BusinessEurope urges UK to keep EU rules after Brexit

BRUSSELS: European business federation BusinessEurope called on Wednesday for Britain to maintain as many EU regulations as possible after Brexit to limit disruption to trade and supply chains. Negotiators are meeting ahead of a June 28-29 EU summit to seek progress on outlining what kind of relationship should replace Britain’s EU membership after it leaves next March and after a status-quo transition period ends in 2020.
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British economy appears to be bouncing back

LONDON: The British economy appears to be bouncing back following a period of near-stagnation that had reinforced fears about the impact of Brexit, surveys indicated Tuesday. The British Retail Consortium said overall sales rose by a solid 4.1 per cent in May. It credited the rise to sunny weather and said sales were boosted in the run-up to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The day itself was more subdued though
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Northern Ireland: memory or amnesia?

While the UK and Irish Republic discuss the post-Brexit border, in Northern Ireland, despite the Good Friday Agreement, people remain stranded in past trauma. The world still ignores Northern Ireland's internal politics, mostly speculating on the future of the UK-Irish border after Brexit, with Dublin and London the only actors, or wringing hands about the backwardness of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the Conservatives' partners in power in the UK parliament. Twenty years after the (...) - 2018/06 / Open
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Manufacturers slam UK Brexit customs idea as naive

LONDON: British manufacturers turned up the pressure on the government to abandon one of its post-Brexit customs proposals on Tuesday, slamming the idea of a technology-based plan for border checks as naive and a waste of money. Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out Britain staying in a customs union with the EU bloc - to the dismay of many employers groups - and says her government is working on two possible solutions to
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UK must ‘fully’ leave EU customs union: Johnson

Britain must be “fully out” of the EU customs union after Brexit in order to be a global trading nation, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on May 28, piling further pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May.
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EU slams ‘fantasy” UK Brexit gambits

European Union negotiators dismiss as “fantasy” some main British demands for Brexit, including on the sensitive issue of the Northern Ireland border, a senior EU official said on May 24.
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UK admits Brexit bill will be paid even without trade deal

Suella Braverman was forced to acknowledge that Parliament will vote on paying the so-called Brexit bill before the legal text of a future trade agreement is ready
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UK financial sector wants global talent after Brexit

Costs for hiring bankers, accountants and lawyers from outside Britain will soar after Brexit and threaten London’s standing as a global financial center unless the immigration system is urgently reformed, a report said yesterday.
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Turkey, UK to intensify talks for post-Brexit free trade deal

Turkey and the United Kingdom will intensify talks for a bilateral free trade agreement that would be implementable after Brexit, British Ambassador to Turkey Dominick Chilcott has said, adding that the future agreement will aim to create conditions to boost the level of bilateral trade.
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Scottish Parliament rejects Brexit bill in challenge to May

The Scottish Parliament has voted against British Prime Minister Theresa May's landmark Brexit legislation, setting up a potential constitutional crisis.
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The Brexit clock is ticking, Europe warns Britain

EU says time running out to ensure London does not crash out of the bloc next March, adding to pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May.
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‘Flagrant’ Kremlin breaches international rules: UK intel chief

Russia is committing “flagrant breaches of international rules,” the head of Britain’s security service claimed May 14 in which he will also stress the importance of post-Brexit security ties.
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British Prime Minister May says ‘trust me’ on Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May insisted May 13 she could be trusted to deliver a good Brexit deal as she tried to mend government rifts over the best way forward.
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Britons invest $8.47 billion in Dubai real estate

ABU DHABI: British nationals have invested $8.47 billion (Dhs31.1 billion) in Dubai’s real estate during the last four years (2014-2017), according to the statistics released by Dubai Land Department, DLD. The United Kingdom is one of the largest investment source markets for Dubai’s real estate. Following the Brexit vote in 2016 and subsequent move for separation from European Union by the British Government, Britain has
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Brexit issues: UN envoy condemns 'Growing racism'

While UK laws and politicians make distinctions between illegal immigrants and people in the UK lawfully, it doesn't follow that the public will see the difference
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Banks to seek special exemptions for foreign staff after Brexit

LONDON: Global banks in Britain are calling for a special work visa waiver after Brexit to preserve the City of London’s standing as a top global financial centre, two industry sources said, a move that would be more generous than the current arrangements. Since Britain voted to leave the European Union two years ago, London’s financial services industry has been trying to prepare for losing access to its biggest trading bloc,
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Neil Kinnock: It would be a serious evasion of duty if Labour failed to seize this chance to protect our country from the rockslide of hard Brexit

Not continuing in the EEA would mean endangering – sacrificing – thousands of skilled and decently paid jobs and, with them, the life chances of countless families
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UN tells UK government to stop forcing NHS and landlords to enforce 'hostile environment'

'It is no surprise that a policy that ostensibly seeks to target only irregular immigrants is destroying the lives and livelihoods of racial and ethnic minority communities'
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By pitting one side of her cabinet against the other, May has found another way to stall a decision on Brexit

A madcap scheme or a cunning plan? Take your pick. With May in charge, the answer is probably something else: a device to put off a decision and look for a fudge
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Arron Banks's response to Leave.EU being fined is a grim reminder of where our political discourse now stands

Remainers will use the Electoral Commission's findings as further grist to the second referendum mill, which is fair enough given that Brexiteers would be doing the same if the boot was on the other foot
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I've spent years researching the politics of Eurovision – here's how and why Brexit might affect the entries this year

This year, France kicks off with a song about refugees in the Mediterranean and Italy has a song about terrorism. We'll partly be able to tell what the European public thinks of us by how prevalent the English language is in other offerings
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Will Sainsbury's-Asda have to sell 73 stores or 245? The CMA's view on that is of vital importance in Brexit Britain

Food prices are set to rise thanks to Brexit – and the watchdog must be wary that a decline in competition among supermarkets will only make things worse
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Brexit: Leave.EU campaign fined £70,000 for breaking election law during referendum

Key figure in the Brexit-backing organisation has also been referred to police due to 'reasonable grounds to suspect' criminal offences have been committed
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Government's post-Brexit environment laws will not enshrine EU principle that makes businesses pay for pollution they cause

Environment secretary Michael Gove says new laws will ensure 'core environmental principles remain central to government policy and decision-making' following Britain's departure from EU
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Northeast MPs were right to rebel over Brexit – the entire Labour Party should take note and change its stance

The negative consequences of Brexit are also slowly but surely being realised, and it goes beyond falling from the top to the bottom of the OECD's growth leader board
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Brexit certain to see food prices rise unless Theresa May gets EU trade deal, warn peers

'Will we have a situation where high quality, local produce is available for those who can afford it, with cheaper food imported for those on lower incomes?'
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The Northeast will be hit hardest if we stop trading with the EU – that's why we're demanding a new Brexit vote

Our region is an export powerhouse. Sixty per cent of our trade is with the EU. All of that could be at risk if we quit the customs union and the single market
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Theresa May can reverse most of the Lords defeats – except on a customs union

The government has been defeated 14 times in the House of Lords on the EU Withdrawal Bill, but most of those amendments will be reversed when the bill returns to the Commons
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Boris Johnson is deliberately raising the stakes now – Theresa May needs to decide where she stands

That Mr Johnson can label the prime minister's plan 'crazy' and then see Downing Street express 'full confidence' in him epitomises Ms May's weak position. But Brexit is happening and the country shouldn't be held to ransom by party politics
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Theresa May must stick to her guns and push for a customs partnership with the EU

The prime minister, desperate to keep both Tory factions on board, has repeatedly put off a decision on customs rather than resolve the fault line running through her party on it
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The local elections mostly passed the Lib Dems by – so much for support for a second referendum

The party on average enjoyed a modest advance of three points on their 2014 vote. But the party's performance in the local elections that year was one of its worst ever
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Labour needs to learn the right lessons from the local election results – it can't survive as a one-man band

Labour needs to convince the public that it has a strong team around its star striker. They need to showcase other members, who should be allowed to speak beyond their departmental briefs
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UK PM May avoids London wipeout in local elections

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party avoided a wipeout in London local elections and eked out gains in Brexit-supporting regions elsewhere, results on May 4 showed, denting the opposition Labour Party’s hopes of a big win.
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Brexit: Peers vote to guarantee no 'checks and controls' at Irish border, in fresh defeat for May

Ex-Tory chairman Chris Patten condemns 'blundering into Northern Ireland with a policy which is clueless and deluded with a can of petrol and a box of matches in the other hand'
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EU-wide information system threatened by Brexit used by UK 539 million times every year, police say

'Criminal groups aren't daft – it may be that they're already thinking that if certain powers don't exist there are opportunities of them to either operate here knowing it's far harder to be extradited, or vice-versa'
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Believe it or not, the best Brexit deal still does involve leaving the customs union

It sounds like a vastly better half-way house than retaining membership of the customs union, but there are two problems that would have to be solved. One is the Irish border and the other is migration
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EU budget sets up clash with eastern states

The European Union unveiled plans on May 2 for its first post-Brexit multi-year budget facing a looming clash with Poland and Hungary over a proposal to link funds to respect for the rule of law.
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Brexit: Are countries really 'queueing up for trade deals' with Britain?

Conservative MPs are threatening to block Theresa May's plan for a "customs partnership" with the EU – claiming it would stop the UK doing meaningful trade deals with other countries after Brexit.
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When you think about it, the Brexiteers' threats to quit over the customs union make very little sense – even for them

You might think they'd be better off with some kind of fudge like the 'customs partnership' currently being mooted, but this is an issue on which cold calculation may not be possible
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Theresa May accused of being 'held hostage by extreme Brexiteers' as crucial customs decision 'shelved'

Jacob Rees-Mogg denies 'making threats' - despite 30-page report setting out why prime minister's 'customs partnership' plan is unacceptable
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Theresa May is playing a risky game by pledging to overturn the Lords' decision on Brexit

Even if the Prime Minister has overemphasised the degree to which the effect of the amendment would hamper Brexit negotiations in advance of a parliamentary vote, plainly she would like to have as much freedom as possible in charting a course
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Labour calls Commons vote to force ministers to release secret government documents on Windrush scandal

Same procedure forced government to hand over Brexit economic assessments, and could reveal how much Theresa May knew about problems facing Windrush immigrants
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The House of Lords shouldn't exist – but while it's saving the country from Brexit, I'm happy

As a progressive, I'm deeply uncomfortable with the House of Lords being the only members of our parliament actually fighting (and winning) against the government's harmful Brexit ambitions
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Labour should bear in mind what a senior member of the Irish government told me about Brexit

'Brexit will be as bad under the Labour Party as under the Tories': If that doesn't underline the need for a new strategy, I don't know what does. As Michel Barnier visits Northern Ireland this week, we need to be bold enough to make a change
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The Sainsbury's-Asda merger goes to the heart of what we can expect from post-Brexit Britain

As things stand, Sainsbury's and Asda both have about a 15 per cent share of the UK's grocery market. Their combined clout will put them ahead of Tesco
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Why the BBC shouldn't waive the licence fee for the royal wedding

It seems that these royal weddings keep coming at the perfect time to distract the public from the undeniable evidence of the flaws in our political system which lead to disasters such as Brexit
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Parliament needs to have a say on what happens next if the Brexit deal is rejected or if there is no deal

Ahead of Monday's crucial Brexit debate in the House of Lords, a cross-party group of peers outlines support for the amendment to ensure parliament decides what happens once negotiations are complete
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London elections set to leave British PM May down, but not out

Voters in London are expected to punish Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party at local government elections this week which could embolden critics of her Brexit strategy, but are not expected to trigger her downfall.
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With New Date Set for UK Visit, Brits Vow Epic Street Protests to Counter 'Exceptional Danger' of Trump

Julia Conley, staff writer More than 80,000 people in the United Kingdom have committed to protest during President Donald Trump's planned visit to London on July 13, with organizers saying a potential post-Brexit U.S.-U.K. trade deal as well as the president's overall agenda and misogynist, racist rhetoric will drive protesters into the streets.
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