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LONDON (Reuters) – MPs have hired a barrister to check if a summary of a report by regulators into how Royal Bank of Scotland treated companies in difficulties is comprehensive and fair. The Financial Conduct Authority has refused to publish the main report, saying it was never meant to be public and that a summary
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders will tell Britain next week it must improve the terms of its withdrawal offer, but give London the prospect of a rapid move to free-trade talks in December if that happens, their draft joint statement showed. The remaining 27 EU leaders will discuss Brexit without British Prime Minister Theresa
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Brexit talks are deadlocked over money, the EU’s Michel Barnier said on Thursday as he ruled out discussions on future trade being launched by EU leaders next week but spoke of possible progress by December. Barnier and his British counterpart, Brexit Secretary David Davis, told reporters there had been some progress this
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LONDON (Reuters) – British lenders are planning the biggest reduction in the availability of consumer lending since late 2008, when the economy was in the depths of its worst post-war recession, a Bank of England survey showed on Thursday. The BoE’s net balance of lenders’ expectations for the availability of unsecured lending over the next
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LONDON (Reuters) – The powerful chair of Britain’s parliamentary treasury committee demanded on Wednesday that U.S. credit reporting agency Equifax explain why it has taken more than a month to notify UK users of a massive data breach affecting up to 15.2 million citizens. Nicky Morgan, chair of the House of Commons’ Treasury Committee, also
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LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will make a working visit to Britain in early 2018, with a full state visit to follow later at an unspecified date, the London Evening Standard newspaper reported on Wednesday. Prime Minister Theresa May’s office declined to comment on the report, and said its position on the state
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(Reuters) – Britain’s Chancellor Philip Hammond believes it would be irresponsible to spend taxpayers’ money now in preparation for a “no-deal” exit from the European Union, the Times reported. Hammond will not commit billions of pounds in next month’s budget to plan for a hard Brexit, the newspaper said. He supports contingency planning in case
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(Reuters) – Credit reporting agency Equifax Inc (EFX.N) said on Tuesday that 15.2 million client records in Britain were compromised in the massive cyber attack it disclosed last month, including sensitive information affecting nearly 700,000 consumers. The U.S.-based company said 14.5 million of the records breached, which dated from 2011 to 2016, not contain information
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is negotiating the terms of Britain’s exit from the bloc in good faith and is not working on a scenario where there is no agreement on the separation, the chairman of EU leaders Donald Tusk said on Tuesday. Britain is keen to start negotiating as quickly as possible the
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain’s ruling Conservatives barred two of their own lawmakers in the European Parliament after they broke the party whip and voted for a motion demanding London do more to meet EU demands in Brexit talks. “Julie Girling and … Richard Ashworth were suspended from the Conservative Party last night after supporting a
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LONDON (Reuters) – A woman who tried to scale the gates of Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth’s London residence, has been charged with being drunk and disorderly, police said on Sunday. Jessica Davey, aged 35 of west London, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday, police said. She was detained by police on Saturday before
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LONDON (Reuters) – British police said on Sunday a man arrested after a car collided with pedestrians in London, injuring 11, had been released under investigation while enquires continued. A 47-year-old was arrested at the scene near London’s Natural History Museum on Saturday on suspicion of dangerous driving. He was treated in hospital before being
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LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May signalled in an interview that she might demote Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a Sunday newspaper said, after she faced an open rebellion from within her party this week. The Sunday Times said it asked May about her plans for Johnson, who has professed loyalty but is accused by
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LONDON (Reuters) – British police said they had arrested a woman who was trying to scale the front gates of Queen Elizabeth’s Buckingham Palace home in central London on Saturday, saying the incident was not terrorism-related. “The woman, believed to be in her 30s was quickly detained by officers before she gained access to the
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