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20 Jul
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May calls on EU to 'evolve' position over Ireland border

UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday urged the EU to axe its "unworkable" plan for the Irish border after Brexit, accusing the bloc of inflexibility on the issue.

20 Jul
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Plans for radical overhaul of UK home leaseholds unveiled

Exorbitant ground rent charges could be cut dramatically for British homeowners under new proposals from the Law Commission as part of the government's reform of the system.

20 Jul
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Apple Watch and FitBit could be hit with Trump's tariffs

The Apple Watch, FitBit and other accessories assembled in China could be affected by the latest round of US tariffs on $200bn of Chinese products, according to government filings.

20 Jul
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Trump 'not thrilled' about Fed rate hikes, threatens China again

President Donald Trump took the unusual step of explicitly criticised the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates and the potential impact on the US economy, as well threatening to hit China with a new wave of tariffs.

20 Jul
Government prepares weekly warnings on no-deal Brexit

The government is preparing to issue weekly warnings about the impact of a no-deal Brexit after the prime minister's blueprint for leaving the EU failed to unite her party.

19 Jul
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Local councils take legal action against Heathrow Airport expansion

Five local councils notified the Theresa May's government that they are seeking a judicial review of the government’s decision to go through with the expansion of London’s Heathrow Airport, with the support of London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

19 Jul
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Trump threatens more tariffs if EU trade negotiations fail

US President Donald Trump said that European Union officials will be travelling to Washington next week to discuss trade and threatened the bloc with “tremendous retribution” if negotiations do not work out.

19 Jul
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EU in 'no deal' Brexit preparations as UK's Raab goes to Brussels

New Brexit Secretary Dominc Raab will hold his first talks with EU negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels today as member states were reportedly warned to prepare for the UK to walk away without a final deal.

18 Jul
Astrazeneca hoards drugs in preparation for Brexit

Astrazeneca is increasing its stockpiles of drugs by a fifth to ensure the smooth supply of medicines in the case of a hard Brexit in April 2019.

18 Jul
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May narrowly avoids rebellion on customs union in crucial vote

Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly avoided a rebellion within her own ranks on Tuesday night over the EU customs union with the help of four Labour pro-Brexit MPs and a threat to call an election.

17 Jul
Iran lodges International Court of Justice complaint over US sanctions

Iran has filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) after the United States’ reimposition of sanctions, the country’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

17 Jul
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UK migration numbers fall to four-year low

Net migration from the European Union to the UK fell to its lowest level since 2013, fresh data from the Office of National Statistics has shown.

17 Jul
OBR sees no Brexit dividend as Carney warns on no deal

The government’s fiscal watchdog has rejected the prime minister’s claim there will be a “Brexit dividend” for the public finances as the governor of the Bank of England warned of serious economic consequences if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

17 Jul
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Vote Leave fined, referred to police over spending rules breach

The Brexit campaign group Vote Leave has been fined £61,000 and referred to the police for breaching spending rules in the 2016 referendum, Britain’s Electoral Commission said on Tuesday.

17 Jul
OBR to warn NHS spending pledge ups pressure for tax rises

The government’s unfunded pledge to spend more on the National Health Service has increased pressure for tax rises, the Office for Budget Responsibility will warn on Tuesday.

16 Jul
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Trump calls for 'extraordinary relationship' with Putin's Russia

President Donald Trump has called for the US and Russia to embark on an “extraordinary relationship” after a historic first summit with counterpart Vladimir Putin.

16 Jul
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Tusk warns EU, China, US and Russia to reduce trade tensions

European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday called on Europe, China, the US and Russia to work together and avoid trade wars that could lead to "conflict and chaos".

13 Jul
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Trump's 2nd day starts with furore over attack on May's Brexit plan

US President Donald Trump started the second day of his tour to the UK amid the usual controversy after he attacked Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans, suggesting they would sink any future free trade deal with the US.

12 Jul
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Trump arrives in UK for controversial first visit

US President Donald Trump arrived in the UK on Thursday for a controversial four-day visit for talks with his counterpart Theresa May and tea with the Queen.

12 Jul
UK seeks limited visa-free travel for citizens in Brexit White Paper

EU and British citizens should be allowed to travel without a visa for temporary work and holidays under plans unveiled in the UK government's long awaited Brexit White Paper.