UK’s Sunak unveils new job support scheme; warns he cannot save every business

© Reuters. Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is seen at Downing Street in London LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak announced a new jobs support scheme on Thursday that would help firms employ people on shorter hours, but warned he could not save every business or job. “The government will directly […]

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UK finance minister to provide as much economic support as possible: health minister

© Reuters. Britain’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock walks outside Downing Street in London LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s finance minister will provide as much support for jobs as possible when he announces his economic winter plan later on Thursday, said his colleague health minister Matt Hancock. “What you can be assured of is that we’ll put […]

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Britain hopes for progress on removing U.S. tariffs on Scotch whisky: minister

© Reuters. Britain’s Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove walks outside Downing Street in London LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is hopeful that it can make progress on removing U.S. tariffs imposed on Scotch whisky as a result of a dispute between the United States and the European Union over aircraft subsidies, cabinet minister […]

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UK considering targeted job support amid speculation over German-style wage help

© Reuters. Britain’s Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab walks outside Downing Street in London LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is considering more targeted measures to help save jobs once its furlough scheme stops at the end of October, foreign minister Dominic Raab said, amid speculation that German-style wage subsidies could be brought in. Opposition and business […]

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UK not minded to extend furlough scheme, minister says

© Reuters. Britain’s Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab walks outside Downing Street in London LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s finance minister is not minded to extend a furlough scheme that is currently scheduled to stop at the end of October, his colleague Dominic Raab, foreign minister, said on Wednesday. “I don’t think the Chancellor’s minded to […]

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UK and U.S. exchanged tariff offers during trade talks

© Reuters. Britain’s International Trade Secretary Liz Truss walks outside Downing Street in London LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and the United States exchanged their first tariff offers during the fourth round of trade talks, allowing a series of detailed market access discussions to be held, the UK’s Trade Secretary Liz Truss said on Tuesday. “The […]

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Next round of UK-U.S. trade talks to being on September 8: UK minister

© Reuters. Conservative MP Greg Hands walks outside Downing Street in London LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will hold a new round of talks with the United States on a trade deal next week, trade department minister Greg Hands said on Thursday, adding that the government talks to both sides of the U.S. political divide before […]

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UK PM Johnson says furlough scheme keeps people in ‘suspended animation’

2/2 © Reuters. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London 2/2 LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday a furlough scheme created to retain jobs during the coronavirus pandemic was now keeping people in “suspended animation”, and that the government instead wanted to get Britain back to work. Questioned […]

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UK trade minister accused by opponents of hiding think-tank meetings

© Reuters. Members of Britain’s cabinet meet at Downing Street in London By Andy Bruce and William James LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s trade minister has reclassified recent meetings with a pro-hard Brexit think tank as personal discussions, removing them from the public record and sparking opposition allegations that she wants to conceal their influence on […]

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Japan unsuccessful in lifting auto tariffs early in UK trade deal: media

2/2 © Reuters. Members of Britain’s cabinet meet at Downing Street in London 2/2 TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and Britain agreed to lift auto tariffs for a post-Brexit trade agreement in 2026 despite Japan’s push to lift the tariffs earlier, the Asian Review reported on Sunday. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is currently in negotiations […]

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British trade minister to meet top U.S. officials next week, USTR says

2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Members of Britain’s cabinet meet at Downing Street in London 2/2 By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – British Trade Minister Liz Truss will meet top U.S. officials in Washington in coming days to assess progress on reaching a free trade agreement between the two countries, a spokesman for the U.S. […]

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UK says first round of New Zealand trade talk were ‘positive and productive’

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Members of Britain’s cabinet meet at Downing Street in London LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s first round of trade talks with New Zealand were positive and productive, trade minister Liz Truss said on Wednesday. “We are a step closer to reaching a comprehensive trade deal with a like-minded friend and ally,” Truss […]

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No timetable set for British trade talks with the U.S., says trade minister

© Reuters. Members of Britain’s cabinet meet at Downing Street in London LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s government has never publicly set a timeline in which to secure a trade deal with the United States because it does not want the other side to use time pressure against London, trade minister Liz Truss said on Thursday. […]

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London is not the place to launder Russian money, British minister says

© Reuters. Weekly cabinet meeting at Downing Street in London LONDON (Reuters) – London, the world’s preeminent international financial centre, is not the place to launder Russian money, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Wednesday. The British parliament’s intelligence and security committee said in a report published on Tuesday that London had become a particularly […]

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‘Let’s get going’: UK tells businesses to prepare for Brexit crunch

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Michael Gove arrives at Downing Street in London By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is urging businesses and individuals to prepare for the Dec. 31 end of the Brexit transition period with an information campaign titled: “The UK’s new start: let’s get going.” Britain left the European Union on Jan. […]

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UK examining infrastructure to smooth flow of EU trade: Gove

© Reuters. Michael Gove arrives at Downing Street in London LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is looking at developing infrastructure in south-east England to stop the major freight crossing to France becoming blocked when the transition deal with the European Union expires at the end of the year, Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove said. “There will be […]

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UK plans to create ‘freeports,’ cut taxes: Sunday Telegraph

© Reuters. Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves Downing Street, in London LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak is preparing to introduce sweeping tax cuts and an overhaul of planning laws in up to 10 new “freeports” within a year of the UK’s becoming fully independent from the European Union in […]

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UK PM to tell firms to order staff back to workplaces, Daily Mail reports

© Reuters. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street, in London LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell employers next week to start ordering staff back into their places of work, as long as it is safe to do so, in order to stem the coronavirus hit to the economy, the […]

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UK PM to tell firms to order staff back to workplaces – Daily Mail

© Reuters. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street, in London LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell employers next week to start ordering staff back into their places of work, as long as it is safe to do so, in order to stem the coronavirus hit to the economy, the […]

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UK PM Johnson to tell office workers to return to work to save economy: Daily Mail

© Reuters. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street, in London (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell office workers next week to start returning to their desks to help save the country’s economy, the Daily Mail reported https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8511629/Boris-desks-offices-killing-town-centres-warns-PM.html on Friday. Johnson, in his update on virus strategy will press employers to […]

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Dutch Government Sues Russia Over Downing of Flight MH17

new video loaded: Dutch Government Sues Russia Over Downing of Flight MH17 transcript Back bars 0:00/0:55 –0:55 transcript Dutch Government Sues Russia Over Downing of Flight MH17 The Dutch foreign minister said the Netherlands was taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in […]

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UK’s Sunak: too early to predict shape of recovery from recession

© Reuters. Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves Downing Street, in London LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is facing a significant recession but it is too early to tell how quickly the economy will be able to recover, British finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Thursday. Asked about the outlook for the economy, Sunak […]

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UK’s Johnson: There are other good options if we can’t reach deal with EU

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London LONDON (Reuters) – There is a good agreement to be reached with the European Union on post-Brexit trading terms but if that can’t be achieved, there are other very good options, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told LBC radio on Friday. Johnson […]

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PM Johnson demands Britain ‘Build, build, build’ to beat COVID-19 slump

2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street 2/2 By William James LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to shake Britain’s economy out of its coronavirus-induced crisis on Tuesday by fast-tracking infrastructure investment and slashing property planning rules. As Britain emerges from lockdown, Johnson is looking to move past criticism of […]

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UK says no deadline for U.S. trade deal, talks tough on terms

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Members of Britain’s cabinet meet at Downing Street in London LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has no deadline to strike a trade deal with the United States, trade minister Liz Truss said on Wednesday, criticising the U.S. administration for “talking a good game” on free trade while restricting import access. Britain left […]

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