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Oct 20, 2014

EU’s Barroso warns Britain against “historic mistake” on immigration

LONDON (Reuters) – European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday he risked upsetting allies and losing international clout if he pursued an anti-immigration agenda designed to placate domestic voters.

Cameron retorted that British voters were concerned about immigration, and he was responding to those concerns. He has pledged to hold a referendum on Britain’s European Union membership if his Conservative party wins a 2015 election, as he takes an increasingly hawkish view on curbing migration within the EU and reviewing its freedom of movement principle.

Oct 20, 2014

EU’s Barroso warns Britain against ‘historic mistake’ on immigration rhetoric

LONDON (Reuters) – European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday he risked upsetting allies and losing international clout if he pursued an anti-immigration agenda designed to please domestic voters.

Barroso delivered his warning as Cameron, who has pledged to hold a referendum on Britain’s European Union membership if he wins a 2015 election, adopts an increasingly hawkish view on curbing migration within the bloc and reviewing its freedom of movement principle.

Oct 19, 2014

EU’s Barroso to Britain: Don’t alienate your friends in Europe

LONDON (Reuters) – European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will on Monday issue a plea to Britain not to isolate itself in Europe by picking fights over immigration, saying that European Union membership boosts British international clout.

Britain’s future in the 28-country trading bloc has been thrown into question by Prime Minister David Cameron, who has adopted an increasingly defiant stance on immigration to tackle the threat of the anti-EU UK Independence Party. UKIP’s rising popularity threatens his bid for re-election in 2015.

Oct 19, 2014

EU’s Barroso warns against Cameron’s plan to change bloc’s migration rules

LONDON (Reuters) – Outgoing EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Sunday warned British Prime Minister David Cameron against trying to rewrite the European Union’s freedom of movement principle, saying it was essential to the bloc’s internal market.

Barroso’s comments to the BBC will deal a blow to Cameron’s efforts ahead of a 2015 national election to appease voters who worry Britain is suffering economically and culturally because immigration is too high.

Oct 19, 2014

EU’s Barroso warns against UK PM Cameron’s plan to change bloc’s migration rules

LONDON (Reuters) – Outgoing EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Sunday warned British Prime Minister David Cameron against trying to rewrite the European Union’s freedom of movement principle, saying it was essential to the bloc’s internal market.

Barroso’s comments to the BBC will deal a blow to Cameron’s efforts ahead of a 2015 national election to appease voters who worry Britain is suffering economically and culturally because immigration is too high.

Oct 15, 2014

UK jobless rate falls again, recovery shows signs of cooling

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s strong labor market recovery is showing signs of cooling, even as the unemployment rate once again fell more than expected in the three months to August.

Job creation was its weakest since the spring of last year and there was a sharp slowdown in the pace at which the number of people claiming unemployment benefit is falling.

Oct 14, 2014

After Scottish independence vote, separatists say Britain reneging on pledges

LONDON (Reuters) – Less than a month after Scots spurned independence, separatists said on Tuesday that British Prime Minister David Cameron was betraying Scotland by reneging on pledges to grant more spending powers to the Scottish parliament.

In a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the union days before the Sept. 18 referendum that threatened to break apart the United Kingdom, Britain’s three main political parties promised to give more powers to Scotland.

Oct 14, 2014

British MPs pass symbolic motion on Palestinian state

LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers voted on Monday to recognise Palestine as a state, a move that will not alter government policy, but carries symbolic value as Palestinians pursue international recognition.

Britain does not classify Palestine as a state, but says it could do so at any time if it believed it would help promote peace between the Palestinians and Israel.

Oct 13, 2014

UK lawmakers pass symbolic motion to recognize Palestine as a state

LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers voted in favor of recognizing Palestine as a state on Monday in a move which will not alter the government’s stance on the issue, but which carries symbolic value for Palestinians in their pursuit of international recognition.

Britain does not classify Palestine as a state, but says it could do so at any time if it believed it would help peace efforts between the Palestinians and Israel.

Oct 13, 2014

Cameron to abstain in symbolic vote on Palestine status

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron will not take part in a parliamentary vote on whether the government should recognise Palestine as a state, his spokesman said on Monday ahead of a debate designed to raise the political profile of the issue.

The spokesman said the vote, called by an opposition lawmaker, would not change Britain’s diplomatic stance. Britain does not classify Palestine as a state, but says it could do so at any time if it believed it would help peace efforts between the Palestinians and Israel.