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No-deal Brexit vote, EU sceptical about delayed divorce, and Boeing in turmoil | Europe briefing

No-deal Brexit vote, EU sceptical about delayed divorce, and Boeing in turmoil | Europe briefing
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Here are the top stories from across Europe that you need to know about this morning.

UK lawmakers to vote on no-deal Brexit after May's crushing defeat


Britain's parliament is preparing for another crucial vote on Wednesday on whether to leave the European Union in 16 days without an agreement, after rejecting Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the government is speeding up preparations for a no-deal Brexit. British authorities announced they would eliminate import tariffs on a wide range of goods if the UK left the bloc without this agreement.

Lawmakers are expected to reject a no-deal exit in a vote this evening and are then due to vote on Thursday whether to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit.

READ: British MPs reject Brexit deal by 391 to 242 despite May securing changes to backstop

'Tell us what you want,' Europe’s leaders tell Britain

After the UK parliament rejected a negotiated withdrawal agreement for the second time, Europe’s leaders were unanimous: Britain must tell the European Union what it wants from an agreement on its exit from the bloc.

Regarding the possibility of delaying the divorce, EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the bloc would need to know why Britain wanted to extend talks and it was up to London to find a way out of the deadlock.

"If the UK still wants to leave the EU in an orderly manner, this treaty is — and will remain — the only treaty possible," Barnier told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Norwegian Air to seek compensation from Boeing for MAX groundings

Norwegian Air said on Wednesday it will seek compensation from planemaker Boeing for lost revenue and extra costs after grounding its fleet of 737 MAX 8 aircraft in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 passengers onboard on Sunday.

"We expect Boeing to take this bill," Norwegian said in an emailed statement. The Oslo-based airline has 18 "MAX" passenger jets in its 163-aircraft fleet.

The announcement comes as a growing number of countries are banning Boeing 737 MAX planes from their airspaces. The European Union's aviation safety regulator on Tuesday suspended all flights in the bloc by the aircraft. So did many countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including most recently India and Vietnam.

Black box of crashed Ethiopian plane to be sent to Europe

The black box from the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday will be sent to Europe, rather than to the United States, in order to be analyzed, an Ethiopian Airlines spokesman said on Wednesday.

"There is no capacity here so the black box will be sent elsewhere for analysis," the spokesman said earlier Wednesday by phone.

Ethiopian Airlines declined to say which country would receive the flight recorders. "It will be decided today or tomorrow," the spokesman added.

READ: Ethiopia sends Boeing black boxes abroad, Norway airline wants compensation

5. IMF says Greece now among top performers in eurozone

A woman browses clothes for sale in a shop in central AthensREUTERS

"Greece has now entered a period of economic growth that puts it among the top performers in the eurozone," the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a new report.

Greece was the hardest hit economy when the eurozone financial crisis started back in 2009 and its relations with the global financial institution have often been tense since then.

The IMF expects Greece's economy to grow 2.4% this year and 2.2% in 2020, according to the report.

Greece "must now persevere with efforts to address crisis legacies and pursue needed reforms to ensure continued success," the report concluded.


6. Three climbers die in avalanche on Scotland's Ben Nevis

Ben nevis mountain, 2017REUTERS

Three climbers died on Tuesday and one more was injured in an avalanche on Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis in Scotland, police said.

The incident occurred shortly before mid-day on the 1,345-metre high mountain in the Grampian range near the town of Fort William in western Scotland.

The injured victim has been airlifted from the site and remains in hospital, police told Euronews.

READ: Fatal avalanches in Austrian Alps

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