The Latest: UK's May taking personal control of Brexit talks

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jul. 24, 2018 at 9:47 a.m.

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BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

Britain's prime minister says she will take personal control of the difficult Brexit negotiations, boosting her responsibility in the key talks to determine the country's future relations with Europe.

Theresa May informed Parliament in writing Tuesday that she would handle the talks with European Union officials.

She says she will be backed by the Europe Unit of her Cabinet Office, which reports directly to her, and by Dominic Raab, the newly appointed Brexit Secretary.

Her statement places the role of the Cabinet Office above that of the Cabinet-level Brexit department created after Britain voted to leave the EU in a 2016 referendum.

She says the Cabinet Office will have "overall responsibility" for the conduct of the negotiations.

The opposition Labour Party says Raab has been sidelined before really beginning his new role. He took over two weeks ago following the abrupt resignation of his predecessor David Davis.


5:15 p.m.

Germany's foreign ministry is proposing that Britons who apply for German citizenship before the end of the Brexit transition period should be able to keep both passports.

The ministry on Tuesday confirmed a report by Politico, which quoted from a draft bill called the "Transitional Brexit Act."

The bill proposes treating Britain as a European Union country for German domestic purposes in the time between Britain's departure from the bloc on March 30, 2019, and the end of the proposed transition period on Dec. 31, 2020.

Under current rules Britons would have to give up their U.K. citizenship if their German citizenship is approved after the transition period. The draft law would ensure that the date of their application counts, to avoid people missing out from bureaucratic tardiness.

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