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Jul 1, 2013

Britain’s Cameron in coalition clash over EU referendum

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron clashed with his coalition partners over the European Union on Monday after they accused him of endangering an economic recovery by promising a vote on Britain’s 40-year membership of the bloc.

Business Secretary Vince Cable, one of the most senior members of the pro-EU Liberal Democrats, said Cameron’s pledge of an in/out referendum was a “serious distraction” for a country still healing after the global financial crisis.

Jul 1, 2013

Cameron in coalition clash over EU referendum

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron clashed with his coalition partners over the European Union on Monday after they accused him of endangering an economic recovery by promising a vote on Britain’s 40-year membership of the bloc.

Business Secretary Vince Cable, one of the most senior members of the pro-EU Lib Dems, said Cameron’s pledge of an in/out referendum was a “serious distraction” for a country still healing after the global financial crisis.

Jun 24, 2013

Osborne reaches deal on spending cuts

LONDON (Reuters) – Chancellor George Osborne completed talks on Sunday with government departments aimed at securing spending cuts worth 11.5 billion pounds in 2015-16 to help reduce the country’s budget deficit, the Treasury said.

The finance ministry said it had reached agreement with all departments, three days before Osborne is due to publish details of their spending limits on June 26.

Jun 23, 2013

Britain’s Osborne reaches deal on spending cuts

LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister George Osborne completed talks on Sunday with government departments aimed at securing spending cuts worth 11.5 billion pounds ($17.70 billion)in 2015-16 to help reduce the country’s budget deficit, the Treasury said.

The finance ministry said it had reached agreement with all departments, three days before Osborne is due to publish details of their spending limits on June 26.

Jun 23, 2013

WikiLeaks defies U.S. to help leaker Snowden

LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks’ decision to help U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden escape Washington’s extradition attempts in Hong Kong has cemented the anti-secrecy group’s reputation as a thorn in the side of the American and British governments.

In comments likely to infuriate Washington, WikiLeaks said it was escorting Snowden to Ecuador and had offered the support of its legal director Baltasar Garzon, a former Spanish judge known around the world for ordering the arrest of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Jun 23, 2013

UK austerity ‘still needed to avoid economic relapse’ – Osborne

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s economy could fall back into crisis if the government abandons its austerity programme, Chancellor George Osborne said on Sunday as he raced against the clock to finalise the latest round of departmental cuts.

Three days before he announces ministries’ spending limits for 2015-16, Osborne said the budget deficit was still too high and he was committed to finding savings worth 11.5 billion pounds.

Jun 14, 2013

Adele honoured in Queen’s birthday list

LONDON (Reuters) – Grammy Award-winning singer Adele and Mr Bean actor Rowan Atkinson were among more than 1,000 people recognised by The Queen in her Birthday Honours List on Friday.

Marking the monarch’s official 87th birthday, the honours went to 1,180 recipients from all walks of life, from a beekeeper and a whisky maker to diplomats, artists and business leaders.

Jun 14, 2013

Adele honoured in Queen Elizabeth’s birthday list

LONDON, June 14 (Reuters) – Grammy Award-winning singer
Adele and Mr Bean actor Rowan Atkinson were among more than
1,000 people recognised by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in her
Birthday Honours List on Friday.

Marking the monarch’s official 87th birthday, the honours
went to 1,180 recipients from all walks of life, from a
beekeeper and a whisky maker to diplomats, artists and business
leaders.

Jun 13, 2013

Three oil protesters held, say they scale roof of UK parliament

LONDON (Reuters) – British police arrested three environmentalists on Thursday after protest organizers said they scaled the roof of parliament during a visit by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in an embarrassing security breach before Britain hosts a G8 summit.

Two men and a woman were held on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site minutes before Harper gave a speech to both Houses of Parliament as part of his visit to Britain, London’s police force said in a statement.

Jun 10, 2013

MPs doubt Cameron’s EU drive can succeed

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron will have difficulty persuading fellow European Union members to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the bloc before a vote on its EU membership, an influential parliamentary committee said on Tuesday.

Instead of seeking special treatment for Britain, the cross-party Foreign Affairs Committee said Cameron would get a more sympathetic response if he campaigned for Europe-wide reforms.