In Britain's highly charged Brexit debate, both sides accuse the other of misleading the public. A referendum in June will decide whether the UK remains in the European Union.
German companies have demanded that Britain agrees by next week to an interim phase for its exit from the EU. If no deal is reached at an EU summit, firms must begin planning for a worst-case "hard Brexit."
British Prime Minister Theresa May has said the UK is to expel 23 Russian diplomats in connection with the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal. Moscow has threatened a tit-for-tat response.
EU-UK ties won't be "frictionless," but there's no need for a wall between neighbors, EU Council President Tusk has said. Still, guidelines he presented pour cold water on British calls for a post-Brexit free trade deal.
How should the UK react to the attempted murder in Salisbury? A cyberattack on Moscow? Further sanctions? Whatever the action, May is missing partners. Brexit has already rendered the UK isolated, says Barbara Wesel.
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