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EU is getting ready for no-deal Brexit, says Jean-Claude Juncker

European commission president says bloc must prepare for worst outcome

The EU needs to be realistic about the state of the Brexit negotiations and is now preparing to deploy its trillion-pound budget to cushion the bloc from the prospect of a no deal scenario, the European commissionpresident has warned.

With the two sides still far apart on the “hardest issues”, just days from a crunch leaders’ summit in Brussels, Jean-Claude Juncker told the Irish parliament on Thursday he was stepping up preparations for a breakdown in talks, and even drafting plans aimed at keeping the peace in Northern Ireland.

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21/06/2018 - www.theguardian.com

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May refuses to say she wants UK to remain 'tier one' military power - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

Here are the main lines from Theresa May’s press conference

The government is absolutely committed to increasing airport capacity at Heathrow. This is important, it is part of our future as global Britain, and the ambitions we have as a trading nation for the future. And the foreign secretary, early next week, will be what I would describe as a living embodiment of global Britain. He will be out there showing the UK’s continued presence around the world and the work that the UK continues to do around the world, with our diplomacy, working on so many of the issues and the challenges that we face across the world today.

The reports that you have read are not correct. We will continue to be, as we have been discussing today, that leading contributor to the [Nato] alliance, but also a leading defence nation ... We will continue to contribute in a whole variety of ways across conventional, cyber and nuclear capabilities.

The United Kingdom is a leading member of the Nato alliance, a leading defence nation, and that will continue. If you look at our defence budget, we’re the second biggest defence budget in Nato, we’re the biggest defence budget in Europe, and we have committed to significant sums, £179bn of spend on new equipment over the next decade or so.

Q: How can the relationship with America be fixed?

May says it will continue. There are some issues on which we disagree, such as on the Iran nuclear deal. But in the groups in which we come together we can express our disagreements.

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21/06/2018 - www.theguardian.com

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Theresa May confirms Boris Johnson will dodge embarrassing Heathrow vote

Boris Johnson will be spared the embarrassment of the crunch Heathrow vote next week, Theresa May has confirmed.

21/06/2018 - www.politicshome.com

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