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LONDON (Reuters) – Future financial support for British farming would be linked to environmental benefits rather than land ownership, government minister Michael Gove said on Friday. Britain is set to overhaul its farm policy after it leaves the European Union and for the first time in decades the nation’s farmers will have to compete directly
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LONDON (Reuters) – Jaguar Land Rover opened its first overseas engine plant on Friday, picking China for the investment a week after saying it would build a global model entirely outside Britain for the first time. Britain’s biggest carmaker, which already operates a plant in China as part of a partnership with Chery [CHERY.UL], said
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BERLIN (Reuters) – Prince William and his wife Catherine made traditional German pretzels and coxed rival teams in a rowing boat race in the southern university town of Heidelberg as part of a three-day tour through Germany. William, second in line to the British throne, and Catherine took a lesson in pretzel-making from apprentices and
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LONDON (Reuters) – A British zoo is using IVF technology to help the three remaining northern white rhinos procreate and save the species from extinction. Scientists at Longleat safari park in Warminster, England, extracted nine eggs from three female southern white rhinos in their facility earlier this week. The eggs will be used by researchers
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LONDON (Reuters) – Sunny weather brought British shoppers out and led to stronger retail sales than expected in June, shaking off a gloomy start to the year and suggesting the broader economy may be regaining speed after an early 2017 lull. More recent data have been mixed, as consumers feel squeezed by higher inflation largely
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British and EU negotiators will not announce major breakthroughs on Thursday in their public account of this week’s first round of Brexit talks in Brussels, officials said on Wednesday. “Constructive”, “polite” and “a good start” were typical comments from some of those involved since Monday in detailed discussions on a range of
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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s TalkTalk added 20,000 broadband customers to its network over the last three months, helped by take-up of its longer-term fixed price contracts. The company, under the new leadership team of executive chairman Charles Dunstone and chief executive Tristia Harrison, is returning to its roots as a low-cost challenger to BT, Sky
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Dozens of British officials and their EU counterparts got the first full round of Brexit negotiations under way on Monday, bringing a quiet buzz to the European Commission’s Brussels headquarters. After a brief handshake and sit-down for the cameras between Brexit Secretary David Davis and chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier, the pair
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SHEPPERTON, England (Reuters) – Six old-fashioned skiffs interrupted the sleepy pace of life on a stretch of the river Thames on Monday as teams embarked on the annual “upping” – a combined census and health visit for swans. The upping sees three teams, one representing Queen Elizabeth and one each representing the old trade associations
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WARSAW (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince William took his young family to Warsaw on Monday to begin a four-day tour of Poland and Germany that will take in World War Two memorials and meetings with locals. The royal couple travelled with their children – Prince George, who turns four this month and his two-year-old sister, Charlotte.
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LONDON (Reuters) – Two British parliamentary committees said on Monday that the government should reveal what post-Brexit reassurances it offered Japanese carmaker Toyota (7203.T) ahead of a 240-million pound ($313 million) investment in its English car plant. On Friday, Reuters cited two sources saying that Britain had helped to secure an investment in the firm’s
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HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth II’s stately royal barge “Gloriana” found itself sharing the River Thames with some quirky upstarts at the weekend – amphibious motor cars. As the rowbarge – an ornate, gold-leaf and crest-bedecked vessel powered by 18 rowers – oared its way down river like something from a Canaletto painting, a
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