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Deadlock over UK's Brexit bill, says EU's Michel Barnier

The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier says there has not been enough progress to move to the next stage of Brexit talks as the UK wants. He said there was “new momentum” in the process but there was still “deadlock” over the so-called divorce bill, which he said was “disturbing”. “Decisive progress is in our grasp within the next two months”, he added. This week’s fifth round of talks are the final discussions before a crucial EU summit on 19 and 20 October. Brexit: All you need to know A ...

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UK's credit rating downgraded by Moody's

The UK’s credit rating has been cut over concerns about the UK’s public finances and fears Brexit could damage the country’s economic growth. Moody’s, one of the major ratings agencies, downgraded the UK to an Aa2 rating from Aa1. It said leaving the European Union was creating economic uncertainty, at a time when the UK’s debt reduction plans were already off course. Downing Street said the firm’s Brexit assessments were “outdated”. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC News – Home

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UK's terror fight 'puts unsustainable strain on police'

The UK’s counter-terrorism effort is putting an “unsustainable strain” on policing, the head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council has said. Chief Constable Sara Thornton said resources were being diverted from mainstream policing in England and Wales, leading to backlogs in control rooms and slower response times. She added “this puts extra strain on an already-stretched service”. The Home Office said it was working with police on the demands they faced. So far in 2017 there have been five terror attacks in the UK, killing 36 people. What powers do ...

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UK's Hurricane Irma response was not late – Fallon

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has insisted the UK was “not late” in its response to help British overseas territories hit by Hurricane Irma. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, he said the government’s response had been “as good as anybody else’s”. Two senior MPs and residents of the Caribbean islands have criticised the response after the storm struck. Some 500 UK troops have been sent to Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, and British Virgin Islands (BVI). Asked about reports of looting in the region, Sir Michael said there had been ...

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What is the UK's customs union plan?

The Department for Exiting the European Union has released what it calls a future partnership paper, laying out the government’s plans for the UK’s relationship with the EU after it leaves. The Reality Check team looks at some of the key parts of the document. Two options “The government believes that there are two broad approaches the UK could adopt.” The key part of the government’s paper is the choice of two different destinations as it tries to negotiate a long-term solution. The first is “a highly streamlined customs arrangement”, ...

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High Court challenge to UK's child refugee efforts

Campaigners will challenge the government’s handling of the arrival of unaccompanied child refugees from Europe, at a High Court hearing later. Campaigners say ministers have not worked with local councils to find enough places for vulnerable children. Separately, the daughter of the man called “Britain’s Schindler” has criticised the ending of the “Dubs amendment” child refugee scheme. Ministers argue the arrangement is “a pull” for children and traffickers. On Wednesday, the government ended the Dubs amendment scheme, designed by the Labour peer and former child refugee, Lord Dubs. The amendment, ...

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Aldi overtakes Co-op to become UK's fifth largest grocer

German-owned Aldi has overtaken the Co-operative as Britain’s fifth biggest supermarket, industry data shows. Aldi’s sales rose 12.4% year-on-year in the 12 weeks to 29 January, taking its market share to 6.2% and ahead of the Co-op’s 6%, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel. It underlines the challenge the big retailers have faced from discounters such as Aldi and its German rival Lidl. Sales at Lidl rose 9.4%, taking its market share to 4.5%. “Underpinned by an extensive programme of store openings, the past quarter has seen Aldi attract 826,000 ...

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Sir Tim Barrow appointed as UK's new ambassador to EU

Senior diplomat Sir Tim Barrow has been appointed the UK’s new ambassador to the EU, replacing Sir Ivan Rogers. Downing Street described the former ambassador to Moscow, who will now play a key role in the UK’s Brexit talks, as a “seasoned and tough negotiator”. Sir Ivan’s exit, which came earlier than planned, sparked a row with his resignation note criticising “muddled thinking” from ministers. Some MPs had accused him of being “half-hearted” towards Brexit. Pienaar: A sign of Whitehall strain The key bits of Sir Ivan’s resignation note Critics ...

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UK's EU ambassador tells colleagues to challenge 'muddled thinking'

The UK’s ambassador to the EU urged British colleagues in Brussels to challenge “muddled thinking and… speak truth to power” as he quit ahead of Brexit talks, the BBC has learnt. Writing to staff, Sir Ivan Rogers said ministers needed to hear “unvarnished” and “uncomfortable” views from Europe. Earlier it emerged Sir Ivan would be leaving his post several months early. The government said he had quit so a successor could be in place before Brexit negotiations started. Sir Ivan Rogers’ letter in full Sir Ivan’s note to staff, obtained ...

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UK's ambassador to the EU Sir Ivan Rogers resigns

The UK’s ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, has resigned. Sir Ivan, who was appointed to the role of permanent representative by David Cameron in 2013, had been expected to play a key role in Brexit talks expected to start within months. The Foreign Office has not given reasons for his departure. Last month the BBC revealed he had privately told ministers a UK-EU trade deal might take 10 years to finalise, sparking criticism from some MPs. He told them this was also the view of the EU’s other ...

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