at home in President Emmanuel Macron's gilded palace, putting his feet up on the furniture.

London Zoo launches its trickiest annual task - the weigh-in

Bullfrogs, pythons and penguins were among creatures being coaxed onto the scales at London Zoo this week for the annual check on their weight and size.

UK retail sales collapse at fastest pace since 2008 - CBI

British retail sales plunged in August at the fastest pace since December 2008, according to a survey published on Thursday that added to signs of a slowing economy ahead of Brexit in just over two months' time.

Explainer: What is the Brexit backstop alternative paper Johnson praised?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson referred for the second successive day on Thursday to "an excellent paper" endorsed by pro-Brexit members of parliament proposing alternatives to replace the so-called Irish backstop.

Britain-EU talks must respect single market integrity, Irish stability - Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Boris Johnson held constructive talks on Thursday and agreed that exchanges between Britain and the European Union in search of a Brexit deal should continue until the end of September, an official in Macron's office said.

Merkel - '30 days' Brexit remarks were meant to highlight urgency

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had not given Britain 30 days to find a solution for the so-called Irish backstop but had wanted to highlight how short time was before Britain's planned European Union exit date of Oct. 31.

Pound jumps after Germany's Merkel says Brexit backstop solution possible by October 31

The British pound jumped more than half a cent on Thursday to nearly a one-month high after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a solution to the Irish border issue could be found before the Oct. 31 deadline for Britain to leave the European Union.

Immigration to Britain falls to five-year low ahead of Brexit - ONS

Net immigration to Britain sank to its lowest since 2013 during the year to the end of March, driven by a sustained fall in the number of immigrants from the European Union since 2016's Brexit referendum, official figures showed on Thursday.

Johnson on Brexit at meeting with Macron

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday. Following are key Johnson quotes when he spoke alongside Macron just after his arrival:

France's Macron: No time to negotiate new Brexit deal

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday told Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson there was not enough time in the month ahead to negotiate a new Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

Johnson in Paris: we will not set up border checks in Ireland

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that under no circumstances would the United Kingdom set up border checks on the boundary between EU member Ireland and the British region of Northern Ireland.

Employee of Britain's Hong Kong mission held in China over prostitution - report

An employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong has been detained in China for involvement in prostitution, the state-backed Global Times newspaper said on Thursday, as Britain said it continued to urgently seek information.

Britain presses for information on Hong Kong consulate worker detained in China

Britain's Foreign Office continues to "urgently seek further information" about an employee of its Hong Kong consulate who was detained in China, it said on Thursday.

Encouraged by Merkel, Johnson tells Macron: I want a Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday that he wanted a Brexit deal and believed it was still possible to reach one in time for the Oct. 31 deadline.

France's Macron to Johnson: Britain's destiny is your choice alone

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that it was for him to choose Britain's destiny and that while a no-deal scenario was not the European Union's wish, the bloc would be ready for it.

'We want detail,' senior EU official tells Brexit Britain

The European Union is seeking detailed proposals soon from London on Brexit, a senior official in Brussels said, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pursued efforts to convince the bloc's leaders to change the terms of the divorce.

Online UK supermarket Ocado reports fire at distribution centre

Ocado on Thursday reported a small fire at its customer fulfilment centre in Erith had been extinguished overnight, knocking shares in the British online supermarket and technology company.

North Ireland force lacks resources to police hard border in event of no-deal Brexit - chief constable

Northern Ireland's police force does not have sufficient resources to effectively control the border with the Republic of Ireland if checkpoints are reinstated in the event of a no-deal Brexit, its chief said on Thursday.

Miracle needed to solve Irish border problem - Luxembourg foreign minister

A miracle would need to happen for the European Union and Britain to find a solution to the Irish border problem to avoid a no-deal Brexit, Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said in remarks published on Thursday.