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Brexit: Greg Clark, Amber Rudd and David Gauke issue delay warning

Brexit should be delayed if Parliament does not approve a deal in the coming days, three cabinet ministers have warned publicly for the first time. Ahead of crucial votes in the Commons, Greg Clark, Amber Rudd and David Gauke told the Daily Mail time was running out and that they hoped for a breakthrough in negotiations soon.   If not, ...

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UK acknowledges key trade deals won’t be ready by Brexit day

Photo: British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, is greeted by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker prior to a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Brussels, Feb 22 : The British government acknowledged Thursday that trade deals with major countries such as Japan and Turkey will not be in place by the planned Brexit day of March ...

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Labour and Conservatives could see more MP exits

Labour and the Conservatives could face more resignations, with members of the new Independent Group saying they expect more MPs to join them. Ex-Tory MP Heidi Allen told ITV’s Peston programme “a third” of Tory MPs were fed up with the party’s direction.   Labour MP Ian Austin told the Express and Star he would think “long and hard” about ...

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Dhaka fire: UK deeply saddened

British Secretary of State for Department for International Development Penny Mordaunt. Photo: Courtesy Dhaka, Feb 21 : British Secretary of State for Department for International Development Penny Mordaunt has expressed deep shock over the loss of lives following a big fire incident in the city. “I am deeply saddened to hear of the terrible loss of lives following the chemical ...

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Independent Group: Minor tremor or political earthquake?

Are the tectonic plates of British politics moving with the formation of a new “centrist” group in Parliament – or are we experiencing a minor tremor? It’s too soon to say – but that won’t stop some MPs and commentators declaiming as though they were expert political seismologists. So let’s stand back and examine the landscape. A split is quite ...

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Three MPs quit UK ruling party over Brexit

            Three MPs quit Britain’s governing Conservatives on Wednesday over Brexit, saying the issue had “re-defined” the party and was “undoing all the efforts to modernise it”. The trio said they planned to sit in parliament alongside eight former Labour lawmakers who, also citing their opposition to Brexit, resigned from the main opposition party this ...

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British foreign secretary urges Brexit solution

Berlin, Feb 20 : Britain’s foreign secretary is telling a German audience that securing an orderly British departure from the European Union is “of paramount importance.” Jeremy Hunt was meeting officials in Berlin on Wednesday ahead of Prime Minister Theresa May’s trip to Brussels later in the day to meet EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. May is seeking changes to ...

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UK employment hits another record high

The number of people in work in the UK has continued to climb, with a record 32.6 million employed between October and December, the latest Office for National Statistics figures show. Unemployment was little-changed in the three-month period at 1.36 million.   The jobless rate, remaining at 4%, is at its lowest since early 1975.   Weekly average earnings went ...

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Teenager who joined IS in Syria to lose UK citizenship

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 22, 2015 Renu Begum, eldest sister of missing British girl Shamima Begum, holds a picture of her sister while being interviewed by the media in central London. – A British teenager who fled to join the Islamic State group in Syria is living in a refugee camp and wants to return home, ...

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Brex-split: 7 lawmakers quit Labour over EU, anti-Semitism

Photo: Chaka Umunna speaks alongside Luciana Berger, left, and Angela Smith, right, during a press conference to announce the new political party, The Independent Group, in London, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. London, Feb 18 : Seven British lawmakers quit the main opposition Labour Party on Monday over its approach to issues including Brexit and anti-Semitism — the biggest shake-up in ...

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