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Day: November 14, 2018

No deal Brexit would cost Britain 6 percent of GDP, IMF warns
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No deal Brexit would cost Britain 6 percent of GDP, IMF warns

    Leaving the European Union without a transitional trade deal would cost Britain about 6 percent of GDP -- roughly four years of economic growth compared with staying in the bloc, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday. The IMF, which warned of the costs of Brexit before Britons voted to leave in June 2016, said securing a trade deal would roughly halve the economic damage from trade barriers and reduced foreign investment and immigration. Directors emphasised the importance of a timely agreement with the EU, accompanied by an implementation period to avoid a cliff-edge exit in March 2019 and to allow firms and workers time to adjust to the new relationship, the IMF said. Two months ago, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said she expected the world'...
An Aide No Longer Deserves the Honor of Serving in This White House, First Lady Says
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An Aide No Longer Deserves the Honor of Serving in This White House, First Lady Says

    She bad-mouthed the defense secretary. She was the hatchet woman for John R. Bolton, the famously combative national security adviser, and drove out staff members from the National Security Council who were deemed insufficiently conservative or loyal. But in disparaging two members of Melania Trump’s staff who traveled with Mrs. Trump, the first lady, on her trip last month to Africa, Mira Ricardel, a deputy national security adviser, apparently went too far. In a White House where the drama has been constant, but almost always behind the scenes, an email to reporters on Tuesday from Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, was unusually direct: It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this Wh...
Canada registers sixfold increase in US citizens seeking asylum in 2017
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Canada registers sixfold increase in US citizens seeking asylum in 2017

    Tiroude and Gislyne are Haitians by birth and migrants by necessity. The couple’s 18-month-old daughter, however, was born in Fort Lauderdale, and as an American by birth she is part of a growing number of US citizens seeking refuge in Canada. In 2017, some 2,550 US citizens applied for asylum in Canada – an increase of more than sixfold from 2016 and the largest such number since at least 1994, according to data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Americans were the third largest contingent of asylum seekers in 2017, after Haitians and Nigerians. The vast majority are children born to Haitian parents, according to experts. Most of the Americans applying for refugee status are the children of non-residents, says Stéphane Handfield, a Montreal-based ...
Tory Peter Bone savages May’s Brexit deal that will lose millions of votes
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Tory Peter Bone savages May’s Brexit deal that will lose millions of votes

    Peter Bone today led Tory outrage at Theresa May's Brexit deal saying it does not deliver the Brexit people voted for. The Brexiteer MP confronted the Prime Minister to her face with a damning assessment of the deal her Cabinet will decide on this afternoon. Mr Bone MP told Theresa May during Prime Minister's Questions: Is the Prime Minister aware that if reports are accurate you are not delivering the Brexit people voted for and today you will lose the support of many Conservative MPs and millions of voters across the country. The Tory had MP had previously been supportive of May's negotiations with the EU and said she could be the Queen of Brexit. It comes as dozens of hard Brexiteer Tories from the European Research Group prepare to vote against the deal in the...