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LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May suspended one of her Conservative Party lawmakers on Monday after she used racist language at a think tank event on the implications of Brexit on the financial services sector. Anne Marie Morris, who campaigned to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum, was describing her view
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LONDON Britain’s pharmaceuticals trade body plans to go to court to challenge new cost rules for medicines for very rare diseases, describing the measures on Monday as “inappropriate and unworkable”. The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) said it wanted to reverse the changes which “have the potential to cause significant delays for patients
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LONDON London’s High Court rejected on Monday a claim by campaigners that Britain’s multi-billion-pound arms sales to Saudi Arabia should be halted because they were being used in Yemen in violation of international humanitarian law. The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) had sought an order to block export licences for British-made bombs, fighter jets and
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By William James | LONDON LONDON Britain’s Theresa May will promise to fight on as prime minister and pursue bold domestic reform despite her diminished authority in a speech this week relaunching her leadership after 12 tumultuous months in power. As her minority government prepares to start the difficult task of passing Brexit through parliament,
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LONDON Britain’s scheduled exit from the European Union may never happen because its main political parties are too divided on the issue, said Vince Cable, a veteran lawmaker bidding to lead the fourth largest political party, the Liberal Democrats. Prime Minister Theresa May’s failure to win an outright majority in a snap national election last
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LONDON British police arrested a 19-year old man on Friday at an airport in northern England in connection with a suicide bomb attack in Manchester which killed 22 people after a pop concert in May. “He was arrested on suspicion of offences contrary to the Terrorism Act and remains in custody,” Greater Manchester Police said
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PARIS British Trade Minister Liam Fox said on Friday there were no obstacles to replicating the current smooth trading agreements between Britain and the EU after Brexit, unless “politics got in the way of good economics”. Fox’s comments came a day after the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said London’s “red lines” for a
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By Andy Bruce and Jonathan Cable | LONDON LONDON Britain’s economy has struggled to gain momentum after a slow start to 2017, according to data published on Friday which raised questions about the chances of the Bank of England raising interest rates this year. Output by British factories and the construction sector unexpectedly shrank in
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LONDON Britain’s energy market regulator Ofgem has launched an investigation into British Gas’ switching terms, it said on Thursday. The inquiry will examine whether Centrica-owned (CNA.L) British Gas breached licence conditions relating to its obligations to domestic customers who switch to another supplier. The inquiry comes after consumer affairs website Moneysaving Expert raised concerns about
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LONDON Finance firms should not be forced by regulators to change location after Britain leaves the European Union in 2019, Andrew Bailey, chief executive of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority told a Reuters Newsmaker event on Thursday. Banks, insurers and asset managers based in Britain are already making contingency plans to shift some operations to
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