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....5%, but it has become expensive to fund during a period when prices and wages growth have been low. It is understood that Downing Street is weighing up whether a more affordable “double lock”, which removed the 2. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Wednesday 26th of April 2017 09:00:47 PM
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....Leaders of the remaining 27 member states are due to meet this Saturday in Brussels for a Brexit summit that will finalise their negotiating stance and confirm EU demands for broad agreement on a financial settlement before trade talks can begin. Though Theresa May and David Davis met lead EU negotiator Michel Barnier and EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at a dinner in Downing Street on Wednesday night to emphasise their common ground on a number of positions, there is mounting fear in business circles that a steep divorce bill could prove to be a damaging sticking point. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... The triple lock has come under scrutiny since figures showed it was behind a 22% increase in pensioner incomes in the last seven years, while average earnings rose by only 12%. It is understood that Downing Street is weighing up whether a more affordable “double lock” would be seen as a more sensible safety net for retirees. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Poorest face ‘double whammy’ if Tories ditch triple lock on pensions image
.... The triple lock has come under scrutiny since figures showed it was behind a 22% increase in pensioner incomes in the last seven years, while average earnings rose by only 12%. It is understood that Downing Street is weighing up whether a more affordable “double lock” would be seen as a more sensible safety net for retirees. ...
CBI warns against Brexit divorce bill row putting EU-UK trade ties at risk image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 11:14:03 PM
....Leaders of the remaining 27 member states are due to meet this Saturday in Brussels for a Brexit summit that will finalise their negotiating stance and confirm EU demands for broad agreement on a financial settlement before trade talks can begin. Though Theresa May and David Davis met lead EU negotiator Michel Barnier and EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at a dinner in Downing Street on Wednesday night to emphasise their common ground on a number of positions, there is mounting fear in business circles that a steep divorce bill could prove to be a damaging sticking point. ...
Theresa May weighing up cheaper 'double lock' for pensions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 09:00:47 PM
....5%, but it has become expensive to fund during a period when prices and wages growth have been low. It is understood that Downing Street is weighing up whether a more affordable “double lock”, which removed the 2. ...
Low rates, tight margins: the mortgage market looks worryingly familiar image
.... And in the latest mortgage figures, it is clear that it is first-timers and remortgagers who are snapping up ultra-low deals while home movers and buy-to-let landlords sit on their hands. From inside 10 Downing Street, this appears to show how the government and interest-rate setters at the Bank of England can work together to produce a change for the better. ...
Philip Hammond signals ditching of Tory 'no tax rise' pledge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 12:58:04 PM
....“What that basically means is that what people should expect, should the Tories win the next election, is that there’s a tax bombshell – a Tory tax bombshell – on the way, and you can bet your bottom dollar it will be hardworking low- to middle-earning families that will feel the pain because it’s those families that have felt the pain over the last seven years while there have been massive tax giveaways to those at the very top,” added Gwynne. All parties are gearing up at speed for the surprise snap election announced outside Downing Street by May at the start of the week. ...
EU toughens Brexit stance and demands UK pay liabilities in euros image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 02:37:31 PM
....The Department for Exiting the European Union had claimed that the issue of the two agencies would be a matter for negotiations and their movement out of the UK had not been determined. In a development that will do little for the atmosphere when the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, visits Downing Street next Wednesday , the latest guidelines also highlight concerns about Britain’s treatment of EU nationals living in the UK. ...
George Osborne: history will not be kind to a man whose flaws led to Brexit image
.... His close friend David Cameron had pledged to stand down before the next general election and a smooth transition was planned. As the architect of Cameron’s unexpected overall majority at the 2015 election, Osborne appeared to have the keys to 10 Downing Street there for the taking. ...
Investors think the election means a softer Brexit – are they right? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 06:40:16 PM
....Ignore the 180-point fall in the FTSE 100 index. Part of the decline occurred before the lectern had even been placed in Downing Street. ...
TUC chief calls for changes to post-Brexit trade dispute court image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of April 2017 12:09:48 PM
....The TUC’s trickier task is arguably to lobby the British government, as debate rages about what kind of economy post-Brexit Britain should be. On the steps of Downing Street in her first speech as prime minister, May promised to fight the “burning injustice” of poverty, but the government’s message was clouded when Philip Hammond suggested the UK could turn itself into a tax haven if it didn’t get a good Brexit deal. ...
Diesel car owners may be paid to trade in under new UK air quality plans image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of April 2017 11:49:17 PM
....Cash payments to persuade drivers who live in pollution hotspots to give up their diesel cars may be part of a new scrappage scheme under the government’s air quality plans, due to be published in the next week. Downing Street has been mulling the idea after being forced to produce a new air quality plan after a court ruling, which said existing proposals to meet EU-mandated air quality limits were insufficient. ...
May and LSE chief woo Saudi ministers for $2tn Aramco listing image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 09:44:22 AM
....No 10 officials said the prime minister had set out “the sort of depth of expertise that there is in London and the UK in terms of financial services, and also the supporting ecosystem – accountancy, legal and also the depth of investment opportunities that there are in the UK”. London’s hosting of the flotation was specifically mentioned in several meetings on Tuesday, according to Downing Street sources accompanying the prime minister’s visit. ...
Welfare shakeup 'will push a quarter of a million children into poverty' image
.... Without tax credits, low income families with three or more children will have to rely on £711 a year from child benefit to support the youngest child, leaving them with a £1,700 shortfall. Scottish National party MP Alison Thewliss, who has led a campaign against the rape clause, said: “When Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street last year, she said that her new government would strive to help the ‘just about managing’ in society. ...
Half-in, half-out of customs union would be worst Brexit option, says thinktank image
....Remain supporters and some European diplomats based in the UK are increasingly exasperated at the way in which they believe the government, by saying so little about its key negotiating objectives, is handing the intellectual momentum to advocates of a hard Brexit and making it increasingly difficult for a compromise to be reached that does not damage business. Open Europe has been one of the most influential thinktanks in the Conservative debate on Europe, with key staff often being seconded to Downing Street. ...
The Trump bump for shares is dented – but watch where the oil price goes | Nils Pratley image
.... It’s not obvious that all its members – and especially the non-members – have the political will or financial flexibility. A lower oil price this year would be excellent news, not least for Downing Street and the Bank of England. ...
UK flight ban on electronic devices announced image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 04:34:26 PM
....The ban follows a similar move in the US, where officials say bombs could be hidden in a series of devices. Downing Street said it was "necessary, effective and proportionate". ...
Article 50: Theresa May to trigger Brexit process next week image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 11:39:42 AM
....Prime Minister Theresa May is to officially notify the European Union next Wednesday that the UK is leaving. Downing Street said she would write a letter to the European Council, adding that it hoped negotiations on the terms of exit and future relations could then begin as quickly as possible. ...
PM backs plans to overhaul workers' rights to reflect gig ecomomy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 12:25:37 AM
. Theresa May backs plans for an overhaul of workers’ rights to reflect 21st-century employment practices, according to the chair of Downing Street’s review into modern work. ...
UK Mail driver who was unable to work after car accident charged £800 image
.... On Wednesday, couriers at DPD’s Edinburgh depot staged a walkout after they were told they needed to work six days a week and in protest against charges. Such charges are to be scrutinised by the Downing Street-commissioned review into modern employment practices led by Matthew Taylor. ...
Executive pay: all eyes on boardroom as AGM season looms  | Chris Cummings image
. When Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street last July, looking down the barrel of the world’s TV cameras to address the nation for the first time as prime minister, she put reform of executive pay at the heart of her plan to shape a Britain that works for all, not a privileged few. ...
George Osborne facing calls to quit as MP over Evening Standard job image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of March 2017 12:51:44 PM
.... “It is one thing writing a column for a newspaper, it is another being its full-time editor,” he told the Guardian. Downing Street was said to be “very surprised” by the announcement on Friday morning, which overshadowed a speech by the prime minister at the Conservative spring conference. ...
Child poverty in UK at highest level since 2010, official figures show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 02:45:20 PM
.... About 67% of the UK’s poor children are from working families. “The prime minister spoke about injustice on entering Downing Street, but there is no greater burning injustice than children being forced into poverty as a result of government policy,” said the Child Poverty Action Group’s chief executive, Alison Garnham. ...
U-turn over Budget plan to increase National Insurance image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:30:48 PM
....". Former Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper rounded on the comment, saying she was "slightly astonished" to hear that - and asked why nobody at Number 10 or 11 Downing Street had checked the Conservative manifesto before he went on to write the Budget. ...
Self-employed? See if you'll pay more in national insurance image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 07:00:28 AM
.... The prime minister this week delayed the controversial rise following a rebellion by Conservative MPs, although Labour said ministers were “in disarray” over the issue. Downing Street insisted on Friday the proposal wouldn’t be watered down, while indicating it would be introduced alongside improved benefits for the self-employed. ...
Brexit is about to get real. Yet we are nowhere near ready for it | Jonathan Freedland image
.... From now on, those who got us into this situation have to show they can get us out intact by March 2019. That will require a major shift among the Brexiteer ministers and in Downing Street. ...
May defends 'fair' National Insurance rise amid criticism image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 08:28:31 PM
.... The chancellor would "listen to the concerns" raised by MPs and business. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said that, while the Treasury had briefed on Thursday morning that legislation to enact the National Insurance change would be brought forward in the summer, Downing Street was now saying it would be in the autumn. ...
ARM chip designer stake 'to be sold by Softbank' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 11:25:24 AM
....The Cambridge-based firm designs microchips used in most smartphones, including Apple's and Samsung's, and is considered the most precious jewel in the crown of British technology. The stake sale coming so soon after Softbank's purchase could raise concerns over its commitments to the UK, but the FT said that Downing Street had been notified of the transaction and did not raise any concerns. ...
George Osborne warns against leaving EU without trade deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 03:18:11 PM
....The foreign secretary said there was "every reason" to believe a "win-win" EU deal could be done within two years. Downing Street said Prime Minister Theresa May was "confident and optimistic" about striking a comprehensive free trade agreement. ...
Delay Brexit if no trade deal reached, say business leaders image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 03:23:30 AM
....In a speech, he warned that an "unreal and over-optimistic" vision of Brexit was being put forward. Downing Street said the government was determined to make a success of Brexit. ...
Theresa May must block London Stock Exchange bids until after Brexit | Nils Pratley image
.... First, the LSE has emerged stronger from its many non-mergers over the last 15 years. Second, the jostling of national egos may have made Downing Street appreciate that ownership matters when it comes to stock exchanges, clearing houses and bond trading platforms. ...
Fairtrade campaigners fear Brexit impact image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of February 2017 04:19:59 PM
.... . In December last year, its campaigners delivered a letter, with more than 50,000 signatures, to Downing Street asking the prime minister to pledge that any future trade deals would continue to tackle global poverty and deliver a fair deal for those in the developing world. ...
Kraft Heinz withdraws Unilever takeover bid image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of February 2017 05:28:53 PM
....A source close to the bid earlier insisted there was “no comparison” between the Kraft Heinz company and its management team and the Kraft that took over Cadbury – but admitted that there would be stringent cost-cutting and “synergies” including job losses should Unilever be taken over. Downing Street did not confirm reports that the prime minister had ordered top officials to examine the planned takeover of Unilever to see if it could merit government intervention. ...
Who will the Brexiteers blame when the milk and honey fails to flow? | Rafael Behr image
.... She hears a collective cry of rage against the economic and political status quo, requiring radical change on multiple fronts. So, in parallel with the prime minister’s plan for a “clean break” from the rest of Europe, Downing Street is thinking of ways to address grievances that generated demand for Brexit in the first place: stagnant wages; anxiety that living standards have peaked and that the next generation is being shafted; the demoralising experience of working all hours without saving a penny. ...
Workers' feelings of powerlessness fuelling anger, says jobs tsar image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of February 2017 05:14:03 PM
. A feeling among workers that they lack control or a voice in the workplace is fuelling “misery and anger in British society”, the chair of a Downing Street review of modern employment has said. ...
Falling DVD sales put boot into profits at Sony Pictures image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of February 2017 04:16:33 PM
.... The Crown, with a second season under way, has booked out about half of Elstree Studios for two years. The production has semi-permanent sets including parts of Buckingham Palace and Downing Street. ...
UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 31st of January 2017 11:26:31 PM
.... But this time around it’s low- and middle-income families with kids who are set to be worst affected. “This could leave Britain with the worst of both worlds on living standards – the weak income growth of the last parliament and rising inequality from the time Margaret Thatcher was in Downing Street. ...
Guarantee minimum wage for gig economy workers, says Frank Field image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 31st of January 2017 03:59:30 PM
....Theresa May should guarantee the minimum wage for self-employed workers for companies such as Uber and Hermes and prevent them from losing work with no notice, the Labour MP Frank Field has said. The chairman of the Commons work and pensions select committee told a Downing Street review of modern working practices that all workers should benefit from a new “national standard of fair work in the gig economy”. ...
Theresa May signs £100m fighter jet deal with Turkey's Erdoğan image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 28th of January 2017 02:30:02 PM
. Theresa May issued a stern warning to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan about respecting human rights yesterday as she prepared to sign a £100m fighter jet deal that Downing Street hopes will lead to Britain becoming Turkey’s main defence partner. ...
Supreme court rules parliament must have vote to trigger article 50 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of January 2017 10:12:29 AM
....The supreme court ruled that there was no need for the government to wait for consent from the devolved assemblies in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Although the ruling represents a blow to Theresa May’s intended timetable on Brexit, a Downing Street spokesman said the ruling had not changed the verdict of the British people. ...
The Guardian view on industrial strategy: hot air but no liftoff | Editorial image
.... But if the government makes real progress towards enacting such a strategy – setting into reverse patterns of short-termism, weak productivity, trade deficits and regional imbalances – it will be a significant achievement. The launch of a green paper is intended by Downing Street to signal that activist industrial policy is a pillar of the new thinking. ...
It’s time to rewrite the rules of economics to end the growing chasm of inequality  | Liam Byrne image
....In her Brexit speech at Lancaster House this week, the prime minister spoke of her determination “to build a stronger economy and a fairer society by embracing genuine economic and social reform”. It was an echo of her message outside 10 Downing Street last July. ...
Bravado only partially masks contradictions in Theresa May's speech image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of January 2017 02:45:56 PM
.... If it punished us for daring to leave, this would be a “calamitous act of self-harm” not by Britain – as most foreigners believe – but by the EU, which exports £290bn to the UK. It would be a mistake, however, to assume this confident show of bravado means Downing Street is as ready to walk away from a “bad” exit deal as many will take this speech to imply. ...
Theresa May is trapped between a rock and a hard Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 15th of January 2017 06:59:09 AM
.... But for May at present, the obsession with immigration triumphs over our economic interests. There is much discussion in the press about the lack of clarity from Downing Street, but it is important to distinguish between the prime minister’s position on Brexit, which is as plain as a pikestaff, and the government’s position on how to handle it. ...
Blind trusts: what do Theresa May and Donald Trump have in common? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 13th of January 2017 01:41:32 PM
....What does May say about her trust?Almost nothing. Downing Street refuses to reveal what shareholdings or other investments are involved, and will not say who is responsible for independently managing the trust. ...
The Guardian view on the housing crisis: right to rent | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 8th of January 2017 07:21:18 PM
.... That was the year in which Harold Macmillan, then housing minister, made his famous pledge to build 300,000 new homes a year. His success in achieving it helped pave his way to Downing Street. ...
Inheritance tax is toxic. We need new ways to tackle inequality | Polly Toynbee image
....Theresa May, launching her brief leadership bid in July, warned that: “The divide between those who inherit wealth and those who don’t will become more pronounced. ” Does she mean to do anything about it, any more than Margaret Thatcher on the steps of Downing Street intended to follow the path of St Francis?. ...
Theresa May’s new year mantra: Brexit means compromise | Anne McElvoy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 06:00:45 AM
. Theresa May’s new year video message looked a bit like a royal address: artfully shot in front of a grand Downing Street mantelpiece, a twinkle of seasonal lights relieving the trademark severity. ...
Observer business agenda’s review of the year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 1st of January 2017 09:00:02 AM
....The leak also showed a Panama-based offshore trust set up by David Cameron’s late father had benefited the then prime minister. He ended up making a complete hash of his response by stalling for three days, with four partial statements issued by Downing Street, before confessing he owned shares in the tax haven fund, which he sold for £31,500 just before becoming PM in 2010. ...
Brexit: Civil service faces 'bumpy ride' says union leader image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of December 2016 05:03:34 PM
....Under plans set out in last year's spending review, departments whose budgets are not protected are expected to save almost a third of their day-to-day spending by 2020 . Downing Street has said the full "machinery of government" is being put behind the Brexit process, with two new departments created and leading civil servants being redeployed across Whitehall. ...
The restaurateur on a mission to save Britain's curry houses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 23rd of December 2016 05:37:58 PM
.... This plan would add around 5,000 to net migration figures. Just before the referendum, Ali sat down with David Cameron in Downing Street to discuss his proposal and claims the then PM said “it was not right” that the takeaway rule was blocking appointments from overseas. ...
Deloitte apologises for Brexit memo image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of December 2016 09:41:19 AM
....The Times reported this included an agreement not to bid for government contracts for six months. Downing Street dismissed the memo when it was published last month, saying it had been unsolicited. ...
Deloitte apologises for Brexit memo in effort to make peace with No 10 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of December 2016 06:31:57 AM
. The accountancy firm Deloitte has taken the extraordinary step of apologising to the government and offering to stop bidding for Whitehall contracts for six months, after preparing an internal memo suggesting Downing Street had no plan for Brexit. ...
Meeting notes contradict Murdoch claim not to have asked PMs for help image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of December 2016 06:05:22 PM
.... He added that he “would get our experts in Brussels to look into it and might take it up with Kohl”, according to the records written by Blair’s private secretary, Angus Lapsley. Blair’s chief of staff, Jonathan Powell, and communications director, Alastair Campbell, as well as the Downing Street adviser James Purnell, who went on to become secretary of state for culture, media and sport, also attended the meeting. ...
Sturgeon: UK could stay in single market image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of December 2016 11:38:21 AM
....Read more from Brian. Responding to the paper, a Downing Street spokesman said the government welcomed it and would "look closely" at it. ...
The Guardian view on trade unions: needed as much as ever | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 06:42:05 PM
.... The total of lost days for 2016 is still historically low. The point of this unnecessary row is that in some quarters, although it would seem not in Downing Street, there is still an appetite for more union-bashing laws. ...
Union leader says No 10 demonising working people in strikes row image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 05:54:12 PM
....The government is “demonising working men and women” by accusing striking staff of having “contempt for ordinary people”, the leader of Britain’s biggest union has said. Len McCluskey, the Unite leader, was responding to comments made by a Downing Street spokesman about walkouts by rail, air, Post Office and Weetabix workers. ...
Rupert Murdoch: 'I've never asked any prime minister for anything' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 01:57:06 PM
. Rupert Murdoch has written to the Guardian to deny he ever claimed that Downing Street did his bidding, as an attempt by his US film and television group to acquire Sky is due to be formally notified to ministers. ...
No 10 accuses striking workers of 'contempt for ordinary people' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 01:01:02 PM
. Downing Street has accused rail, postal and airline workers going on strike of causing “untold misery” and showing “contempt for ordinary people”. ...
Downing Street distances itself from Grayling calls for anti-strike laws image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 07:00:14 AM
. Downing Street has distanced itself from calls by the transport minister, Chris Grayling, and Tory backbenchers for new anti-strike laws as unions plan a wave of industrial action this week and over the festive period. ...
Joint call for EU citizens to stay in UK image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 18th of December 2016 08:11:08 PM
....Failure to do so would damage the UK economy, the two bodies said. Downing Street said Mrs May wanted to protect the status of EU nationals. ...
The Fox-Sky row isn’t going away, no matter how much ministers ignore it image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of December 2016 06:59:44 AM
. Has anyone in Downing Street actually realised that Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has lodged a bid for Sky? If you trawl through newspapers and the internet looking for comments from the government about the proposed £11. ...
TUC and businesses urge Theresa May to act on rights of migrants image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 17th of December 2016 08:17:56 PM
....2 million EU citizens living in the UK, as well as the more than a million UK residents in other EU states, to be made as soon as possible – but only after formal talks are triggered in March next year. However, in their letter sent to Downing Street on Saturday, the BCC and TUC demand that May “demonstrate leadership” with a “bold move” now that will end the worry and uncertainty for millions of people, and for companies, whose futures have been thrown into doubt by the 23 June Brexit vote. ...
UK naive to expect EU trade deal in two years, Germany says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 16th of December 2016 09:10:17 AM
....However, the Brexit discussion, set to be held over a three-course dinner, ended up lasting just 20 minutes as talks about other pressing issues, including the refugee crisis and ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine, continued late into the night and led to the dinner being cancelled. Downing Street insisted the Brexit process could be completed within two years after the UK’s ambassador to the EU privately said it could take up to a decade to finalise, and even then could fail to be ratified by member states. ...
Sky and 21st Century Fox agree £18.5bn takeover deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 01:31:38 PM
.... She has the power to ask Ofcom, the media watchdog, to examine the deal. Tom Watson, shadow culture secretary, urged Ms Bradley to refer the deal to Ofcom: "When she stood on the steps of Downing Street this summer, the prime minister said to the people of this country that 'when we take the big calls, we'll think not of the powerful, but you'. ...
EU politicians believe trade deal could take decade, No 10 is warned image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 11:01:16 AM
. Europe’s politicians believe a trade deal with the UK could take up to a decade or more and could still fail in the final stages, Downing Street has been warned by the UK’s ambassador to the EU. ...
Brexit trade deal could take 10 years, says UK's ambassador image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 06:00:25 AM
....Sir Ivan's private advice contrasts with ministers publicly insisting a deal can be done in the two years allowed by the triggering of Article 50 - the formal start of the process of leaving the EU. Downing Street said he was relaying other EU members' views, rather than his own or the British government's. ...
Brexit: Guy Verhofstadt warns against 'eternal' interim deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 01:07:07 AM
.... . BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said Downing Street was insisting a transitional deal would not be part of a "softening up process" to prepare people for the UK being "entangled" with the EU for years to come. ...
Pressure grows to refer Rupert Murdoch's Sky bid to Ofcom image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 05:38:11 PM
.... He said officials would make sure that there were no conflicts of interest and that the decision was taken appropriately. Downing Street declined to comment and is refusing to reveal whether Theresa May discussed the bid when she met Murdoch in New York in September. ...
UK firms 'face more, not less, red tape if Britain exits customs union' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 11th of December 2016 02:30:58 PM
....The single market court challenge is being brought by remain voter Peter Wilding, chairman of pressure group British Influence, and Adrian Yalland, a Conservative lobbyist who voted to leave. They have informed Downing Street of their intention to seek the judicial review. ...
Ex-BBC chief calls on Theresa May to resist Rupert Murdoch’s Sky bid image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 10th of December 2016 07:16:50 PM
....”. The former Labour leader Ed Miliband also said the government’s next move on the deal would be an indication of whether May was truly committed to standing up to the powerful, as she had claimed in her first address from Downing Street. ...
Brexit: EU negotiator says 'time's short' for reaching deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of December 2016 11:25:15 AM
.... The EU is signalling it has its rules and principles, and isn't offering to change them. Downing Street said it was sticking to its timetable despite the speech from Mr Barnier. ...
Should you buy your Christmas tree this weekend? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 3rd of December 2016 07:00:15 AM
. Number 10 Downing Street took delivery of its Christmas tree yesterday, just a few days after Michelle Obama unveiled her last-ever festive decorations for the White House. ...
George Osborne defends earning £320,000 on speaking tour image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 04:47:13 PM
....Osborne was replaced by Philip Hammond, once his deputy as shadow chancellor, who has since ditched his predecessor’s economic targets and accepted that the deficit would grow, rather than fall, in the light of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. When the Hammonds moved into Downing Street, Osborne signed up with the same US agency as Tony Blair, the Washington Speakers Bureau, and embarked on a summer speaking tour. ...
CBI warns May that immigration shakeup could harm economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of December 2016 06:00:39 AM
....Sources suggest ministers hope to negotiate a Brexit deal that would allow the government to control high- and low-skilled immigration. But Fairbairn issued a stern warning to Downing Street, saying a new, tougher system outside the EU could create an unmanageable burden for employers and deprive firms of the workers they need. ...

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