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Brexit: Hammond says PM’s demands ‘wreck’ chance of new deal

Former Chancellor Philip Hammond has accused the PM of trying to wreck the chance of a new Brexit deal, by making demands the EU could never accept. In a Times article, Mr Hammond said a no-deal Brexit would be “a betrayal” of the 2016 referendum result. He told the BBC he was “confident” that Parliament “has the means” to express ...

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UK inflation edges back above 2% target in July

London, Aug 14 : Official figures show that inflation in Britain has unexpectedly risen back above the Bank of England’s target, but with the Brexit date approaching there is little pressure on policymakers at the central bank to raise interest rates. The Office for National Statistics said Wednesday that consumer prices rose by 2.1% in the year to end-July, up ...

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Brexit: Legal bid to stop Westminster shutdown goes to court

A legal challenge to try to prevent Boris Johnson shutting down parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit has begun in a Scottish court. A group of MPs and peers wants the Court of Session in Edinburgh to rule that suspending parliament to make the UK leave the EU without a deal is “unlawful and unconstitutional”. The prime minister has ...

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Crime: What has Boris Johnson promised on law and order ?

Since becoming prime minister just over a month ago, Boris Johnson has made a number of law-and-order announcements affecting England and Wales. But what exactly is being proposed? What it means: There are currently 123,171 police officers in England and Wales, down from 143,000 in 2010, when the Conservatives came to power and Theresa May became home secretary. So if ...

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Worshippers gather on Mount Arafat on the second day of Hajj

  Various government sectors have also offered hair, catering and medical services to worshippers Hajj pilgrims arrived at Mina on Friday where they remained in the city until sunrise ARAFAT: Over two million pilgrims arrived at Mount Arafat on Saturday as Hajj approached its peak. Some of the pilgrims had tears streaming down their faces as the men and women ...

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Brexit: Corbyn seeks clarity on ‘unconstitutional’ election-time no-deal

Jeremy Corbyn has urged the UK’s most senior civil servant to intervene to prevent a no-deal Brexit happening during a general election campaign. The Labour leader is concerned that the UK could leave the EU on 31 October, while a campaign is ongoing and before a new government is elected. He has written to Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill saying ...

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More than two million Muslims begin Hajj pilgrimage

In total some 2.5 million faithful, the majority from abroad, will undertake the pilgrimage this year During the pilgrimage separate streams of men and women, grouped by nationality, will travel to Mina on foot or in buses More than two million Muslims begin the annual Hajj on Friday as the Saudi hosts seek to deter politicization of the pilgrimage against ...

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UK economy shrinks for first time since 2012 as Brexit bites

The British economy shrank in the second quarter for the first time in six and a half years as Brexit uncertainties weighed on business investment and firms reduced their stockpiling of goods after Britain was granted an extension to its departure from the European Union, official figures showed Friday. The decline, the first since the fourth quarter of 2012, was ...

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PM to “supercharge” UK science with fast visa system

Boris Johnson has instructed government departments to devise a new fast-track visa system to attract leading scientists to work in the UK. The Prime Minister plans to remove the cap on so-called tier one visas for highly skilled migrants. This cap currently restricts numbers to 2,000 a year. Mr Johnson also wants to make the system easier and quicker to ...

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British High Commission in Bangladesh places Digital Messaging Boards at Dhaka and Sylhet Airport

  The British High Commission in Bangladesh, in collaboration with Civil Aviation Authority in Bangladesh, has placed digital messaging boards in the arrival areas of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka and International and Domestic arrivals at Osmani International Airport in Sylhet. HE Robert Chatterton Dickson, the British High Commissioner in Bangladesh, along with Group Captain Abu Sayeed Mehboob Khan, ...

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