Former Le Mans racer Watts comes out as gay

LONDON Retired Le Mans racer Danny Watts has come out as gay, saying he had never felt able to be open about his sexuality while competing in the sport.

"You feel like you have to hide it within motorsport because it's a very masculine sport," the 37-year-old, who retired last year, told ...

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UK on track to trigger Article 50 by end of March - David Davis

TALLINN Britain remains on track to trigger the legal process for leaving the European Union by the end of March, Brexit Secretary David Davis said on Monday, although he would not name a specific date.

"We will complete by March 31 and trigger by March 31. When before then? I am not ...

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UK union fears grow over future of GM's Vauxhall plants - source

LONDON The head of Britain's biggest trade union is likely to meet the CEO of PSA Group on Friday amid growing concerns over the future of Vauxhall plants if the French carmaker buys the business from General Motors, a union source told Reuters.

Peugeot-maker PSA is in talks to buy GM's ...

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May to meet Peugeot head, determined to protect UK car industry

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May will have a private conversation with the chief executive of Peugeot Carlos Tavares this week and is determined to protect Britain's car industry, her spokesman said on Monday

"It's going to be a private conversation. There's been a request for a meeting ...

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Attenborough, 90, to present BBC 'Blue Planet' sequel

LONDON Britain's most revered TV naturalist David Attenborough, 90, is returning to present a sequel to "The Blue Planet" documentary series, 16 years after the original illuminated the depths of the world's oceans.

"Blue Planet II" will air later this year on the BBC, and follows the ...

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Government has no intention of revoking Article 50 - May's spokesman

LONDON The British government has no intention of revoking its withdrawal from the European Union once the formal exit process has been triggered, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Monday.

May plans to trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty by the end of March, ...

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Pension deficit at GM's British operations stands at up to 1 billion pounds - source

LONDON The pensions deficit at General Motors' (GM.N ) British division stands at up to 1 billion pounds, a source told Reuters on Monday, amid fears over the future of its Vauxhall plants as Peugeot (PEUP.PA ) explores a European buyout.

Peugeot is considering taking over GM's European ...

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UK manufacturing picks up more pace in Feb, but so do price pressures - CBI

LONDON, - British manufacturers saw their order books grow at the strongest pace in two years this month, but the post-Brexit vote fall in the value of the pound is pushing up their prices sharply, an industry survey showed.

The Confederation for British Industry's survey, published on ...

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Stronger growth to help UK beat 2016/17 budget target - EY ITEM Club

LONDON Chancellor Philip Hammond is likely to hit his 2016/17 deficit reduction target with 3 billion pounds to spare, due to recent better-than-expected growth, economists working for accountants EY said on Monday.

Hammond will present his first annual budget on March 8 and aims to ...

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UK government to set out powers paving way for first space satellite launch

LONDON Britain will set out powers this week which would allow the launch of space satellites from the country for the first time, the government said on Monday.

Draft legislation, which will also allow for horizontal flights to the edge of space for scientific experiments and the ...

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Amazon to create over 5,000 jobs in Britain in 2017

LONDON Online retailer Amazon is set to create more than 5,000 jobs in Britain this year, the company said on Monday, boosting its investment in the country once more even as it prepares to leave the European Union.

Amazon, along with other tech giants such as Google and Apple, has ...

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Asking prices for UK homes show smallest February rise since 2009 - Rightmove

LONDON Asking prices for homes in England and Wales are rising more slowly due to rising consumer price inflation, worries about Brexit and tighter lending rules, property data firm Rightmove said on Monday, adding to signs of a slowing property market.

Prices sought by sellers during the ...

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UK PM May orders officials to examine Kraft Heinz bid for Unilever: FT

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May has asked top officials to examine U.S. food company Kraft Heinz's (KHC.O ) proposed takeover of Unilever Plc (ULVR.L ), the Financial Times reported on Sunday without citing any sources.

Kraft's surprise $143 billion offer, which would be the ...

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'That bus has gone' - EU sees no Brexit U-turn now

BRUSSELS Tony Blair wants fellow Britons to "rise up" and block or soften Brexit, but it may now be out of their hands -- many Europeans just want them to get on and get out.

After their June referendum vote to quit the EU, stunned European leaders insisted Britons were welcome to change ...

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House of Lords likely to attach conditions to Brexit bill - Mandelson

LONDON The British parliament's upper chamber is likely to attach conditions to legislation giving Prime Minister Theresa May the power to trigger the country's exit from the European Union, a former minister from the opposition Labour Party said on Sunday.

Earlier this month, May won ...

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Britain's exit from EU irrevocable once triggered - Justice Secretary

LONDON The process of Britain leaving the European Union is irrevocable once it has been triggered, a government minister said on Sunday.

Prime Minister Theresa May says she will invoke Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty by the end of March, beginning two years of formal divorce ...

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RBS proposes abandoning sale of Williams & Glyn unit

Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc has proposed abandoning the planned sale of its Williams & Glyn unit after a seven-year struggle to sell the small business lender to meet European Union state aid demands.

The taxpayer-backed bank has proposed an alternative series of measures to help ...

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Cutting takeaway taxes, UKIP seeks path to voters' hearts

BOLTON, England If food is the way to a man's heart, cutting tax on Britain's much-loved fish and chips is the way Paul Nuttall, leader of the anti-EU UKIP party, hopes to win over the country's voters.

On the sidelines of mainstream British politics for years over what many derided as ...

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London to introduce vehicle pollution tax from October

LONDON London will introduce a charge on the oldest and most polluting vehicles from October in a new effort to improve air quality, Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Friday.

Called the T-charge, the 10-pound ($12.43) daily tax will apply to diesel and petrol vehicles typically registered before ...

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UK pensions body backs rules to toughen up corporate pay votes

LONDON Britain's Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) on Friday called for new rules to ensure a 'super majority' of investors were needed to sign of on a company's pay plans, as part of a government consultation.

The PLSA joins other investors, including Fidelity ...

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British consumers battered by Brexit inflation

LONDON British shoppers unexpectedly cut back on their spending in January as last year's Brexit vote pushed up inflation, official data showed on Friday, the strongest sign to date that the country's economy is heading for a slowdown.

Consumers were barely fazed last year by June's ...

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