LONDON (AP) – The latest news about Britain's plans to leave the European Union (always local):
9:50 in the morning
The head of the European Union Executive Commission says he is working hard to reach an agreement on Brexit, and failure to get one would be just Britain's fault.
Jean-Claude Juncker was quoted on Friday as telling the German daily Augsburger Allgemeine that a Brexit without agreement "would be a catastrophe for the United Kingdom and the European continent." British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is demanding significant changes to the withdrawal deal negotiated by his predecessor, Theresa May, and insists that his country will leave the EU on October 31 with or without agreement.
Juncker said he and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier are doing their best to secure a deal.
He added that "if it turns out not to be the case, it is the British side."
9:30 in the morning.
A senior adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dismissed concerns over tensions stemming from parliamentary debates over Brexit, telling supporters that it is not surprising that people are upset about the country's failure to leave the European Union.
The prime minister was accused of creating division with his accused language about Brexit opponents in the House of Commons this week.
But Dominic Cummings told supporters at the launch of a book that the only way to calm tensions is for lawmakers to respect the results of the 2016 referendum.
He says the current chaos is "a walk in the park" compared to the 2016 referendum campaign, in which the country narrowly voted to leave the EU. Three years later, Britain and its politicians remain bitterly divided over how to leave the 28-nation bloc.
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