LONDON/PARIS, July 20 (Reuters) – Britain, Germany and
France agreed on Sunday they should be ready to ratchet up
sanctions on Russia over the downing of a Malaysian jet carrying
298 passengers when European foreign ministers meet in Brussels
Ukraine on Sunday accused separatist rebels of hiding
evidence that a Russian missile was used in the shooting down of
the airline that has intensified a showdown between the Kremlin
and Western powers.
LONDON/BELFAST (Reuters) – A British scheme to inform Irish nationalist militants they were no longer wanted by police was flawed, the government said on Thursday, apologising for a policy that allowed a suspected bomber to walk free earlier this year.
Suspected members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) received letters telling them they were no longer wanted, as part of a 1998 peace deal that largely ended three decades of violence over Britain’s rule of Northern Ireland.
LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday pushed through his biggest government shake-up since coming to power in 2010, promoting women and Eurosceptics to senior roles in an appeal to voters in next May’s national election.
In one surprise development, William Hague, Britain’s most senior diplomat for the past four years, voluntarily stood down allowing Cameron to appoint Philip Hammond, the defence minister and a prominent Eurosceptic, to the influential post.
LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday nominated Jonathan Hill, a relatively unknown lawmaker who backs his leader’s European renegotiation strategy, to become Britain’s next European commissioner.
Cameron has promised to try to renegotiate Britain’s ties with the European Union and hold a membership referendum in 2017 if he wins a national election next year. Hill, a 53-year-old lord, is expected to play an important role in that process.
LONDON, June 29 (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour
party will on Monday attempt to cast off accusations that its
left-leaning policies have made it ‘anti-business’ by proposing
tax changes designed to increase long-term investment and foster
Since Labour announced plans to force energy firms to freeze
their prices last September, businesses have become increasingly
concerned about how much political intervention they would face
if, as a narrow lead in opinion polls currently suggests, the
party wins an election next May.
LONDON (Reuters) – Public support for Britain to leave the EU is growing again after falling to a multi-year low, according to the first survey published since EU leaders nominated Jean-Claude Juncker to become the next president of the European Commission.
British Prime Minister David Cameron openly campaigned to stop Juncker getting the top EU job, but last Friday lost the final vote by 26-2. [ID:nL6N0P815O] He warned at the time that choosing Juncker, an old-style EU federalist, would make it harder to keep Britain in the European Union.
LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) – Britain took a step closer to
reforming pensions by publishing draft legislation on Thursday
that permits collective workplace pension schemes, despite
criticism of the plans by the industry.
The new rules, which were outlined earlier this year and
should become law before a general election next May, will allow
pension providers for the first time to pool the assets bought
by fund members to reduce risks and cut costs.
LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) – Britain said on Wednesday it
would push the European Union to improve the way it sets
financial rules, promising to protect London’s role as a global
financial sector and demanding better assessments of the impact
of new regulations.
Nicky Morgan, newly-appointed minister in charge of
financial services, said she would lead a major drive to improve
the EU’s legislative process and pledged to keep on challenging
rules that Britain disagreed with.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is trying to delay selection of a new European Commission President, British officials said on Friday, seeking further discussion of an alternative to the former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker London sees as a bar to EU reform.
The effort comes days before a meeting of EU leaders in Belgium on Thursday and Friday. European diplomats say momentum is building to use the occasion to choose Juncker for one of Europe’s most influential policy jobs.
LONDON (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday that China’s economy would not suffer a hard landing and would continue to grow at a medium to high pace in the long term without strong stimulus.
Li made the comments during a speech in London’s financial district on the final day of a visit which has yielded trade and investment deals worth 14 billion pounds ($23.76 billion) and strengthened Britain’s bid to become the dominant centre for the Western trade in offshore yuan CNH=.