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Hammond at odds with Brexiteer MP

Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has called for a fundamental change in ministers’ tone on Brexit, accusing UK negotiators of being “cowed by the EU”.The Eurosceptic backbencher said in a speech that “close alignment” with the EU after Brexit would be unacceptable.Chancellor Philip Hammond, meanwhile, has said he hopes the …

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Facebook and Google criticised by George Soros

The billionaire investor George Soros has criticised tech “monopolies” such as Facebook and Google, calling them a threat to democracy.At his annual dinner at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Mr Soros warned that social media platforms were “obstacles to innovation”.He raised concerns about their power to shape people’s …

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President Trump predicts 'tremendous increase' in UK-US trade

Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump has predicted a “tremendous increase” in UK-US trade, after talks with Theresa May.He also said the US and UK were “joined at the hip” on military matters, while Mrs May said they stood “shoulder to shoulder” in facing shared …

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Russell Hume meat recall widens to hotels and retailers

More big firms have been caught up in the problems of meat supplier Russell Hume.Hilton Hotels said that a “small number” of its hotels have disposed of products from the meat supplier.Russell Hume is the subject of an investigation by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).It says that none of …

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'We're being sold from company to company'

Outsourced workers at the University of London are campaigning to be brought in house, holding a strike on Thursday to support their demands. Cleaners, security guards, porters and other workers want to be employed directly by the university, which they hope will give them greater security, improved benefits and …

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MPs turn ‎guns on auditors over Carillion demise

Two powerful panels of MPs are piling pressure on the world’s biggest audit firms to disclose their links to Carillion as they prepare to quiz the collapsed construction group’s former bosses. Sky News has learnt that the big four auditors – Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) – have …

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Calais and Boulogne blocked by protesting French fishermen

French fishermen have blocked the ports of Calais and Boulogne in protest at so-called pulse fishing, which uses electrified nets to stun fish.Fishing boats stopped ferries entering or leaving Calais while a roadblock stopped traffic at Boulogne.Calais is a major link between the UK and France used by thousands …

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