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  1. 30 May 2016 EU'LL NEVER BELIEVE IT: Boris promises cheaper household gas bills if Brits back Brexit EXCLUSIVE: The Former Mayor of London claims leaving the EU will mean ministers can slash the price of our gas bills. BORIS Johnson and Michael Gove today promise to scrap VAT on household energy bills if Britain backs a Brexit. In the first cash sweetener of the EU Referendum campaign, they argue that leaving the EU will allow ministers to bin the "unfair and damaging" £2 billion a year tax on gas and electricity prices. thesun
  2. Do you mean for immigrants new direct shipping routes are opening up to Britain that bypass the EU?
  3. UK 'shifting the playing field' But speaking to RTE Morning Ireland, Mr Coveney said: "Each time that the European Union comes forward with new ideas and new proposals to try and solve problems, they are dismissed before they are released, and that's happening again this week." The British government has created a new "red line" over the ECJ. "David Frost accuses me of raising issues on social media. It's a bit rich, quite frankly, because he is briefing the British media effectively to say 'Well, the EU can make the changes that they need to make, but actually it's not enough, we want more', and now it's the ECJ that is the main issue," Mr Coveney said. "This is being seen across the European Union as the same pattern over and over again - the EU tries to solve problems, the UK dismisses the solutions before they're even published and asks for more." SKY
  4. I highly doubt that the investors really care about ordinary people. Who is on the hook?
  5. Lord Frost accuses EU of ‘not listening’ to his Brexit demands Ireland’s foreign minister accuses UK of deliberately engineering breakdown in negotiations. Britain's Brexit chief has accused the EU of not listening to his demands on Northern Ireland in a heated series of late-night posts on Twitter. Lord Frost specifically wants to dump jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice over the Northern Ireland deal, which he signed up to during talks but now is having second thoughts about. The Brexit minister wants to change the part of the deal relating to Northern Ireland but the EU says the UK must stand by what it has signed. Independent
  6. And the show must go on ... Brexit talks process beginning in late October or early November Lord Frost will use a speech next week to reiterate that the UK wants the European Court of Justice (ECJ) removed from oversight of the NI Protocol. The protocol is a special Brexit deal for Northern Ireland, agreed by the UK and EU in 2019. The UK government wants to reverse its previous agreement on the oversight role of the ECJ. In a paper published in July, the government said it had only agreed to the ECJ's role because of the "very specific circumstances" of the protocol negotiation. It now wants a new governance arrangement. The Brexit minister will say: 'Without new arrangements in this area the protocol will never have the support it needs to survive". BBC
  7. 1 in 14 pupils at English secondary schools have Covid One in 14 secondary school-age children had Covid last week, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics. The substantial increase – up from an estimated one in 20 pupils the previous week. The ONS survey, based on swabs collected from randomly selected households, showed an overall increase in Covid infections in England from one in 85 people to one in 70 in the week ending 2 October. Guardian
  8. Johnson offered an audacious response this week: Britain, he explained, was merely transitioning out of a broken economic “model”, based around low pay and high immigration, and into a new one, based around high productivity and high-wage job creation. Britain’s most exasperating economic policy riddle of recent decades – its sluggish productivity growth – was simply going to be magicked away, he announced. Guardian
  9. MPs pressure government on industry fuel costs The government is under increasing pressure to support industries struggling with rising energy bills, as several Conservative MPs have joined Labour and industry calling for action. Tory MP Miriam Coates said the steel industry faced "serious threats". Labour has accused the government of being in denial about gas prices, which have risen 250% since January. Domestic customers are partly protected from sharp rises by a price cap, although energy regulator Ofgem has warned that households will see further "significant rises" in the spring. BBC
  10. China's President Xi Jinping has said in a speech that "reunification" with Taiwan "must be fulfilled". Mr Xi added that unification should be achieved peacefully, but warned that the Chinese people had a "glorious tradition" of opposing separatism. "The historical task of the complete reunification of the motherland must be fulfilled, and will definitely be fulfilled," Mr Xi said. He said he wanted to see peaceful unification occur under a "one country-two systems" policy, similar to that employed in Hong Kong. "Taiwan independence separatism is the biggest obstacle to achieving the reunification of the motherland, and the most serious hidden danger to national rejuvenation," he added. BBC
  11. Boris Johnson must take action, says quitting pig farmer A pig farmer who is quitting after 50 years said the prime minister has "lost the plot" over the industry crisis. Peter Mortimer, 73, said rising costs and a lack of local labour were among issues that had made his business in Metfield, Suffolk, "unsustainable". I needed to employ some more staff, and I advertised locally and I got no response at all. "The job involves getting your hands dirty - like abattoir work - and people don't want to get involved. BBC
  12. An estimated 150,000 pigs are at risk of being culled within weeks ..., but Boris has a solution Britons cut meat-eating by 17%, but must double that to hit target People have been advised to reduce consumption by 30% for health and environmental reasons. Britons have cut their meat consumption by 17% over the past decade but will need to double these efforts if they are to meet targets for healthy diets and sustainable food production. Meat production is a major contributor to global heating and land degradation, while eating lots of red and processed meat has been linked to a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. For these reasons, the government-commissioned national food strategy for England recently recommended that people try to cut their meat consumption by about 30% within the next decade. Guardian
  13. And on top of mounting cost pressures, Boris Johnson claims that wages across Britain are finally on the rise. Boris Johnson isn't worried about the UK economy. He going to fix it.
  14. Two in three UK firms expect to raise prices in Christmas run-up Nearly two-thirds of UK manufacturers expect to raise their prices in the run-up to Christmas after being hit by mounting cost pressures. 62% of industrial firms planning price hikes over the next three months. Greggs, which has been affected by the nationwide shortage of HGV drivers, said it was facing shortages of staff and ingredients, adding that despite hedging, costs would rise in the lead up to Christmas. Hotel Chocolat said prices would rise by up to 9% on the majority of its ranges as a result of dearer ingredients, labour and transport. The BCC said the “spiralling” cost of raw materials rather than higher wages was to blame for the price rises. Crude oil prices rose to a fresh three-year high of more than $82 a barrel on Tuesday while natural gas prices in Europe reached record highs. Guardian
  15. Pandora papers unmask owners of offshore-held UK property worth £4bn Heads of government, oligarchs, business tycoons, ruling families and a Middle Eastern monarch are among the anonymous owners of at least £4bn in UK property. UK property worth more than £170bn is estimated to be held overseas, much of it anonymously. Many of the properties are in the most exclusive London postcodes: Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Kensington and Belgravia. Guardian
  16. One of the people we’ve been hearing about is the King of Jordan, who secretly spent more than £70m ($100m) on a string of properties in the UK and US. Jordan isn’t a wealthy country and receives international aid. The British government is one of its biggest financial backers and is giving £650m over five years. BBC
  17. The files include disclosures about major donors to the Conservative party, raising difficult questions for Boris Johnson as his party meets for its annual conference. The Pandora papers reveal the inner workings of what is a shadow financial world, providing a rare window into the hidden operations of a global offshore economy that enables some of the world’s richest people to hide their wealth and in some cases pay little or no tax. Guardian
  18. The secret wealth and dealings of world leaders, politicians and billionaires has been exposed in one of the biggest leaks of financial documents. Some 35 current and former leaders and more than 300 public officials are featured in the files from offshore companies, dubbed the Pandora Papers. They reveal the King of Jordan secretly amassed £70m of UK and US property. They also show how ex-UK PM Tony Blair and his wife saved £312,000 in stamp duty when they bought a London office. The couple bought an offshore firm that owned the building. The leak also links Russian President Vladimir Putin to secret assets in Monaco, and shows the Czech prime minister Andrej Babis - facing an election later this week - failed to declare an offshore investment company used to purchase two villas for £12m in the south of France. BBC
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