An European flag is pictured at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Sept.17, 2019. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

The Latest: European Parliament group: No Brexit progress

September 17, 2019 - 5:50 am

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plan to leave the European Union (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

The leader of the European Parliament's biggest party group says no progress is being made in Brexit talks, around six weeks before Britain is due to leave the European Union.

The president of the center-right European People's Party bloc, Manfred Weber, said that "there is no progress. Absolutely, it's clear."

He described Prime Minister Boris Johnson's meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU's Brexit negotiator in Luxembourg on Monday as "a missed opportunity."

Weber said "there was no progress on content. There is no proposal from the British side on the table."

He told reporters in Strasbourg, France, that it is "funny to see" that only the EU assembly is debating Brexit this week, due to the parliamentary shutdown in London.


10:05 a.m.

Hungary's foreign minister has indicated that his country won't go against a joint European Union position on Brexit.

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Tuesday called it "very important" that the EU has maintained "unity" about Brexit, adding that Hungary has never broken the bloc's united decisions on key issues.

Still, Szijjarto said after a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi, it was pointless to speculate about what the EU position will be, since British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not yet presented "a new initiative" on Brexit. Johnson insists Britain will leave the EU on the scheduled date of Oct. 31 with or without a Brexit deal.

There has been speculation in Britain that Hungary' government might oppose extending the Brexit deadline because of political affinities with Johnson.


9:50 a.m.

Britain's Supreme Court is set to decide whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke the law when he suspended Parliament just weeks before the U.K. is due to leave the European Union.

Lower courts have given contradictory rulings. England's High Court said it was a political rather than legal matter, but Scottish court judges ruled that Johnson acted illegally to avoid democratic scrutiny.

Johnson sent lawmakers home Sept.9 until Oct. 14, which is barely two weeks before the scheduled Brexit day of Oct. 31.

He says the suspension will allow his government to launch its domestic agenda with a new session of Parliament. Opponents say it's designed to prevent lawmakers interfering with his plan to leave the EU next month, deal or no deal.

The case starts Tuesday and could last three days.

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