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‘The risk of #Brexit happening without a ratified deal still exists’ Phil Hogan 

‘The risk of #Brexit happening without a ratified deal still exists’ Phil Hogan 

| December 6, 2019

Speaking at his first event in Ireland as the European Commissioner for Trade (6 December), Phil Hogan addressed what he described as the ‘seemingly endless’ question of Brexit, as well as other pressing trade issues.   Hogan is hoping that next week’s UK general election will provide clarity and unblock paralysis. He told Irish business […]

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How the #UKGeneralElection works

How the #UKGeneralElection works

| December 6, 2019

How the United Kingdom’s election on 12 December works and when the results will be known. WHAT ARE PEOPLE VOTING FOR? – The country is divided into 650 constituencies. – Each constituency equates to one seat in parliament’s House of Commons. There are: 533 in England 59 in Scotland 40 in Wales 18 in Northern […]

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#Javid – chances of ending #Brexit transition without EU trade deal are remote

#Javid – chances of ending #Brexit transition without EU trade deal are remote

| December 6, 2019

Britain is unlikely to cut off ties to the European Union at the end of 2020 without having a free trade deal in place, Finance Minister Sajid Javid (pictured) said on Thursday (5 December), writes Alistair Smout. The governing Conservatives have pledged to pass their Withdrawal Agreement through parliament in time to leave the European […]

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Conservatives’ complaint over TV #IceSculpture stunt rejected

Conservatives’ complaint over TV #IceSculpture stunt rejected

| December 4, 2019

Britain’s communications watchdog has rejected a complaint by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party over a broadcaster’s decision to represent him with a block of melting ice in a prime-time election debate on the environment, writes William James. Last month, Channel 4, a commercially funded public-service broadcaster invited leaders of all Britain’s main political parties […]

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#Brexit and weak global demand to hurt UK in 2020, industry warns

#Brexit and weak global demand to hurt UK in 2020, industry warns

| December 4, 2019

Brexit pressures and political uncertainty have prompted the Confederation of British Industry and a manufacturing trade body, Make UK, to downgrade their growth forecasts for next year, writes David Milliken. Official figures have shown that Britain’s economy is growing at the weakest annual pace since 2010, and industry leaders see little or no improvement in […]

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Irish consumer sentiment bounces as no-deal #Brexit fears ease

Irish consumer sentiment bounces as no-deal #Brexit fears ease

| December 4, 2019

Irish consumer sentiment recovered sharply from a seven-year low in November, posting its fastest monthly rise since 2015 as the risk of a damaging no-deal Brexit receded, a survey showed on Tuesday (3 December). Ireland has remained the European Union’s fastest growing economy during three years of Brexit talks but consumer confidence was hit earlier […]

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#Labour to cut rail fares by a third

#Labour to cut rail fares by a third

| December 3, 2019

Britain’s Labour Party said it would cut rail season tickets and peak time fares by a third, saving the average commuter more than £1,000 per year, under its plan to return rail services to public ownership if it wins an election this month, writes Paul Sandle. It said the move, which will apply to regulated […]

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