• UK reaffirms sovereignty double-lock, says ‘constructive’ dialogue continues with Gib and Spain

    UK reaffirms sovereignty double-lock, says ‘constructive’ dialogue continues with Gib and Spain

    • August 3, 2018

    The UK Government said yesterday that it continued to “engage constructively” with Gibraltar and Spain to address the practical implications of Brexit. In response to a parliamentary question in the House of Lords, the UK Government also reaffirmed its double-local sovereignty commitment to Gibraltar. The response came from Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State

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  • London stock exchange kick-starts preparations for hard Brexit

    London stock exchange kick-starts preparations for hard Brexit

    • August 2, 2018

    By Helen Cahill, Press Association City Reporter The London Stock Exchange Group (LSE) has kick-started its preparations for a hard Brexit, warning that the terms of the UK’s exit are still “unclear”. The company has cautioned that a provisional agreement between negotiators in the UK and Brussels is yet to be approved by parliaments on

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  • Over half of UK businesses braced for revenue drop due to Brexit next year

    Over half of UK businesses braced for revenue drop due to Brexit next year

    • August 2, 2018

    Over half of UK businesses believe Brexit will trigger a drop in revenue in 2019 according to new research by MHR Analytics. The findings are contained in a new report published today entitled ‘Business Insight: The Data Surge’ which contains detailed polling of 200 senior decision-makers in large and medium sized UK businesses about their

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  • Bank of England hikes rates to highest level since 2009

    Bank of England hikes rates to highest level since 2009

    • August 2, 2018

    The Bank of England has increased interest rates to their highest level for nearly 10 years after the summer heatwave helped the economy bounce back from a snow-hit start to the year. Members of the nine-strong Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously to raise the base rate from 0.5% to 0.75%. The move sees rates

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  • Home office ‘gives visas to abusive husbands of women forced into marriage’

    Home office ‘gives visas to abusive husbands of women forced into marriage’

    • August 2, 2018

    By Ryan Wilkinson, Press Association The Home Office has failed to protect British women and teenage girls forced into abusive marriages by granting their foreign husbands visas, charities have warned. Officials dealt with nearly 90 cases of victims trying to block visas last year, although almost half were still issued, data obtained by The Times

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  • Midwives call for universal baby box roll-out across UK

    Midwives call for universal baby box roll-out across UK

    • August 2, 2018

    By Lynsey Bews, Press Association Scotland Baby boxes should be given to all new parents across the UK, midwives have said. The Royal College of Midwives has published a new position statement setting out its support for universal roll-out. It says the boxes can be a “positive significant investment” in early years, and may contribute

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