Carmakers call for transitional EU deal – BBC News

June 20, 2017

EU: No plans for Brexit concessions Rolls-Royce warns against ‘hard Brexit’ UK car plants also depend heavily on the free movement of components to and from the continent. The SMMT said any new relationship with the EU would need to address tariff and non-tariff barriers, regulatory and labour issues, “all of which will take time to negotiate”. “We accept that we are leaving the European Union,” said chief executive Mike Hawes. “But our biggest …

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News Daily: Van hits crowd near mosque – BBC News

June 20, 2017

Hello. Here’s your morning briefing: Brexit talks get under way Almost a year after the UK voted to leave the European Union, Brexit talks are finally starting. Brexit Secretary David Davis has promised a “deal like no other in history”, with subjects of early negotiations including the status of expats, the UK’s “divorce bill” and the Northern Ireland border. Things get started at about 11:00 BST. Grenfell Tower tragedy ‘preventable’ …

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Philip Hammond attacks Tory general election campaign – BBC News

June 18, 2017

But a deal designed to “punish” the UK would be even worse, he said on BBC One’s Andrew Marr show. Campaign criticism Despite being one of the most senior members of Theresa May’s government, Mr Hammond did not play a leading role in the campaign before the general election, and it was reported he faced being replaced. “It’s true that my role [in the campaign] was not the one I would have liked it to be,” he said. He did not comment on his …

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Hammond flexes muscles over Brexit – BBC News

June 16, 2017

At the Mansion House speech tonight, Philip Hammond will say that 48bn of funds from the European Union’s investment bank will not be put at risk. The European Investment Bank (EIB) provides funding for infrastructure projects across the EU, such as the building of the Crossrail train line in London, and tram networks in Nottingham and Manchester. It lends at preferential rates to EU members and some thought the source of financing could be at risk as the UK approaches the departure …

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Why do we spend less on Father’s Day than Mother’s Day? – BBC News

June 15, 2017

… him, because his kids know him on a deeper level”. Father’s Day facts The modern Father’s Day is an American invention, with the first widespread celebration taking place on 1910, two year’s after the first Mother’s Day celebration While Mother’s Day was officially recognised by the US government in 1913, Father’s Day had to wait until 1972 Unlike Mother’s Day, Father’s Day is celebrated on the same day in the US and the UK – the …

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Could football help ease tensions between North and South Korea?

June 13, 2017

… which is hosting the 2022 World Cup. However, even if Moon manages to thread the diplomatic needles, his vision will also face strong opposing bids from the UK, and Uruguay and Argentina, which are putting forward a joint bid to host the tournament on the hundredth anniversary of the inaugural World Cup in Uruguay. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsSpyFy – 100k Blueprint Powerful Video Training For Crushing It With SpyFyKick-Ass Toons V2 Amazing Video AssetsShopifill …

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Sterling stabilises as May prepares minority government – BBC News

June 12, 2017

She had been hoping to increase her majority ahead of the upcoming Brexit negotiations with the European Union. Theresa May ‘best placed person’ for Brexit What does the UK vote mean for Brexit? How will a minority government actually work? On Friday, sterling reacted to the vote by sliding 1.7%, its biggest one-day drop in about eight months. Confidence drop The uncertainty caused by the election result has also led business confidence to sink “through the floor”, …

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Election 2017: What you want to know about the result – BBC News

June 11, 2017

Members are elected for four-year terms by a joint session of both houses of parliament, although in practice changes in membership are rare, making the Federal Council one of the world’s most stable governments. Each year a different member of the council fills the largely ceremonial post of federal president on a rotating basis. However, the office does not confer the status of head of state, which is held jointly by all the councillors. In the UK the House of Commons is the …

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Sanders allies emboldened by Labour’s gains in UK election

June 10, 2017

Chicago (CNN)As it became clear late Thursday that UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s electoral gambit had fallen flat, and that her Conservatives’ majority in Parliament had been leveled by a resurgent Labour party, progressives in the US climbed on the shoulders of their transatlantic allies and celebrated a result already stoking ambitions at home. Corbyn’s success in confounding the British pundit class and skeptical Labour officials, many of whom openly worried …

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Election results 2017: May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks – BBC News

June 10, 2017

… win the election and adopt a “very different approach and style of leadership”. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May: ‘Let’s get to work’ Mrs May announced her intention to work with the DUP to form a government on Friday, just hours after an election that left the UK with a hung parliament for the second time in seven years. Speaking on the steps of No 10 after an audience with the Queen, the prime minister said the parties …

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Election 2017: Pound falls sharply but UK shares rise – BBC News

June 9, 2017

Hung Parliament: What happens next? Election results live updates Election 2017: At a glance Traders had been expecting a clear victory for Theresa May’s Conservative Party, but are now concerned about political uncertainty. “The unexpected outcome increases the threat of further volatility for sterling and UK assets,” said Mark Haefele, global chief investment officer at UBS Wealth Management. “The result is likely to call the position of the Prime Minister into …

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Peppa Pig: Comedian John Sparkes behind cartoon voices – BBC News

June 8, 2017

Sparkes may also be recognised from Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, as Fireman Sam and from Shaun the Sheep. “I bumped into an old comedian mate a few years ago and his little boy was a huge Peppa Pig fan,” Sparkes said. “He made the mistake of saying ‘this is the man that does the voice of characters in Peppa’. The little lad didn’t like it because it ruptured his imaginary world, as for him Peppa Pig is real. “So a message for …

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What it takes to get Beyonce on a world tour – BBC News

June 7, 2017

Image copyright Sound Moves Image caption The company is one of the biggest logistics firms in the music industry While air freight makes up just 1% of UK imports and exports in terms of tonnage shipped, it accounts for 40% of imports and exports in terms of their value. In the UK, Heathrow Airport is the dominant player in this trade with 101bn worth of goods passing through in a year. That’s more than the value of goods passing through the country’s biggest container …

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Sir David Attenborough regrets missed family time – BBC News

June 6, 2017

… spreading, and the seas are warming – all those factors cause great changes in our fortunes.” When asked which animal he felt a kinship with, Sir David replied: “That has to be an ape. Because our kinship is a reality. I don’t feel it with a mosquito or, indeed, a whale.” Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email entertainment.news@bbc.co.UK. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended …

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EY report: Scottish economy ‘stuck in slow lane’ – BBC News

June 6, 2017

… labour market and rising inflation is putting further pressure on incomes and recent research reveals that households expect worsening economic conditions. “All of this means consumers are likely to be more cautious.” ‘Clear message’ EY’s chief economist for UK and Ireland, Mark Gregory, said: “Scotland’s economy is showing signs of slowing faster than the rest of the UK which sends a clear message that business and government will have to work harder …

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General election 2017: Security dominates campaigning – BBC News

June 6, 2017

… That should include exposing and rooting out the source of funding terror, even if it means difficult and embarrassing conversations with those like Saudia Arabia that the government claims are our allies.” He warned about the UK seeking to “control” the internet in a manner associated with regimes like North Korea. “If we turn the internet into a tool for censorship and surveillance, the terrorists will have won. We won’t make ourselves safer by making ourselves …

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‘Extraordinary’ month for Scottish renewable energy – BBC News

June 5, 2017

… during May. “While people might not be too surprised to learn solar power output was up in May, they might be surprised to discover that wind power output was also pretty impressive.” Across the UK, solar panels provided a record amount of power on 26 May, when the National Grid reported a 8.5GW peak over a half-hour from midday, almost a quarter of total demand. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsWP Site Launcher – Developer License WP Site Launcher – Developer …

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Reality Check: What is the Prevent strategy? – BBC News

June 5, 2017

… fundamental” in tackling terrorism in the UK. He said the scheme was about “putting an arm around” people at risk of radicalisation. “We try and divert, allow people the opportunity to help them make better decisions. It’s absolutely fundamental. It has enabled us to try and help stabilise communities and stop people getting us into a cycle of aggravation,” he said. What do critics say? The Prevent strategy has been criticised by some MPs, the National Union …

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Taking his own path: The world’s leading maze designer – BBC News

June 5, 2017

And there seems to be no job too small, or too outlandish, as his work ranges from tiny finger mazes that you can trace with a single digit, to an entire side of the 210m (689ft) tall Al Rostamani Maze Tower that was completed in Dubai in 2011. But how do you ever become a maze designer? For Mr Fisher it was a lucky turn in the maze we all walk through in life. Image copyright Adrian Fischer Image caption He designs everything from finger mazes to giant cornfield mazes Over the past …

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Producer’s childhood helped ‘inspire’ Harry Potter play – BBC News

June 4, 2017

She told Desert Island Discs presenter Kirsty Young: “I will never understand what it would be like to have a dad, and so I’m always looking for stories that might help me understand.” Friedman this year topped the Stage 100 list of the UK’s most influential people in performing arts while Harry Potter And The Cursed Child won a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards. The play was written by Jack Thorne after Rowling gave Friedman her approval to create a theatre …

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General Election 2017: The EU citizens in the UK who can’t vote – BBC News

June 4, 2017

… are forced on Estonia. So I think the UK should try to negotiate a better deal – for example, follow a similar path to Norway, staying a member of the single market. I think most British people are tolerant and are OK with immigrants who offer some sort of value to the system. Talent is always valued and with British people it’s always easy to make friends. What annoys people is immigrants who are disrespectful towards their country’s culture, laws and customs. I think if you …

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Sporting plan to boost boys in ballet – BBC News

June 3, 2017

… celebration, jumping and posing like super heroes, spinning across the room like Angry Birds, or creating patterns and shapes like building blocks in Minecraft. “I hope the choreography I have created will motivate and excite aspiring male dancers to get involved and enjoy the athleticism and physicality that ballet holds.” There will also be more boys-only workshops and masterclasses throughout the UK and financial support for for male students on RAD teacher training programmes as …

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Is Scotland on the cusp of a Tory resurgence? – BBC News

June 2, 2017

… vote – in case the Lib Dem and the Tory vote splits and lets the SNP back in again.” Stephen Patterson says he has not yet decided which party he would vote for but was leaning toward the Tories. “I don’t want to leave the UK so I’m not SNP. I’m British. “I’m Scottish too but I’m British and I don’t want an independent Scotland so I certainly won’t be voting SNP.” The Tories were completely wiped out in Scotland 20 years …

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Election 2017 debate: Parties clash on Brexit – BBC News

June 1, 2017

… sell Welsh farmers down the river.” For UKIP, Welsh Assembly group leader Hamilton stressed that EU money is UK taxpayers’ money and after Brexit, Britain will be able to decide how to spend that money itself. “There is a massive Brexit dividend coming to us the moment we leave,” he said. “There will be plenty of money in the coffers in Whitehall.” Related Topics Conservative Party Alun Cairns Leanne Wood More From this publisher : HERE Recommended …

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How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

… “I think the application is perfect for very vulnerable groups of people.” In Belgium, where many refugees are quickly passing through to get to the UK and other parts of Europe, Vandevannet says the app has helped Doctors of the World explain to them their rights. And, in many cases, it helps point them in the direction of life-saving health care. It’s not always easy to translate this kind of vital information and convince refugees of what they need, but tapping into their …

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