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UK's Gove says: there's a chance of a no-deal Brexit
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.95   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove is seen in Westminster, London, Britain November 10, 2020. REUTERS/John SibleyLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit supremo, Michael Gove, said on Tuesday that there was a chance that Brexit trade talks may end without a deal, the nightmare finale to the five-year Brexit crisis. “We have intensified the negotiation process, but it’s important that the EU also lives up to its responsibilities as well,” Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Gove told ITV’s Good Morning Britain. Asked whether a no deal was closer than anyone would admit, he said: “I think it’s certainly the case that there is a chance that we may not get a negotiated outcome, that’s why it’s important business prepares for all eventualities, but I very much want a deal and I believe that we can secure one.”
Persons: Lancaster Michael Gove, John Sibley, Boris Johnson’s Brexit, Michael Gove, Lancaster Gove, ITV’s, , it’s, Organizations: REUTERS, John Sibley LONDON, British, Locations: Duchy, Westminster, London, Britain
Brexit is still stuck as EU is being unfair, UK says
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )LONDON (Reuters) - Brexit trade talks are still stuck on fishing, governance rules and dispute resolution because the European Union is asking too much, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit supremo, Michael Gove, said on Tuesday. Negotiators are trying to hash out a trade deal to avoid a tumultuous finale to the five-year Brexit crisis when Britain finally exits the EU’s orbit in four weeks’ time. “The EU still wants to take the lion’s share of the fishing in our waters - which is just not fair given that we are leaving the EU,” Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Gove told Sky. “The EU still want us to be tied to their way of doing things,” Gove said. Failure to secure a deal would snarl borders, spook financial markets and disrupt delicate supply chains that stretch across Europe and beyond -- just as the world grapples with the vast economic cost of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Persons: Boris Johnson’s Brexit, Michael Gove, , Lancaster Gove, ” Gove Organizations: European, British, EU, Sky Locations: Britain, Duchy, EU, Northern Ireland, Europe
Sexual assault and the killings of female joggers, especially women of color, play on her mind, and Ms. Jones said that she usually considers the cars passing her by as potential witnesses should anything happen to her. “There is an inexcusable lack of understanding at the highest levels of decision-making that this is the reality for women, and for women of color and marginalized women, it’s even more precarious,” she said. It’s a welcome relief for many, but Dr. Bowes, who led the research into the impact of lockdowns, said that she hoped that the new light that the coronavirus restrictions have shone on the deep-seated issues in how women’s sports and exercise are treated could herald greater accountability for gender inequalities. The differences, she said, are “the byproduct of over 100 years of sport prioritizing men.” But, “in these extreme moments when the world goes upside down, we start to see where the priorities are,” Dr. Bowes said. Speaking up and calling out the problems, she said, “sets us on a really positive path for how things might change in the future.”
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England's hospitals could be overwhelmed without new tier system - minister
  + stars: | 2020-11-28 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )LONDON (Reuters) - Hospitals in England risk being overwhelmed if lawmakers do not support the government’s new plan for restrictions, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said on Saturday. More than 20 million people across large swathes of England will be forced to live under the toughest category of COVID-19 restrictions when a national lockdown ends on Dec. 2. But a growing number of lawmakers in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative party have voiced opposition to the tiered restrictions plan. Defending the government’s plans in an article in The Times newspaper, Gove said “difficult decisions” were necessary to confront the crisis. “These new tiers, alongside the wider deployment of mass testing, have the capacity to prevent our NHS being overwhelmed until vaccines arrive,” Gove said.
Persons: Michael Gove, Boris Johnson’s, Gove, , ” Gove Organizations: Lawmakers, Boris Johnson’s Conservative, The Times, National Health Service Locations: England
UK says on Brexit trade deal: We can get there but not at any cost
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union can clinch a Brexit trade deal and the shape of one is clear but London will not sign up to an accord at any cost, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s finance minister said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 25, 2020. “With a constructive attitude and goodwill on all sides we can get there,” Sunak told Sky. “It’s clear what the shape of the deal looks like.”“It is preferable” to get a deal, Sunak told LBC radio. An official involved in the negotiations said a deal was possible, but not likely before the weekend at the earliest.
Persons: Boris Johnson’s, Rishi Sunak, Simon Dawson, ” Sunak, Sunak, Ursula von der Leyen, Michel Barnier Organizations: European Union, REUTERS, LBC, European Commission, EU Locations: Britain, London, Downing, United Kingdom, EU
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Americans Gather for Thanksgiving at a Moment of National Peril The shadow of the pandemic hangs over the holiday, as President-elect Joe Biden urges the U.S. to “hang on.” The Supreme Court blocked coronavirus restrictions on religious services in New York. Credit... Tom Lynn for The New York Times Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday with the pandemic at perhaps its most precarious point yet. Coronavirus cases in the United States have reached record highs, with an average of more than 176,000 a day over the past week. I understand.” —Advertisement Continue reading the main storyMarching on, Macy’s and NBC prepare a one-block Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. To control the spread of the coronavirus, state rules limit attendance at the stadium to half its capacity of more than 100,000, and no game has approached that limit.
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And our economic emergency has only just begun,” he said, promising more money for health, infrastructure, defence and to fight unemployment. Britain’s budget watchdog estimated borrowing would be 394 billion pounds ($526 billion) in the 2020/21 financial year that began in April, slightly more than it predicted in August. “We have a responsibility, once the economy recovers, to return to a sustainable fiscal position,” he said on Wednesday. Sunak said the cost of his measures to fight the coronavirus was now 280 billion pounds for this year, up from a previous estimate of about 200 billion pounds. To meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s promise of “levelling up” growth around the country, 100 billion pounds will be spent next year on longer-term investments, 27 billion pounds more than last year.
Persons: Rishi Sunak, Frost ”, Sunak, , Goldman Sachs, Boris Johnson’s, Johnson, Paul Johnson, Canterbury Justin Welby, David Cameron Organizations: European Union, Conservative Party, Conservative, Institute for Fiscal Studies Locations: Britain, COVID, Europe, England, British
Economic forecasts will make 'for a sobering read', UK cabinet told
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves Downing Street, in London, Britain October 14, 2020. REUTERS/John SibleyLONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Rishi Sunak told Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet team of top ministers on Wednesday that the upcoming Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecasts would “make for a sobering read”. “Cabinet was told the OBR forecasts will show the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on our economy and they will make for a sobering read, showing the extent to which the economy has contracted and the scale of borrowing and debt levels,” Johnson’s Downing Street office said in a statement.
Persons: Rishi Sunak, John Sibley, Boris Johnson’s, Organizations: REUTERS, John Sibley LONDON, Locations: Downing, London, Britain, British
REUTERSThe meme shows a picture of Johnson alongside the words: “HE SAID… ‘HERD IMMUNITY’, HE ALSO SAID HE HAD THE CORONAVIRUS. However, scientific consensus now believes that herd immunity to COVID-19 will only be achieved by mass vaccination. The WHO says: “Herd immunity is achieved by protecting people from a virus, not by exposing them to it. The fact Johnson discussed herd immunity, fell ill with COVID-19 and is now self-isolating is not grounds for suspicion. Scientists believe it is possible to be reinfected with coronavirus and mass vaccination is the only way to achieve herd immunity.
Persons: Boris Johnson’s, Johnson, , ” Johnson, Boris Johnson, Sir Patrick Vallance Vallance, , , ” Simon Clarke, Read Organizations: British, Social, World Health Organisation, WHO, , Reuters, Britain’s Reading University
There was a testing system, a separate national tracing service and a smartphone app for digital contact tracing. These labs were operated by various firms and academic institutions, and overseen by the Department of Health, the health ministry. When the community testing data became available, a more worrying picture emerged, said Arooj Shah, deputy leader of Oldham Council. But, as COVID-19 cases started rising again, Meehan despaired. Most of the time, the contact tracers said they had little to do - even when COVID-19 cases were rising.
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England will end COVID lockdown with stricter tiered system
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Kate Holton | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) - England will end a national COVID-19 lockdown on Dec. 2 and move into tougher tiered regional restrictions than before, with more areas facing severe constraints to prevent the virus from reigniting, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office said. A second wave of infections has started to flatten, official data shows, but scientific advisers are expected to warn on Monday that previous regional restrictions did not go far enough and harder measures are needed to prevent another national lockdown. Prior to the latest lockdown, England had been placed into three tiers, with the toughest measures imposed in northern England, where movement was limited and pubs were forced to close unless they sold substantial meals. Johnson’s office said the prime minister would set out a new COVID Winter Plan on Monday, with more areas placed into the higher restrictions under the tiered system. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are also under varying levels of restrictions, set by their local governments.
Persons: Boris Johnson’s, Johnson, Organizations: England, NHS, National Health Service, Labour Party Locations: England, Britain, Europe, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
Sunak says he hopes for a Brexit deal but not at any price
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Rishi Sunak has said there is genuine progress in Brexit talks with the European Union, but that it would be better to walk away from a bad trade deal than tie Britain’s hands in the future. FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves Downing Street, in London, Britain October 14, 2020. He told the Sunday Times that he hoped Britain and the European Union would secure an agreement. “Certainly, it would be preferable to have a deal.”But he added: “The major impact on our economy is the coronavirus. It’s absolutely not (a question of doing) a deal at any price.
Persons: Rishi Sunak, John Sibley, Boris Johnson’s, , It’s, Sunak Organizations: European Union, REUTERS, EU, Sunday Times Locations: British, Downing, London, Britain,
Breakingviews - Britain’s Brexit dilemma outlasts its architect
  + stars: | 2020-11-13 | by ( Peter Thal Larsen | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Dominic Cummings, special advisor for Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 13, 2020. LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Britain’s dilemma over Brexit will outlast its architect’s grip on power. Joe Biden’s election as U.S. president makes the prospect of exiting the EU without a trade deal look even more foolish than before. The coronavirus pandemic has left Britain even more exposed to the economic shock of Brexit without a trade deal. The prime minister has few clear policy priorities beyond his pledge to “Get Brexit Done”.
Persons: Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson, Boris Johnson’s, Joe Biden’s, Cummings, Johnson, Donald Trump, president’s, Brexit Organizations: Britain's, LONDON, Reuters, European Union, EU, U.S, Biden, America Locations: London, Britain, United States, United Kingdom
Dominic Cummings, special advisor for Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, arrives at Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 12, 2020. The BBC cited an unidentified senior Downing Street source as saying that Cummings would be “out of government” by Christmas. Another unidentified source told the BBC that Cummings “jumped because otherwise he would be pushed soon”. Cummings told the BBC that “rumours of me threatening to resign are invented, rumours of me asking others to resign are invented”. Cain, another Brexit supporter, was a close ally of Cummings and worked with him at the Vote Leave campaign.
Persons: Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s, Boris Johnson, John Sibley Cummings, Grant Shapps, Sky, Cummings, he’d, ” Shapps, Johnson’s, Brexiteer, Johnson, Cummings “, , Shapps, Downing, Lee Cain, Cain Organizations: British, Britain's, REUTERS, BBC, Transport, European Union, Locations: London, Britain
UK PM Johnson's senior adviser Cummings expected to resign by year-end: BBC
  + stars: | 2020-11-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Dominic Cummings, special advisor for Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, arrives at Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 12, 2020. REUTERS/John Sibley(Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top adviser, Dominic Cummings, is expected to leave his position by year-end, the BBC reported late on Thursday. Cummings also told her that "rumours of me threatening to resign are invented, rumours of me asking others to resign are invented", Kuenssberg said in a series of tweets bit.ly/3po04ud. The BBC report bbc.in/32FQ7yz added that a senior Downing Street source said Cummings would be "out of government" by Christmas. Cain’s departure suggested tension at the heart of government as the UK prepares to complete its Brexit journey out of the European Union.
Persons: Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson, John Sibley, Boris Johnson’s, Cummings, Lee Cain, Laura Kuenssberg, “ hasn’t, Kuenssberg, Cain, Cain’s Organizations: Britain's, REUTERS, Reuters, British, BBC, Downing, European Union Locations: London, Britain, Downing
Also, more than a week after the election, the vote in Arizona was called in favor of Mr. Biden, further padding his Electoral College margin over Mr. Trump. By midmorning, the Stoxx Europe 600 was 0.2 percent higher and the DAX index in Germany had gained 0.4 percent. Stocks were mostly higher on Friday, and Wall Street was poised to rise when trading begins. Jerome H. Powell, the chair of the Federal Reseve, said it was too soon to measure the impact of promising news about coronavirus vaccine on the economy. At the Crooked Well, a good week in December would bring in double the best week in the summer.
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Breakingviews - New UK takeover rules thicken the global M&A fog
  + stars: | 2020-11-11 | by ( Liam Proud | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Tolga Akmen/Pool via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Britain is falling in line with the rich world’s march towards protectionism. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new takeover rules, unveiled on Wednesday, mimic the tougher regimes of peers like America, France and Germany. The powers are sweeping and somewhat vague at the same time - an unappealing cocktail for bankers, lawyers and foreign acquirers. Since then, ministers have patched up a nearly 20-year-old piece of government legislation so that they could scrutinise high-technology deals and other sensitive transactions. One big change is that Johnson will make it mandatory to notify the government of deals in sensitive sectors.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Tolga, Boris Johnson’s, Johnson, Theresa May, Alok Sharma, it’s Organizations: Britain's, REUTERS LONDON, Reuters, Foreign Investment, dealmakers Locations: London, Britain, America, France, Germany, United States, Italy, Australia
Slideshow ( 2 images )LONDON (Reuters) - Britain expects to have 10 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech’s candidate COVID-19 vaccine available by the end of the year if regulators approve it, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Monday, following positive clinical trial results. The spokesman said that Britain had now ordered 40 million doses of the candidate vaccine developed by Pfizer PFE.N and BioNTech BNTX.O, one of six that the government has agreed supply deals for. “In total we have procured 40 million doses of the Pfizer candidate vaccine with 10 million of those doses being manufactured and available to the UK by the end of the year if the vaccine is approved by the regulators,” the spokesman said. “The results are promising and while we are optimistic of a breakthrough we must remember there are no guarantees. “In the meantime the NHS (National Health Service) stands ready to begin the vaccination programme for those most at risk once a COVID-19 vaccine is available, before being rolled out more widely.”
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FILE PHOTO: British Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage speaks during a visit at Dover harbour, in Dover, Britain August 12, 2020. REUTERS/Matthew Childs/File Photo(Reuters) - Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage will relaunch the group as an anti-lockdown party called Reform UK in an attempt to fight anti-coronavirus measures imposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government. The Brexit Party was set up in early 2019 by Farage, whose years of campaigning against membership of the European Union played a major part in delivering the 2016 referendum in which the UK voted to leave the bloc. That is why we will campaign for Reform”, Farage and Tice wrote. The name reflects the ambition: Reform UK”, they added.
Persons: Nigel Farage, Matthew Childs, Boris Johnson’s, Richard Tice, Farage, Tice, Organizations: British Brexit Party, REUTERS, Brexit Party, Reform, Electoral Commission, Brexit, European Union, England, Johns Hopkins University, REUTERS/Matthew Childs/File Photo (Reuters), Brazil Locations: Dover, Britain, Telegraph, Farage, United States, Brazil, India, Mexico
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