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SUNDAY SHOW ROUND-UP: Budget Hints, Brexit Baby Steps And Building Houses

“Absent was the big talk and bravado previously touted by many Eurosceptics around the possibility of the UK leaving the EU with no trade deal” writes Kate Forrester for huffingtonpost.co.uk. I am not scared of that, but I would prefer to have a deal because it would give us greater certainty.  We are absolutely determined to get to that deal.” But Abrahams was unable to confirm how much her party would commit to spending on the benefit, saying only that it would “work with the government”. Source: huffingtonpost.co.uk Share This:

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UK emigrants will be allowed to stay in Spain in event of no-deal

“Alfonso Dastis said his government would ensure that the lives of Britons in Spain were not disrupted in the event of a no-deal Brexit” writes John Crace for theguardian.com. British people living in Spain will be allowed to stay there even if the UK leaves the European Union without striking a withdrawal deal, the Spanish foreign minister has said.Dastis’s comments may be seized upon by Brexiter Tories as evidence that a no-deal Brexit is a workable solution.He told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show: “I do hope that there will be…

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EU wants to ‘punish’ Britain for Brexit, suggests Liam Fox

“The European Union wants to “punish” Britain for having the “audacity” to vote for Brexit, Liam Fox has suggested as he insisted that leaving without a deal will not be a “nightmare scenario”” writes Deputy Political Editor for telegraph.co.uk. However Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, warned that the next stage of negotiations – drawing up a trade deal – are likely to be significantly more challenging. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Brexit must mean end to live animal exports, say MPs

“Ms Villiers, a leading Brexiteer, said she was pushing for a ban on live animal exports having pointed to the issue during the referendum campaign “as something where leaving would give us an advantage”” writes Edward Malnick for telegraph.co.uk. Campaigners say that live exports are one of the world’s biggest causes of animal suffering, with cattle and sheep crammed into overcrowded vehicles with insufficient… Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Brexit trade negotiations blocked by the EU until Xmas

“In a statement, the European Council agreed that trade talks should begin “as soon as possible” but stated that a “firm and concrete commitment” on the financial settlement was required before formal negotiations could begin” writes Adam Becket for businessinsider.com. LONDON — Brexit trade talks have been delayed until the end of the year after EU leaders agreed that there had not been “sufficient progress” on Britain’s divorce from the EU. European Council president Donald Tusk confirmed that the EU would begin internal talks about trade but would not begin…

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Brexit talks deadlock has been ‘exaggerated’, Donald Tusk says

“Reports that Brexit talks between Britain and the EU are deadlocked have been “exaggerated”, the president of the European Council has said” writes Jon Stone for independent.co.uk. Mr Barnier had used the term “deadlock” three times in a press conference at the conclusion of the last round of talks, specifically in reference to the divorce bill. Source: independent.co.uk Share This:

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No agreement at EU summit on citizens’ rights despite reassurances from Theresa May

“Sources from both sides of the Brexit negotiations confirmed that there is still no agreement between the UK and EU over the question of the governance of the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement that will guarantee the rights of citizens on both sides of the border” writes Europe Editor for telegraph.co.uk. The prime minister’s warm words conceal an unresolved legal quandary over how the Withdrawal Agreement can be written directly into UK law, while still leaving the European Court of Justice as the final arbiter of the EU law concepts which…

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Goldman Sachs CEO Sparks Fresh Fears Over London’s Financial Capital Status

“The CEO of Goldman Sachs has stoked fears that the banking giant could pull more staff out of London after he took a thinly-veiled shot at the UK over Brexit” writes Jasmin Gray for huffingtonpost.co.uk. In a rare tweet, banking boss Lloyd Blankfein sang the praises of Frankfurt – Germany’s financial centre – adding that he would be “spending a lot more time there”. Source: huffingtonpost.co.uk Share This:

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Car chiefs meet Chancellor as industry campaigns for tariff-free Brexit deal 

“Also set to be debated is the campaign against diesel vehicles, with car makers arguing that the latest engines using the fuel are just as clean as petrol ones, and the industry is being unfairly singled out” writes Alan Tovey for telegraph.co.uk. A Treasury spokesman said the meeting was one of a series of regularly scheduled events, playing down increasing worries Britain will blow out of Europe without agreeing a trade deal. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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UK must prepare to leave without deal, say former ministers

“The UK will inevitably leave the EU without a deal and businesses should start preparing for trade on World Trade Organisation terms, the former cabinet minister Owen Paterson has said” writes Jessica Elgot for theguardian.com. A deal is needed for the UK, a deal is needed for the EU,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “I have talked to hundreds of businesses across the UK and they are all of one mind: we need a deal. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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