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Britain to EU: Accept our Brexit plans for a relaxed Irish border or put peace at risk

“May has confirmed Britain will leave the customs union in March 2019, consequently putting the invisible border between Ireland and Northern Ireland at risk” writes Adam Payne for businessinsider.com.au. The implication being that, without these agreements being in place, there could be a risk to the peace process.Theresa May’s government challenges the EU to match its commitment to upholding the Good Friday peace agreement and Common Travel Area (CTA) — an open borders area comprising the UK and Northern Ireland. Source: businessinsider.com.au Share This:

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UK may have to pay EU in temporary customs union, Davis suggests

“Britain may have to pay the EU to participate in a temporary customs union after leaving the bloc, the Brexit secretary has suggested” writes Matthew Weaver for theguardian.com. He accused the Brexit secretary of working part-time, and said he had behaved in a “drunk, bullying and inappropriate” way towards the shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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City workers ‘used to talk about if they had to leave London, now they’re talking about when they leave London’

“Such a move would also lead to the automatic loss of the City of London’s EU financial passport” writes Ben Moshinsky for businessinsider.com. “The City is still haemorrhaging talent because of Brexit, and we risk losing jobs, too,”  said Hakan Enver, operations director at Morgan McKinley Financial Services. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Brexit means transition: May’s government wants a ‘temporary’ customs union deal after Brexit

“The government also wants to be able to negotiate trade deals with countries around the world during this proposed transitional period” writes Adam Payne for businessinsider.com.au. Members of the customs union are prohibited from negotiating their own trade deals with countries elsewhere in the world. Source: businessinsider.com.au Share This:

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Britain seeks temporary customs union with EU after Brexit – but faces fight from Brussels and Ireland

“The Brexit Secretary will on Tuesday publish a paper in which he agrees not to implement any new free trade deals until after an “interim” transition period” writes Deputy Political Editor for telegraph.co.uk. The document will state that Britain is seeking “freest and most frictionless possible trade in goods between the UK and the EU”. However Mr Davis will insist that the UK can use the time to formally negotiate and sign free trade deals with nations outside the EU that will be implemented afterwards. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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London property sales slump as Brexit bites but Indians seeking ‘safe haven’ may take up slack

“Prime property in central London has lost its attractiveness among global investors due to the uncertainty over the country’s future relationship with the European Union” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. This is “in large part due to significant increases in taxation,” Naomi Heaton, CEO of London Central Portfolio, said in a statement Monday, but also due to a “wait-and-see attitude” from European investors as Brexit talks take place.European investors, who were the second largest buyers just two years ago, accounted for 7 percent of the sales over the last 12…

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Hammond has ‘come to heel’ over Brexit, say anti-EU Tories

“In an article jointly written with Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, Mr Hammond agreed Britain should be free from that date to seek trade deals with non-EU countries” writes Rob Merrick for independent.co.uk. There will be no endless transition period.” Over the summer, Mr Hammond broke ranks to call for an “off-the-shelf” transitional deal for up to three years, keeping current trading arrangements and rules on movement of workers.But Dr Fox made clear he would accept a transition only if he was able to seek and sign trade deals…

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UK retirees rushing to settle in Europe, say financial advisers

“British retirees are rushing to settle in European countries such as Spain, Portugal and France before the Brexit deadline, according to financial advisers, believing that such a move will become significantly more difficult in the future” writes Anushka Asthana for theguardian.com. Blevins Franks, which specialises in financial advice for those retiring into Spain, Portugal or France, has seen a 20% to 25% increase in business, he said. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Just 29% of public wants May to keep job until next election

“Almost half of the public believes the Prime Minister should quit before the next scheduled general election in 2022, as dissatisfaction with her leadership remains high” writes Rob Merrick for independent.co.uk. But Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, made plain he would accept a transition period only if he is able to seek and sign trade deals with non-EU countries from day one. Source: independent.co.uk Share This:

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David Miliband calls for second EU referendum and praises ‘valiant’ Philip Hammond

“In an intervention which puts him at odds with Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, he said the country should have the chance to vote on any Brexit deal in a second referendum with a straight choice between remaining in the EU and the negotiated alternative” writes Tom Welsh for telegraph.co.uk. He also describes Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, as “valiant”, saying his support for a Brexit transition deal is “vital”. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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