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Mar 23, 2013

Putin foe Berezovsky dead, circumstances “unexplained”

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Berezovsky, the Russian oligarch who helped broker Vladimir Putin’s rise to the Kremlin’s top job only to become his fierce enemy, has been found dead at his home in Britain in unclear circumstances. He was 67.

“His death is currently being treated as unexplained and a full inquiry is under way,” police said in a statement on Saturday that did not identify Berezovsky by name.

Feb 28, 2013

Van Rompuy tells Britain: leaving EU “not free”

LONDON (Reuters) – One of Europe’s most powerful officials cautioned Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday that leaving the European Union could cost Britain dear and that the bloc’s other leaders do not want to renegotiate Europe’s founding treaties.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Britain had a chance to play a leading role in building the European economy now the euro zone had the “artillery” of economic tools to get itself out of the worst crisis in its history.

Feb 27, 2013

EU exit would hit UK influence like Suez: Clarke

LONDON (Reuters) – A British exit from the European Union would be a historic blunder that would dilute the country’s clout in the same way as the Suez crisis did, the most pro-European Conservative minister in Britain’s government says.

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to try to claw back powers from the EU and put any new settlement to voters in an in-out referendum by the end of 2017, heightening fears that Britain could leave the club it joined in 1973.

Feb 25, 2013

EU gamble risks killing UK’s “golden goose”: Mandelson

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron risks wrecking Britain’s financial center with his bid to wrest back powers from the European Union ahead of a vote on whether to leave, one of the UK’s most influential Europhiles says.

Peter Mandelson, once one of Britain’s most powerful men, told Reuters Cameron was imperilling the country’s future by promising to claw back powers from the EU and to hold an in-out membership referendum by the end of 2017.

Feb 23, 2013

UK downgrade pressures reluctant Osborne to change course

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s finance minister insisted on Saturday he would not change course after the loss of the country’s ‘AAA’ credit rating but George Osborne is facing pressure to do just that as his bet on austerity falters ahead of the 2015 election.

Moody’s dealt Britain its first sovereign rating downgrade on Friday, saying the $2.5 trillion economy faced years more sluggish growth and debt would continue to rise until 2016.

Jan 29, 2013

UKIP leader sees EU exit in “few years”

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union “within a few years” is a certainty as no government will be able to resist demands for an exit from a population incensed by the arrival of low-wage migrants, the leader of the UK Independence Party said.

Nigel Farage, who is siphoning off voters from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives by attacking EU bureaucracy and immigration from eastern Europe, said it was the dramatic rise of his own party that had pressured the premier into promising last week what would be a historic EU referendum.

Jan 29, 2013

British anti-EU leader sees exit in “few years”

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union “within a few years” is a certainty as no government will be able to resist demands for an exit from a population incensed by the arrival of low-wage migrants, the leader of the UK Independence Party said.

Nigel Farage, who is siphoning off voters from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives by attacking EU bureaucracy and immigration from eastern Europe, said it was the dramatic rise of his own party that had pressured the premier into promising last week what would be a historic EU referendum.

Dec 4, 2012

London Mayor demands pared back EU links for Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – London Mayor Boris Johnson heaped pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday by calling for a referendum on a deeply pared back British membership of the European Union.

Johnson, speaking at a Thomson Reuters Newsmaker event, said the euro was a calamitous project and that Britain should negotiate a new treaty to prevent its slide out of the world’s biggest economic area.

Nov 15, 2012

BBC pay out 185,000 pounds over false abuse claim

LONDON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – The BBC agreed to pay 185,000
pounds ($295,000) on Thursday to a former treasurer of Britain’s
Conservative Party wrongly accused of child sex abuse as a
result of one of its reports.

The settlement came as media reports said one of the BBC’s
former stars had been arrested as part of an ongoing police
investigation into sex crimes centred on the publicly funded
broadcaster.

Nov 15, 2012

McAlpine nears deal with BBC for false abuse claim

LONDON (Reuters) – A former treasurer of Britain’s Conservative Party, wrongly accused of child sex abuse, edged closer to a settlement with the BBC on Thursday and his lawyer said those who had sullied his client’s reputation should get in touch and reach deals.

The threat may ensnare hundreds of Twitter users and bloggers who wrongly named Lord Alistair McAlpine, an ally of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, as the unidentified Conservative accused in a BBC report of abusing boys in social care.