EU Referendum

Gibraltar heading for​ abrupt exit from single market, says Spain

Source says Gibraltar would fall outside any Brexit transition deal unless UK agrees deal with Madrid over its future status<p>Gibraltar is heading for an abrupt exit from the single market without the benefit of any transition deal, according to senior Spanish government sources, who revealed that …

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Amber Rudd apologises after missing close Brexit Bill vote

Amber Rudd has been forced to apologise after she missed a crucial Brexit vote in the Commons last night.<p>The Home Secretary is understood to have been on the phone discussing a National Crime Agency issue as MPs voted on an amendment tabled by Jeremy Corbyn.<p>She voted on four amendments to the …

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This Budget wasn’t about the British people or ending austerity – it was about saving Philip Hammond’s career

When he began his Budget statement at 12.37pm today, Philip Hammond might well have been thinking about the old political maxim: your opponents are …

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You can cough up £40bn but we'll still veto a trade deal - Ireland's warning to Theresa May

The foreign minister said Ireland will block EU trade talks until May agrees to keep the open border<p>Theresa May has been warned paying a £40 billion …

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The British Machine Is ‘Getting Its Act Together’ on Brexit

The chances of a Brexit breakthrough at a crunch summit in December are as high as 70 percent, according to an influential think tank, as Prime …

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Irish minister floats Hong Kong-style deal for post-Brexit N.Ireland

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney on Wednesday said the arrangement linking Hong Kong with China could be a possible solution for addressing the …

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Glimmer of hope for Merkel as opposition revolt over coalition position

A possible way out of Germany’s political crisis appeared on Wednesday in the form of a growing rebellion in the second largest party over its leader’s refusal to enter coalition talks with Angela Merkel.<p>Martin Schulz was confronted with open revolt in his Social Democratic Party (SPD) from MPs who …

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Britain urged to map out post-Brexit future for lawyers

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain needs to set out plans to make sure its lawyers can keep working across Europe after Brexit, a lobby group said on Thursday.<p>TheCityUK said Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union should also not threaten the international dominance of English law and the prospects of …

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May's U.K. Budget Largesse Comes Too Late in the Year for Voters

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s government delivered the kind of Budget it should have fired up five months ago -- when there was an election at …

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Where Brexit Hurts: The Nurses and Doctors Leaving London

LONDON — Tanja Pardela is leaving London. Her last day is Nov. 26. She wells up talking about it. She will miss jacket potatoes, and Sunday roasts, and her morning commute — past playing fields, small children in school uniforms and a red telephone box — to the hospital where she has been a …

Business

UK universities 'face disaster within weeks' without clear Brexit plan

Warwick University vice-chancellor says certainty is needed over EU citizens’ rights to avoid exodus of staff at all levels<p>British universities face “a moment of great trauma” in the next few weeks unless the government makes clear its post-Brexit plans for EU residents in the UK, a leading …

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Budget 2017 LIVE: £337m to improve Metro system and devolution deal agreed

14:20<p>Nick Forbes reacts to Metro grant<p>Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes has reacted to the news that the money for the Metro will be a direct …

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U.K. Prime Minister Faces More Tortured Brexit Talks After Ireland Cries Foul

Just when Theresa May thought she was finally making progress in the Brexit negotiations, she finds herself facing the gravest crisis since she triggered Article 50.<p>For months, the U.K. prime minister has been grappling with how to choreograph a climbdown over the so-called Brexit bill. She has to …

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Did the Tories really pass a vote that says animals don't feel pain?

How the subject of animal welfare after Brexit became a PR nightmare for the Conservatives.<p>Animal lovers have unleashed their anger on social media …

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Brexit uncertainty deepens as agency shares grim economic outlook

Britain's future outside the European Union is looking a lot less rosy as the economy slows, Brexit talks stall and the government lurches from crisis to crisis.<p>The picture got gloomier on Wednesday, when an independent government finance agency slashed its outlook for the country's economy in each …

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'Metaphor For Brexit' Number 443: David Davis Trips Over On TV

Watch yet another symbolic representation of our historic mistake<p>Brexit: bad news for national unity, the future of the economy and our standing in …

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Philip Hammond causes chuckles in Commons with joke-filled Budget speech

Within half an hour of his Budget speech, Philip Hammond had made seven jokes.<p>The Chancellor appeared to enjoy making the announcements, peppering them with gags and even included Prime Minister Theresa May in one of his sketches.<p>In what appeared to be a pre-prepared stunt (if it wasn't, it seems …

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THE BEADY EYE WRITES AN OPEN LETTER TO MRS ARLENE FOSTER LEADER OF THE DUP.

Dear Mrs Foster,<p>Your recently comments on the BBC re the border and the sun shining out of the a… of unnamed politicians has led me to write this …

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The latest budget reveals the rank hypocrisy of the UK's tech strategy

The UK has an alarming shortage of skilled workers in science, technology and engineering. Between 2009 and 2015, one in six new hires in the the UK …

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UK politicians missed Irish message on Border, Brexit negotiator says

British politicians should have listened more carefully to Republic, top Irish diplomat says<p>15 minutes ago<p>British politicians have now got the …

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Autumn Budget 2017 UK: How Twitter reacted to Philip Hammond's terrible jokes

Prepare to cringe...<p>It wouldn't be Budget day without a few jokes peppered in such a serious speech about spending.<p>And true to tradition, the …

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If Angela Merkel resigns, who will stand up to Putin?

<i>This article first appeared on the Atlantic Council site.</i><p>If German Chancellor Angela Merkel were to step down from her role it would create …

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Waiting for May, Brussels eyes December Brexit deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - When Theresa May visits Brussels on Friday, EU negotiators will be listening intently for signs the British prime minister is preparing to risk a domestic backlash and raise her offer to secure a Brexit deal in December.<p>European Union officials and diplomats from the other 27 …

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Brexit is already wrecking our economy, and the Budget is the proof

It was a downgrade budget for a downgraded Britain.<p>Chancellor Philip Hammond might have served up just about enough in the way of gimmicks and extra …

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George Osborne's Evening Standard has not held back with its Budget Day 2017 cartoon

The former chancellor has been a vocal critic of the government and today was no exception.<p>George Osborne, who now edits the Evening Standard, …

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The Budget's Cruellest Truth Is More Will Be Spent On Brexit Than The NHS

I don’t remember seeing a big red bus with the slogan ‘Vote Leave for less NHS spending, because we’ll have to blow it all on Brexit’<p>PA Archive/PA …

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EU lifts Britain out of deficit sin bin

The EU said Wednesday it would end its special budget supervision for Britain after almost a decade, saying London had reduced its excessive deficit …

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UK sets aside extra 3 billion pounds for Brexit preparations: Hammond

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government is setting aside 3 billion pounds ($3.97 billion) for Brexit preparations in addition to funds allocated previously, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Wednesday during his budget speech to parliament.<p>"We have already invested almost 700 million pounds …

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‘Aging millennials’ are a thing and Theresa May’s government just made a blatant appeal to them

The UK’s Conservative government announced a new budget today, confirming that it will extend the cutoff age for its young person’s discount railcard to 30, from 25. The change will offer 4.5 million more people a 33% discount on rail travel at non-peak times for a one-time fee of £30 ($40). By …

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The U.K. Is Spending $4 Billion Just to Get Ready for Brexit

The U.K. is setting aside 3 billion pounds ($3.98 billion) on preparing for Brexit over the next 18 months—and that’s just before it pays the EU a …

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