Brexit university brain drain warning – BBC News

April 25, 2017

The cross-party committee of MPs, investigating the potential impact of Brexit on the higher education sector, heard warnings about the negative impact if EU staff, worried about their future status, were poached by universities in other countries. The report from MPs said their right to work and stay should be given unilaterally before the end of this year if there is no reciprocal deal with other EU countries Mr Carmichael said: “Higher education in the UK is a world leader but …

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General election: MPs ready to approve snap poll on 8 June – BBC News

April 19, 2017

… critics, Labour backbencher John Woodcock, said there was still time for the leader to quit ahead of the poll, “rather than lead Labour to defeat”. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would be fighting the election “to win”, saying the PM had called it “for selfish, narrow, party political interests”. Lib Dem leader Tim Farron pledged to fight for the UK to stay in the EU single market, and accused Mrs May of “bottling” taking …

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Why some Brits are opting for Belgian citizenship – BBC News

April 16, 2017

She described it as her insurance policy. “If the UK had voted to leave it would have been essential for me to stay in EUrope with no worries,” she explained. “If the UK had voted to stay then it was a vote of confidence in my now home country.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Just over a thousand UK citizens currently work for the EU Commission Questions and rumours abound in the expat community, from which commune has the most relaxed attitude …

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Brexit vote a ‘bad decision’, says Irish minister – BBC News

April 7, 2017

… Northern Ireland and the Republic. The comments come after Prime Minister Theresa May met EUropean Council President Donald Tusk in London. Brexit: All you need to know May and Tusk urge ‘positive’ Brexit tone Ahern warns on Brexit Irish unity link Mr Flanagan told BBC’s Newsnight it was “absolutely essential” there was no return to a hard border on the island of Ireland – which is expected to be a key element of Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU. …

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Missing child appeals ‘can leave negative online footprint’ – BBC News

April 7, 2017

… surveyed people from 19 countries, including Austria, Greece and the UK – said at least 250,000 children were reported missing each year in the EU. Dr Shalev-Greene said the study was the first of its kind and that its intention was to “raise the issue” and prompt debate. She said: “A public appeal for a missing child is always launched without the child’s consent. “Yet, once found, the child must live with the consequences of their image being in the public …

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PM suggests free movement extension – BBC News

April 5, 2017

… did not endorse talk in Brussels of a transitional period of maybe three years. But the tone of minister’s discussing immigration policy has changed. Suggestions of a sharp cut in EU migration after Brexit has given way to caveats and qualification. The rhetoric and slogans of the EU referendum and its aftermath have passed – now Mrs May and her ministers are preparing the ground for the give-and-take and compromises involved in their mission to deliver success and stability …

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Hotels, restaurants and tourism may face staff shortages – BBC News

March 31, 2017

In the first major business intervention since the triggering of Article 50, a report by KPMG for the BHA says that it will take 10 years to reduce the need for EU workers by training British staff, targeting older workers and encouraging younger people to take jobs in the sector. But with the UK economy approaching full employment, the report says that there are no easy pools of labour to exploit and that EU nationals will still make up a large part of the workforce. The KPMG study – …

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Brexit sovereignty plan set out in Great Repeal Bill – BBC News

March 30, 2017

Key to this pledge is the Great Repeal Bill, which ministers say is essential to avoid a “black hole” in the law when the UK leaves the EU. The UK Parliament can then “amend, repeal and improve” the laws as necessary, the government says. However, it could prove controversial with plans to give ministers the power to make changes to some laws without full Parliamentary scrutiny. The government says this will only be for “mechanical changes” to ensure laws …

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Brexit vote: Single market benefit ‘largely imaginary’ – BBC News

March 23, 2017

Economies that trade with the 11 founding members of the single market, using World Trade Organization (WTO) terms, have increased their exports to the EU five times faster than the UK has, over the past 20 years, the study says. Michael Burrage, the report’s author, said that before joining the single market in 1993, the UK’s exports to the EU grew at a faster rate than major economies such as the US, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Norway, South Africa and Brazil. But since …

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Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)The State Department scrambled Tuesday to suggest new dates for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers after his plan to skip the annual gathering — but travel to Russia — came to light. Tillerson’s decision to miss his first NATO meeting but visit Russia a week later plunged his department into damage control, frustrated allies and left analysts scratching their heads at an administration that once again is rubbing …

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Farron likens PM’s politics to Trump’s and Putin’s – BBC News

March 19, 2017

He will make the comments as part of his keynote speech at the Lib Dem’s spring conference in York. ‘The new normal’ The party leader will say: “The politics of Trump. Of Putin. Of Le Pen. And now the politics of Her Majesty’s Government. “Welcome to the new world order. This is the new normal, the new status quo. “Aggressive. Nationalistic. Anti-Nato. Anti-EU. It is the post-war internationalist consensus unravelling in real time. “Winston …

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Looking back on the political gambles of May and Sturgeon – BBC News

March 19, 2017

… stone by roughly the Autumn of 2018, six months before the conclusion of the two-year Article 50 “window” – or at least by the end of said window in Spring 2019. But the Westminster government contend that there will only be an informed view of the post-Brexit Union some time after the UK has actually left the EU, once trade deals have been hammered out and the new arrangements have had time to “bed in”. They don’t want to get into speculation about what year …

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Brexit: Peers to press for parliamentary veto over deal – BBC News

March 7, 2017

Hague: Early poll to boost Brexit hand Brexit: All you need to know Goodbye Britain – EU ponders the future The prime minister wants to notify the EU by the end of March that the UK is leaving the bloc – triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – but needs the approval of Parliament to do so. The House of Commons has approved legislation which would kick-start the two-year process, but the Lords has already amended the bill and Labour, Lib Dem and crossbench peers are …

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Brexit: UK ‘not obliged’ to pay divorce bill say peers – BBC News

March 4, 2017

The question of what, if anything, the UK remains financially liable for after Brexit is likely to be one of the flashpoints in negotiations when they begin in earnest. Potential sticking points are likely to include: Whether already-agreed contributions to the EU budget should be honoured and up to what point What the UK should pay to continue to participate in EU programmes such as Erasmus Whether the UK chooses to pay to retain access to the single market on a transitional basis Related …

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