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Day: March 4, 2018

Theresa May rules out City firms passporting after Brexit
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Theresa May rules out City firms passporting after Brexit

    Theresa May told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday: We can’t just accept rules that are made elsewhere. Theresa May has said that signing up to passporting for the City of London after Brexit would leave the UK as just a rule-taker, insisting that financial services will instead be covered through a free trade deal. In an interview broadcast on Sunday morning, the prime minister also rebuffed the suggestion that the foreign secretary had raised the spectre of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic in an internal government report. No. Boris is absolutely clear that there won’t be a hard border, she told the BBC’s Andrew Marr, amid reports of tensions between Johnson and Downing Street over claims that May’s chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, leaked the...
Pubs opening time will be relaxed on Royal Wedding time
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Pubs opening time will be relaxed on Royal Wedding time

    Pub licensing hours across England and Wales will be relaxed on the weekend of the Royal Wedding, the Home Office has announced. Pubs will be able to stay open until 1am on the nights of Friday 18 May and Saturday 19 May, the weekend when the FA Cup final will also take place. The Government made the decision after it won support from the general public and stakeholders, including the hospitality sector and residents’ groups, during a four week consultation. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the Royal Wedding was an opportunity for the country to join together and celebrate. As shown by the support for the proposal to extend licensing hours, it’s clear that the public back the idea of having more time to raise a glass to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a day of nat...
German Social Democrats back coalition deal with Angela Merkel
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German Social Democrats back coalition deal with Angela Merkel

    Members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party have voted in favour of joining a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc. The decision clears the last major hurdle to the formation of a new government and a fourth term for Ms Merkel. Sunday’s announcement by the party’s leadership ends almost six months of uncertainty in German politics, the longest the country has been without a government in its post-war history. The centre-left Social Democrats had furiously debated whether to extend the so-called grand coalition for another four years after suffering a slump in last year’s election. In the end, two-thirds of the party’s 464,000 members approved a coalition deal. Parliament is expected to meet next week to elect Ms Merkel as chancellor, confi...
Theresa May says her Brexit vision is credible
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Theresa May says her Brexit vision is credible

    Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech about her vision for Brexit, at Mansion House London on 2nd March 18. Theresa May has insisted her Brexit vision in which Britain will align with European Union rules to get frictionless trade but retain the freedom to diverge from them is ambitious and credible. The details of her Brexit strategy, laid out in her high-profile speech at London's Mansion House on Friday,  appeared to unite warring Remain and Leave factions of the Conservative Party. But cracks remained within the Tories, as former deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine dismissed her latest speech as just more “phrases, generalisations and platitudes”. Downing Street and Boris Johnson also denied reports that Mrs May's chief of staff Gavin Barw...
Pure madness in the White House as Trump shocks and rages
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Pure madness in the White House as Trump shocks and rages

    Inside the White House, aides over the past week have described an air of anxiety and volatility with an uncontrollable commander in chief at its center. These are the darkest days in at least half a year, they say, and they worry just how much farther President Trump and his administration may plunge into unrest and malaise before they start to recover. As one official put it: We haven’t bottomed out. Trump is now a president in transition, at times angry and increasingly isolated. He fumes in private that just about every time he looks up at a television screen, the cable news headlines are trumpeting yet another scandal. He voices frustration that son-in-law Jared Kushner has few on-air defenders. He revives old grudges. And he confides to friends that he is unce...