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Theresa May, Britain’s prime minister, outlined a timetable for Brexit negotiations, saying she would trigger Article 50, the formal process for leaving the European Union, by the end of March 2017. The pound fell to a fresh 31-year low against the dollar. But the FTSE 100 share index, which is made up of many export-dependent companies, surged to its highest level in more than a year. At the Conservative Party conference Mrs May promised to fight on a new centre ground in British politics. See here and here.
The UK Independence Party, which pushed for the Brexit referendum, continued down its spiralling path to obscurity. Diane James resigned as leader, 18 days after winning a fractious leadership contest. Nigel Farage, the former leader, is technically back in charge. UKIP’s chairman said the situation was unfortunate, but he “wouldn’t call it a farce”. See article.
Russia suspended an agreement with America to dispose of the two countries’ excess plutonium stockpiles safely. Vladimir Putin demanded that America …