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Britain, US to duel in team competition in London

“LONDON (AP) Britain will take on the United States in a nine-event track competition at the Olympic Stadium next year” reports foxsports.com. Organizers say many leading athletes will take part in a competition called ”The Meet,” which will be ”a blend of running, jumping, hurdles and relay events.” They didn’t disclose specific names or the exact format for the meeting, which is scheduled for July 21.The U.S. team won 10 golds and finished at the top of the medals table at the world championships, which took place this month at…

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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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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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Ten years after the crash, there’s barely suppressed civil war in Britain

“The credit crisis that began in August 2007, the ensuing banking crash and global recession” writes Aditya Chakrabortty for theguardian.com. We could have used the crash to make Britain a far more equal and democratic society.And, most importantly, the combination of those first two factors means the crash that began in 2007 cannot be consigned to the past.Whatever technical reforms have followed on from the crash, the economic and business model that created it remains intact. Source: theguardian.com 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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Britain wins 4×100 meters relay as Bolt pulls up

“Instead, a brilliantly executed race by Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake gave Britain gold in 37.47 seconds, the best time in the world this year” writes Mitch Phillips for aol.com. The US took silver in 37.52 with Japan third in 38.04. (Editing by Ian Chadband) More from AOL.com: Gatlin stuns Bolt to win 100m world title Justin Gatlin’s reaction to beat Usain Bolt was perfect The best photos from the week in sports: 8/4 – 8/11.  Source: aol.com Share This:

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Britain ‘a bit gloomy’ about Brexit, says Australia’s high commissioner

“Britain is “a bit gloomy” about Brexit and can be “cautiously optimistic” about achieving a new free trade deal with the EU, Australia’s high commissioner to the UK has said” writes Tom Harris for telegraph.co.uk. Alexander Downer said the UK could forge a new and successful economic policy if it pursued the right path domestically. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Brexit talks are being damaged by Cabinet splits, says ex-top diplomat

“Cabinet splits are damaging the Brexit talks by leaving Britain without a coherent strategy, a former head of the diplomatic service has warned” writes Rob Merrick for independent.co.uk. Transitional arrangements would be needed, because a deal agreeing Britain’s future relationship with the EU is impossible before 2019, the former Foreign Office permanent secretary added.The European Union has insisted it will not discuss future trade until “substantial progress” has been made on the financial settlement, EU citizens and Northern Ireland. Source: independent.co.uk Share This:

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Diana’s life shaped Britain. But in death she’s changed us too

“When it comes to the public business of death and mourning, what seemed so novel then has become commonplace now” writes Jonathan Freedland for theguardian.com. There has been much looking back to the years of Diana, as the 20th anniversary of her death approaches.For all the vows that she would remain “Queen of people’s hearts”, subsequent anniversaries of Diana’s death came and went, with scant attention.Once, in the Diana era and especially just after her death, the monarchy’s position had genuinely seemed precarious. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Brexit could leave Britain with a bare larder, farmers warn

“Britain must increase home-grown food production and build stronger supply chains to face Brexit uncertainties, the National Farmers Union has said” writes Lisa O’carroll for theguardian.com. They also want “a fully functioning immigration system” that recognises the reliance food producers have on EU workforces beyond the harvest season.In an annual calculation to draw attention to the UK’s decline in food self-sufficiency, the NFU said the national larder would be bare this Sunday if Britain opted for a cliff-edge departure from Europe and imports became unavailable.But since the UK voted to…

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