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UK refuses to grant EU diplomats full status, sparking row: BBC
  + stars: | 2021-01-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - Britain is refusing to give full diplomatic status to the European Union’s ambassador in London, causing a row between the recently divorced parties, the BBC reported on Thursday. The Foreign Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. All of them have been granted full diplomatic status by the host countries. The BBC said EU sources had accused Britain of pettiness and hypocrisy, pointing out that when it was still a member, it had signed up to granting EU envoys full diplomatic status. The report quoted the Foreign Office in London as saying: “Engagement continues with the EU on the long-term arrangements for the EU delegation to the UK.”
Persons: Union Jack, Ursula von der Leyen, Boris Johnson, Olivier Hoslet, Brexit, Joao Vale de Almeida, Dominic Raab, Josep Borrell, ” Borrell, Organizations: Union, European, British, BBC, Foreign Office, Foreign, EU, EU’s, Foreign Affairs Locations: European Union, Brussels, Belgium, Britain, London
British lawyer declines HK case after being subjected to 'disgraceful' comment
  + stars: | 2021-01-20 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
HONG KONG (Reuters) - A British prosecutor hired by the Hong Kong government to lead a case against democracy activists has pulled out after coming under pressure in Britain including ‘disgraceful’ comments by its foreign minister, city authorities said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: British criminal barrister David Perry, appointed as the government prosecutor in the forgery case against feng shui master Tony Chan Chun-chuen, leaves a court in Hong Kong May 14, 2012. Confirming the details, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng objected to such comments being aimed at a “very formidable” barrister. A Hong Kong barrister has been hired in his place, Cheng said. Under Hong Kong’s independent Common Law-based legal system, foreign lawyers are sometimes used by both the defence and prosecution sides in cases.
Persons: David Perry, feng shui, Tony Chan Chun, Bobby Yip David Perry, Jimmy Lai, Martin Lee, Margaret Ng, , Dominic Raab, Perry, Hong, Teresa Cheng, , ” Cheng, Cheng, Lai Organizations: Reuters, Hong, REUTERS, Hong Kong’s Department, Justice, Sky TV, Apple, RTHK Locations: HONG KONG, British, Hong Kong, Britain, Perry, Beijing, China
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden arrives to introduce key members of his White House science team at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., January 16, 2021 REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueLONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Tuesday the confirmation of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States showed democracy there could not be challenged by a violent minority. “The resumption of Congress and the certification of Joe Biden’s victory on Jan. 7 sent an essential message that the democratic will of the U.S. people cannot be challenged by a violent minority,” Raab told parliament.
Persons: Joe Biden, Kevin Lamarque, Dominic Raab, Joe Biden’s, ” Raab Organizations: White House, REUTERS, Kevin Lamarque LONDON, British Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, United States
FTSE 100 dips as oil, travel stocks weigh
  + stars: | 2021-01-18 | by ( Shivani Kumaresan | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) - London’s FTSE 100 slipped on Monday as a slide in crude oil prices weighed on energy stocks, while tighter restrictions on businesses raised concerns about the near-term economic impact. REUTERS/Russell BoyceThe blue-chip FTSE 100 index fell 0.1%, while the domestically focussed mid-cap FTSE 250 index rose 0.3%. Britain’s vaccine deployment minister, Nadhim Zahawi, raised concerns about vaccine supply, saying the rollout was limited by “lumpy” manufacturing and Pfizer’s changes to its production could lead to brief supply disruption. “Investors will be looking to the speed of vaccine rollout, and the Biden inauguration and what he says about the relationship with UK,” said Keith Temperton, a sales trader at Forte Securities. The FTSE 100 fell 2% last week after a rally fuelled by Brexit optimism, as investors were worried that more stringent restrictions to curb coronavirus infections might derail prospects of a swift economic recovery from the pandemic-driven recession.
Persons: Russell Boyce, IAG, Nadhim Zahawi, “ lumpy, Biden, , Keith Temperton, Dominic Raab, Johnathan Ford Organizations: Reuters, O2, Canary, REUTERS, BP, Royal, Shell, British Airways, Intercontinental, Forte Securities, AstraZeneca, Energy, Centrica Locations: Canary Wharf, London, Britain, EasyJet, United States
FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labelled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - French drugmaker Valneva hopes its COVID-19 vaccine can start to be used in Britain between July and September, the company’s chief executive was quoted as saying. Valneva has agreed to provide Britain with 60 million doses of its vaccine, compared with 100 million doses of the shot from AstraZeneca and Oxford University. “But we have already signed up to give priority to the UK and this is something we’re currently working on.”Valneva said in September that its vaccine would be available for use in Britain in the second half of 2021. Britain has launched Europe’s fastest rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and its foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday the government hoped to ease some lockdown restrictions in March.
Persons: Dado, Valneva, ” Thomas Lingelbach, we’re, ” Valneva, Dominic Raab Organizations: REUTERS, AstraZeneca, Oxford University Locations: Britain
UK must not do trade deals with rights abusers, foreign minister says
  + stars: | 2021-01-17 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain should not engage in free trade with countries that abuse human rights, but proposals that the country’s courts should decide whether genocide has been committed by trade partners is flawed, foreign minister Dominic Raab said. Slideshow ( 2 images )Last week, Raab said Britain would introduce new rules for its companies to try to prevent goods linked to China’s Xinjiang region entering their supply chains. “We shouldn’t really be delegating the political question of who you engage in free-trade negotiations with to the courts,” Raab said. A foreign ministry spokesman denounced the accusations of abuse in Xinjiang as Western lies. Britain is hoping to strike its own trade agreements with countries around the world following the expiry of a post-Brexit transition period for leaving the European Union.
Persons: Dominic Raab, Raab, ” Raab, , Organizations: BBC, United Nations, European Union Locations: Britain, Xinjiang, Uighurs, China, Western
UK hopes to be able to consider lockdown easing in March: minister
  + stars: | 2021-01-17 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s government hopes it can meet its target for rolling out COVID-19 vaccines and be able to consider easing lockdown restrictions by March, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday. “What we want to do is get out of this national lockdown as soon as possible,” Raab told Sky News television. If all goes smoothly, he has said that England can consider easing lockdown restrictions from that time. The Sunday Times newspaper said British ministers had reached a deal to approve a three-point plan that could lead to some lockdown restrictions being lifted as soon as early March. “For the first time there are no significant divisions between hawks and doves in the cabinet,” a cabinet source told the newspaper.
Persons: Dominic Raab, ” Raab, we’ll, Boris Johnson, Organizations: Sky News, , , Sunday Times Locations: England
UK hopes to ease lockdown from March: minister
  + stars: | 2021-01-17 | by ( William Schomberg | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s government hopes to ease some lockdown restrictions in March as it presses ahead with Europe’s fastest rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday. Slideshow ( 2 images )The country, which also has Europe’s highest COVID-19 death toll, has been under national lockdown since Jan. 5, with schools closed for most pupils, non-essential businesses shut and people ordered to work from home where possible. “What we want to do is get out of this national lockdown as soon as possible,” Raab told Sky News television. He has said that England can consider easing lockdown restrictions from that time if all goes smoothly. The Sunday Times said that British ministers had settled their differences to back a three-point plan that could lead to some lockdown restrictions being lifted as soon as early March.
Persons: Dominic Raab, ” Raab, we’ll, Boris Johnson, “ It’s, ” Simon Stevens Organizations: Sky News, , , Sunday Times, BBC Locations: England
Dominic Raab, First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs walks in Downing Street on September 3, 2019 in London, England. LONDON — The U.K. has introduced new measures to root out the presence of alleged forced labor in China's Xinjiang region in British supply chains. China is accused of extrajudicially detaining over 1 million Uighur Muslims and other minorities in political re-education camps in the northwestern autonomous region, along with invasive surveillance, restrictions on Uighur culture and the use of forced labor. China staunchly denies the allegations, claiming that the centers are aimed at combating extremism and encouraging the development of vocational skills. The government will also initiate an urgent review into export controls to prevent exports which could aid in human rights abuses, issue new guidance to businesses operating in the region, and extend the Modern Slavery Act to the public sector, barring any company shown to have forced labor ties from public procurement contracts.
Persons: Dominic Raab, Raab Organizations: State, Foreign, Commonwealth Affairs Locations: Downing Street, London, England, China's Xinjiang, China, Xinjiang
Britain introduces new company rules to stop links to China's Xinjiang
  + stars: | 2021-01-12 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab arrives at BBC Broadcasting House in London, Britain December 13, 2020. REUTERS/Simon DawsonLONDON (Reuters) - Britain will introduce new rules for companies to try to prevent goods from China’s Xinjiang region entering the supply chain, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Tuesday, toughening London’s response to allegations of forced labour. He told parliament Britain would create more robust guidance for due diligence on sourcing, toughen the Modern Slavery Act to include fines, bar from government contracts any companies which do not comply to procurement rules and launch a Xinjian-specific review of export controls. “This package put together will help make sure that no British organisations, government or private sector, deliberately or inadvertently are profiting from, or contributing to, human rights violations against the Uighurs or other minorities in Xinjiang,” he said.
Persons: Dominic Raab, Simon Dawson, toughening, Organizations: Foreign, BBC Broadcasting House, REUTERS, Simon Dawson LONDON Locations: London, Britain, China’s Xinjiang, Xinjiang
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will introduce new rules for companies to try to prevent goods linked to China’s Xinjiang region entering the supply chain, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Tuesday, toughening London’s response to allegations of forced labour. FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab arrives at BBC Broadcasting House in London, Britain December 13, 2020. Since then, Britain has criticised China over Hong Kong and ordered the removal of Huawei equipment from its 5G network. Raab said Britain would check sourcing more thoroughly and toughen the Modern Slavery Act to include fines. Raab said Britain still wanted a positive and constructive relationship with China “but we won’t sacrifice our values or our security”.
Persons: Dominic Raab, toughening, Simon Dawson, Raab, , , it’s, Xi Jinping, Queen Elizabeth, Boris Johnson, Sergei Magnitsky Organizations: Foreign, BBC Broadcasting House, REUTERS, United Nations, London, Huawei, Britain, European Union, Conservative Party Locations: Britain, Xinjiang, London, Uighurs, Beijing, China, Hong Kong, Russian, Moscow
London (CNN Business) The British government will fine companies which hide connections to China's Xinjiang region where Uyghurs and other minorities are allegedly subject to forced labor, under a raft of new measures. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Tuesday announced the new measures, which the Foreign Office says are designed to ensure that all British organizations "are not complicit in, nor profiting from, the human rights violations in Xinjiang." The UK government will also review which British products can be exported to Xinjiang, and issue new guidance "setting out the specific risks faced by companies with links to Xinjiang ... underlining the challenges of effective due diligence there." The US State Department estimates that up to two million Uyghurs , as well as members of other Muslim minority groups, have been detained in a sprawling network of internment camps in Xinjiang. Beijing has long defended the crackdown in Xinjiang as necessary to tackle extremism and terrorism, and has claimed that its facilities are voluntary "training centers" where people learn vocational skills, Chinese language and laws.
Persons: Dominic Raab, Read Organizations: London, CNN, Tuesday, Foreign, US State Department Locations: British, Xinjiang, Beijing
UK rebukes China for 'grievous attack' on Hong Kong's rights
  + stars: | 2021-01-06 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Wednesday rebuked China for the mass arrest of politicians and activists in Hong Kong which it said was a grievous attack on the rights of the former colony. “The mass arrest of politicians and activists in Hong Kong is a grievous attack on Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms as protected under the Joint Declaration,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said. “These arrests demonstrate that the Hong Kong and Chinese authorities deliberately misled the world about the true purpose of the National Security Law, which is being used to crush dissent and opposing political views.”
Persons: Dominic Raab, Organizations: Wednesday, National Security Law Locations: Britain, China, Hong Kong
Hong Kong (CNN) Dozens of former lawmakers and opposition activists were arrested Wednesday morning in Hong Kong on suspicion of violating the city's sweeping national security legislation , in the biggest crackdown since the law was imposed by Beijing last year. A US citizen, Clancey could potentially be the first foreign citizen who does not also hold a Hong Kong passport to be arrested under the national security law. Police seen in downtown Hong Kong on January 6, 2021, as dozens of opposition figures are arrested across the city. "When China first imposed the national security legislation, they said it was to bring some stability to Hong Kong. Mass arrestsWednesday's arrests mark the most dramatic and sweeping escalation under the national security law since its introduction last year.
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UK foreign minister concerned by trial of Hong Kong fugitives in China
  + stars: | 2020-12-28 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.90   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab arrives at Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Simon DawsonLONDON (Reuters) - British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Monday he was deeply concerned over a trial of Hong Kong fugitives in mainland China, and he urged Beijing to ensure that its justice system was fair and transparent. Ten people from Hong Kong appeared in a mainland Chinese court facing charges that include illegal border crossing after a boat they were travelling in was intercepted en route to the democratic island of Taiwan. “The Shenzhen 12 have not had access to lawyers of their choosing, raising further serious questions about access to legal counsel in Mainland China. We expect China to uphold the rule of law and conduct trials in a fair and transparent manner.”
Persons: Dominic Raab, Simon Dawson, ” Raab Organizations: Foreign, REUTERS, Simon Dawson LONDON Locations: London, Britain, Hong Kong, China, Beijing, Taiwan, Shenzhen, Mainland China
Pro-democracy supporters protest to urge for the release of 12 Hong Kong activists arrested as they reportedly sailed to Taiwan for political asylum and citizen journalist Zhang Zhan outside China's Liaison Office, in Hong Kong, China December 28, 2020. The 12, who had all faced charges in Hong Kong regarding anti-government protests there, have been held virtually incommunicado in a mainland prison since they were detained. Pro-democracy activists began fleeing Hong Kong for democratic Taiwan from the early months of the protests last year, most of them legally by air, but some by boat, activists in Taipei have told Reuters. At a news conference in Hong Kong, relatives of some of those detained pleaded for transparency. That’s absurd,” said Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China.
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SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) -A Chinese court on Monday heard the case of 10 Hong Kong activists alleged to have fled the territory for Taiwan amid anti-China protests and held in a Chinese prison for four months as their relatives appealed for a swift resolution. Pro-democracy supporters protest to urge for the release of 12 Hong Kong activists arrested as they reportedly sailed to Taiwan for political asylum and citizen journalist Zhang Zhan outside China's Liaison Office, in Hong Kong, China December 28, 2020. Pro-democracy activists began fleeing Hong Kong for democratic Taiwan from the early months of the protests last year, most of them legally by air, but some by boat, activists in Taipei have told Reuters. At a news conference in Hong Kong, relatives of some of those detained pleaded for transparency. Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with the guarantee of freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland, including freedom of speech.
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FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab gestures as he addresses the media during a joint news conference in New Delhi, India, December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi(Reuters) - With Britain and the European Union having clinched a deal, the United Kingdom is now pursuing trade deals with Australia, the United States and countries in the Indo-Pacific region, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab wrote in The Telegraph late on Sunday. "We are pursuing trade deals from Australia to the U.S. and around the world – particularly in the Indo-Pacific region, a huge growth market for the future," Raab wrote in the newspaper bit.ly/3aKYeyM. “In January, the Prime Minister will visit India to boost our economic ties with the world’s biggest democracy, and will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India’s Republic Day celebrations,” he added.
Persons: Dominic Raab, Adnan Abidi, Raab, , Narendra Modi, Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, The Telegraph, India’s Locations: New Delhi, India, Britain, United Kingdom, Australia, United States
He claims to have severed all ties with his family and political groups at home, as do most self-exiled Hong Kongers. Hong Kongers in exile May 2018 Former leaders of pro-independence group Hong Kong Indigenous, Ray Wong and Alan Li, are granted refugee protection in Germany. March 2020 Australian government data shows Hong Kong protesters are applying for permanent protection visas in higher numbers than ever before. December 2020 Former opposition lawmaker Ted Hui, facing numerous charges in Hong Kong, arrives in London and announces a self-imposed exile. Shum points out that the international uproar over Hong Kong last year was due to events on the ground.
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UK calls on Hong Kong to stop targeting tycoon Jimmy Lai
  + stars: | 2020-12-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.98   time to read: 1 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called on authorities in Hong Kong to stop targeting Jimmy Lai on Monday after the democracy activist and media tycoon was charged under the city’s national security law. “The Hong Kong National Security Law breaches the internationally-binding Joint Declaration, and is now being used to charge Jimmy Lai,” Raab said. “This highlights the authorities’ continued attacks on the rights and freedoms of its people. “We have raised this case with the authorities in Hong Kong and call on them to end their targeting of Lai and other pro-democracy voices.”
Persons: Dominic Raab, Jimmy Lai, ” Raab, , Lai, Organizations: British, Hong Kong National Security Locations: Hong Kong
Shoppers were faced with partially empty shelves at a supermarket in London on March 14, 2020 when the coronavirus outbreak led to stockpiling. JUSTIN TALLIS | AFP | Getty ImagesBritish grocery stores are stockpiling food amid the possibility of a no-deal scenario as Brexit trade deal negotiations between the EU and U.K. go down to the wire. The food retail industry is watching negotiations closely but leading chains have already taken steps to mitigate a no-deal situation. Some food products, such as continental cheeses, could see much larger price rises in the event of tariffs being imposed too, he said, although he urged shoppers not to panic buy. Dominic Raab, the U.K.'s foreign secretary, rebuffed the comments from Tesco's chairman, telling the BBC last Thursday that he wasn't concerned about price rises.
Persons: JUSTIN TALLIS, Boris Johnson, Ursula von der Leyen, John Allan, Allan, Dominic Raab Organizations: AFP, Getty, EU, U.K, Sunday Times, CNBC, British, European, Tesco, Bloomberg, BBC Locations: London
Both said on Friday that a ‘no-deal’ was now the most likely outcome, but on Sunday they mandated negotiators to continue. A Brexit without a trade deal would damage the economies of Europe, send shockwaves through financial markets, snarl borders and sow chaos through the delicate supply chains across Europe and beyond. British foreign minister Dominic Raab said earlier the British side needed the EU to shift position on two issues. There are concerns about possible skirmishes between British and foreign fishing vessels under that scenario because existing rules that give EU boats access to British waters will expire. “Keep calm and carry on,” an official at the French presidential office told Reuters, using a British wartime slogan.
Persons: , Boris Johnson, Ursula von der Leyen, , ” Johnson, von der Leyen, Britain, Angela Merkel, Dominic Raab, , Arancha Gonzalez Laya, Micheal Martin, Martin Organizations: LONDON, British, Sunday, EU, Sky News, BBC, Ministry of Defence, Royal Navy Locations: BRUSSELS, London, Brussels, Britain, Europe, Berlin, British, England, France
Long way to go on Brexit trade talks, UK foreign minister says
  + stars: | 2020-12-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.95   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab walks outside Downing Street in London, Britain, September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - There is still a long way to go on Brexit talks, Britain’s foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday as London and Brussels face a make-or-break decision on an elusive trade agreement. “We want to be treated like any other independent self-respecting democracy. If the EU can accept that at a political level, then there’s every reason to be confident but there is still, I think, a long way to go,” he told Sky News.
Persons: Dominic Raab, Toby Melville, Brexit, Organizations: Foreign, REUTERS, Sky News Locations: London, Britain, Brussels
UK supermarkets have been told to stockpile food and essential goods as Britain heads towards a no-deal Brexit. Boris Johnson's government has told UK supermarkets to start stockpiling food and other essential goods with just hours to go until the EU's deadline for a Brexit trade deal. As negotiations continue over the weekend, ministers in Johnson's government have told UK supermarkets to start stockpiling goods due to expected shortages caused by a no-deal Brexit, the Sunday Times reported. This weekend the message is that it's no-deal," a senior consultant to one of the biggest supermarkets told the paper. Johnson's government is preparing to spend billions on propping up UK industries in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Sunday Telegraph reports.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Ursula von der Leyen, Johnson, Boris Johnson's, Andrew Opie, Dominic Raab, Raab, Andrew Marr, Michael Martin, Marr Organizations: European, UK, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, BBC Locations: Britain, Europe, Brussels
Brexit trade talks will be extended following a call between UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Both sides had insisted that the deadline for a breakthrough in talks was Sunday, with Johnson insisting a no-deal Brexit was "very likely." Brexit trade deal talks will continue into next week following a call between UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday. Ursula von der Leyen said talks with Johnson had been "constructive and useful" and so talks could continue. On Friday, Johnson said it was "very, very likely" that Britain would fail to strike a trade deal before January.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Ursula von der, Johnson, Brexit, Ursula von der Leyen, Dominic Raab, We're, we've, Raab, Andrew Opie Organizations: European, BBC, Sunday Times, Times Radio, Sunday Telegraph Locations: Brussels, Britain, Europe
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