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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Brexit-bound economy is showing little sign that its leaden performance in the first half of 2017 is improving much, despite hints of better times for manufacturers in data released on Friday. Factory output increased at the fastest pace this year during July, but this was set against a sharp decline in
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BERLIN (Reuters) – Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said on Friday that British Prime Minister Theresa May might be out of a job by Christmas unless she manages to get her party behind her and take charge of Brexit negotiations. Speaking at an election campaign event for the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Berlin, Farage
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GLASGOW, Scotland (Reuters) – Scotland’s former first minister believes the independence movement has a three-year window after Britain quits the European Union to push again for succession, despite the Scottish National Party’s losses in an election in June.     Salmond, who is still very influential in the movement, said the independence drive could be
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TALLINN (Reuters) – A physical border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland after Brexit would risk decades of peace negotiations, and Britain’s solutions so far are not sufficient, Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Friday. “We cannot have a physical border on the island of Ireland again that creates barriers between communities, that
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LONDON (Reuters) – The British government should stop dreaming about having its own way in Brexit negotiations and start to get more realistic about the likely outcome of divorce talks with the European Union, said Jim O‘Neill, a former Goldman Sachs economist. Prime Minister Theresa May, who quietly opposed Brexit ahead of the referendum, has
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LONDON (Reuters) – British Airways proposed the closure of a major pension scheme on Thursday, angering trade unions representing some workers who have already been on strike this year in a continuing dispute over pay. British Airways, owned by International Consolidated Airlines Group, said it had to address “the significant and growing funding deficit faced
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LONDON (Reuters) – Brexit minister David Davis called on parliament on Thursday to back legislation to sever Britain’s political, financial and legal ties with the European Union, saying that opposing the bill would lead to chaos. At a rowdy session of parliament, Davis accused the opposition Labour Party of pursuing a “cynical and unprincipled” path
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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince George, the great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth and third-in-line to the throne, started school on Thursday but without his pregnant mother Kate to support him because she is suffering from severe morning sickness. George, 4, was taken by his father, Prince William, from their Kensington Palace home to Thomas’s Battersea school
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LONDON (Reuters) – British house prices jumped in August at the fastest pace this year, adding to signs the housing market has regained some strength after its post-Brexit vote slowdown, mortgage lender Halifax said on Thursday. House prices increased 1.1 percent from July, the biggest one-month rise since December and building on July’s 0.7 percent
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LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May called on parliament to support legislation to sever political, financial and legal ties with the European Union, a step towards Brexit the opposition says it will challenge. The repeal bill, or EU withdrawal bill, is central to the government’s plan to exit the bloc in 2019, untangling
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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is considering measures to restrict immigration for all but the highest-skilled EU workers, a leaked government document said, plans some companies called alarming and an opposition lawmaker described as “plainly cruel”. Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament that while immigration had been good for the economy, last year’s vote to leave
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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will pursue a balanced policy on immigration once it has left the European Union by seeking to attract high-skilled workers while driving the overall numbers down, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Wednesday. The Guardian newspaper published a leaked government document late on Tuesday detailing plans to drive down the number
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LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. actress Meghan Markle, the girlfriend of Britain’s Prince Harry, has said they are in love and happy together, in her first frank comments about their relationship since they became a couple last year. In an interview with Vanity Fair magazine published on Tuesday, Markle said she began dating Harry, fifth in
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LONDON (Reuters) – British new car sales fell for the fifth month in a row in August, the longest run of declines since 2011, a car industry body said on Tuesday, as uncertainty over Brexit and possible levies on diesel cars hit Europe’s second-biggest market. Sales fell by an annual 6.4 percent to 76,433 vehicles,
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LONDON (Reuters) – Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their third child, their office said on Monday after the Duchess was forced to cancel an engagement due to severe morning sickness. Britain’s monarchy has ridden a wave of public support in recent years due to the popularity of William, Kate, and William’s brother
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EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scotland’s devolved government will lift a cap on public sector wages to take account of the rising cost of living, one of a series of policy changes due to be announced on Tuesday, a Scottish government official said. By allowing the wages of nurses, teachers and police to rise by more than
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LONDON (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth formally opened Scotland’s biggest infrastructure project in a generation – the third bridge across the River Forth – on Monday, exactly 53 years after she opened the second. The 91-year-old monarch met with workers and school children who had gathered on the bridge before cutting a blue ribbon to mark
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