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Oct 3, 2014

Britain names career spy to head MI6 intelligence service

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has named Alex Younger, a career spy who helped lead London’s counter-terrorist defence of the 2012 Olympics, as chief of its MI6 Secret Intelligence Service – Britain’s most prestigious intelligence job.

An economics graduate and former soldier, Younger has worked for MI6 in Europe, the Middle East and Afghanistan since 1991, according to a short biography released by the government.

Oct 3, 2014

John Lewis boss apologises for saying France in decline, station squalid

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The head of British retailer John
Lewis has apologised after saying France is such a hopeless
country where nothing works that investors should pull their
money out quickly.

“I have never been to a country more ill at ease … nothing
works and worse, nobody cares about it,” Managing Director Andy
Street was quoted by the Times newspaper as telling a London
audience in a dinner speech after his train was delayed from
Paris.

Oct 3, 2014

France is finished so get your money out, Britain’s John Lewis boss says

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – France is such a hopeless country
where nothing works that investors should pull their money out
quickly, the head of British retailer John Lewis said in an
extraordinary dinner speech after his train was delayed from
Paris.

“I have never been to a country more ill at ease . . .
nothing works and worse, nobody cares about it,” Managing
Director Andy Street was quoted by the Times newspaper as
telling a London audience.

Sep 30, 2014

Britain tells China: Seek peace in Hong Kong and allow freedoms

BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) – In Britain’s strongest interjection yet over clashes in Hong Kong between riot police and pro-democracy protesters, finance chief George Osborne urged China to seek peace and said the former colony’s prosperity depended on freedom.

Britain had until Tuesday been wary of angering Beijing with anything that could be interpreted as meddling in the affairs of Hong Kong which it handed back to China in 1997 after more than 150 years of imperial control.

Sep 30, 2014

British EU exit ‘wouldn’t break my heart’, PM Cameron says

BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday he would not be heartbroken if Britain left the European Union because he felt little attachment to a relationship he said was not serving British interests.

Cameron, who has promised to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership if re-elected before offering voters an in-out referendum by 2017, is under pressure from the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) and some of his own lawmakers to toughen his rhetoric on Europe.

Sep 28, 2014

Europe schism haunts Cameron as pre-election battle drums begin

BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) – The British Conservative party’s schism over Europe marred Prime Minister David Cameron’s last major party conference before a 2015 election, overshadowing his party’s attempt to pitch a growing economy and lower welfare spending to voters.

The defection of a second Conservative lawmaker to the anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party on the eve of the conference ratcheted up the pressure on Cameron to take a tougher line on Europe, immigration and welfare less than eight months before a national election in May.

Sep 28, 2014

Europe schism haunts British PM Cameron as pre-election battle drums begin

BIRMINGHAM, England, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The British
Conservative party’s schism over Europe marred Prime Minister
David Cameron’s last major party conference before a 2015
election, overshadowing his party’s attempt to pitch a growing
economy and lower welfare spending to voters.

The defection of a second Conservative lawmaker to the
anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party on the eve of the
conference ratcheted up the pressure on Cameron to take a
tougher line on Europe, immigration and welfare less than eight
months before a national election in May.

Sep 25, 2014

Ryder Cup rivalry with U.S. prompts UKIP’s Farage to back Europe

LONDON (Reuters) – When it comes to golf, Nigel Farage loves Europe.

In a cheeky video appeal ahead of golf’s biggest grudge match, the head of Britain’s anti-European Union UKIP party implored EU citizens to raise the battle cry for Europe against their cousins in the United States.

“I’m Nigel Farage and I love Europe – No I really do. The wine, the food, the excellent transport systems, the clogs and the greatest golfers in the world,” Farage said in a mock party political broadcast posted online.

Sep 20, 2014

Brown says London must keep promise to Scotland as political truce ends

EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) – Former prime minister Gordon Brown urged British leaders on Saturday to keep their promise to grant further powers to Scotland after it voted to remain in the United Kingdom, as a consensus between London’s main parties evaporated.

All the three biggest parties had promised to rapidly expand Scotland’s autonomy in a last-minute push to shore up support for the union just days before Thursday’s referendum, which came down 55-45 against independence.

Sep 20, 2014

Scots spurn independence in historic vote, devolution battle begins

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scotland spurned independence and saved a union dating back 300 years in a historic referendum but its defeated leader said it would hold London to last minute offers of more power that could radically reshape the United Kingdom.

A vote for the union is a relief for millions of Britons including Prime Minister David Cameron, whose job was on the line, as well as allies across the world who were horrified at the prospect of the United Kingdom breaking up.