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Brexit: EU could slap economic sanctions on Britain to ensure 'level playing' field

European Commission may include the UK on a tax blacklist of non-cooperative countries.<p>The EU has reportedly threatened to impose economic sanctions …

Lloyds Bank readying Berlin base ahead of Brexit - source

LONDON (Reuters) - Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.L) aims to get its Berlin branch ready for business in Europe by the end of the year ahead of Britain leaving the European Union, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.<p>Lloyds this month filed an application with Germany’s financial …

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This Man With HIV Just Won His Battle To Change The Rules So He Can Become An Airline Pilot

Following a BuzzFeed News story, the Civil Aviation Authority announced on Thursday that people with HIV would no longer be barred from becoming commercial pilots.<p>The UK's Civil Aviation Authority has changed its rules to allow people with HIV to become commercial airline pilots after BuzzFeed News …

Westminster Brexiters ignore Scotland at their peril

The will of the people cannot only be respected on one issue. Nicola Sturgeon could soon be calling for two referendums<p>Brexit has turned British politics upside down. But to the UK government and Westminster political classes it is business as usual on the home front. It doesn’t matter for them …

A United Ireland Is Five Years Away. We Need To Start Planning For It Now

When we look back, it will be clear that 2017 was the moment everything changed<p>Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters<p>Something fundamental has changed in …

SNP Westminster leader brands Jeremy Corbyn 'pathetic' after rejecting call to join cross-party group on single market

Ian Blackford accused Corbyn of failing working families.<p>Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of a “pathetic” lack of leadership after rejecting a call to …

Sean Spicer said Oprah couldn't beat Trump in 2020 because she doesn't have the political experience

Oprah Winfrey wouldn't beat Donald Trump in a 2020 presidential showdown because she lacks political experience, according to Trump's former press secretary Sean Spicer.<p>Spicer said that Oprah's celebrity gives her a huge platform, and that a one-on-one between her and Trump would be "the clash of …

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Jeremy Corbyn insists UK cannot remain in single market after Brexit

Labour leader disappoints pro-EU MPs in address to parliamentary party before launching attack on ‘struggling’ Tory government<p>Jeremy Corbyn has insisted the UK cannot be a member of the single market after Brexit, disappointing some of his pro-EU MPs.<p>The Labour leader told colleagues that it was …

This 1971 poster in an abandoned Tube station said we'd get cheap villas in the South of France if Britain joined the EU

Did you get your cut-price villa in the South of France yet? Time is running out!<p>When Britain leaves the EU in 2019, the price of a holiday home on the Mediterranean coast may go up again, according to this tattered poster we found in the abandoned Aldwych tube station on The Strand in London.<p>"Do …

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No sign of Brexit aviation threat being heeded

<b>by John Whelan</b><p>Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary and the British Airline Pilots’ Association general secretary Brian Strutton may have little in common, …

Brexit: Fears of disruption to flow of medicines means UK must stay under EU regulation, say government figures

Looming disruption to the flow of medicines after Brexit means Britain must seek to stay under EU regulation, senior Government figures have conceded.<p>…

Refugees could be given right to vote in Scotland

The Scottish government is considering allowing refugees and non-EU citizens to vote in local and Scottish parliament elections.<p>Holyrood was granted …

Nicola Sturgeon: A spirit of Scottish assertiveness will fight an extreme Brexit

The year ahead has the potential to be one of the most significant in Scotland’s recent history. I believe that it will be a year in which a new …

'Like thunder in the ground': Texans fear link between quakes and fracking waste

Wastewater injection, a byproduct of fracking, is the likely culprit behind a surge of earthquakes in northern Texas – and residents want accountability<p>An earthquake, Cathy Wallace says, feels like “a rumble – it’s like thunder in the ground coming towards your house like a train and you can hear …

The Conservatives' plummeting membership makes them ripe for entryism

Liberals or right-wingers who join the party now will be able to choose the next Prime Minister.<p>How many members do the Conservatives have left? …

Trump-Bannon Feud Is the Death of Truth: CEO Daily for January 5, 2018

Good morning.<p>Regular readers know I avoid diversions into politics, unless they bear directly on business. But the flap over Michael Wolff’s …

As ‘Fire and Fury’ is published, Europe openly debates: ‘Is Trump still sane?’

BERLIN — European commentary on President Trump is rarely flattering, but the cascading revelations alleged in Michael Wolff’s tell-all book “Fire and Fury,” drew an especially fierce response from a horrified continent this week.<p>“Is Trump still sane?” asked the Friday lead headline on the site of …

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Credit Suisse to move staff out of one of its Canary Wharf offices

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss bank Credit Suisse Group (CSGN.S) intends to move staff out of one of its office buildings in Canary Wharf in London as it consolidates its property portfolio after cutting jobs and costs, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday.<p>Bloomberg had earlier reported …

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What Happens When States Have Their Own Net Neutrality Rules?

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai spent 2017 dismantling Obama-era rules on net neutrality. A handful of lawmakers in liberal-leaning U.S. states plan to spend …

Net Neutrality

New Pot Policy by Trump Administration Draws Bipartisan Fire

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration finally crossed the line for some members of Congress this week, provoking bipartisan umbrage and accompanying pledges to hold top officials accountable.<p>Many thought the day had been far too long in coming. Few thought the galvanizing issue would be weed.<p>Both …

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Self-Healing Robot Muscles Are Stronger, Faster and More Flexible Than People—and They Only Cost 10 Cents to Make

Scientists have created nimble robotic muscles as strong as an elephant and as bendy as an octopus. These soft but powerful new artificial muscles …

California has ample weapons to fight Trump on drilling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the decades since a 1969 oil spill near Santa Barbara tarred sea-life and gave rise to the U.S. environmental movement, politicians and environmental activists have built up ample ways to make it difficult but not impossible for the Trump administration to renew drilling off …

Ireland and Hungary reject EU-wide tax harmonisation moves

The leaders of Hungary and Ireland have rejected any effort to harmonise corporate and other tax rules across the EU, saying that such moves would damage competition in the single market.<p>Viktor Orban and Leo Varadkar spoke to reporters in Budapest on Thursday.<p>"We, Hungarians, believe taxation is an …

Hospital on Theresa May's doorstep used St John Ambulance volunteers in emergency department

A hospital “on Theresa May’s doorstep” called in the services of first aiders from St John Ambulance to free up staff time by helping in its …

9 ways we've stood up for Scotland this year

The past 12 months have seen continued Westminster cuts and the damaging impact of a Tory Brexit - but the SNP has chosen a different path and …

Nicola Sturgeon dismisses Brexiteers in Twitter spat over 'blue passport-obsessed nonsense'

The British passport covers will change from burgundy to blue once we leave the EU in 2019.<p>Plans to change British passport covers back to blue have …

Warning over post-Brexit business standards

<b>Britain's standards body is calling on ministers to commit to staying in the European regime that sets industry-wide business standards after Brexit.</b><p>The BSI said if the UK did not act it could lose its say on how rules are set in areas such as packaging and safety.<p>Some manufacturers fear rules …

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If Damian Green has been sacked for misleading the public, why does David Davis still have a job?

It is quite right that Theresa May should have demanded the resignation of First Secretary of State Damian Green. Whether or not he had personally …

Digital security expert: Pro-Kremlin Twitter accounts trolled British politicians who criticised Russia

Pro-Kremlin Twitter accounts have trolled British MPs who criticised Russia, a digital security expert has found.<p>These accounts attacked MPs who criticised Russia-funded network RT and suggested that the Kremlin has meddled in UK democracy, Ben Nimmo, an information defence and digital forensics …

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The EU just took an unprecedented move to punish Poland for undermining democracy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The EU executive launched an unprecedented process on Wednesday to suspend Poland's voting rights in the European Union after two years of dispute over judicial reforms that Brussels says undermine Polish courts' independence.<p>The European Commission, the guardian of EU law, …

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