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New customs system may not be ready for Brexit, NAO warns

The UK’s new system for handling customs checks may not be ready by the time it leaves the EU, the public spending watchdog has warned.The National Audit Office said taxes might not be collected properly, international trade could be hampered and the UK’s reputation damaged unless proper contingencies were …

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Will law should be brought into 'modern world'

The law around wills should be updated and brought into the “modern world”, the Law Commission for England and Wales has said.The current rules were “unclear” and could be putting people off from making a will, it added. It is considering whether texts, emails and other electronic communications should …

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Brexit: Irish business leaders warn of 'calamitous divorce'

Irish business leaders have called for a 1bn euro (£890m) EU state aid programme to protect Irish firms in the event of a hard Brexit. The Irish Business and Employers Confederation (Ibec) said that if Britain left the customs union, it would “massively disrupt” trade, leaving Irish firms “exposed”.It …

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Far from crude

Russian engineer Alex Barak has been coaxing oil out of the ground for a long time.Seventeen years ago, he was responsible for work at a particularly troublesome oil field in Kazakhstan.”That oil field, Karazhanbas, was a real dog,” he recalls, explaining that the oil there was very viscous, making …

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Living on location

With its 1970s features, such as a bold, orange bathroom suite and a pink reception room, Gillian Milner is the first to admit that her house isn’t to everyone’s taste.It is, though, popular among photographers and magazine editors, who love the retro appearance – and the indoor swimming.Ms Milner …

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Estate agents have lowest stock of homes for 40 years

The UK housing market is in a state of lethargy, according to property surveyors, with estate agents reporting the lowest stock of properties for nearly 40 years.Members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said the market might continue “flatlining” for a while.New instructions in June fell for …

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Brexit response compared to a chocolate orange

Britain’s response to Brexit risks falling apart like a “chocolate orange” at the first tap, the head of the public spending watchdog has said. In unusually strong comments, Sir Amyas Morse said ministers were not delivering a united front when it comes to dealing with the challenges of leaving …

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Mike Ashley snaps up 25% Game Digital stake

The billionaire tycoon Mike Ashley has added a 25% stake in the video games retailer Game Digital ‎to a high street shopping list that also includes Debenhams and French Connection. Sky News has learnt that Sports Direct International, the chain controlled by Mr Ashley, is understood to have bought …

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Janet Yellen testimony: Six takeaways

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke about US policies and economic outlook in Washington on Wednesday.Markets were watching closely for her statements about interest rates, which she predicted would rise but remain low relative to historic levels.Prompted by lawmakers, she also spoke on a range of topics, including inequality …

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Nicky Morgan to lead Treasury committee

Former education secretary Nicky Morgan has been elected as chairwoman of the influential Treasury select committee.Ms Morgan saw off five other Tory MPs to land the coveted role scrutinising the government’s finances.Other committee election results, which were announced by Speaker John Bercow, include Tom Tugendhat ousting fellow Tory Crispin …

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