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Archive for November, 2018

Brexit: Back my deal or risk more division, May to tell MPs

November 26, 2018

Rejecting the Brexit deal will be risky and lead to “division and uncertainty”, Prime Minister Theresa May will say to MPs who oppose her plan. Her Commons speech comes after the 27 other EU leaders approved the terms of the UK’s exit at a summit on Sunday. Mrs May now has to persuade politicians in […]

Nasa’s Mars InSight mission heads for ‘7 minutes of terror’

The American space agency Nasa will attempt to put another robotic probe on Mars later. The InSight lander is being targeted at a flat plain just north of the planet’s equator called Elysium Planitia. It carries a suite of instruments – many of them from Europe – to try to determine the rocky world’s internal structure. Signals […]

More staff hired in shrinking pub industry

Pubs are employing more people than 10 years ago, despite almost a quarter of them having closed over the same period, official figures show. According to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this could be because an increasing number now serve food, which is more labour intensive. More than 11,000 pubs have closed, […]

Brexit deal ‘will cost UK £100bn’ by 2030

The government’s Brexit deal will leave the UK £100bn worse off by 2030 than if it had remained in the EU, a study by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) has said. The study commissioned by the People’s Vote, which wants a second referendum, said GDP would be 3.9% lower. “This is […]

Carlos Ghosn: Nissan board votes to dismiss chairman

November 22, 2018

Nissan’s board has voted to dismiss Carlos Ghosn as chairman following his arrest over allegations of financial misconduct, Japanese media has said. He has been accused by Nissan of under-reporting his salary and using company assets for personal use. But some see it as part of the firm’s attempt to rebalance power in its alliance […]

Brexit: Draft agreement on future relationship ‘agreed’

The EU and UK have agreed a draft agreement on their future relationship, paving the way for a Brexit deal to be finalised this weekend. The political declaration – outlining how trade, security and other issues will work – has been “agreed in principle”, the European Council says. London and Brussels have already agreed the […]

Leaning Tower of Pisa ‘now leaning less’

It’s enough to give a monument an identity crisis. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is known worldwide for its precarious tilt – but now experts have revealed it’s going straight. The tower’s Surveillance Group, which monitors restoration work, said the landmark is “stable and very slowly reducing its lean.” The 57m (186ft) medieval monument has […]

Are French riots a curse or a blessing for Macron?

November 21, 2018

Ever since his election campaign, Emmanuel Macron has been keen to prove he’s not afraid of French protesters. Where previous governments have blinked, Mr Macron has stared down the unions, weathered their protests, and pushed through difficult reforms on labour laws, and railway workers’ pension rights. But protests over fuel prices this month are presenting […]

Brexit: May holds talks in Brussels amid scramble to finalise deal

Theresa May is meeting EU officials as the two sides scramble to finalise a Brexit deal in time for Sunday’s summit of European leaders. The EU is in a race against time to complete the text of its declaration on future relations with the UK, amid concerns from several member states. Stumbling blocks remain over […]

David Attenborough takes ‘people’s seat’ at climate change talks

Sir David Attenborough has said that a failure to tackle climate change will be a catastrophe for the planet. The naturalist and broadcaster made the comments in an interview with BBC News as he took on a new UN role. He will take up the UN’s “people’s seat” at the opening of crucial climate change talks […]

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