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- Britain is nearing an agreement in principle on a free trade deal with New Zealand, Sky News reported https://news.sky.com/story/uk-closing-in-on-striking-free-trade-agreement-with-new-zealand-liz-truss-says-12368421 on Saturday, citing UK's trade minister Lizz Truss. Truss said "great progress" h...
By Chris Peters - The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened a shortage of white-collar workers in many countries, forcing companies to pay higher salaries to woo talent, a top London-based recruiter said on Tuesday. Robert Walters - which specialises in the likes of accountants, legal and tech staff - said...
LOS ANGELES -Britain's Prince Harry is writing a memoir about his life that will be published in late 2022, publisher Penguin Random House said on Monday. The "intimate and heartfelt" book will provide a "definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped sh...
HONG KONG - The departure of Hale, a former president of Britain's Supreme Court, comes amid international concern at the pressures on Hong Kong's independent judiciary under a national security law. She is one of 13 overseas non-permanent judges on the court - a presence that has long been seen as ...
FILE PHOTO: Head of Supreme Court of the United Kingdom Lady Brenda Hale announces ruling, that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to prorogue parliament was unlawful, ahead of Brexit, at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in London, Britain September 24, 2019, in this still image taken from Supreme Court/Parliament TV footage. Supreme Court/Parliament TV via Reuters.
LONDON - Silicon Catalyst, an incubator of startup companies, has chosen Britain as the site of its first European operation, saying it hoped to capitalise on the UK's record of innovation. SiliconCatalyst.UK will help semiconductor hardware start-ups accelerate ideas through prototype and productio...
FILE PHOTO: Skyscrapers in The City of London financial district are seen in London, Britain, September 14, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay//File Photo
LONDON - Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), said she had held discussions with the Greens, who have promised to support a second independence referendum, at her official residence on Tuesday. The SNP had been hopeful of winning an outright majority in elections this month whi...
FILE PHOTO: Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attends the session to elect Scotland's First Minister at Holyrood, at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain May 18, 2021. Jane Barlow/Pool via REUTERS
LONDON - Market researcher Kantar said shoppers made 58 million more visits to the supermarket in the 12 weeks to May 16 than they did in the same period last year when Britain was in the grip of the first wave of the virus. “As the vaccine rollout moves full steam ahead, consumers are getting more ...
FILE PHOTO: Scales to weigh loose fresh produce are seen in the UK supermarket Asda in Leeds, Britain, October 19, 2020. REUTERS/Molly Darlington/File Photo
LONDON (Bywire News) - On Monday, researcher Springboard revealed that the number of in-store shoppers across Britain increased by 1.1% in just a week. This increase was influenced somewhat by the reopening of indoor hospitality following months of lockdown due to COVID-19. Springboard found that on...
FILE PHOTO: People shop in the Selfridges department store on Oxford street, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in London, Britain April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo
LONDON - British businesses ramped up their search for new staff as pubs, restaurants and other hospitality and travel firms got ready for Monday's lifting of coronavirus restrictions in England, a survey showed. But an exodus of foreign workers is aggravating a shortage of candidates, with more tha...
FILE PHOTO: Workers walk to work during the morning rush hour in the financial district of Canary Wharf in London, Britain, January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
LONDON - Business support groups South West Manufacturing Advisory Service (SWMAS) and Manufacturing Growth Programme said 48% of small and medium-sized manufacturers expected to meet or surpass their pre-COVID position in the next three months. The survey adds to other signs that a wave of optimism...
FILE PHOTO: A wrench lies on a workbench at manufacturing firm Sigma UK in Hinckley, central England, May 1, 2013. REUTERS/Darren Staples
LONDON - The election on Thursday of a new lawmaker for Hartlepool, which has struggled since its steel and shipbuilding industries went into decline in the 1960s-70s, is becoming a key test for Starmer, who is keen to prove he can reinvigorate the fortunes of the Labour Party after a 2019 election ...
FILE PHOTO: British Labour Party leader Keir Starmer delivers a virtual speech on Britain's economic future in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at Labour Party's headquarters in central London, Britain February 18, 2021. Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
LONDON (Bywire News) - The media, today, stands at a crossroads. New technology is opening things up to a new wave of publishers, ideas and opinions. The establishment is coming under threat. The rise of alternative media sites threatens their monopoly on the conversation and gives new voices a plat...
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LONDON - Scotland will vote on Thursday for its devolved parliament, in which a victory for the Scottish National Party (SNP) is expected to create more pressure for an independence vote that has so far been rejected by the British government. Making a campaign visit for the Conservative Party, whic...
British finance minister Rishi Sunak attends a virtual press conference inside 10 Downing Street in central London, Britain March 3, 2021. Tolga Akmen/Pool via REUTERS
LONDON - On Saturday, Britain's opposition Labour Party demanded an investigation into Prime Minister Boris Johnson's recent refurbishment of his Downing Street flat and how it was funded. The move came after claims from his former adviser. Dominic Cummings revealed on Friday in a blog post, that he...
Dominic Cummings, special adviser for Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, arrives at Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo
LONDON (Bywire News) - On Wednesday a spokeswoman for the British government announced its cooperation with the European Union over the dealings in Northern Ireland. The UK will meet demands to respond to the legal action launched by the bloc over the new introduction of trading rules in Northern Ir...
A sign is seen with a message against the Brexit border checks in relation to the Northern Ireland protocol at the harbour in Larne, Northern Ireland February 12, 2021. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
- A group of lawmakers in the United Kingdom and a few business figures have formed an independent commission to improve Britain's trade deal with the European Union and the rest of the world, the Financial Times reported https://www.ft.com/content/2bf9d562-f7ac-46f0-b8eb-8ded2206bfcc. ...
Puzzle with printed EU and UK flags is seen in this illustration taken November 13, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
Round one: Army cuts WESTMINSTER (Labour Buzz) - Starmer opened by going all-in on armed forces. Why, he asked, did the Prime Minister promise to maintain armed forces at the current levels but then cut them. He referred to the admission from defence secretary Ben Wallace, who admits troops will be ...
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives an update on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic during a virtual news conference inside 10 Downing Street, in central London, Britain, March 18, 2021. Tolga Akmen/Pool via REUTERS

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PMQs Verdict

LONDON (Labour Buzz) - It was a rather stodgy PMQs with neither man managing to make any meaningful blows. We watched it so you didn’t have to. Here is what, for the want of a better word, we’ll call the highlights.  Q1 Extend business rates  Starmer came out of his corner like the most cautious of ...
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a session on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at the House of Commons in London, Britain January 27, 2021. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS
LONDON (Bywire News) - The Environment Secretary, George Eustice, on Tuesday said that Britain had endured "one or two teething issues" with regard to exporting fish to the EU post-Brexit. The remark was made amongst a series of remarks likely to insult British fisherman, who are unable to trade. Fo...
FILE PHOTO: A man rides his bicycle past a row of docked fishing ships in the village of Thyboron in Jutland, Denmark, March 17, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
LONDON (Within The Law) - German prosecutors have dramatically reduced the scale of a GDPR fine raising questions about how severe data protection restrictions will prove to be.  Since the introduction of the new European data protection regulations, one of the biggest questions has been whether aut...