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Brexit bill: Government loses key vote after Tory rebellion

Parliament is to be given a take-it-or leave-it vote

In a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, MPs voted to give Parliament a legal guarantee of a vote on the final Brexit deal struck with Brussels.

The government had argued this would jeopardise its chances of delivering a smooth departure from the EU.

Despite a last-minute attempt to offer concessions to rebels, an amendment to the bill was backed by 309 to 305.

Ministers said the “minor setback” would not prevent the UK leaving the EU in 2019.

http://www.bbc.com… Thu., 14  December 2017

EU has serious concerns about Trump 3 tax plans

Top EU economic powers warn US 

The European Union’s top five economies are warning the United States that its massive tax overhaul could violate some of its international obligations and risks having “a major distortive impact” on trade.

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, the finance ministers of Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Spain wrote they had “significant concerns” about three tax initiatives in particular.

In the letter, seen by The Associated Press, the five wrote that “it is important that the U.S. government’s rights over domestic tax policy be exercised in a way that adheres with international obligations to which it has signed-up.”

EU nations have been warily eyeing President Trump’s domestic tax proposals as they made their way through congress and have long expressed fears they might hurt world trade and EU companies in particular.

http://www.washingtonpost.com… Tue., 12  December 2017

Brexit: Divorce deal agreed

May: there will be no hard border in Ireland

Britain and the European Union struck a deal on Friday to move on to talk about trade and a transition period after they agreed the outline of their divorce, easing the pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May. The European Commission said enough progress had been made after the two sides worked through the night to end an impasse over the status of the Irish border that had scuppered an earlier attempt to clinch a deal on Monday.

The Commission gave its verdict in a statement after intense talks, which resulted in British Prime Minister Theresa May taking an early-morning flight to Brussels to announce the deal alongside Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Donald Tusk, the chairman of European Union leaders, welcomed the deal but said London still needed to provide more clarity on the new relationship after Brexit, and bemoaned the fact the first round of talks had taken so long.

“We all know that breaking up is hard, but breaking up and building a new relation is much harder,” he said. “So much time has been devoted to the easier task and now … we have de facto less than a year” left for talks before Britain is due to leave in March, 2019.

http://www.reuters.com… Fri., 08  December 2017

Britain and EU fail to reach Brexit deal

Critical moment in the negotiations

Britain and the European Union failed to reach a highly anticipated Brexit deal on Monday despite “significant progress” on key outstanding issues, both sides announced in Brussels.

Negotiators had earlier appeared close to reaching an agreement on the Irish border, the complex and historically sensitive issue that had emerged as a final stumbling block.
But after details of a draft deal leaked, the Democratic Unionist Party, a small but hardline grouping from Northern Ireland that props up the minority government of British Prime Minister Theresa May, said they would not support it.
http://www.cnn.com… Tue., 05  December 2017

UK could pay £50bn Brexit divorce bill

Bowing to EU pressure

The UK has bowed to EU demands on the Brexit divorce bill in a move that could result in the UK paying £50bn to Brussels, in an attempt to get France and Germany to agree to move negotiations to trade.

Non-stop behind-the-scenes negotiations have led to a broad agreement by the UK to a gross financial settlement of £89bn on leaving the bloc, although the British expect the final net bill to be half as much.

http://www.theguardian.com…  Wed., 29  November 2017

Dark clouds gathering on the horizon’ for Britain’s economy

UBS upgrades pessimistic forecast for UK growth

he Swiss bank UBS has admitted that the outlook for the UK is not as bad as it thought in the immediate aftermath of the European Union referendum and that the economy is well-positioned to benefit from strong global growth. While uncertainty about the final outcome of Brexit might weigh on economic progress, the bank did not believe it would derail future economic expansion.

UBS forecast that the UK will grow 0.7pc in 2018 has been upgraded to 1.1pc and the bank believes this rate of acceleration will be sustained into 2019. This is still a fairly negative view compared to other economists. The consensus view is that the economy will grow by 1.4pc next year. The Bank of England thinks it will be 1.6pc.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk…  Fri., 24  November 2017

London loses EU agencies to Paris and Amsterdam in Brexit relocation

Paris won the race to take the European Banking Authority from London

London is losing the European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam and the European Banking Authority to Paris, in one of the first concrete signs of Brexit as the UK prepares to leave the European Union. The two cities won the agencies after tie breaks that saw the winner selected by drawing lots from a large goldfish-style bowl.

The Dutch capital beat Milan in the lucky dip after three rounds of Eurovision-style voting on Monday had resulted in a dead heat.

Paris won the race to take the European Banking Authority from London, beating Dublin in the final, after the favourite Frankfurt was knocked out in the second round.

http://www.theguardian.com…  Tue., 21  November 2017

London: new cryptocurrency card to pay in local supermarkets

You can withdraw money with your Visa debit “Dragoncard”

A London-startup headed by a Credit Suisse veteran is launching a new debit card that it claims will allow people to spend cryptocurrencies across the UK. The London Block Exchange (LBX) launched on Tuesday. It plans to launch a sterling-to-cryptocurrency exchange and a Visa debit card, dubbed “Dragoncard,” that will allow people to spend bitcoin, ethereum, ripple, litecoin and monero across the UK. The startup plans to add more cryptocurrencies in future.

The Visa card, which will be issued by Gibraltar-based pre-paid card provider Wavecrest, will be linked to an app that allows users to buy and hold cryptocurrencies through the LBX exchange. Customers will also be able to withdraw money using the card. Cryptocurrencies will be converted to sterling at the time of withdrawal.

http://www.prnewswire.co.uk…  Wed., 15  November 2017

Britain's economy is already weaker because of Brexit

Business investment is being affected by uncertainties

The Bank of England didn’t mince words today on the effect of Brexit on the British economy. “Brexit-related constraints on investment and labour supply appeared to have been reinforcing the marked slowdown,” the central bank wrote in its inflation report.

The BOE added that while Britain was being held back by Brexit, the rest of the world was heading into a period of strong growth. “Uncertainties associated with Brexit were weighing on domestic activity, which had slowed even as global growth had risen significantly,” the bank said.

http://www.msn.com…  Fri.,  03  November 2017

"Brexit is stupidest thing any country has done"

Michael Bloomberg says it is ‘hard to understand why a country doing so well wanted to ruin it’

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire media mogul and former mayor of New York, has said Brexit is the “single stupidest thing any country has ever done” apart from the election of Donald Trump as US president.

Bloomberg argued that “it is really hard to understand why a country that was doing so well wanted to ruin it” with the Brexit vote, in a series of outspoken remarks made at a technology conference in Boston a fortnight ago.

At that event, Bloomberg, 75, also warned that some workers at the financial media company that bears his name were asking to leave the UK and US because they think the two countries no longer like immigrants and are no longer welcoming.

http://www.theguardian.com…  Wed  25  October 2017