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Rescued 'slave' thought to have lived in a shed in Cumbria for 40 years

Rescued 'slave' thought to have lived in a shed in Cumbria for 40 years

Specialist officers have rescued a potential modern slavery victim who is believed to have lived in a six-foot shed for 40 years. An investigation is under way after the 58-year-old British man was found in the wooden structure, which contained just a chair and soiled bedding, at a residential site north of Carlisle in Cumbria. […]

EU official says 'devil in the detail' of possible UK border plan

EU official says 'devil in the detail' of possible UK border plan

A possible UK version of the “backstop” solution to avoid a hard Irish border is “an interesting idea” but “the devil will be in the detail”, an EU official said. EU negotiators are awaiting a formal proposal from London on the backstop that would become the default option should no trade agreement be reached to […]

US demand lifts Ferguson despite tough UK markets

US demand lifts Ferguson despite tough UK markets

Ferguson, the FTSE 100 plumbing and heating equipment supplier, delivered growth in full-year profits thanks to strong demand from US industrial markets offsetting tough trading conditions in the UK. The group — formerly known as Wolseley — reported a 15.3 per cent rise in profits for the year ending July 31, at $1.51bn from $1.31bn […]

UK Plans a Brexit Compromise on Irish Border Rules

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UK to retain military presence in Germany after Brexit

UK to retain military presence in Germany after Brexit

Around 185 British Army personnel and 60 Ministry of Defence civilians will remain in Germany, once the withdrawal of British Army units to the UK has been completed, the UK defense minister announced on Sunday.  “We are increasing our British points of presence across the world. We will not be closing our facilities in Germany, […]

UK sending 800 troops to Arctic in warning shot to Russia

UK sending 800 troops to Arctic in warning shot to Russia

Britain is to step up its military presence in the Arctic significantly amid concerns about growing Russian aggression “in our back yard”, the Defence Secretary reveals today. Gavin Williamson told The Sunday Telegraph that the Government was drawing up a “defence Arctic strategy” with 800 commandos being deployed to Norway next year and the instalment […]

UK watchdog chief Andrew Bailey drives new breed of debt

UK watchdog chief Andrew Bailey drives new breed of debt

The UK is producing an increasingly popular new breed of debt, thanks in no small part to the persistence of Andrew Bailey, chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority. This week the World Bank became the latest borrower to launch a bond based on the Sonia benchmark rate, a departure from the market’s usual reliance […]

Weak investment for entire year as UK firms show pre-Brexit jitters

Weak investment for entire year as UK firms show pre-Brexit jitters

UK companies cut their investments in Britain in the second quarter of 2018 amid mounting uncertainty over Brexit, marking the fourth consecutive quarter of weak spending by firms, according to government figures. The Office for National Statistics said spending on projects and assets including transport equipment, machinery, buildings and intellectual property fell by 0.7% over […]

'Frankly insulting': Couple denied right to settle in UK told to move to Canada – despite no links to country

'Frankly insulting': Couple denied right to settle in UK told to move to Canada – despite no links to country

A British man and his American husband, who was denied the right to settle in the UK, have been told by a judge they should move to Canada before reapplying for the right to remain – despite having no links to the country. Ben and Brian Page met in 2012 on a European holiday and married two years […]

Es Devlin OBE to design UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

Es Devlin OBE to design UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

Award-winning British artist Es Devlin OBE is set to design the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The Pavilion will be the centrepiece of the UK’s presence at the Expo – highlighting UK expertise in artificial intelligence and the space sector. The UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will be produced by the London and […]