EU steps up plans for no-deal Brexit as Labour stance alarms capitals | World news

The EU is intensifying its preparations for a no-deal Brexit amid heightened fears in European capitals that Jeremy Corbyn will order his MPs to vote down any deal struck in Brussels, a leaked document reveals. Labour’s stated goal to reject Theresa May’s deal in order to spark a general election has provoked a rush of …

Hunt urges France and Germany to force ‘sensible’ Brexit deal | Politics

The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has appealed over the heads of EU negotiators directly to France and Germany to try to force the European commission to strike a “sensible and pragmatic” Brexit deal. Ahead of talks with his opposite number in Paris, Hunt accused Brussels of waiting for Britain “to blink” in negotiations as he …

The Guardian view of May’s Brexit: reality dawns, but is it too late? | Editorial | Opinion

Theresa May’s plan for leaving the European Union is a rare moment of victory for common sense in the madness of Brexit. We now know what Mrs May’s Brexit means. The good news is that it is softer than she has previously claimed it would be. The bad news is that it is still Brexit. The prime …

E.U. Proposes Ban on Some Plastic Items to Reduce Marine Pollution

Taken together, the measures would also contribute significantly to the achievement of the European Union’s climate goals, avoiding about 3.4 million metric tons, or about 3.7 million tons, of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, according to the European Union. Forty-six billion bottles, 36 billion straws, 16 billion coffee cups and two billion plastic takeout containers …