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  • US cars 'must be left out of post-Brexit trade deal' - British safety

    07/28/2020 9:39:15 PM PDT · by Cronos · 59 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 July 2020 | beeb
    Safety experts are urging the UK government to exclude American cars from any post-Brexit trade deal. They say imported vehicles should meet British safety standards for accidents with pedestrians, cyclists and children. UK PM Boris Johnson has indicated he expects cars to be included in any new transatlantic trade agreement. But safety campaigners point to a spike of pedestrian injuries and deaths in US road accidents. The increase is associated with a boom in large SUVs, which have been engineered to protect passengers but not pedestrians In the UK and Europe, cars are designed to minimise harm to people on...
  • Boris declares war on fat: PM ditches his 'nanny state' worries and demands action plan to tackle Britain's obesity crisis after blaming his severe bout of coronavirus on being overweight

    05/15/2020 10:21:07 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 59 replies ^ | 15 May 2020 | SEBASTIAN MURPHY-BATES
    Boris Johnson is planning a war on obesity after deciding his own touch-and-go battle with coronavirus was exacerbated by him being overweight. The PM is ready to ditch long-standing opposition to 'nanny state' policies and launch a crackdown on the nation's bulging waistlines after coronavirus is defeated. He's told senior advisers that the experience - which he famously said 'could have gone either way' - has left him determined to lead a public health drive. Being obese doubles the risk of needing hospital treatment for coronavirus, research shows. And with one in three British adults now clinically obese, the UK...
  • On Europe Day

    05/08/2020 11:57:25 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 1 replies ^ | May 8, 2020 | Jimmy Jamar
    May 9 marks traditionally the celebration of the Schuman Declaration, a visionary short statement given by the French Foreign Minister exactly five years and one day after the end of the Second World War. Since then, the European project has, sometimes enthusiastically and sometimes painfully, followed a course which, in retrospect, is totally unique in the history of mankind – a voluntary devolution of powers from 27 countries to a joint set of institutions, decision-making powers in some respect, and more diluted coordination in many others. Rereading the Declaration 70 years later, amidst the worst crisis in Europe since World...
  • France warns of bloody Brexit talks battle

    02/16/2020 10:36:38 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 32 replies ^ | February 16, 2020 | AFP
    France on Sunday warned Britain to expect a bitter, bloody battle in Brexit trade talks with the EU, saying the two sides would "rip each other apart".
  • Motorbike firm Norton which said Brexit offers “huge opportunities” goes into administration

    02/13/2020 6:23:09 PM PST · by Cronos · 40 replies
    the London Economic ^ | 5 FEb 2020 | Jack Peat
    A motorbike firm which said the UK would thrive outside of the European Union has gone into administration just days after the divorce was officially settled. Norton Motorcycles has hit the rocks after reportedly struggling to pay a tax bill, with the owner also blaming Brexit uncertainty for the firm’s demise. In September 2018 Stuart Garner had claimed he had no fears about Brexit, saying that it would be a “huge opportunity” to negotiate trade deals around the globe. He claimed that the UK was better prepared for Brexit than the media would have us believe. “It’s what the country...
  • Exclusive: Germany ran world's largest current account surplus in 2019: Ifo

    02/05/2020 9:34:40 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies ^ | FEBRUARY 3, 2020 | René Wagner
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s current account surplus remained the world’s largest last year despite trade tensions, the Ifo economic institute said on Monday, in an estimate likely to renew criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fiscal policies. The Ifo calculations, reported exclusively by Reuters ahead of publication by the economic institute, put Germany’s current account surplus — which measures the flow of goods, services and investments — at some $293 billion in 2019. It is the fourth successive year that Germany’s current account surplus has been the world’s largest, with Japan’s the next biggest at $194 billion, according to Ifo calculations....
  • From Brexit to independence: What's next for Wales?

    12/19/2019 12:07:49 AM PST · by Cronos · 20 replies ^ | 13 December 2019 | Adrian Masters
    I could tell the way things were going when, in the last week of the election campaign, it became clear that the Conservatives were ahead in Ynys Môn and nervously confident in Newport West. Two very different seats that in their different ways told me the sort of movement that was going on. If voters on Anglesey were ignoring the selection problems of the Conservatives and criticism of the candidate from other parties, where else would they be ignoring such issues? And although the Tories didn’t win Newport West, the fact that they were actually worried about saying they were...
  • Tesla cites Brexit as Germany chosen over UK for European plant

    11/13/2019 12:37:38 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 30 replies ^ | November 13, 2019 | Julia Kollewe
    The Tesla chief executive, Elon Musk, has said Brexit uncertainty played a role in the firm’s decision to build its first European factory in Germany rather than the UK. The billionaire entrepreneur revealed that the firm’s European battery plant would be built on the outskirts of Berlin. Speaking to Auto Express after making the announcement, Musk said: “Brexit [uncertainty] made it too risky to put a Gigafactory in the UK.” The US electric carmaker also plans to locate a research and development base in the German capital.
  • Trump impeachment: White House aides can be made to testify

    11/25/2019 10:46:25 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 62 replies ^ | November 26, 2019 | BBC
    A federal judge has ruled that White House staff can be made to testify before Congress, rejecting the Trump administration's claims of immunity. The ruling specifically compels former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify in the inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.
  • Americans, not Chinese, pay Trump tariffs: NY Fed study

    11/25/2019 10:52:02 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 48 replies ^ | NOVEMBER 25, 2019 | Howard Schneider
    When the Trump administration imposed tariffs on Chinese imports last year, officials insisted China would pay the cost - implying Chinese firms would have to cut their prices to absorb import “taxes” of up to 25% when the goods hit U.S. shores. Instead, the prices Chinese firms charge have barely budged, meaning U.S. companies and consumers are paying the tariff costs, estimated at around $40 billion annually, New York Fed Reserve Bank researchers found in a study released on Monday.
  • Brexit uncertainty has British business on edge and disheartened

    11/06/2019 6:37:05 PM PST · by Cronos · 17 replies
    Business Live ^ | 6 November 2019 | William Schomberg
    British productivity is falling at its fastest pace in five years and business investment has stalled since the 2016 Brexit vote As uncertainty over Brexit spills into its fourth year, Swiftool Precision Engineering (SPE) has taken a tough investment decision: it will press ahead with a plan to spend £250,000 (about R4.7m) on a 3D printer but a new workshop roof will have to wait. Like many British companies, the small, family-owned firm, which makes parts for aircraft engines and offshore oil wells, wants more clarity on what leaving the EU might mean for its business before carrying out all...
  • Three Brexit Party candidates have already quit on day one of campaign

    11/06/2019 1:58:48 AM PST · by Cronos · 24 replies ^ | 5 Nov 2019 | zoe drewitt
    Nigel Farage’s Brexit election dream was at risk of being dashed on day one of his election campaign yesterday after three candidates quit and he lost support from a major financial backer. The Brexit Party leader came out all guns blazing on Monday claiming he would be unleashing 600 election candidates across the UK. But he was warned by senior Tories that he risked ‘splitting the Leave vote’ before two candidates withdrew over fears the Brexit Party could prevent Boris Johnson getting a majority. A third dropped out for personal reasons. Paul Brothwood stood aside in the marginal Dudley South...
  • This is what waits Britain if it fails to get out of the EU.
  • Smugglers in Mexico are SAWING through sections of Trump's 'virtually impenetrable' border wall (tr)

    11/02/2019 12:32:53 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 160 replies ^ | November 2, 2019 | LAUREN EDMONDS
    Smuggling gangs in Mexico have continuously sawed through President Trump’s controversial border wall using every day power tools, according the U.S. agents and officials with knowledge of the incidents. The security breaches, made with a popular cordless reciprocating saw that can sell for less than $100, has been used to open gaps large enough for people and drug loads to filter through. When fitted with 'specialized' blades, the tool can break through one of the wall's steel and concrete bollards in just minutes. The Washington Post reports that after slicing through a bollard, smugglers will push the steel out of...
  • Brexit 50p coins to be 'recycled' after PM accepts extension

    10/29/2019 9:11:30 AM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 October 2019 | BBC
    Commemorative coins minted to mark Brexit on 31 October will be "recycled" after the UK's exit from the EU was delayed by a further three months. The Royal Mint had been asked to produce new 50p pieces featuring the UK's scheduled departure date. Thousands of 50-pence coins minted to commemorate Brexit on Oct. 31 will be melted down after Prime Minister Boris Johnson accepted an extension from the European Union, two people familiar with the matter said.Up to 10 million new coins were reportedly being made ready for the Halloween deadline, in a project championed by Chancellor Sajid Javid...
  • Boris Johnson Raised The Issue Of Northern Ireland Export Forms With Jean-Claude Juncker

    10/24/2019 9:34:18 AM PDT · by Cronos · 2 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 24 Oct 2019 | Alberto Nardelli, Alex Wickham
    Boris Johnson Raised The Issue Of NI Export Forms With Jean-Claude Juncker. And Then Agreed To Them. He was fully aware that the issue of export forms would be problematic back home, but signed it off anyway in order to secure the agreement with the EU. Boris personally raised the controversial issue of businesses having to fill in export forms on goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland in a phone call with European Commission Juncker on the morning the Brexit deal was agreed. Juncker insisted that the matter could not be renegotiated. Shortly afterwards, in a follow-up call,...
  • British emigration to continental Europe hits ten-year high as Brexit looms

    10/23/2019 5:49:19 AM PDT · by Cronos · 12 replies
    MSN ^ | 22 October 2019 | Jon Stone
    An increasing number of British people are leaving the UK to go and live in continental Europe ahead of Brexit, the latest figures show. A study by academics at Oxford University and the Berlin Social Science Centre found that emigration from Britain to the EU is now at a ten-year high. An estimated 84,000 UK citizens migrated to the EU in 2019, up from 58,000 the year before the Brexit vote in 2015, and 46,000 back in 2012. The number of emigrants from the UK to the EU has risen continuously since 2010, and the spike has been exaggerated since...
  • Brexit and democracy

    10/23/2019 5:54:08 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Rzeczpospolita ^ | 22 October 2019 | Jan Zielonki
    Brexit has evolved from tragicomedy into a distasteful horror that will be with us for the next decade. The agreement on the withdrawal of Great Britain from the Union is just the beginning. Then there will be the fight for trade, services, agriculture and many other matters that regulate 20,000 European legislation, plus 750 international agreements. Only lawyers and satirists will earn from this divorce. Everyone else will lose. Brexit reveals the pathologies of modern democracy that need to be considered seriously. First, national agreement is a pipe dream. Fighting camps do not accept a result other than what they...
  • Brexit Party voters defy Farage over Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal

    10/21/2019 2:41:50 PM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Scram news ^ | 21 October | Kate Plummer
    The vast majority of Brexit Party voters disagree with their leader about Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, a poll has revealed. According to a new poll by Survation, 67% of Brexit Party voters support Boris Johnson’s deal, despite Nigel Farage branding it “appalling” and saying he would rather delay Brexit than see it passed. Last week, Johnson agreed a Brexit deal with the EU, which he will attempt to pass in the House of Commons today, after it was blocked by MPs on Saturday. Farage has subsequently said that the announcement of Johnson’s deal was the “darkest moment” since he started...
  • Let's get out of here! Welsh independence calls SURGE after 'Brexit sledgehammer'

    10/14/2019 7:19:02 AM PDT · by Cronos · 46 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 5 Oct 2019 | Emily Ferguson
    WALES will soon get an independence vote, claims a Plaid Cymru MP, who argues Brexit is pushing the nation to break away from the UK. Welsh MP Jonathan Edwards will try to rally support for a Welsh referendum today, as he speaks to delegates at the second day of Plaid Cymru's autumn conference. He is expected to say the Brexit referendum “drove a sledgehammer through the post-devolution period” and has caused a shift towards Welsh independence. The comments come after Plaid Cymru’s party leader, Adam Price, said he believed a referendum on Welsh independence would be held by 2030. ...The...