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Government quietly planning for Britain to stay in EU after March deadline, Eurosceptics fear

“The Government is secretly planning to stay in the European Union, Eurosceptics fear, after it emerged that Whitehall officials have set aside hundreds of thousands of pounds to spend on European Parliament elections” writes Chief Political Correspondent for telegraph.co.uk. The electoral watchdog has been handed a budget of £829,000 to pay for its “activities relating to a European Parliamentary election in 2019”, The Telegraph can disclose. The Electoral Commission said that it had set aside the cash as a “precautionary measure, so that we have the necessary funds to deliver our…

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World’s first global vaccine for Lyme disease developed as disease spreads across Britain

“The first vaccine that could stop people catching Lyme disease in the UK has been developed as the tick-borne illness spreads across Britain” writes Janet Daley for telegraph.co.uk. A drugs company is on course to develop the first global vaccine against the disease, which could be up to 96 per cent effective and would be available on the NHS for adults and children as young as two. Drug company Valneva has successfully completed the first human clinical trials of the vaccine, which concluded that it was safe and effective in…

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How Britain let Russia hide its millions

“Does the commission the estate agent earned by selling those flats in Kensington in the early 1990s count as dirty money?” writes Oliver Bullough for theguardian.com. This is one of the problems with trying to ascertain the volume of dirty Russian money in London: how far back do we go?. This is the kind of money Britain has been happily fencing for decades.Britain has consistently welcomed Russian money, and consistently ignored the warnings of those concerned about what it is buying. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Government Annoys Everyone By Confirming EU Laws Will Still Be Passed In UK Next Year

“Campaigners on both sides of the Brexit divide have voiced fears after the government revealed it will continue to adopt EU regulations in the UK in 2019” writes Kate Forrester for huffingtonpost.com. It’s farcical. “The only difference is that we will be outside and families will be poorer, jobs less secure and Britain more isolated.” EU regulations cover a wide range of areas, from agriculture to communications.Cabinet Office minister Chloe Smith revealed in an answer to a written question that there are currently plans to adopt nine regulations – legislation…

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UK could retaliate against cyber attacks with missiles, Attorney General says

“Britain has a legal right to retaliate against aggressive cyber attacks with missiles, the Attorney General has suggested” writes Nigel Farage for telegraph.co.uk. The most serious cyber attacks should be treated in the same way as armed attacks on Britain if they result in a high level of devastation, Jeremy Wright QC said. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Inside the Brexit battle to keep Britain in the single market

“For those MPs from across the House of Commons fighting for Britain to remain in the single market, the battle is still far from over” writes Adam Payne for businessinsider.com. This could include a single market arrangement without the free movement of people in its current form, they claimed.Corbyn is expected to make an announcement on the party’s single market policy in the coming weeks.More recently, MP George Freeman — who used to head May’s policy unit — said it’s “surely time to start looking” at staying inside the single…

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Britain unlikely to investigate Comcast bid for Sky, says minister

“FILE PHOTO: The NBC and Comcast logos are displayed on 30 Rockefeller Plaza in midtown Manhattan in New York Thomson Reuters LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said it was unlikely to refer Comcast’s bid for Sky for a full investigation after deciding that the deal did not raise public concerns about media ownership” reports businessinsider.com. Sky is in the middle of a bid battle between Comcast, the world’s biggest entertainment company, and Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox , the latter of which is waiting for the result of a full investigation…

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Britain to tackle ‘Wild West’ internet with new laws

“LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will tackle “the Wild West elements” on the internet from cyberbullying to online child exploitation by introducing new laws for social media companies, digital minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “At the same time I have been clear that we have to address the Wild West elements of the Internet through legislation, in a way that supports innovation. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Gardeners warned invasive moth is spreading across Britain after warm weather

“Gardeners have been warned invasive caterpillars which feed on hedges, stripping all the leaves within days, could spread across the country after the warm weather” writes Tom Welsh for telegraph.co.uk. The box tree caterpillar, which is native to the Far East and India, was first spotted in London seven years ago and has since spread to Hertfordshire, Surrey and Buckinghamshire. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Market report: Tonic maker Fever-Tree loses its fizz

“Market darling Fever-Tree Drinks finally lost some of its fizz after the tonic maker failed to deliver its customary earnings upgrade to growth-thirsty shareholders” writes Andy Critchlow for telegraph.co.uk. After riding Britain’s gin craze wave, Fever-Tree has upgraded its profit guidance in 12 of its trading updates since its initial public offering in 2014.Fever-Tree shares skyrocketed 100pc in 2017 but investors may have to brace for a “transition year as the [US] business takes back management of the business from Brands of Britain”, Jefferies analysts warned.Despite revealing that trading had…

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