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By Alastair Macdonald and Elizabeth Miles | BRUSSELS BRUSSELS The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned British ministers and businesses who are calling for “frictionless trade” with the EU after Britain leaves that that is “not possible”. Addressing the EU’s EESC business and trade union forum in Brussels on Thursday, Barnier said London’s
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LONDON Clothing retailer Primark returned to underlying sales growth for the first time in 18 months, with low prices and warm weather driving a strong performance in Britain in its latest quarter, owner Associated British Foods (ABF.L) said on Thursday. Primark’s performance confounds fears that a squeeze in British consumers’ spending power could dent demand.
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LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May will hold a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the G20 summit in Hamburg on Friday, a British government official said on Wednesday. The official declined to comment on what issues May planned to raise with Trump. (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Robin Pomeroy) ‘); $(‘.second-article-divide’).append($(‘.slider.slider-module’));
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WASHINGTON The United States on Wednesday urged Northern Ireland’s two major political parties to reach an agreement for a power-sharing government, after talks broke down on Tuesday between Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement that the “United States regrets that the political parties in Northern
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LONDON Squeezed in to a small and sweaty East London nightclub at 3 a.m., the Slew Dem Crew spit bars to a raucous audience revelling in the fast growing popularity of Britain’s new musical obsession. Grime, developed from garage and rap, has been enjoying a breakout period since British artist Skepta scooped the prestigious Mercury
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LONDON Overall prices in British shops fell in June at the slowest annual pace since November 2013, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said on Wednesday, adding it expects rising inflation pressure soon to prompt outright price increases. Overall shop prices declined 0.3 percent year-on-year in June, compared with a 0.4 percent drop in May. The food price
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LONDON London’s Euston train station has reopened after being evacuated because of a fire alarm on Tuesday, according to Transport for London, operator of the Tube network. “Euston station – now open and trains are stopping as normal,” Transport for London said on Twitter. (Reporting By Alistair Smout. Editing by Andrew MacAskill) ‘); $(‘.second-article-divide’).append($(‘.slider.slider-module’)); $(‘.third-article-divide’).append(”);
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LONDON Britain’s communities minister welcomed the resignation of the council leader in the London borough where a fire killed at least 80 people, saying on Monday he would work with the local leader’s replacement. Nicholas Paget-Brown, the leader of Kensington and Chelsea council, resigned last week after he was criticised for the council’s response to
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By Alison Williams | LONDON LONDON Australian 20th seed Nick Kyrgios, who retired injured from Wimbledon on Monday, knew he was struggling with a hip injury even as he came out on court but he wanted to give his favourite tournament a shot. The talented 22-year-old called for the physio and packed up after losing
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LONDON British business leaders have been told to brace for the possibility that Prime Minister Theresa May’s government may walk out of Brexit talks this year, according to the Sunday Telegraph. The move would be designed for “domestic consumption” to show the government is negotiating hard with the European Union, the newspaper reported. The newspaper
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LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure from her ministers to end the government’s policy of economic austerity as a new poll shows her popularity has slumped, according to the Observer. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt wants the government to drop a cap on public sector pay rises of a below-inflation 1 percent for nurses,
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BELFAST Thousands of people marched in Belfast on Saturday to demand Northern Ireland join the rest of the United Kingdom in legalising same-sex marriage, a step blocked by the region’s largest party, a key ally of British Prime Minister Theresa May. The Democratic Unionist Party, one of the most socially conservative in Europe, has repeatedly
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LONDON The head of the local council in the London borough where at least 80 people died in a fire in a social housing tower block resigned on Friday after he was criticised for the organisation’s handling of the disaster. “As council leader, I have to accept my share of responsibility for these perceived failings,”
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