Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Tag Archives: EU

EU to vote on declaring robots to be ‘electronic persons‘

PARIS: MEPs have voted to propose granting legal status to robots, categorising them as “electronic persons” and warning that new legislation is needed to focus on how the machines can be held responsible for their “acts or omissions”. The draft report, tabled by Mady Delvaux-Stehres, a socialist MEP from Luxembourg, states ...

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Where exactly does Britain’s £12.2bn foreign aid go?

LONDON: Britain is a significant contributor to helping developing countries. In 2015, for the third year running, the government met its commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income on foreign aid, with the official budget rising to £12.2bn. However, it has become a politically divisive issue, with ...

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UK will have ‘control over borders’ after Brexit: PM May

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May insisted on Sunday that Britain will have “control over our borders” after Brexit, suggesting she would be prepared to quit Europe’s trading zone to achieve it. “The referendum vote was a vote for us to… bring control into our immigration system. I’m clear that is ...

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Sir Tim Barrow: UK’s new ambassador to EU ‘tough negotiator’

LONDON: Senior diplomat Sir Tim Barrow has been appointed the UK’s new ambassador to the EU, replacing Sir Ivan Rogers. Downing Street described the former ambassador to Russia, who will now play a key role in the UK’s Brexit talks, as a “seasoned and tough negotiator”. Sir Ivan, whose exit ...

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Britain’s EU envoy resigns months before Brexit talks

LONDON: Britain’s ambassador to the European Union, who sometimes clashed with London over its approach to Europe, abruptly resigned less than three months before Prime Minister Theresa May is due to trigger formal ‘Brexit’ negotiations. Ivan Rogers, Britain’s envoy to the EU, told staff on Tuesday that he would step ...

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Banks could start revealing their Brexit plans as early as next month

LONDON: Banks may update investors on whether they intend to move operations out of London as soon as next month. UK-based lenders are finalising Brexit contingency plans to decide how much of their business they need to shift oversees to maintain relationships with international clients. Banks could start making announcements as ...

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UK in pictures 2016

In January, singer David Bowie, one of the most influential musicians of his era, died of cancer at the age of 69. Fans laid flowers in the singer’s memory at a mural in Brixton and some months later the council announced it was to be listed to ensure its long-term ...

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Brexit will send UK down global economic ranking: Study

LONDON: Britain’s exit from the European Union will send the country from fifth place to eighth in the global economic ranking in the next 15 years, a new economic analysis has found. The country’s economic prospects will be damaged by Brexit’s negative impact on the value of the pound, analysts at ...

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Most British companies are optimistic about the future post-Brexit

LONDON: Nearly two-thirds of British businesses are “optimistic” about their future in the wake of the Brexit vote, a major survey has disclosed. A poll of 34,000 companies by the Institute of Directors found that 60 per cent of businesses are “optimistic” or “very optimistic” about the year ahead. The businesses, predominantly ...

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EU data retention ruling goes against UK government

LONDON: The UK government says it is “disappointed” after the European Court of Justice said the “indiscriminate” collection of data was against EU law. EU judges said communications data could only be retained if it was used to fight serious crime. Its verdict came after a legal challenge to the ...

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