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Britain to begin fast-tracking visas for top scientists

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will begin fast-tracking visas for leading scientists and researchers next month once it has left the European Union, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.

Britain will leave the EU on Friday, drawing a line under years of debate about whether the country ...

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Britain unveils 50 pence coin minted to mark Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain unveiled on Sunday a new 50 pence coin minted to mark the country’s departure from the European Union, which bears the inscription “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations” and the Brexit date of 31 January 2020.

About three million ...

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Britain advises against all travel to China's Hubei province

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Saturday it was advising against all travel to Hubei province in China due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

In new travel advice, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office told people to leave Hubei province. The city of Wuhan in Hubei is at the centre ...

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Prince Charles wants to visit Iran - Sunday Times

LONDON (Reuters) - The heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, would like to make an official visit to Iran, he said in an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper.

Charles however declined to address the tensions relating to the crisis in the British monarchy sparked by his son ...

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UK to cut business rates for smaller pubs by £1,000

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said it would cut business rates for small pubs by £1,000 from April, giving extra help to pubs as part of a wider package aimed at ensuring shops, cinemas and cafes can survive in local high streets.

Business rates are taxes to help pay for local services, ...

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Police to roll out live facial recognition cameras in London

LONDON (Reuters) - British police are to start operational use of live facial recognition (LFR) cameras in London, despite warnings over privacy from rights groups and concerns expressed by the government’s own surveillance watchdog.

First used in the capital at the Notting Hill ...

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China's Jingye, British Steel unions agree to up to 500 job cuts

LONDON (Reuters) - UK trade unions have reached a deal with China’s Jingye Group (600768.SS ) about its provisional deal to buy British Steel, acknowledging that up to 500 jobs will go in exchange for protecting pay and employment terms.

“The sale to Jingye is now firmly in ...

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Britain convenes emergency response meeting on new coronavirus

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will convene an emergency response meeting on Friday to discuss measures to contain a virus that has killed 26 people and infected more than 800 in China, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said.

The so-called Cobra meeting will be chaired by Health ...

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Irish court approves extradition over Vietnamese truck deaths

DUBLIN (Reuters) - An Irish court on Friday approved the extradition of one of the two Northern Irish men charged with manslaughter over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people found in the back of a truck near London last year.

British authorities are seeking Eamonn Harrison, 23, on charges ...

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UK business perks up after election, weakening case for rate cut - PMIs

LONDON (Reuters) - British companies are enjoying their best month in more than a year, a survey showed on Friday, the strongest evidence yet of a post-election boost to the economy that could deter the Bank of England from cutting interest rates next week.

The ‘flash’ early ...

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Watchdog blames UK government for high-speed rail cost overruns

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s flagship new rail project HS2 is billions of pounds over-budget and years behind schedule because the government underestimated its complexity, and significant risks to it remain, a public spending watchdog said on Friday.

The criticism comes ahead of ...

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UK watchdog tells markets: be ready in case of no EU trade deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Financial firms in Britain should be ready in case no trade agreement is struck with the European Union by December, a senior UK regulator said on Thursday.

Britain leaves the EU next week, followed by a “business as usual” transition that ends in December. ...

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UK says no positive coronavirus tests, keeping situation under review

LONDON (Reuters) - There have been no positive tests for a new coronavirus in Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Thursday responding to reports that four patients were being tested in Scottish hospitals.

“These measures are purely precautionary and ...

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Brexit deal officially becomes UK law

LONDON (Reuters) - The bill implementing Britain’s exit deal with the European Union officially became law on Thursday ahead of the country’s departure from the bloc next week.

The legislation passed its final parliamentary stage on Wednesday, after more than three years of ...

2020-01-23 17:02 open_in_new
UK watchdog tells markets: be ready in case of no-deal Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - Financial firms in Britain should be ready in case no trade agreement is struck with the European Union by December, a senior UK regulator said on Thursday.

Britain leaves the EU next week, followed by a “business as usual” transition that ends in December. ...

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Britain must change how land is used to meet climate goal: advisers

LONDON (Reuters) - Britons should plant many more trees, eat less meat, cut food waste and restore peatlands if the country is to meet its climate target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050, the government’s climate advisers said on Thursday.

Britain last year became the first ...

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Brexit bill clears final parliamentary hurdle ahead of January 31 exit

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain moved a step closer to its Jan. 31 exit from the European Union when the legislation required to ratify its deal with Brussels passed its final stage in parliament on Wednesday.

The bill will officially become law when it receives Royal Assent from Queen ...

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UK PM Johnson: I do not expect EU to offer us worse trading terms

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday he did not expect the European Union to offer Britain worse post-Brexit trade terms than it has offered to other trading partners.

“I don’t think that is going to happen... its massively in our interests, in the ...

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Protesters climb trees to protect UK woodland from planned rail link

COLNE VALLEY, England (Reuters) - Protesters reinforced makeshift tree-houses in a woodland canopy outside London on Wednesday in anticipation of a fresh attempt by contractors to fell thousands of trees to make way for a planned high-speed rail link.

The fight to preserve woods and ...

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House of Commons rejects changes to Brexit legislation

LONDON (Reuters) - The lower house of Britain’s parliament on Wednesday overturned changes made by the upper house to the legislation needed to ratify the country’s divorce agreement with the European Union.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has signalled he will not accept any ...

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Monty Python star Terry Jones dies aged 77

LONDON (Reuters) - Terry Jones, one of the British Monty Python comedy team, has died at the age of 77 after a long battle with dementia, his family said on Wednesday.

Born in Wales in 1942, Jones was also a film director, historian and poet. He had been diagnosed in 2015 with a rare form ...

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